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#29 – Dzanan Musa – Brooklyn Nets

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Initially thought to be a draft and stash prospect, the Brooklyn Nets selected Dzanan Musa with the 29th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old Bosnian star has been playing professionally in Europe for 3 years and is projected as one of Europe’s rising young stars. Musa is a scoring wing who has a good midrange game but will need to increase his proficiency from the 3 point arc to diversify his arsenal. Musa is not an elite defender, but has good size to contest shots at 6-9 for his position.

The Nets, still lacking draft assets as a result of the infamous 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics, need to stockpile as many tantalizing young players as they can. With Musa, they have acquired a player with incredible upside for his age, and also has a good amount of experience playing professionally. Along with Caris LeVert, D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn now has a trio of interesting young players who can handle the ball, drive and score in a variety of ways.

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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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