Top 10 First Round Picks:
- Markelle Fultz, 6’4” Point Guard, Washington – Philadelphia 76ers
- Lonzo Ball, 6’6” Point Guard, UCLA – LA Lakers
- Jayson Tatum, 6’8” Small Forward, Duke – Boston Celtics
- Josh Jackson, 6’8” Small Forward, Kansas – Phoenix Suns
- De’Aaron Fox, 6’4” Point Guard, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings
- Jonathan Isaac, 6’11” Forward, Florida State – Orlando Magic
- Lauri Markkanen, 7’ Power Forward, Arizona – Chicago Bulls
- Frank Ntilikina, 6’5” Point Guard, Strasbourg (International) – Knicks
- Dennis Smith Jr., 6’2” Point Guard, North Carolina State – Dallas Mavericks
- Zach Collins, 7’ Power Forward/Center, Gonzaga – Portland Trail Blazers
Trade Alert: Timberwolves Land Jimmy Butler
The Minnesota Timberwolves made one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far, sending Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick to the Chicago Bulls for all-star Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick.
Bulls’ Butler Traded to Timberwolves -The Minnesota Timberwolves have an agreement in principle to acquire three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein. Butler has been told of the deal, ESPN reported. The Wolves are also getting the No. 16 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. The Bulls, meanwhile, will acquire guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine as well as the No. 7 overall pick Thursday night, which was used to select 7-footer Lauri Markkanen. The trade means a reunion for Butler and Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler, 27, gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core.
Cavs, Spurs Discuss Deal for Green – The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have engaged in trade talks involving Danny Green, multiple sources said Thursday. The Cavs are looking for two-way wing players like Green as they look to retool their roster to better compete with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Spurs have been investigating the market for Green as they look to open salary-cap space ahead of the start of free agency. But the asking price has been a little too high in early talks with the Cavs, sources said.
Nuggets Eye Deals for Butler, Bledsoe – The Denver Nuggets held separate discussions leading up to Thursday night’s NBA draft about deals to acquire Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN. The deal with the Bulls would include draft picks and multiple young players but not Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, a source said. In the trade with the Suns, the Nuggets would send point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 overall pick to Phoenix in return for Bledsoe, league sources said. Sources described the dialogue for those negotations as “fluid.”
Spurs Shop Aldridge for Top-10 Pick – The San Antonio Spurs, in pursuit of a top-10 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, have spoken to at least three teams about a possible trade involving power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, sources confirmed to ESPN. Aldridge’s contract contains a player option after the 2017-18 season, and he declined to address the situation when asked specifically by ESPN about it during the playoffs. For the Spurs, working to consummate a trade now is more advantageous than potentially losing Aldridge after next season with no compensation in return.
Hawks Trade Former All-Star Howard to Hornets – The Atlanta Hawks have traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta for Howard and the 31st pick. The trade was made official Tuesday night. Hornets GM Rich Cho said the team is excited to add “a player of Dwight’s stature.”
Pacers, Lakers Discuss George Trade – The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in Paul George trade discussions as Thursday’s NBA draft draws near, according to league sources. But sources said Tuesday that it remains unclear whether the sides can agree to trade terms before the draft, given Indiana’s desire to acquire the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick and L.A.’s well-chronicled reluctance to surrender it.
Bulls, Knicks Eye KU’s Jackson – The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, who are fielding trade offers for their high-profile players, both have shown interest in draft prospect Josh Jackson, according to sources. The Bulls have the 16th overall pick and the Knicks are slotted at No. 8, so either team likely would have to trade to a higher spot in the first round in order to select Jackson, who widely is projected as a top-five pick. The 6-foot-10 Jackson worked out last week for the Lakers, who have the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft.
Teams Talk to Knicks About Porzingis – The New York Knicks have gotten several calls from teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis in recent days, per ESPN sources. Teams in touch with the Knicks recently say the club has not ruled out the possibility of trading Porzingis. Porzingis skipped exit meetings with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills in April due to frustration over the dysfunction and drama surrounding the team. No one from the organization has been in touch with Porzingis since he missed the exit meeting, per sources.