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2017 NBA Draft Diary


  • Sources: Raptors Open to Moving Down in Draft

    The Toronto Raptors are gauging the market for interest in the No. 23 pick and are open to moving down in the draft, sources told Basketball Insiders. It's possible the Raptors are attempting to save cap space to retain Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry in free agency.




    Source: Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders

  • Sources: Spurs Looking to Move LaMarcus Aldridge

    Multiple league sources have informed the San Antonio Express-News the Spurs are exploring the trade market, hoping to find a deal to unload Aldridge, who will turn 32 next month.

    “They feel it’s time to move on,” a source told the Express-News.

    Source: San Antonio Express News

  • Knicks Looking to Move Up in Draft?

    Knicks are looking to package the No. 44 and 58 picks to move up in the second round of the draft.

    Source: Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders

  • Bam Adebayo To The Bucks?

    Edrice "Bam" Adebayo was one of the surprise invites to the 2017 NBA Draft “Green Room” which usually indicates a player is going to be drafted fairly high. Word in NBA circles is not only did Bam receive a promise, but that promise may also have come from the Milwaukee Bucks with the 17th pick.

    The draft in the teens is always a fluid situation, but it seems the Bucks quest for rim defense might get answered.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • The Kristaps Porzingis Watch

    If you are asking yourself what the New York Knicks are thinking with regards to their desire to move Kristaps Porzingis, you are not alone. The NBA is abuzz this morning not only on the notion that the Knicks want to trade Porzingis but how current Knicks president Phil Jackson is going about the process.

    Jackson took to MSG Network last night to proclaim that it was in the Knicks future best interests to explore Porzingis’ value. Not only was that a bad PR move, several teams wondered why Jackson would paint himself and his team into a corner by alienating arguably his best talent.

    The Knicks are asking such a huge price for Porzingis; most insiders don’t believe the Knicks will get what they are asking for setting the stage for another brutally awkward relationship if a deal cannot be found.

    League sources had pegged the Suns as very engaged in trade ideas starting last week, but they have emerged as the team with the most interest in obtaining Porzingis. The belief is the Suns would do some combination of young roster players and the fourth overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft, but they would not part with star guard Devin Booker in any scenario.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially as the draft starts to take shape and Jackson has to live with the consequences of the can of worms he has opened (again.)

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • Will The Pacers Move Paul George?

    While there is no lack of talk about a possible trade involving Indiana’s Paul George (most teams believe he will be moved today), there has been talk out Indiana that unless the right offer comes in new Team President Kevin Pritchard may wait out the draft and start the process again in July.

    A wrinkle in all of this is news from inside the NBA that the projected 2017-18 Salary Cap and accompanying tax line will be lower than originally projected. This becomes meaningful in predicting what the salary cap and tax line will be next year when the LA Lakers where believed to be able to obtain George as a free agent which was driving down what the Lakers would ultimately offer for George in trade now.

    With the cap lower, obtaining George’s Bird Rights becomes more valuable, especially if the Lakers plan is to have room for two high-level salaries next summer.

    There is also a sense that the Lakers offer, which most believe is centered on either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson and the 27th and the 28th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, becomes almost moot after the draft.

    The Lakers could always draft upside players and hope those players draft rights are appealing, but that would not be the same as the Pacers picking exactly who they would want with those selections.

    Most believe there is a game of poker playing out on George and that he will inevitably be traded to the Lakers. Both sides seem to be a little more motivated towards a deal today.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • Source: Pelicans Trade Tim Frazier to Wizards

    The New Orleans Pelicans have traded point guard Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the No. 52 overall pick in the draft, a league source told Basketball Insiders.

    Frazier is coming off his best season as a pro last season and averaged a career-high 7.1 points and 23.5 minutes per game. The 26-year-old guard filled in admirably for Jrue Holiday starting 35 games and averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 assists in 29.1 minutes per game.

    Frazier has a $2 million salary for next season and will become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

    Washington adds a backup point guard in Frazier with Brandon Jennings entering unrestricted free agency this summer. Trey Burke is eligible for a qualifying offer but is unlikely to receive one.

    New Orleans will now have two second-round draft picks (40 and 52) entering the draft. The Pelicans are now the 10th team with multiple picks second-round picks. They join the Magic (2), Hawks (2), Knicks (2), Rockets (2), Nuggets (2), Suns (2), Jazz (2), Celtics (3) and 76ers (4) as noted in our previous mock draft.

    For more on the draft and other potential trade to keep an eye on, check out our latest and final Basketball Insiders mock draft.

  • Sources: Spurs Open to Trading Danny Green

    League sources tell the @ExpressNews that #Spurs are open to trading guard Danny Green. No deal is close as of yet, though #NBA



    Source: Jabari Young on Twitter

  • Donovan Mitchell to Workout for Knicks Wednesday

    Louisville's Donovan Mitchell is scheduled to work out for the Knicks today in a group setting, per league sources. Mitchell's workout, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, is expected to be the last workout for New York before Thursday's draft. The club has told people around the league that it has not made up its mind yet. Mitchell, Frank Ntilikina and Malik Monk, Lauri Markkanen and others are being considered for the No. 8 pick, per people in touch with the team. Phil Jackson and other Knicks front office members are intrigued by Mitchell's defensive ability and athleticism. The Knicks also have no concerns about Mitchell's ability to handle New York due to his maturity and that he played for a high-profile college program in Louisville. Mitchell prefers to work out in a group setting to display his elite defensive attributes, something that has intrigued the Knicks and several other lottery teams. His workout is expected to include Villanova's Josh Hart, Miami's Davon Reed and Iowa State's Naz Long, among others. The group was also scheduled to workout on Tuesday but was moved to Wednesday along with Mitchell.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

  • Sources: Jimmy Butler Hopes to Stay in Chicago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers remain seriously interested in trading for Chicago's Jimmy Butler or Indiana's Paul George but have encountered significant obstacles on both fronts, according to league sources.

    Sources said Tuesday that the Cavaliers have been notified that Butler hopes to stay with the Bulls and would be reluctant to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler, sources said, remains intent on trying to lead the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN

  • Hawks, Hornets Agree to Dwight Howard Trade

    The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Bobcats, source tell ESPN's The Undefeated.




    Source: Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated

  • Sources: Lakers Trading Russell, Mozgov for Lopez, Pick

    The Los Angeles Lakers are trading Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick Thursday, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.




    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter

  • Sources: Bulls, Knicks Have Interest in Josh Jackson

    The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, who are fielding trade offers for their high-profile players, both have shown interest in draft prospect Josh Jackson, sources tell ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

    The Bulls have the 16th overall pick and the Knicks are slotted at No. 8, so either team likely would have to trade to a higher spot in the first round in order to select Jackson, who widely is projected as a top-five pick.

    Source: ESPN

  • Sources: Lakers and Pacers Talking Paul George Trade

    League sources tell @RamonaShelburne and me: The Pacers and Lakers have engaged on Paul George trade talks in advance of Thursday's draft




    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Knicks Not Ruling Out Possibility of Trading Porzingis

    Sources: As teams become aware Phil Jackson isn't ruling out possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis, frenzy of interest is growing today.



    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

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