2014 NBA Draft Diary

  • Lakers Agree to Send Lou Williams to Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are sending Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to the Lakers for Lou Williams, league source tells TheVertical.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Jazz Tried to Move Up to Acquire Winslow 

    They (Utah Jazz) worked hard to move up during Thursday night's draft to grab Justise Winslow, the athletic wing out of Duke who tumbled for a minute before ending up going to Miami with the 10th overall pick. The Jazz loved the guy, but couldn't snag him. No luck there.

    Source: Gordon Monson of The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Kupchak: D’Angelo Russell’s Upside is Unlimited

    (Lakers GM) Mitch Kupchak says Russell's "upside is unlimited, and we didn’t feel that way about all the players we were considering."

    Source: Bill Oram of the Orange Country Register on Twitter
  • Source: Bucks Acquire Vasquez in Trade With Raptors

    ESPN sources say Milwaukee (Bucks) sends 2017 first-round pick via the Clippers and the 46th pick in tonight's (2015) second round to Toronto (Raptors) for (Greivis) Vasquez.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter
  • Sources: Cavs Trade Tyus Jones to Timberwolves

    Cleveland (Cavaliers) is trading Tyus Jones to Minnesota (Timberwolves), league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    Minnesota will send the Cavaliers No. 31 and 36 in this draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Ty Lawson: I’m Going to the Kings

    This is bonkers -- video of Ty Lawson, smoking a hookah watching the draft and saying "I'm going to Sacramento (Kings)" - http://bit.ly/1IgGUNs

    Source: Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post on Twitter
  • Source: Andrew Harrison Traded to Griz for Suns’ Leuer

    Memphis (Grizzlies) have traded Jon Leuer to the Phoenix Suns for Andrew Harrison, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Nets Agree to Deal Plumlee, Connaughton to Blazers?

    Brooklyn (Nets) will send Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton to the (Portland) Blazers for (Rondae) Hollis-Jefferson and (Steve) Blake, league sources tell Yahoo.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Nets Acquire Juan Vaulet in Trade With Hornets?

    Brooklyn (Nets) has acquired Charlotte's (Hornets) 39th pick, Juan Vaulet, for two future second-round picks, league source tells Yahoo.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Lakers Sign Jabari Brown to 10-Day Deal

    The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

    Brown, who was most recently a member of the Lakers NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, joins the team after leading the D-League in scoring at 24.4 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 39 games (25 starts).  A 2015 NBA D-League All-Star, Brown tallied two of the highest single-game scoring outputs in the D-League this season, finishing with 50 points on January 10th at Sioux Falls and 48 points on February 28th versus Bakersfield.

    Brown, a 6’4” rookie out of Missouri and a teammate of Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson last season in college, averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2013-14 before declaring himself eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.  An Oakland native, Brown later signed with the Lakers for NBA training camp in 2014.

    The Lakers roster now stands at 16 players after being granted a hardship waiver exception from the NBA.

    via Lakers press release
  • Phil Jackson Says Trade Addressed Chemistry

    Phil Jackson spoke Thursday about the trade that shipped off Tyson Chandler and Ray Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert and others, and apparently, in his words, the move was made "to bring in some new personnel and start with some character guys that we feel can carry this forward."

    He went on to say that some of the guys that were shipped out just weren't exhibiting the kind of on-court behavior he thinks is right for the culture of the Knicks moving forward.

    "Watching them play I saw guys that looked at each other like, 'You didn't back me up, you weren't here when I needed help.' There just wasn't the right combination or feel (where) it felt like everybody was in synch all the time," Jackson said.

    via Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com
  • LeBron James Excited About Shabazz Napier Pick

    The Miami HEAT had been linked to former Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier in recent days, and they got their man on Thursday night. The HEAT acquired Napier from the Charlotte Hornets, and LeBron James quickly expressed his approval.

    https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/482344663115112448

    Napier was honored by the shout out and can't wait to join a championship-caliber organization like Miami after winning two titles in college.

    "I would love it [if James returned to Miami]," Napier said. "Me and LeBron's relationship, he's a great guy.  I've been to his camps.  Me and him chatted a few times at his camps.  He's just a special thing. My agent just told me that he tweeted something out about me just now.  It's just something special to know that one of the best players in the world thinks about you and appreciates your talent.  That's something that I'm so humble for."

    Napier said he'll definitely do what he can to help recruit James back to Miami.

    "He's one of the best players in the world, so if me going there helps him come back, it just betters our chances of being a complete team," Napier said. "But at the end of the day, my job is to get to improve and work on my game so when it comes to the stage where it's my first game, I'm ready to compete, and I'm prepared."
  • Smart Can’t Wait to Learn From – And Play Alongside – Rondo

    When Marcus Smart was drafted by the Boston Celtics, it immediately raised questions about Rajon Rondo's future with the organization. However, Smart doesn't feel like he's coming to Boston to replace the All-Star point guard. He wants to learn as much as he can from Rondo, and he believes he can play alongside the veteran floor general as well.

    "Rondo is a wonderful point guard, a wonderful player," Smart said. "He reminds me a little bit of me.  He plays defense.  He's long, his wing span, and he has big hands.  Just being able to learn from a guy who's been in the league and been in my seat and my situation, it's an amazing feeling and a great opportunity."

    When asked if he can play shooting guard alongside Rondo, Smart didn't hesitate.

    "Definitely, no doubt," Smart said. "I think me being so versatile in college helped me to be able to play the two or one or whatever position the Celtics want me to play at the next level."
  • Julius Randle to “Bug” Kobe Bryant With Questions

    Julius Randle couldn't stop smiling after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. He's thrilled to join the organization and there's a certain teammate who he can't wait to learn from: Kobe Bryant.

    "I couldn't be more blessed and fortunate to go to an organization like Los Angeles," Randle said. "To be able to learn from those guys.  They've had so much history and so much success in the past, and to be able to go to an organization like that, who's had amazing players in the past and learn from a guy like Kobe‑‑ I mean, I couldn't be more happy.  This is truly a blessing for me.

    "I'm going to learn a lot from Kobe.  He may get tired of me because I'm going to be bugging him learning, trying to learn stuff from him.  So I'm going to learn a lot from him. But I think it's more than him.  He was blessed to be in an organization like the Lakers as well.  Talent alone, his work ethic alone got him there, but I think the Lakers was the right fit, the right organization for me to go to."

    When told that Bryant demands a lot from his teammates, Randle said he does the same.

    "I demand a lot from my teammates as well, holding each other accountable, putting extra work in was what I had to do at Kentucky - it was what I demanded of my teammates, and that's what we did, and that's why we were successful," Randle said. "I think I bring a lot to the Lakers as far as a skill set being able to shoot the ball, handle the ball, of course my post‑game.  But I think I bring a lot to L.A. for sure."
  • Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker Downplay Rivalry

    Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have been compared to one another for years, but the duo downplayed the rivalry after being selected as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

    "Good players will always be compared to each other, you know, but I never think of anything as a rivalry," Wiggins said. "I think that's what the media portrays it to be. On the court, it doesn't matter who I'm going against, I'm going to go hard.  I'm going to go to win and kill.  Off the court we can be friends, but on the court, it's a different story. I'll never treat one person differently on the court.  Whoever is guarding me, whoever I'm guarding, I'm just going to win."

    "It's not my job to compare [myself to Andrew]," Parker said. "I'm going to leave it to y'all.  It's your duty and your job to stir up controversy, and y'all keep it. [Why compete with Andrew?] What does the draft really give entitlement to, the best player?  You got Doug McDermott scoring 3,000 points.  Shoot, you got Julius Randle who went to the National Championship.  Shabazz Napier won two National Championships. I mean, we're all good.  We're all great players."

    Wiggins and Parker crossed paths after being selected and wished each other well.

    "You always want to wish good on people," Parker said. "We don't take a good enough job embracing each other and uplifting each other, and Andrew's going to do a real good job being a Cavalier, and he also has the opportunity to be amongst his fellow Canadian teammates."