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Report: Sixers trade 39th pick in NBA draft to Lakers

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NEW YORK -- The 76ers unloaded one of their second-round picks in Thursday's NBA draft.

ESPN reported that the Sixers traded the 39th pick Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a 2019 second-rounder and cash. As a result, the Sixers will make the pick for the Lakers.

The Sixers are left with picks Nos. 38, 56 and 60 in the ...Read more

Pistons introduce Dwane Casey as head coach: 'We have to win'

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The Pistons made it official on Wednesday.

Dwane Casey was formally introduced as the Detroit Pistons' 36th head coach at Little Caesars Arena. Casey is replacing Stan Van Gundy, who went 152-176 with one playoff appearance in four seasons.

Despite the franchise's recent lack of success, Casey spoke confidently and optimistically about his new...Read more

For grad transfer Reid Travis, there's 'no better place' than Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Reid Travis made it official Wednesday by tweeting that he will play for Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer.

Travis said he was looking for a program that aligns "my academic and athletic interests." There was "no better place" to do so than Kentucky, he said.

A two-time all-Pacific 12 selection, Travis is seen as ...Read more

UConn investigation alleges multiple NCAA violations under Kevin Ollie

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn's firing of men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie was the result of multiple players working with an outside trainer on campus and in Atlanta, an impermissible call between Ray Allen and a recruit and shooting baskets with a recruit during an official visit, according to investigations by the university and NCAA.

These ...Read more

Could Michael Porter Jr.'s NBA destination impact Missouri basketball recruiting?

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NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr.'s recruiting impact on Missouri was apparent just weeks after he committed to the university, as he helped secure commitments from Jeremiah Tilmon, Kassius Robertson and of course, younger brother Jontay.

And he might not be done yet.

Porter has a unique opportunity at hand with Thursday's NBA draft, as he could ...Read more

Hornets trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov, second-round picks

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The Charlotte Hornets' experiment with center Dwight Howard lasted a single season, with the team agreeing to trade him to the Brooklyn Nets, an NBA source confirmed Wednesday.

The Hornets will acquire Russian center Timofey Mozgov, plus two second-round picks, from the Nets. Mozgov's current contract with the Nets was originally signed with ...Read more

Mo Bamba on Bulls' heightened draft interest: 'It's mutual'

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NEW YORK -- Eighteen top prospects assembled Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan to meet the media a day before the NBA draft.

Headliner and likely top pick Deandre Ayton drew the biggest crowd. But possible Bulls targets Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. all generated significant attention.

The Tribune reported...Read more

Clippers still looking to move up in NBA draft, or get two quality picks at 12th and 13th

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have tried to plot a course that could potentially push them toward a better position in Thursday's NBA draft.

They have offered their own lottery picks, the 12th and 13th selections, to make a deal to move up, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and media ...Read more

Analyzing the best NBA draft prospects at Bulls' areas of need

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CHICAGO -- When the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves last June, a top-three pick seemed a likelihood and certainly an internal topic of discussion. Instead, the Bulls outperformed in December and dropped one spot via the draft lottery to own the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft.

Executive vice president John Paxson has stated the ...Read more

After thrilling Final Four run, Loyola's Donte Ingram working to take next stop to the NBA

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Donte Ingram and Loyola took a wild ride in the NCAA Tournament. Now he's on one of his own.

Ingram has been traveling from city to city working out for NBA teams -- an opportunity that in part presented itself after scouts saw more of Ingram during the Ramblers' thrilling Final Four run.

"It's been a long journey," Ingram told the Tribune in ...Read more

Marc Narducci's NBA mock draft

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The NBA draft will be held Thursday at the Barclays Center in New York.

Whether they trade up, package picks for a deal with a star or stay put at No. 10 and No. 26, the Sixers have a lot of options.

What about the rest of the league? Marc Narducci runs through his mock draft:

1. Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona -- 7-foot-0, Fr.

Ayton...Read more

Kevin Garnett imparts his NBA wisdom to draft prospects on Turner Sports' 'Next Up'

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Twenty-three years have passed since Kevin Garnett left his lone season at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago to become the first preps-to-pros teenager in two decades.

"You're growing up right there," Garnett said in a phone interview. "It was me and my coach -- shout to my dog Wolf (Farragut coach William Nelson) -- and we just figured that (...Read more

Wolves' pick, 20th, on draft night offers no guarantees

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The 20th player selected in Thursday night's NBA draft is due -- as set by the league's rookie-pay scale -- a starting salary approaching $2 million.

It's a predetermined number that doesn't begin to answer this question facing a Wolves organization that must decide whether to trade the pick or keep it:

Just what is a first-round draft pick ...Read more

Heat search for greatness bypasses 2018 NBA draft seemingly lacking in it

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The search for stardom continues Thursday at Barclays Center.

But the NBA draft also offers a lesson about the reality of NBA roster building: Sometimes good, not great, is as good as it gets.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley acknowledged as much at the end of his team's brief playoff run.

"We have a logjam," he said. "We have too many good-to-...Read more

Kings have top intel on Luka Doncic

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Luka Doncic might be the best prospect to come out of Europe that the NBA has seen in recent history.

What does that mean for his NBA future? That's anyone's guess.

Like any prospect, Doncic has the potential to be a star or a flop. To some, there's no doubt the Kings should select the 19-year-old EuroLeague star if he's ...Read more

After Porter Jr.'s arrival, Missouri basketball revenue surged in a way that's hard to compare

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Michael Porter Jr. knows his 53-minute Missouri career left Tigers fans with "mixed emotions," but one thing is clear: the financial gain made by the basketball program in his lone season.

Season-ticket sales, which were already trending upward from the hire of coach Cuonzo Martin, surged after Porter Jr.'s commitment in March ...Read more

LiAngelo Ball stresses he's open to all possibilities on playing future

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The confidence never wavered when LiAngelo Ball discussed numerous topics.

He touted how he represents a so-called "3-and-D" player that can hit outside shots and defend with consistency. He downplayed his dad's outspokenness and stressed that does not reflect his own views. He dismissed his shoplifting incident in China ...Read more

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly seeks trade; Lakers are preferred destination

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LOS ANGELES -- Whether or not the relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs is reparable, the star forward's desire to leave the organization became clear on Friday morning when the San Antonio Express-News and other outlets reported Leonard wants to be traded.

The Lakers have long been among his preferred destinations, if ...Read more

Five-star recruits like what they're hearing from Memphis coach Penny Hardaway

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It's been less than three months since Penny Hardaway took over the Memphis basketball program. He's still another several months away from coaching his first game at his alma mater, but the former NBA star is already having a major impact.

It's being felt in season ticket sales, in the general excitement surrounding the program, and most ...Read more

How will Kings assess Michael Porter Jr.'s latest setback?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Michael Porter Jr. might be the most tantalizing prospect available in next week's NBA draft and would fill a big need for the Kings.

But after Porter's scheduled workout this week was canceled, injury questions persist with the draft quickly approaching next Thursday.

The Kings and other teams picking in the top 10 were ...Read more

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