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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie on the NBA Draft

Jun 23, 2018 12:42 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) review an eventful 2018 NBA Draft.

They discuss the massive Mavericks/Hawks trade, Michael Porter Jr’s fall, the best values in both rounds and their big takeaways from the night.

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Mavericks Chose Sending FRP To Hawks Over Taking On Kent Bazemore's Contract

Jun 22, 2018 5:57 PM

The Dallas Mavericks had the option to swap Wesley Matthews for Kent Bazemore instead of sending a future first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in their draft night trade.

Bazemore is owed $18.1 million in 18-19 and $19.27 million in 19-20 compared to just $18.6 million in total to Wesley Matthews.

The Mavericks found that price to be too high and instead send a pick to the Hawks that is top-5 protected in each of the next two seasons, top-3 in 2021 and 2022, and unprotected in 2023.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Bulls Had Interest In Trading Up For Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson

Jun 22, 2018 12:01 PM

The Chicago Bulls stayed at No. 7 in the 2018 NBA Draft and selected Wendell Carter Jr.

But the Bulls tried to trade up for Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson.

Sources say the Bulls' efforts never got close. The Bulls did discuss trades with both the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3 and Memphis Grizzlies at No. 4.

The Bulls didn't want to sacrifice future first round picks to move up, or take on the contract of Chandler Parsons.

The Bulls privately had hoped the Kings would become enamored with Michael Porter Jr., dropping Bagley to a slot from which the Bulls could possibly trade up and acquire Bagley.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Hawks Pulled Out Of Trade With Bucks After Donte DiVincenzo Pick Leaked

Jun 22, 2018 11:55 AM

Travis Schlenk told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Friday that the Atlanta Hawks had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a draft pick.

But Schlenk ended up not executing the trade after it leaked that the Bucks were going to take Donte DiVincenzo instead of Kevin Huerter.

"Last night, for instance, we had the 19th pick and we're coming down and we're actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like," Schlenk said. "There's were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin [Huerter] was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take.

"So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us so that was beneficial to us last night."


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Jazz Sought Input From Donovan Mitchell On Drafting Grayson Allen

Jun 22, 2018 11:25 AM

The Utah Jazz asked for Donovan Mitchell's input on selecting Grayson Allen.

Dennis Lindsey revealed that Mitchell texted David Morway after the Utah rookie watched him workout at CAA.

"Grayson at 21?" wrote Mitchell to Morway.

Mitchell then relayed the following message to Lindsey.

"He was tough to compete against, but I'd like to compete with him," said Mitchell.

Andy Larsen/Salt City Hoops

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Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Rodions Kurucs

Jun 22, 2018 10:56 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Rodions Kurucs have agreed upon a four-year deal for him to immediately join their team in 18-19.

The Nets used the 40th overall pick in the draft on Kurucs.

The Nets finalized buyout terms on Kurucs with Barcelona.

David Pick

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Donnie Nelson Advocated For Luka Doncic As He Did Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2013

Jun 22, 2018 9:23 AM

The Dallas Mavericks traded up to select Luka Doncic on draft night, which could have been influenced by their decision not to remain in their draft slot in 2013 to select Giannis Antetokounmpo.

According to Tim MacMahon, the last time Donnie Nelson advocated to Mark Cuban to trade up for a player prior to Doncic, it was for Antetokounmpo.

"I think the fact that Donnie Nelson was absolutely, 100 percent sold that this is the guy we need to get, that spoke loudly to Cuban," said MacMahon. "Because the last time Donnie Nelson highly recommended a European prospect, Cuban said 'Nah...'

"They drafted his younger brother (Kostas Antetokounmpo) tonight.

"In 2013, the Mavericks had their first lottery pick in forever and Donnie Nelson said 'Look, this Greek kid is going to be the best player in this draft. We should take him. We should take him.'

"Cuban said 'Nah... We need cap space. Let's trade down. Let's trade down'

"Traded down a couple times and ended up with Shane Larkin."

MacMahon added that he first heard about the Mavericks' interest in Antetokounmpo soon after the draft.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

76ers Trade Mikal Bridges To Suns For Zhaire Smith, Miami's 2021 First Rounder Pick

Jun 21, 2018 9:19 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to send Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith and Miami's 2021 unprotected first round pick.

The Suns acquired the draft pick from the Heat in the Goran Dragic trade.

Phoenix moved up just six spots despite giving up an unprotected first rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Mikal Bridges, Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mavericks Agree To Trade With Hawks For No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic

Jun 21, 2018 7:46 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed upon a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to move up to No. 3 to select Luka Doncic.

The Mavericks will send a future first round pick (top-5 protected for 2019 and 2020, top-3 protected in 2021 and 2022, and unprotected in 2023), along with the No. 5 pick to the Hawks.

The Hawks needed Trae Young to remain available when the Mavericks selected at No. 5 for the deal to be consummated. 

Dallas and Atlanta had been discussing a trade swap throughout the day on Thursday.

"What a day," Rick Carlisle said. "We're very fortunate. We get a guy that we think is a franchise-foundation piece. It's a big day for us."

The Mavericks expect Doncic to start as a rookie.

"I would project him as a starter right now," Carlisle said. "And then we'll see how it all goes. I stood up here last year and said the same thing about Dennis (Smith Jr.) and he started every game he was available. And I see the same kinds of things for Doncic. I have a really strong feeling that he and Dennis will complement each other extremely well."

Marc Stein/New York Times

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results

Jun 21, 2018 7:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft is underway in Brooklyn.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton 

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley

3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta): Luka Doncic

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Trae Young

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Collin Sexton

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox

10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia): Mikal Bridges

11. Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit via Clippers): Miles Bridges 

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson

14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr.

15. Washinton Wizards: Troy Brown

16. Philadelphia 76ers (from Phoenix/Miami): Zhaire Smith

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota): Kevin Huerter

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City): Josh Okogie

21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison

23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland): Moritz Wagner

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet

27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto): Dzanan Musa

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston): Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo

32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter

33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson

34. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte Graham

35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier

36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento): Gary Trent Jr.

38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia): Khyri Thomas

39. Los Angeles Lakers (via Philadelphia): Isaac Bonga

40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs

41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando): Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown

43. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Justin Jackson

44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon

45. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): Hamidou Diallo

46. Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop

49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu

50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson

51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr

52. Houston Rockets (via Utah): Vince Edwards

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas): Shake Milton 

55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding

57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey

58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh

59. Phoenix Suns: George King

60. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Michael Porter Jr. Projected To Fall Due To New Medical On Back
Adrian Wojnarowski reports there is a new medical report on Michael Porter that questions the long-term viability of his back.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kings Expected To Take Marvin Bagley At No. 2
The Kings have also taken strong looks at Luka Doncic and Michael Porter Jr. with their selection.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Bucks Looking To Trade Down, Unload Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova is owed $19.2 million over the final two seasons on his deal.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz, Nos. 10/26 To Move Up For Michael Porter Jr.
The 76ers moved away from that strategy due to Michael Porter's recurring back issues.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Kings Have Internally Decided Selection At No. 2
Sacramento is believed to be selecting between Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Clippers Targeting Point Guard At No. 12
The Clippers had to play a number of players at point guard following the 2017 departure of Chris Paul.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Mark Cuban Believed To Like Michael Porter Jr. At No. 5
Dallas could bring Michael Porter along slowly as he works his way back from hip and back issues.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Kings Deciding Between Marvin Bagley, Trading Down For Michael Porter
Marvin Bagley has expressed interest in playing for the Kings.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Suns Focused On Deandre Ayton, Haven't Had Any Substantive Trade Talks
The Suns are focused on selecting Deandre Ayton.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Michael Porter Jr. Adhering To Vegan Diet
Michael Porter works with vegan expert Doug Graham.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Lakers Acquire 39th Overall Pick From 76ers For Chicago's 2019 2nd Rounder
The 76ers had acquired the pick from the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Execs Less Worried About Michael Porter's Medicals Than Joel Embiid In 2014
Michael Porter entered his freshman season as one of the top prospects in his class but has since dealt with a number of injuries.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Mavs, Magic, Nuggets Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Hawks very well could control the direction of the draft at No. 3.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Explore Trading Up To Select Mohamed Bamba
The Knicks met with Mohamed Bamba in-person in New York on Wednesday.

Jonathan Givony, Ian Begley/ESPN

Gregg Popovich Met With Kawhi Leonard On Tuesday
Gregg Popovich had yet to have a sit down with Kawhi Leonard.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Hawks Considering Luka Doncic At No. 3
The Hawks had previously been zeroed in on Marvin Bagley and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Reporters From ESPN, Turner, Yahoo Won't Tip Picks At 2018 NBA Draft
The move of Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports to ESPN likely sparked the change, though a source said the NBA presented the edict.

Alex Putterman/Awful Announcing

Exec On Luka Doncic's Floor/Ceiling: Joe Ingles/6'8 Steve Nash
Luka Doncic has been one of the most divisive prospects in the draft.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Mohamed Bamba Trying To Avoid Being Drafted By Grizzlies
The Grizzlies own the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Trae Young Had Secret Workout With Cavaliers
Cleveland is widely expected to select between Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Trae Young at No. 8 if Michael Porter Jr. is off the board.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN