August 2020 Basketball Wiretap

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 Draft Lottery

Aug 28, 2020 7:15 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery.

They discuss how Minnesota faces a fascinating decision at #1, what the Warriors could and should do with the second pick, opportunities for the Hornets/Bulls and much more.

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Devin Vassell Has 'Fans' Within Knicks Organization

Aug 22, 2020 11:56 AM

Florida State guard Devin Vassell is reportedly drawing interest within the New York Knicks organization for the upcoming draft, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

The Knicks have the 8th pick in the draft.

"Vassell...has some fans at Madison Square Garden," reported Begley.

The 19-year-old Vassell averaged 12.7 point and 5.1 rebounds last season at Florida State.

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Team Execs Skeptical NBA Draft Will Remain Scheduled For Oct. 16

Aug 21, 2020 11:23 AM

Team executives have become skeptical that the 2020 NBA Draft will proceed as scheduled on October 16th, according to Zach Lowe.

The start of NBA free agency, currently scheduled for October 18th, is already expected to be postponed.

There is doubt that the NBA and NBPA will be able to agree to a firm salary cap for the 20-21 by either date. The cap is determined by the NBA's overall revenue projection, based in large part on the revenue from the current season. The final cap number typically arrives between he draft and free agency. This year as scheduled, there are only 48 hours between events.

The NBA may prefer to keep the current draft date to capitalize on momentum coming out of the bubble.

"There are lots of people around the NBA ecosystem who don't expect free agency to start until sometime in November, or perhaps even early December," wrote Lowe.

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Wolves Win 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, Warriors, Hornets, Bulls Round Out Top-4

Aug 20, 2020 8:51 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have won the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery for the second time since 2015. The Golden State Warriors dropped from No. 1 to No. 2, while both the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls moved up.

1. Wolves

2. Warriors

3. Hornets

4. Bulls

5. Cavaliers

6. Hawks

7. Pistons

8. Knicks

9. Wizards

10. Suns

11. Spurs

12. Kings

13. Pelicans

14. Celtics

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Warriors To Use No. 2 Overall Pick In Trade Talks

Aug 20, 2020 8:37 PM

The Golden State Warriors will pursue trade scenarios with the No. 2 overall pick, Bob Myers tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Warriors are attempting to maximize their title window and a trade of the pick would likely help more than a young player.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Knicks Worked Out Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Prior To 2018 NBA Draft

Aug 20, 2020 1:41 AM

The New York Knicks worked out Shai Gilgeous-Alexander before the 2018 NBA Draft, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

The Knicks would end up drafting Kevin Knox with the ninth selection due to his size and shooting ability he displayed at Kentucky.

Gilgeous-Alexander would go two picks later to the Hornets, before his rights were traded to the Clippers.

Leon Rose is reportedly not sold on Knox's future with the team.

Knox averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season. 

Scott Thompson/SNY

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NBA Has Yet To Decide Location, Format For 2020 Draft

Aug 18, 2020 8:49 PM

While the NBA has rescheduled its draft for October 16th, sources tell ESPN that the league has yet to make a final determination on the location or format.

The NFL conducted its draft virtually in April with Roger Goodell announcing pick selections from his house.

The NBA has held every draft since 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with fans in attendance. 

The draft lottery will be held on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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NBA Finalizing Virtual Combine At Regional Sites

Aug 18, 2020 8:45 PM

The NBA is expected to hold a virtual draft combine held at regional sites throughout September.

Prospective players would attend selected regional team facilities throughout the country for physicals, body measurables and physical testing. 

The NBA canceled the original pre-draft combine in Chicago that was scheduled for May.

Because of the outbreak, teams haven't been allowed to do anything with prospective picks except for virtual interviews. 

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NBA Announces 14 Team Representatives For 2020 Draft Lottery

Aug 18, 2020 5:52 PM

The NBA has announced the on-camera representatives for the 14 teams participating in Thursday's lottery.

Atlanta Hawks: Jami Gertz

Charlotte Hornets: Devonte' Graham

Chicago Bulls: Arturas Karnisovas

Cleveland Cavaliers: Brad Daugherty

Detroit Pistons: Troy Weaver

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry

Memphis Grizzlies: Elliot Perry

Minnesota Timberwolves: D'Angelo Russell

New Orleans Pelicans: Trajan Langdon

New York Knicks: Leon Rose

Phoenix Suns: James Jones

Sacramento Kings: De'Aaron Fox

San Antonio Spurs: Peter J. Holt

Washington Wizards: Rui Hachimura

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D'Angelo Russell To Represent Wolves At Lottery

Aug 18, 2020 11:20 AM

D'Angelo Russell will represent the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 2020 NBA draft lottery. 

The Wolves acquired Russell from the Golden State Warriors at the trade deadline. 

"I’m honored to represent the Timberwolves at this year’s draft lottery," said Russell. "We are excited about what we are building in Minnesota and look forward to continuing the progress with the lottery and in the draft.”

The Wolves have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery.

Minnesota won the lottery in 2015 when they had the best odds and subsequently selected Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves have never moved up in the lottery as they have only gone down or stayed neutral.

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Stephen Curry To Represent Warriors At Virtual Lottery

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ESPN To Air Draft Lottery On Thursday At 8:30 PM Between Bucks/Magic, Lakers/Blazers

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Hornets Will Target Best Player Available In Draft

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Warriors Likely To Select Anthony Edwards If They Win Lottery

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Execs, Agents Hope NBA Lifts Moratorium On Visiting Draft Prospects

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NBA To Hold Draft Lottery Virtually On August 20th

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Some Members Of Knicks' Front Office Wanted To Pass On RJ Barrett, Trade Down

Marc Berman/New York Post

Corey Kispert Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Gonzaga

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Michigan State's Xavier Tillman Staying In Draft

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Jared Butler Withdraws From Draft, Returns To Baylor

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Makur Maker Withdraws From 2020 NBA Draft

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Luka Garza Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Iowa

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Joel Ayayi Withdraws From Draft To Remain At Gonzaga


Aaron Henry Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Michigan State

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