NBA Rumors: Live Draft Day Updates and News
The ping pong balls have fallen into place, but nothing is determined as we head into Thursday night’s NBA draft. It’s that sense of uncertainty that has helped perpetuate multiple rumors regarding top picks and top stars from around the league.
Who will your favorite team select with its draft picks?
Which top stars will be on the move?
What other roster moves will go down?
Keep it locked here at Bleacher Report while we keep you up to date on the latest draft-day buzz.
On a night when mock drafts were ripped apart like busted bracket sheets during an upset-heavy weekend in March, 60 young men from all over the globe took their first giant step toward starting their NBA careers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers got the night off to a shocking start by grabbing UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick. The Charlotte Bobcats followed suit three picks later, using the No. 4 selection on Indiana big man Cody Zeller. The New Orleans Pelicans jolted their rise to relevance by acquiring rising All-Star Jrue Holiday, while the Philadelphia 76ers made Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel their new face of the franchise.
Yet with all these new beginnings, it was the end of an era that will serve as this night's lasting legacy.
Kevin Garnett, an 18-year pro who spent the last six seasons with the Boston Celtics, and Paul Pierce, a 15-year veteran and Celtics' lifer, were sent packing to the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn and its rookie coach Jason Kidd face an uphill climb ahead with championship-or-bust themes oozing out of this deal, while a coach-less Boston club sets off on the long road back to relevancy.
Most of the winners and losers on Thursday night won't be clear for some time, but the clock is already ticking for a Brooklyn team with an inexperienced coach, an expensive roster and an impatient billionaire owner.
With the final pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Memphis Grizzlies again went the international route.
Janis Timma, a Latvian wing, closed out the proceedings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Bojan Dubljevic, a Montenegrin forward, with the No. 59 pick. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the clock for the final pick of the 2013 draft.
The defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs drafted scoring forward Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) at No. 58.
The Memphis Grizzlies grabbed French forward Joffrey Lauvergne at No. 55, then the Detroit Pistons snatched up former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva at No. 56.
Alex Oriakhi (Missouri) landed with the Phoenix Suns at No. 57.
Tim Bontemps of the New York Post confirmed that Kris Joseph, not Tornike Shengelia, is headed to Boston:
Can confirm reports that Toko Shengelia is not involved in the Nets-Celtics trade. Kris Joseph appears to be in it instead.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 28, 2013
The defending champion Miami Heat, who did not enter the night with a draft pick, have acquired James Ennis from the Atlanta Hawks according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Atlanta has traded the 50th pick, Long Beach State's James Ennis, to the Miami Heat, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted 6'5" point guard Lorenzo Brown (NC State) with the 52nd pick.
The Indiana Pacers selected Colorado State 7-footer Colton Iverson at No. 53, but ESPN's Andy Katz reports he'll end up with the Boston Celtics:
While we were at break, Adam Silver announced the Colton Iverson pick for Indiana but as we said it's going to Boston for cash.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
The Washington Wizards drafted Iranian national and former Oregon Duck Arsalan Kazemi at No. 54.
Ricardo Ledo has been a busy man.
ESPN's Andy Katz breaks down his draft-night travels:
Jackrabbit on the move. Nate Wolters is now going to Milwaukee, per Bucks. He was picked by Washington for Philadelphia.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
Ricky Ledo on the move. He's now in Atlanta from being picked by Milwaukee.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
Breathe. Washington took Wolters. Then traded him to Sixers. Sixers moved Wolters to Bucks for Ledo and then moved Ledo to Atlanta.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
And that wasn't it:
Ledo could be moving again!— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
Bucks were told Philadelphia moved Ledo to Atlanta. Now Ledo is still in Phily before being moved again. Still in holding ground.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
Dallas confirmed it got Ricky Ledo from Philadelphia.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 28, 2013
Too bad he's not racking up the frequent fliers for all this. Remember, he doesn't have his NBA cash coming yet.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman is leaving Adam Silver in the dust, reporting picks Nos. 49, 50 and 51 for Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando respectively:
Erik Murphy to Chicago at No. 49.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
Long Beach State's James Ennis goes at No. 50.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
Romero Osby (shocker) went No. 51 to Orlando.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
The Atlanta hawks selected Brazilian guard Raul Neto at No. 47.
The Los Angeles Lakers, making their first pick of the night at No. 48, grabbed Duke's stretch forward Ryan Kelly.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Montenegrin big man Marko Todorovic.
Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post reports that the Denver Nuggets will draft scoring guard Erick Green (Virginia Tech) with the No. 46 pick:
Nuggets picking Erick Green w 46— Benjamin Hochman (@nuggetsnews) June 28, 2013
Baylor scoring point guard Pierre Jackson is now a Philadelphia 76er.
Ricardo Ledo, who was only allowed to practice with the team during his lone season at Providence, landed with the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 43.
The Dallas Mavericks, picking for the Atlanta Hawks, selected Bucknell big man Mike Muscala.
Kris Joseph, who started his rookie season with the Boston Celtics, is headed back to his former team as part of the Brooklyn Nets' trade package.
Per Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski:
Kris Joseph will part of the Nets package to the Celtics, as well as the right to swap draft picks in 2017, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
The Memphis Grizzlies stopped one of the longer draft slides on Thursday night, grabbing a player who blends right in with the Grizzlies' strengths and weaknesses.
Via Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress.com:
Memphis takes Jamaal Frankin with the #41 pick. One of the biggest drops in the draft. Talented slasher/defender, but can't shoot.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 28, 2013
South Dakota State standout Nate Wolters is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of their trade with the Washington Wizards.
The Portland Trail Blazers went with post players for back-to-back picks grabbing Kansas' shot-blocker Jeff Withey first then Arizona stretch forward Grant Jerrett.
The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics weren't the only ones swapping veteran talent on Thursday night.
Was Koufos the latest casualty of Denver's first-round upset by the Golden State Warriors? After averaging 8.0 points and 6.9 rebounds during the regular season, the former Ohio State Buckeye managed just 3.3 points and 3.5 boards in the postseason.
Glen Rice, Jr. is now on the move, being shipped from Philly to Washington according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Philadelphia has traded Glen Rice Jr., to Washington for the 38th and 54th picks, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
The Pistons grabbed North Texas' big man Tony Mitchell with the No. 37 pick.
To catch up on the picks made since the Boston-Brooklyn talks reached a fever pitch.
The Blazers opened the round with Allen Crabbe (California). The Thunder followed with Alex Abrines (Spain). Carrick Felix (Arizona State) landed with the Cavaliers, while the Rockets moved up for Isaiah Canaan (Murray State).
The 76ers grabbed Glen Rice, Jr. at No. 35 who played his college ball at Georgia Tech then carved out his NBA career at the D-League ranks after being dismissed from the Yellow Jackets. Detroit combo guard Ray McCallum went to the Kings at No. 36.
Kevin Garnett said he didn't want to be rushed on the decision to waive his no-trade clause.
He didn't make the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets wait long.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Garnett has signed off on the deal and the Boston-Brooklyn blockbuster will be taking place:
Kevin Garnett will agree to trade to Brooklyn and Celtics are sending KG and Paul Pierce to the Nets, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
CBS Sports' Ken Berger filled in the missing pieces:
Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry go to the Nets in the deal, and Gerald Wallace also goes to Boston. Deal will be finalized next month.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
The Celtics get three future first-round picks, Kris Humphries' expiring contract, a signed-and-traded Keith Bogans and Tornike Shengelia.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
Wallace is still on the books for three years at a shade over $30 million, but Humphries' $12 million salary comes expires next summer.
Berger reports that the offer has since been revised, and Shengelia will not be involved:
Shengelia is not in the latest version of the KG-Pierce trade that has been agreed to, source says. Reggie Evans goes to Boston.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
Evans has two years and just less than $3.5 million left on his deal.
The Cleveland Cavaliers held on to the first pick of the opening round that they shopped so heavily, but they won't be drafting from that same slot once deputy commissioner Adam Silver starts announcing the selections.
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, the Portland Trail Blazers will be getting that pick:
Cleveland gets a pair of future 2nd-rounders from Portland for the 31st pick.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
The Boston Celtics are ready to shake up their core, but Danny Ainge says that won't involve moving Rajon Rondo.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports that Ainge sees Rondo as a central piece of Boston's rebuilding project:
For those Rondo fans, Danny Ainge said 1) he's not going to be traded and 2) he sees Rondo as a central cornerstone to bring around #celtics— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) June 28, 2013
The Golden State Warriors didn't give David Stern an easy read for the last pick that he'll announce as NBA commissioner.
Golden State went to Serbia for the combo guard to close out Stern's final selection, via ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
Nemanja Nedovic will be taken at No. 30.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
The Phoenix Suns, the third owner of the No. 29 pick tonight, grabbed an athletic, John Calipari-coached guard:
The Phoenix Suns will select Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
New Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie sure isn't wasting much time making his presence felt.
After trading away All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky stopper Nerlens Noel and a future first-rounder, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports the 76ers are looking to make another splash before the night is over:
Source: Philly, which still has 35th pick, still working phones in search of another trade. Already has Nerlens Noel and a 2014 lottery pick— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 28, 2013
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