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#25 – Moritz Wagner – Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Mortiz Wagner with the No. 25 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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After acquiring a first-round pick in a mid-season trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Michigan Center Mortiz Wagner with the 25th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-11 junior projects as a capable scoring option at the center position. Wagner can provide a lot on the offensive end as he can score down low, set screens effectively while also being able to pop out to shoot from the outside. At Michigan, Wagner put up 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds per game while also shooting 39.4 percent from three-point range. While Wagner can shoot from distance and also can take the ball off the dribble in limited situations. While Wagner can provide value on offense and is a decent rebounder, he is not a defensive standout that can achor a team’s defense.

There had been a lot of speculation that Kevin Hueter would be available when the Lakers made their pick. Instead, Hueter is off the board and so the Lakers shift their focus to adding the talentend big man. Wagner projected as a late first round, early second round prospect that provides value on the offensive end. The Lakers currently have a strong core of talented guard and wing talent and have now bolstered their front court with Wagner.

James Blancarte is a writer for Basketball Insiders. He is also an Attorney based in Los Angeles, California.

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2018DD

Sources: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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#30 – Omari Spellman – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. .

After 10 consecutive seasons reaching the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks failed to win 25 contests in 2018. Gone are All-Stars Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, all of whom the franchise groomed at various points during their decade of playoff bliss. Now the team is faced with a daunting rebuild under second year general manager Travis Schlenk and first year coach Lloyd Pierce.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year’s draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). In his lone campaign with the Wildcats, Spellman appeared in 40 contests and averaged 10.9 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Hawks continue to add shooting to their rebuilding roster. With the No. 3 overall pick, the team selected Luka Doncic, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young. The team used the No. 19 overall selection to draft shooting guard Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland. In Spellman, the Hawks acquire a big man that shot 43 percent from the collegiate three-point line last season.

In addition to Young and Huerter, Spellman will join a young Hawks core featuring point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

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