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Lakers draft Michigan big man with 25th pick, add two guards

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LOS ANGELES -- As the Los Angeles Lakers try to build their next championship team, general manager Rob Pelinka is learning something about opponents' willingness to help his team accomplish that.

"It's not like teams are saying, 'Oh, I'm not going to do a deal with the Lakers,' but I do think when you have 16 banners there's going to be a ...Read more

Clippers land a pair of 6-6 guards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, in NBA draft

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NEW YORK -- After Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson each eased their way off the bus that ferried them from their hotel to the Barclays Center for the biggest night of their young lives, they wound up next to each other as they awaited the start of the NBA draft.

The two of them began to talk, two young men excited about the ...Read more

Kansas' Devonte Graham drafted in second round of NBA draft, traded to home-state Hornets

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For just the second time in the last nine years, Kansas has failed to land a first-round pick in the NBA draft.

The Jayhawks, who were shut out in selections 1 through 30 during Thursday night's proceedings in Brooklyn, N.Y., did represent in the second round.

Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham, a consensus first-team All-American out of...Read more

Warriors select Jacob Evans with No. 28 pick

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors selected Cincinnati junior forward Jacob Evans with their No. 28 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday, adding a player that could provide wing depth with defense and outside shooting.

Although the Warriors had maintained they would follow the old adage in selecting the best player available, they entered the ...Read more

A memorable night for Villanova, a confusing one for Mikal Bridges

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NEW YORK -- The emotions on NBA draft night for Villanova's Mikal Bridges shifted dramatically from elation to confusion.

The Wildcats' All-America guard was selected No. 10 by the 76ers, the fourth lottery pick in the history of the Villanova program. But sometime near the end of his news conference when he talked about how "awesome" and "what...Read more

Timberwolves take Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie at No. 20

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The Timberwolves took Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie with their first-round pick (20th overall) in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Okogie, a 6-4 guard, was third-team All-ACC in 2017-18 as a sophomore after making the league's all-freshman team in 2016-17.

He averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Yellow Jackets last ...Read more

Sixers select Landry Shamet; first Wichita State player in 33 years to be drafted in first-round

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Landry Shamet became just the first Wichita State player selected in first round of the NBA draft in the last 33 years when the Philadelphia 76ers selected the Kansas City native with the No. 26 overall pick in Thursday's draft in New York.

Shamet, who declared for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season with WSU, averaged 14.9 points...Read more

Bulls select Boise State's Chandler Hutchison with No. 22 pick in draft

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The Bulls fulfilled a promise after all.

Rumors of them drafting Boise State wing Chandler Hutchison persisted since he left the NBA draft combine last month, reportedly promised a first-round pick by the Bulls.

And indeed, they selected the 6-foot-7 Mountain West player of the year with the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Hutchison ...Read more

Kevin Huerter drafted 19th overall by Hawks

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Steve Dagostino had seen snippets of Kevin Huerter's burgeoning basketball skills as the former Division II All-American's business as a local trainer began to grow in upstate New York.

One afternoon, when Huerter was in 10th grade at Shenendehowa High, the skinny red-headed youngster did something that made Dagostino think the ceiling was a ...Read more

Michigan's Moritz Wagner picked by Lakers in NBA draft

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Former Michigan center Moritz Wagner was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 25th overall pick in Thursday's 2018 NBA draft.

Wagner, who played three seasons for the Wolverines, earned All-Big Ten second team honors this past season. He led Michigan with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds, as the Wolverines made a run to the national ...Read more

Hornets make trade, acquire Michigan State's Miles Bridges

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The Charlotte Hornets selected Kentucky's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the 11th pick Thursday, but he won't end up in Charlotte.

The Hornets agreed to trade the rights to Gilgeous-Alexander to the Los Angeles Clippers for the 12th pick, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, and two future second-round picks, according to an ESPN report on the ...Read more

Former Miami standout Lonnie Walker chosen by Spurs with No. 18 pick in NBA draft

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Former Miami Hurricanes guard Lonnie Walker needed only just one year on campus to accomplish an impressive feat in school history.

On Thursday, Walker was taken by the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft in New York. He is tied for the second-highest UM player selected. In 2014, Shane Larkin was drafted at the same slot by ...Read more

Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. falls to No. 14 in NBA draft, selected by Nuggets

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NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr. leaned against a wall on the third floor of the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan and took off his blue jacket. This was Wednesday, the day before the 2018 NBA draft, and he was fresh off a half-hour media session, during which reporters repeatedly questioned his health.

The back surgery Porter underwent in ...Read more

Mikal Bridges picked at No. 10 by Sixers in NBA draft

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NEW YORK -- Mikal Bridges is staying home. The 76ers selected the junior with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound swingman is a multi-dimensional defensive standout and a good 3-point shooter (43.5 percent last season). He averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 32.1 minutes during ...Read more

Bulls take Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. with 7th pick in NBA draft

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The Bulls were always thinking big.

And after attempts to trade up for Marvin Bagley III and Mo Bamba, they stayed at No. 7 and drafted 6-foot-10-inch Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke.

Carter, who impressed the Bulls throughout the draft process, is the type of big who management envisions will fit in today's NBA and complement Lauri Markkanen. At...Read more

Cavaliers draft Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with eighth pick

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Cavaliers put aside their concerns about LeBron James' future in Cleveland and tried to correct a mistake from last August.

With the eighth overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, the Cavs selected freshman point guard Collin Sexton of Alabama.

The Cavs acquired the pick in last summer's trade that sent Kyrie ...Read more

Giants' Strickland expresses regret, says he's open to receiving help for managing anger

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A contrite Hunter Strickland sat in the Giants dugout Thursday and admitted he sees a pattern.

After punching a door following a blown save in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins Monday, Strickland underwent surgery to repair a fractured hand that will require him to miss six-to-eight weeks.

It's not the first time Strickland's anger ...Read more

Hawks acquire Trae Young in NBA draft trade

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Hawks general manger Travis Schlenk made the most consequential transaction of his tenure Thursday night when he acquired Oklahoma point guard Trae Young in the NBA draft.

The Hawks traded the No. 3 overall draft pick to the Mavericks in exchange for the No. 5 pick in the 2018 draft plus a protected first-round pick in the 2019 draft, top-five ...Read more

Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr. fourth overall

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Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. has been selected No. 4 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in Thursday's 2018 NBA draft.

In his single season with the Spartans, Jackson started 34 of 35 games and averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He quickly became one of MSU's most consistent players and shot up the draft boards ...Read more

Kings draft Duke's Marvin Bagley III with second-overall pick, pass on European star

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The Kings selected Duke forward Marvin Bagley III with the second-overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.

Bagley, a consensus All-American and the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as a freshman, impressed the Kings with his size (6-foot-11, 234 pounds), supreme athleticism (40 1/2 inch vertical leap), aggressive style of play and...Read more