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Agent: Embiid to Undergo Foot Surgery Today

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Joel Embiid has suffered stress fracture in right foot and slated for surgery on Friday, agent Arn Tellem says.

Says Tellem, “Joel will be unable to participate in any additional workouts, and will not attend the draft in New York.”

via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Twitter

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#19 – Kevin Huerter – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 19 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland.

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, each 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.

Huerter becomes the first Maryland player to be selected in the first round since center Alex Len was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2013. Huerter was projected to be available in the 16 to 24 range and the Hawks get a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, who has the ability to spread the floor.

In two seasons at Maryland, Huerter averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists on 46 percent shooting from the floor. As a sophomore, Huerter connected on 73 three-pointers on a sparkling 42 percent accuracy from long range.

The Hawks have been looking for consistent production from the two guard spot ever since Tim Hardaway Jr. left the team to join the New York Knicks in free agency last summer.

Huerter will join a young Hawks core of point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years, as well as dynamic guard Trae Young, who was selected with the fifth overall pick of this year’s draft (pending the trade with the Dallas Mavericks being finalized).

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Lakers Agree to Send Lou Williams to Houston Rockets

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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

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Jazz Tried to Move Up to Acquire Winslow 

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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

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