2011 NBA Draft Diary
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Get the very latest news, notes and rumors right up to the 2011 NBA Draft on June 23rd.
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Steve Kyler – 06/24/2011 11:53am EST-
Well the 2011 NBA Draft is in the books and the bulk of transactions that will take place before the end of the current Collective Barging Agreement expires are complete.
There were several teams that tried to make big splashy moves… Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio… but there was a general aversion to major deals with some General Managers pointing to labor uncertainty and an unknown cap future as key reasons their teams did not make deals.
Several teams will have some decisions to make in the next few days… The Phoenix Suns reached an extension on Vince Carter’s contract gurantee date and the Denver Nuggets now face a similar situation with Andre Miller, whose deal must be waived by June 29th or it becomes fully guaranteed. Nuggets’ General manager Masai Ujiri says the plan is to keep Miller, but his deal will count for $7.8 million next year and with an unknown cap number it may be hard for Denver to keep an easily disposable contract on the books especially when they do not have to.
Several teams are also trying to get contract extensions in under the current Labor Rules, including the Dallas Mavericks with both Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler, the Denver Nuggets with center Nene and the Orlando Magic with Jason Richardson.
There are a number of notable undrafted free agents, but none of them can be signed by NBA teams until the labor situation is resolved and Free Agency is allowed to commence.
Some of the bigger names that went undrafted include: Julyan Stone, Matt Howard, Rick Jackson, Kalin Lucas, Damian Saunders, Brad Wanamaker, Malcolm Thomas, Jacob Pullen, Jamie Skeen, David Lighty, Ben Hansbrough, Jereme Richmond, Jamine Peterson, Diante Garrett, Scotty Hopson, Michael Dunigan, Greg Smith and Giorgi Shermadini.
The NBA and its Players are expected to meet several more times over the next week in hopes of avoiding a player lockout, however the mood in New York was one of inevitable chaos, with neither side ready to make a reasonable deal.
This entry concludes the 2011 NBA Draft Diary, hopefully you enjoyed having some much information in one place. Once Free Agency gets green lit we will do this again for 2011 Free Agency.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 9:08pm EST-
The San Antonio Spurs may have a deal for Kawhi Leonard with the Indiana Pacers according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 7:26pm EST-
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the Denver-Portland talks of a draft pick and point guard swap is back on. Raymond Felton and #22 to Portland, Andre Miller and #21 to Denver.
Alex Kennedy – 06/23/2011 7:03pm EST-
Don’t be surprised if the Toronto Raptors select Bismack Biyombo at No. 5. It sounds like Bryan Colangelo was behind his last-minute green room invite.
Also, the Orlando Magic continue to shop Jameer Nelson. On Wednesday afternoon, Nelson’s name was included in a trade rumor that would have sent him to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Andre Miller and the #21 pick. The Magic and Blazers continue to talk, but keep an eye on the Charlotte Bobcats. After moving Shaun Livingston in their three-team deal with the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks, they have had talks with Orlando centered around Nelson. It’s unclear who the Magic are targeting, but there is a growing belief that they want to move Nelson sooner rather than later.
Eric Pincus – 06/23/2011 6:55pm EST –
According to Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz are trying to get the Detroit Pistons’ pick at #8, possibly to draft Jimmer Fredette.
Smith said on Twitter,”Utah’s definitely working the phones.”
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 6:27pm EST-
Based on what we are hearing right now, here is our projection for the top 10 picks:
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving
Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams
Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter
Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas
Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight
Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely
Charlotte Bobcats (Via Sacramento): Bismack Biyombo
Detroit Pistons: Tristan Thompson
Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard
Sacramento Kings (via Charlotte): Jimmer Fredette
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 5:11pm EST-
Regarding the 2nd (Minnesota Timberwolves) pick and 10th (Sacramento Kings via trade) selection, The Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda is reporting that the Wolves will take Arizona’s Derrick Williams barring an unforseen offer while SI.com’s Sam Amick is reporting that the Kings will go with BYU’s Jimmer Fredette.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 5:02pm EST-
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is also reporting that there has been dialogue between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets over swapping Andre Miller for Raymond Felton. According to Spears nothing is hot, but he does list Felton as someone to keep an eye on tonight.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 4:45pm EST-
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports UConn point guard Kemba Walker has a minor knee issue that concerns some teams in the lottery. That could be the reason behind his rumored slide down draft boards. However, Spears cites one GM with a lottery selection who says he is not worried about Kemba’s knee issue.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 4:29pm EST-
We have our first major trade of the 2011 NBA Draft as the Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats have consummated a major three-way trade that will shake up the draft completely. The Sacramento Kings received the 10th overall pick from Milwaukee along with John Salmons. The Bobcats received Sacramento’s 7th overall pick and Bucks’ forward Corey Maggettee, while the Bucks netted Kings guard Beno Udrih and Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the 19th pick from Charlotte.The details of this deal have been confirmed by multiple outlets. It cannot become official until it is announced by David Stern, which will not happen until the first round is complete.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 4:16pm EST-
Do we finally have a trade? Multiple outlets on Twitter are reporting the Sacramento Kings #7 pick is now off the table because it’s been promised.
To the Milwaukee Bucks.
Not sure for what yet…
UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports says it’s a three-team deal including Charlotte…
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 4:12pm EST-
The latest Blazers’ point guard rumor has them sending Andre Miller back to the Denver for Raymond Felton. This would also include the 21 and 22 picks being swapped between the two teams. Talks right now are dormant because Denver wants more, something Portland isn’t willing to do.
The credit for this one goes to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Does this make sense to both teams? Felton is similar to Miller – good distributor, poor shooter – but younger, so that’s a plus for Portland. Both players have contracts the end after next season.
But what about Denver? Felton wants out because he doesn’t want to back up Ty Lawson (he does deserve to start somewhere). How would Miller react in the same role? Probably very similar – he isn’t a backup either.
Which means, if this were to happen, it would be a pure salary dump on the part of the Nuggets. They could waive Miller and drop that salary off of next season’s cap, leaving them with commitments of about $36 million, plus rookies.
Or they could flip him to another team.
One thing is for sure – Denver wouldn’t be acquiring Miller because they really want him.
Also, Nic Batum is rumored to be completely off the block for Portland.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 4:02pm EST-
Do the Sacramento Kings have a deal? Adrian Wojnarwoski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting they may have a deal to move the #7 pick to the San Antonio Spurs.
Well, maybe. Apparently the Spurs are offering up Richard Jefferson – he of the $30.3 million guaranteed over the next three years – but the Kings aren’t interested in that. Are they trying to drive up the offer to Tony Parker?
Stay tuned. The Kings’ pick is available and the Spurs really want to move up into the lottery with the targets being Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas.
Eric Pincus- 06/23/2011 3:26pm EST-
Expect the Los Angeles Clippers to continue their search for a small forward beyond the June 30th deadline. While Andre Iguodala is one of the many players they covet, presently there’s nothing brewing on the trade front.
The Sixers are looking at a number of possibilities, including holding pat for now. Chris Kaman, as the primary piece, won’t be enough to push a deal through today.
It’s not a matter of whether or not the Clippers will include forward Al-Farouq Aminu but the core player LA would be including in Kaman.
Chris was limited their past year with injury and while the Sixers need size, they’re just not ready to make that move.
Will that change over time? Perhaps but we’re looking at post-lockout with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and a new set of rules.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 2:24pm EST-
Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports the Phoenix Suns and Vince Carter have amended his contract.
Carter is due $18.3 million next season, but the deal was only guaranteed for $4 million if he was waived by 6/30/11. The amendment moves that date to the beginning of the next free agency period, whenver that may be. That means it’s after the next CBA is approved. In the end it’s still likely the Suns waive Carter, but they don’t have to make that decision right now anymore.
Alex Kennedy – 06/23/2011 2:08pm EST-
Bismack Biyombo is once again climbing draft boards after strong workouts with the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats. While Biyombo is once again being projected a top ten pick, there is some concern among teams that have seen his medical report. It sounds like Biyombo was flagged for a back issue, but it doesn’t seem serious enough for him to drop past Detroit at No. 8 or Charlotte at No. 9. With that said, it’s hard to believe that Toronto will take him No. 5 if there’s an issue.
UPDATE: Biyombo may also have an issue with his buyout. According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, “Biyombo’s name was on a list sent out by the NBA Wednesday detailing players who were subject to a buyout. Teams have investigated and concluded that Biyombo would owe 1 million Euros or roughly $1.5 million, possibly equal to his rookie contract, to get out of his deal with Spanish team Fuenlabrada. Sources said that the buyout figure could be negotiated, but the matter could also end up in court.”
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 1:20pm EST-
Scotty Hopson and Demetri McCamey were amongst a group of guards working out for the Detroit Pistons early this morning. They have the third selection in the second round. Hopson is currently on his way to Newark, N.J. for the draft, but sources are unsure of where he’ll be selected.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 1:07pm EST-
According to sources the Indiana Pacers have given subtle indications that Marshon Brooks will be their pick at 15 as long as he is still on the board and they don’t trade out of that slot.
Alex Kennedy – 06/23/2011 12:35pm EST-
Tristan Thompson’s stock is soaring with several hours to go before the 2011 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers are considering using the #4 selection on Thompson, the Detroit Pistons are very interested in him at #8 and there are several teams including the Houston Rockets that are trying to trade up in the first round to select him. Many are wondering why Thompson is climbing draft boards all of a sudden, but it makes perfect sense if you delve into the numbers that teams use to project each prospect’s potential.
Teams that rely heavily on advanced analytics have Thompson projected as one of the top players in this draft class based on his statistics. As ESPN’s John Hollinger recently wrote, the numbers support a Thompson pick. Hollinger has Thompson ranked as the third-best prospect in this class and his statistical rating that takes into account his numbers, efficiency and potential puts him higher than anyone else in the class. Thompson’s 16.21 rating puts him ahead of Kyrie Irving (15.14) and Derrick Williams (15.97). The numbers also rank him ahead of some of the best bigs in recent years including Greg Monroe (15.77), Chris Bosh (15.57) and Derrick Favors (15.51).
If Thompson goes fourth overall, it would be a huge jump, but it’s not completely out of the question given the stats that prop him up. It also doesn’t hurt that Thompson had a “great” workout with the Cavaliers last week, and has one of the most engaging personalities of anyone in this class.
Alex Kennedy – 06/23/2011 12:29pm EST-
The Cleveland Cavaliers have two of the top four picks in tonight’s draft, but they’re not satisfied just yet. ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that the Cavaliers are attempting to acquire a third lottery pick, with the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings as the most likely potential partners.
Cleveland has a $14.5 million traded-player exception that they’re willing to move in exchange for a bad contract such as Richard Hamilton’s $12.5 million deal, which they nearly acquired at the trade deadline last year. It sounds like the Cavaliers will target Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas if they do find a way to obtain a third lottery pick.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 12:14pm EST-
The Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers are discussing a deal that would send Andre Miller and #21 to Orlando for Jameer Nelson according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com. Miller’s contract is fully unguaranteed for the 2011-2012 season as long as he is waived by the 29th. If kept, his contract is worth $7.8 million next season, he counts this season in trade for $7.26 million right now. The most a team can take back in exchange for him is $9.08 million. Other pieces would likely have to be involved to make this deal work.
In the case that this deal does go down, it’s very likely that the Magic would try to quickly flip these assets. They have their eye on Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Andre Iguodala.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/23/2011 12:08pm EST-
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski dropped several interesting nuggets in his most recent report. He validated a recent report by SI.com’s Sam Amick that there are discussions ongoing involving Lamar Odom (and Luke Walton) going to Philadelphia for Andre Iguodala.
After a strong workout, the Dallas Mavericks are considering 5’10 point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas performed well enough to draw comparisons to J.J. Barea, who the Mavericks could lose to free agency this offseason.
San Antonio is continuing their quest for a lottery pick, possibly in hopes of getting into the top ten in a second deal. Both George Hill and Tony Parker are available, with Donatas Motiejunas serving as their primary target.
In the second round the Miami HEAT are targeting the illusive and mysterious Reggie Jackson along with Jon Leuer.
Also, the New Orleans Hornets have added their name to the list of teams trying to trade into the first round. They traded away their first round pick midseason for Jarret Jack.
Jason Fleming – 06/23/2011 12:07pm EST-
Jonathan Givony of Draft Xpress is reporting the Portland Trail Blazers are discussing an Andre Miller and the #21 pick swap with the Orlando Magic for Jameer Nelson. Don’t think that makes Portland better.
Alex Raskin – 06/32/2011 11:50am EST-
There are a lot of specific players being mentioned in trade rumors—Lamar Odom, Andre Iguodala, Raymond Felton, etc.—but a few front office executives have told HOOPSWORLD privately that they expect more picks to be moved than players. Some smaller contracts might get moved, but the bigger names and price tags will likely stay put until a new collective bargaining agreement can be hammered out.
Steve Kyler – 06/23/2011 11:40am EST-
Is Markieff Morris on the rise?… Sources close to the situation say the slightly bigger brother of Marcus Morris could go higher in the draft than Marcus.
Teams in the top 14 have made “promises” but sources close to the situation say his camp is skeptical until his name is called… However there was a lot more buzz about Markieff over the last few weeks so maybe the idea of Markieff going ahead of Marcus is real, that would certainly change things.
Alex Kennedy – 06/23/2011 9:56am EST-
Draft day is finally here and in the hours leading up the main event, the rumor mill continues to churn. Plenty of teams – including the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns – are attempting to move into the lottery and continue to work the phones. Some teams are packaging a veteran with their late first-round pick in an attempt to move up, which is why we could see players like Raymond Felton and Toney Douglas dealt.
Tony Parker is also available if the right deal presents itself. The Spurs are telling potential suitors that they would like to package Parker with Richard Jefferson. San Antonio would love to move into the lottery, where they would likely select Jonas Valanciunas or Klay Thompson.
Several players that could slip tonight are Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Jordan Hamilton. It’s difficult to project where Walker and Burks will land because they didn’t work out for late-lottery teams, but that’s where they could end up depending on who goes ahead of them. Hamilton has worked out for a number of teams, but several executives have predicted that he’ll tumble because of his attitude.
In the second round, there are several players that are generating a lot of interest. Greg Smith could surprise people, with some believing that he’ll be selected in the 30′s. Julyan Stone is another player who has worked out extremely well and could go higher than expected.
Gilbert Brown has emerged as one of the best defenders in this class, and he’s also exceeded expectations on the offensive end during his workouts. He has worked out for the Suns, Pistons, Hornets, Clippers, Wizards, Pacers, Kings and Nets. Phoenix seems to be the highest on Brown, and they could acquire a second-round pick to draft him. “I feel great,” Brown told HOOPSWORLD. “I’ve received great feedback from every team I’ve worked out for and they’ve all shown interest. They have praised me for my defense and how well I have improved on the offensive end. I interviewed well with everyone and they all feel like I will hear my name on draft night.”
Andrew Goudelock is another interesting player to keep an eye on. He has received interest from the Nets and Bulls at the end of the first round as well as from the Kings, HEAT, Lakers and Bobcats in the second round. He’s one of the best shooters in this class, and he’s worked out well throughout this process.
We’ll continue to update the diary as more rumors surface throughout the day.
Eric Pincus – 06/22/2011 1:51am EST-
One NBA executive called the trade market “suppressed” by ongoing labor negotiations.
Steve Kyler – 06/22/2011 11:43pm EST-
Bismack Biyombo did a lot to help his stock today in Charlotte; word is he was everything expected and a little more likely cementing his floor at #9 to Charlotte. The problem with Biyombo to Charlotte is that Toronto is still very much in the hunt for him with the #5 overall selection.
Word out of Cleveland is that the Cleveland Cavaliers will use both the #1 and the #4 overall picks. Meaning they will not be entertaining trades on those picks unless something major happens between now and the draft.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 10:43pm EST-
The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick.
Other players would have been added in order to make salaries work. However, the deal died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson be included in the talks. Since San Antonio’s attempt to add Jefferson, talks have quieted, but they could pick up tomorrow if one of these teams has a change of heart.
Alex Raskin – 06/22/2011 10:31pm EST-
Steve Nash isn’t going to New York or Minnesota, ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard wrote on his Twitter account. There were rumors that the veteran point guard was on the market, but the Suns don’t appear to be trading him just yet. Broussard did add that Nuggets point guard Raymond Felton could end up in Sacramento for the seventh-overall pick, which might disappoint some Kings fans who wanted to add a high-ceiling rookie. Denver is clearly motivated to trade Felton, so there’s always the chance that he could be acquired for less.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 8:54pm EST-
With the NBA Draft less than 24 hours away, Kyrie Irving spent his media session on Wednesday afternoon dismissing rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers have told him that he’ll be the top overall pick, discussing how his game will translate to the next level and stressing that his toe won’t be a concern going forward.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 8:40pm EST-
As one of the bigger names in this draft class, Kemba Walker received plenty of attention from the media on Wednesday afternoon. Walker spoke to the press about his Sacramento Kings workout against Jimmer Fredette, his underrated playmaking ability and what it’s like being a draft prospect with a lockout looming.
Jason Fleming – 06/22/2011 8:38pm EST-
Not exactly draft related, but the Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly decided to fire Coach Kurt Rambis according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hmm…sounds like what someone suggested they do earlier in the day. They must be readers.
Yannis Koutroupis – 06/22/2011 8:16pm EST-
According to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are discussing a trade that involves NBA 6th Man of the Year Lamar Odom going to Philadelphia for Andre Iguodala. The Lakers would have to include another player to make the deal work under the current CBA and Amick mentions Ron Artest as a possibility.
More so than appearing like an imminent deal, this just further proves that both Iguodala and Odom are available. The Lakers were reportedly interested in trading Odom for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ second overall selection, while the 76ers have been actively shopping Iguodala for weeks. Amick also stated that the Timberwolves are still considering a deal for Iguodala that involves the aforementioned number two pick.
Alex Raskin – 06/22/2011 8:17pm EST-
We’re hearing a lot about players who could possibly fall on Draft Night, but there are a few guys who could move toward the top.
Donatas Motiejunas is a rare talent because he’s a seven footer with decent range, and his jumper is nearly un-blockable. You’re going to hear a lot of critics saying what he can’t do right now (rebound, defend, etc.), but he can always improve in those areas.
The things he can do, on the other hand, make him valuable immediately. As a “stretch four,” Montiejunas has the ability to unclog the paint on offense, but he’s also lanky enough to disrupt passing lanes on defense. Even if he isn’t Kevin Garnett, Motiejuna’s sheer size and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect on the defensive end.
Perhaps there’s someone who is willing to trade ahead of the Timberwolves—owners of the 20th pick and a possible landing spot for Montiejunas—to procure his services.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 7:58pm EST-
After missing the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp and only holding private workouts throughout this process, Jan Vesely was finally available to the media on Wednesday afternoon. Vesely’s table was surrounded by reporters for much of his session and he discussed a number of topics including the popularity of basketball in his hometown Czech Republic, his struggles from the free throw line last season with Partizan Belgrade and how his game will translate to the next level.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 7:32pm EST-
Alec Burks has seemed like a lock to the Milwaukee Bucks at #10 for quite some time, especially after working out well for them and even going out to dinner with their front office early in this process. However, recent rumors that Milwaukee will either move the pick or look at a power forward led to plenty of questions during Burks’ media session about him possibly slipping to a team outside of the lottery tomorrow night. Burks is taking the rumors in stride and is looking forward to the end of this long, strenuous process.
Steve Kyler – 06/22/2011 7:30pm EST-
Things are eerily quiet on the trade front, it seems there is far more interest in trading picks than players. Virtually every named player that’s been linked to a trade has been shut down and more and more NBA sources are pointing to labor uncertainty as a key reason for so little trade and transaction talk.
The 2011 NBA Draft was shaping up to be a busy one on the trade front and now it seems to be fizzling out.
There are a few things to note… The Minnesota Timberwolves seem to be zeroing in on Enes Kanter which could very well be a smokescreen to try and drum up a trade, but sources say its seems more likely that the Wolves are keeping the 2nd overall pick.
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets have emerged as front runners to obtain the #4 overall pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but sources say Denver is squarely in the mix to move up to after trade talks with Sacramento on the #7 picks seemed to have fizzled.
We’ll keep up posted as things continue, but so far the chatter and trade talk has been more about picks and less about players and that could lead to an anti-climactic draft.
Yannis Koutroupis – 6/22/2011 5:33 EST-
A late invite to the green room, Markieff Morris voiced a pretty strong feel for his draft range. However, he was upset that he wasn’t able to show some of the more important things that he brings to the table during his workouts leading up to the draft. Find out what those are in the video below!
Yannis Koutroupis – 6/22/2011 5:17 EST-
One thing that doesn’t seem to be concerning Brandon Knight very much right now is the potential lockout in the NBA. He spoke about that at length during the pre-draft media availability along with what he thought about the Utah Jazz roster. Utah is rumored to be one of the most likely destinations for Knight, who also made sure to clarify that he is not a combo guard. Check out his interview below!
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 5:05pm EST-
Despite having the same media session as Kyrie Irving, Jimmer Fredette had by far the biggest crowd of media surrounding him on Wednesday afternoon. Fredette discussed a number of topics including his draft range, comparisons to Deron Williams and Steve Nash as well as the media attention he has received throughout this process.
Yannis Koutroupis – 6/22/2011 5:02 EST-
The big man from Lithuania has been quite a mystery to the vast majority of people here in the United States. He did not attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago due to being in the midst of his season with Lietuvos Rytas. He also did not work out for any teams individually. Yet, he feels like they should know enough about him to invest a high lottery selection in him and he also had an interesting take on his buyout situation that contradicts most reports. He reveals it in the interview below!
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 4:30pm EST-
On the eve of the 2011 NBA Draft, Derrick Williams spoke with reporters about a number of topics including what he’ll bring to a NBA team, the trade rumors surrounding the second overall pick and the comparisons to LeBron James that would ultimately surface if he were to be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Alex Kennedy – 06/22/2011 4:20pm EST-
There are few players in this draft class with as many question marks surrounding their game as Enes Kanter. The Turkey native took time to address the media this afternoon and discussed what it was like being ineligible last season at the University of Kentucky, his workouts throughout this process and his love of wrestling.