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2011 NBA Draft

  1. Report: If Wolves draft Williams No. 2, Beasley moves to trade block

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It is known around the league that Minnesota will trade you the No. 2 overall pick if you are willing to send them a veteran big man in return. Problem is, in this draft nobody really wants to give up a decent veteran big man for what they can get at No. 2. If things…

  2. Report: Wizards not among “active teams” in pursuit of Derrick Williams

    Jun 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    This is probably going to be a trade-heavy draft. The picks don’t have the value to make them invaluable. And with so many teams looking to improve, there’s going to be movement. But as of right now, a report says the Wizards moving up for Derrick Williams is not one of them. From the Washington…

  3. Report: Blazers want to trade up in draft for Kemba Walker

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Portland needs to tweak its roster. There are good players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace — but the backcourt can no longer count on Brandon Roy to lead every night. The Blazers are looking to make a tweak in the draft by getting Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, who led his team to the national…

  4. NBA Draft profile: UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Tyler Honeycutt UCLA

    Tyler Honeycutt has been making the rounds of pre-draft workouts and has been turning a few heads. It’s because the 6’8” swingman out of UCLA has shot well. Everyone knew he had good size and athleticism, but his shot was not that special. Honeycutt, like the entire UCLA team, was pretty inconsistent last season, but…

  5. NBA Draft: Czech center Vesely not working out for teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of Europeans near the top of this year’s draft. NBA teams are interested in part due to the looming lockout — draft a big man project and he can play overseas through a lockout, develop some more then bring him over in a year. Meet Jan Vesely, who falls into that…

  6. NBA Draft Preview: Where does Kyle Singler fall?

    May 31, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler is a Duke legend, and that will never change. He is cemented himself as part of the lore of one of the nation’s best college basketball programs. We love him for his trick shots. But where he fits in the NBA is a much trickier subject. Much more controversial. In an ideal world…

  7. Report: Cavs, Wolves, Pistons talky-talk; Cavs would get No. 1 and No. 2

    May 28, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    ESPN.com reports that the Cavaliers, Pistons, and Timberwolves are discussing a trade that is kind of complicated. Here are the pieces: The Pistons send Rip Hamilton and the No. 8 to Cleveland for part of their massive trade exception from you-know-who, which gets the guy who caused a mutiny in the locker room off the…

  8. Jazz “seriously thinking” about drafting Jimmer Fredette

    May 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    You think it’s all about the basketball, what happens on the court. It’s not, basketball is a business and the Utah Jazz may be caught a little in the middle of it when it comes to the NBA draft and Jimmer Fredette. The Jazz have the No. 3 and No. 12 pick and there are…

  9. Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

    May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it. But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick: It should surprise no…

  10. Enes Kanter is becoming key to the NBA Draft

    May 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Suddenly, the NBA Draft is becoming the “what to do with Enes Kanter?” draft. Cleveland will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall. Then the drama starts. Minnesota is shopping around the No. 2 pick. Which had seemed like it will be Derrick Williams out of Arizona (a four who wants to play away from the…

  11. Kyle Singler with trick shots all over Duke campus

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler gets buckets. This is my favorite trick shot video in a while. Not just because Singler is a national champion and a likely late first round pick in the NBA draft. And not just because Mike Krzyzewski makes an appearance. It’s because this is the most creative one I’ve seen in a while.…

  12. Timberwolves owner says team may keep No. 2 pick

    May 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Glen Taylor Timberwolves

    The scuttlebutt is that GM David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 pick hard. Other teams say the Wolves are asking for the moon, but the pick is available. Kahn of course has said that no decision has been made, options are being explored. But Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sounded more…

  13. Report: Cavaliers try to offer No. 4 pick for Rudy Gay

    May 23, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    You’re going to hear a lot of teams trying to move out of or trade high picks this year — there is not much in this draft to make you want to stay up high. But this new rumor via a tweet from the very credible Jonathan Givony of Draft Express is laughable: Heard Cleveland…

  14. Fredette says the people want Jazz to draft him

    May 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    BYU star and Utah’s favorite son Jimmer Fredette would love to keep playing in Utah. And Fredette thinks the people of Utah want that, too, he told the Deseret News (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball). And he’s probably right about that. Fredette also is more realistic about the chances of that happening than some Jazz…

  15. NBA Rookies unsure how to deal with impending lockout

    May 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    There will be an NBA Draft on June 23, when the hopes and dreams of franchises will be pinned on teenagers. Teams will pump up their new players, fans will become excited… And then the lockout. And those rookies are not sure what is going to happen. That’s what they told the Associated Press during…

  16. Kyrie Irving wants to play for Australia but he can’t

    May 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    As the Draft Combine was winding down in Chicago, future No.1 draft pick Kyrie Irving threw out a surprise twist, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Irving said he was “strongly considering” playing for the Australian national team this summer. Australia will be trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics Irving owns…

  17. NBA Draft Combine news and notes

    May 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    The NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is a big deal, and it isn’t. For a guy like Kyrie Irving, him basically skipping the event other than to get measured doesn’t matter. He did have 10.2 percent body fat, pretty high for a guard, and that doesn’t matter. He will go No. 1 to Cleveland anyway.…

  18. Hey Cleveland, Derrick Williams is happy to be your new LeBron

    May 19, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Kyrie Irving took the smart, humble path — he told Clevelanders not to compare him to LeBron James. Arizona’s Derrick Williams — the only guy who could potentially knock Irving out of the top spot in the draft — is not so mild mannered. He wants to bring his star power to you, Cleveland, as he said…

  19. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving not working out at combine

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    And the NBA draft combine continues its evolution into the NFL combine. Complete with the top players not really doing anything. Kyrie Irving, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick out of Duke, will skip all the athletic testing and drills at the NBA Combine, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. That combine is…

  20. Clippers say no regrets for not protecting lottery pick

    May 18, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will select Kyrie Irving with the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — not with their own pick, but the one they got in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline. That deal was a salary dump by the Clippers — they wanted out of the two years…

  21. Wolves GM David Kahn hints at lottery fix. Fine on way.

    May 18, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    What can get you in more trouble with David Stern than saying his referees are biased? Saying the NBA Draft Lottery is fixed. Which is pretty much what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn did after the lottery (where his team with the worst record fell to the No. 2 spot). Cleveland won the top spot.…

  22. Cleveland Cavaliers win draft lottery, likely to take Irving

    May 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    Start trying to picture Kyrie Irving in a wine and gold Cleveland uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good karma (maybe from owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick) and won the NBA Draft Lottery — not with their own pick, but with the one they got from the Clippers this past season, the one with a…

  23. NBA Draft Lottery lacks big payout this time around

    May 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    NCAA Hampton Duke Basketball

    We love the NBA Draft Lottery because it’s like franchise roulette — random luck and the bounce of some balls will determine the future of a franchise, potentially setting some up for years to come. Well, most years. This year, not so much. This year the lottery has very little payout. This is a down…

  24. Teams’ NBA Draft Lottery odds (and how it all works)

    May 17, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

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    Before the Miami Heat try to go out and prove that when pressured they do not always resort to isolation basketball, Tuesday night will be the NBA’s annual draft lottery. It matters every year, this year for slightly different reasons than normal. Kyrie Irving of Duke is almost certain to go No. 1 overall, followed…

  25. NBA draft lottery: Who needs to win this most?

    May 16, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Your team isn’t in the NBA draft lottery unless it needs help (or you used to do trades with Isiah Thomas). Everybody in it needs to win it. Especially this year, where the drop off from All-Star to “maybe he can be a rotation guy in a couple years” to “we’re hoping he can develop”…

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