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#5 – Trae Young – Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks pulled off the first big trade of draft night by swapping the No. 3 and No. 5 picks. In the proposed deal, the Hawks will select Luka Doncic and trade him to the Mavericks who will send Trae Young in return.

Trae Young is an exciting player who lit up the NCAA this season. He is an explosive scorer who can get to the rim at will and finish as well as knock down jumpers all the way out to the three-point line. He’s drawn a lot of comparisons to Stephen Curry due to him being a pure shooter.

He’s also a very good playmaker, and that’s something that the Hawks are going to need especially if they move on from Dennis Schroder this summer. He’s a very intriguing prospect and he has the chance to be a high-level point guard in the NBA, perhaps even an All-Star. Defensively, he still has much to work on though. His size might hurt him a bit when going against some of the NBA’s bigger point guards. But other than that, he should be an exciting new part of the Hawks’ rebuilding movement.

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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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