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2018 NBA Draft Diary


  • Are The Magic Leaning Towards Sexton Over Young?

    The Orlando Magic seems to be dialing in on what’s there for them at six, assuming they don’t trade up, which they have explored with both Atlanta and Memphis. The prevailing thought among fans is that if Trae Young is there at six, the Magic will pounce. However, that doesn’t seem to want coming out of Orlando.

    Early on in the process, the Magic seemed to be seriously interested in Collin Sexton, and word is that be might the Magic’s guy at six. The Magic ultimately will catch what falls to them, and if Dončić, Bagley or Jackson are there, things get interesting for the Magic. However, if the draft goes as scripted, Orlando seems more likely to go, Sexton, Bamba, Carter or Knox than Young – at least at this point.

    The draft is a fluid domino effect process, so at six the Magic have to cover a lot of bases, and it seems they have with their individual workouts.

    The Magic desperately covet an impact player, so don’t be surprised if the Magic pull the trigger on a move-up deal, especially as we get closer and closer to the moment of truth.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • Mo Bamba Could Slide On Draft Night

    You won’t find many NBA executives who don’t find Texas big man Mo Bamba intriguing. The problem for Bamba if there are some many super talented bigs in the 2018 NBA draft he is caught in a numbers game.

    League sources said recently that Bamba is in the mix at two to the Kings, four to Grizzlies, five to Mavericks, six to the Magic and seven to the Bulls. The problem is he doesn’t seem to be the first or second option to any of those teams at this point.

    According to league sources there continues to be questions about how his offensive game fits into the modern NBA, and with more versatile guys sitting at the top of the draft, Bamba is looking more like the consolation prize later in the draft. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think Bamba will be a monster defensively in the NBA, but the question remains which team is drafting defense at the top of the board?

    If there is a player outside of the top five that could tumble a little, it might be Bamba, especially if the Mavericks pass at five.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • 76ers to Workout Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith for Second Time

    SCHEDULED PARTICIPANTS:

    11:00 A.M. Group Workout:

    G-F B.J. Johnson (La Salle)

    G De’Anthony Melton (USC)

    G Tyler Nelson (Fairfield)

    G Malik Newman (Kansas)

    G Landry Shamet (Wichita State)

    G Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)

     

    1:00 P.M. Workout:

    F Kevin Knox (Kentucky)

    Source: Philadelphia 76ers

  • Sources: Raptors Want Top-10 Pick, Interested in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    According to one league source, no one on Toronto's roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick




    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Sources: Kawhi Leonard Prefers Trade to Lakers

    San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources tell ESPN.




    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Sources: Nuggets, Hawks Contemplating Kenneth Faried Trade

    The Nuggets are aggressively seeking to shed salary by trading forward Kenneth Faried, and the Hawks are willing to accommodate them for the right price, according to a person with knowledge of the NBA trade market.


    The Hawks would seek draft picks, young players or both as part of a deal with the Nuggets or any other team that wants to reduce payroll. The Nuggets own the No. 14 overall pick in next week’s draft, and their expendable young players include recent draft picks Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon.

    The Nuggets are looking to reduce their salary commitments for next season. Faried is owed $13.8 million in 2018-19, the final year of his deal, and he fell out of Denver’s rotation this season with a career-low 461 minutes played.

    Source: Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Report: Porter Jr. Cancels Workout Over Major Spasms

    NBA draft hopeful Michale Porter Jr canceled a second group workout in Chicago set for Friday, due to whats being described as severe muscle spasms. Several NBA teams including the Knicks, Kings, and Suns were expected to attend and get a second look at him.

    https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1007284605676867584

    After news of this started to leak around the NBA, Priority Sports, Porter's representation sent out an update:

    https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1007321027028938752

    https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1007321411478872064

    https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1007319402046541824

    The news of medical issues may be devastating to Porter's draft stock, especially considering how limited the access to him NBA teams have had.

    The prevailing thought is that unless NBA team doctors get access to Porter directly, he may see his draft stock plummet.

    Stay tuned as this more details emerge.

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