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Jayson Tatum: ‘Didn’t Know if I Was Going to Get Traded’

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After hearing his name invoked as someone who might interest the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jayson Tatum initially feared he might be included in the trade package the Boston Celtics put together Tuesday to land Kyrie Irving.

“I was watching [the trade news] on TV and I saw breaking news come across, so it was just as much of a shock to me as all the other fans,” said Tatum, who only this week moved to Massachusetts to begin offseason workouts in advance of training camp next month. “I was just as surprised as everyone else [about the deal]. I saw my name come up, and I didn’t know if I was going to get traded. … It’s all new to me. I haven’t played an NBA game yet; I just came from college. I don’t know how to handle all the trade talks. I was just like, ‘Wow,’ [when I] saw my name come up.”

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen Among HOF Finalists

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Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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Giannis: I want to work with Kobe over the Summer

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Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ 134-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN Milwaukee he hopes to work with NBA legend Kobe Bryant this summer.

“When I go to that event, I’m going to try to sneak an opportunity to talk to him,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to ask him if I can come to L.A. to work with him.”

Source: Eric Nehm of ESPN

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Sources: Aldridge, Horford Were Picked Last in All-Star Draft

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San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.”

Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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