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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

Kevin Ollie, lawyers issue responses following release of UConn investigation documents

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- As the dispute over former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie's contract heads to arbitration, his attorney responded to UConn's release of documents this week relating to the decision of university officials to terminate his employment for "just cause."

At stake is the more than $10 million Ollie is owed on his contract. If ...Read more

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