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Source: Bulls May Move on From Cameron Payne

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The Bulls might be moving on from [Cameron] Payne, as well, and a source close to the situation explained Thursday why that might be best for the organization.

“We knew the second practice [after he was acquired] that he couldn’t play at [an NBA] level,’’ the source said. “The only reason it took two practices was because we thought maybe it was nerves in the first one.

“Any [Bulls] coach who says differently is lying. . . . We got ‘Garred’ on that one.’’

The source was referring to general manager Gar Forman, who sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Thunder for a package that supposedly was highlighted by Payne. The front office even called Payne “the point guard of the future.’’

Source: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: Trae Young Had ‘secret workout’ with Cavaliers Saturday

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Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today:

Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter

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Sources: Mikal Bridges Top Target for 76ers at No. 10

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[Mikal] Bridges is the Sixers’ top target if they remain at No. 10. Knox and former Kentucky teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are high on their wish list if Bridges is off the board, according to sources.

Source: Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sources: Raptors Gauging Market on Norman Powell

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Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.

Although they believe he can bounce back, the team’s depth has made Powell expendable. If they’re going to move him, this might be the best time to do it.

Source: Josh Lewenberg of TSN

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