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76ers' Colangelo disappointed at not making draft-day deal

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Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, couldn't mask his disappointment at not making any trades during his first draft with the team.

Yes, he was thrilled with the selection of No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, whom he and the franchise consider a cornerstone player. But there was no secret that the Sixers tried to trade for ...Read more

Bulls GM Forman downplays need to reassure Butler on rumors

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Bulls general manager Gar Forman downplayed the need to reassure Jimmy Butler after his name surfaced in multiple trade rumors Thursday night.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they ...Read more

Could Warriors make use of 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye?

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If Mamadou Ndiaye ever makes it to Oracle Arena in a Warriors uniform, fans are sure to have a few Manute Bol flashbacks. The sight of a man who doesn't need to jump in order to dunk a basketball is fairly distinct.

Ndiaye, a 7-foot-6 Senegalese center for UC Irvine (for the record, the Sudanese Bol was 7-foot-7), took to Twitter after the NBA ...Read more

Carter Jr. reportedly turned down chance to be drafted by teams that wanted to send him to Europe

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Former Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. turned down a chance to be drafted in the second round by two different teams that wanted to send him to Europe for more seasoning, according to a report.

Carter's agent told CSNMid-Atlantic that the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets both wanted to take Carter and send him to play overseas, but Carter ...Read more

Suns' Ulis: 'Being able to play with Devin again was worth the wait'

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It didn't take long for the Phoenix Suns' introductory news conference for its NBA draft picks to turn its focus to Kentucky basketball.

While mentioning those people in attendance with each player, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough finished up by jokingly mentioning second-round pick Tyler Ulis' "other agent," fellow former Wildcat Devin ...Read more

Krzyzewski on LeBron's Olympic withdrawal: 'He's served'

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DURHAM, N.C. -- When LeBron James decided to pass on the Olympics on Thursday, having captured his third NBA title in his sixth straight trip to the finals, Mike Krzyzewski's response was one of acceptance: "He's served."

James played on both of Krzyzewski's gold-medal teams, in 2008 and 2012, and the superstar's willingness to buy into ...Read more

Derrick Rose on joining Knicks: 'It still don't feel real'

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As he approached Madison Square Garden on Friday for his introductory news conference as a Knick, even Derrick Rose found the whole scenario a bit strange.

"It still don't feel real," Rose said in New York. "Driving in and seeing my picture on a billboard or a screen outside the building, it kind of blew me away a little bit. It probably won't ...Read more

Cat Barber to play for Pelicans in NBA summer league

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Cat Barber will try to make the NBA the hard way: through the summer league.

The former N.C. State point guard went undrafted on Thursday night but will play for the New Orleans Pelicans' summer league team in Las Vegas next month.

"Don't give up that easy everything happens for a reason tho," Barber posted to his Twitter account early Friday ...Read more

Kings turned one first-round pick into three in NBA draft

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The Kings' missteps in recent NBA drafts have been numerous. And their latest decision with the first of three first-round picks acquired on draft day was puzzling, to say the least.

In one of two trades Thursday, the Kings moved down to select Georgios Papagiannis, a center from Greece, at 13th overall.

"We started our day with one (first-...Read more

Bucks select 7-foot-1 Thon Maker at No. 10

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The Milwaukee Bucks pulled the first huge surprise of Thursday's NBA draft by selecting Sudan native Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick.

The 7-foot-1 Maker is an athletic big man who worked out for the Bucks and made an impression on team officials.

Maker grew up in Australia before coming to the United States and then playing two years at ...Read more

No suspense at top of draft, but after that, some surprises

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It was the night drama at the top of the NBA draft went to die, as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder as we knew them and the perception that budget department stores can't outfit millionaires.

There was zero suspense when it came to the top two picks. Power forward Ben Simmons went No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night and forward ...Read more

NBA draft a waiting game for former Kentucky players

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NEW YORK -- For Kentucky players, the 2016 NBA draft breathed new life in an old hit by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The waiting is the hardest part.

Neither former Kentucky player at Thursday's NBA draft was selected as early as predicted.

Jamal Murray, who had been projected as high as the third pick, clapped politely as NBA Commissioner...Read more

Warriors take Damian Jones with final pick of first round

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors selected Vanderbilt center Damian Jones with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday.

The 7-foot, 245-pounder left Vanderbilt after averaging 13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds in his junior season, finishing second on the school's career blocks list.

"He can really run, and he's got a lot of ...Read more

UNC's Brice Johnson selected 25th in NBA draft to Clippers

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During his first few weeks at North Carolina Brice Johnson thought about leaving. The workouts were too difficult, the demands too much.

He thought about going back home to Orangeburg, S.C. Four years later, Johnson on Thursday night heard his name called in the first round of the NBA Draft.

The Los Angeles Clippers selected Johnson with the ...Read more

Sixers coach Brown: It was Simmons all along

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Coach Brett Brown and the 76ers did their due diligence in evaluating draft prospects. But there was little question that LSU forward Ben Simmons would be the No. 1 pick, a less-than-startling admission that Brown made shortly after the selection was announced.

"We have known about this pick for a while," Brown said Thursday night at the team's...Read more

Nets choose Caris LeVert 20th overall

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Caris LeVert played just 33 games over two seasons from 2014-16 for Michigan due to a plague of injury issues.

The Brooklyn Nets will take a chance on LeVert, hoping he can become the player that showed as much potential as anyone at U-M.

The Nets drafted the U-M guard at 20th overall, with the Indiana Pacers' selection via trade, in the first...Read more

Hawks take DeAndre' Bembry with No. 21 pick

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The Hawks selected wing DeAndre' Bembry from St. Joseph's with the No. 21 pick, their second of the first round.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Bembry was an early entry candidate after three seasons at St. Joseph's. As a junior last season, he averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 37.3 minutes in 36 games and was named the Atlantic 10 ...Read more

Pistons select Marquette's Henry Ellenson with No. 18 pick

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The Detroit Pistons used the 18th pick of Thursday's NBA draft on Marquette power forward Henry Ellenson

Ellenson, 19, is a 6-foot-10, 240-pounder. The Pistons aren't expecting the prospect to contribute immediately.

Most mock drafts had Ellenson going higher, but a player they targeted early in the process was available.

He is an outside ...Read more

Jazz take Baylor's Taurean Prince with 12th pick in NBA draft

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Taurean Prince, a two-All-Big 12 forward at Baylor, was selected by Utah with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The pick is part of a proposed trade to Atlanta.

Prince developed from an unheralded recruit out of San Antonio Warren High School into an NBA draft pick. He was a late addition to...Read more

Marquese Chriss taken eighth and traded to Suns in first round of NBA draft

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Sacramento Kings selected Marquese Chriss, the high-flying freshman forward at Washington, with the eighth pick in Thursday's NBA draft and traded him to Phoenix.

While wearing a Kings cap, Chriss confirmed he was on the move to the Suns.

"My agent let me know before they made the pick," Chriss said during an ESPN interview. "I'm fine with it....Read more