Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 1:25
Okobo's deal will be guaranteed in the first two years for over $2.6 million, league sources said, and it has team options in the third and fourth years. Most of the expected lottery picks were featured walking down the stage with family members or friends alongside them, which is great for celebrating the players, except every player already gets plenty of camera time once the actual draft begins. Beyond that, the Suns have every incentive to give him a ton of minutes and opportunities from the first game of his National Basketball Association career and, with the Rookie of the Year award, per-game numbers often play a significant role. Talk about awkward. Anything the Cavs do to retain The King will likely include packaging their newest draft pick in a trade for another star, just like they did with Andrew Wiggins in 2014. "I just want start a team and start a winning legacy".
The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.
The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No. 3 pick who has spent the past year winning championships all over Europe, to Atlanta for Trae Young, the No. 5 selection from Oklahoma.
Doncic, who recently won the Euroleague MVP award, travelled to NY just days after sealing the Spanish league championship with Real Madrid.
"We've been talking about it through high school, and now here we are", Ayton said. "They really wanted me, and they were very, very nice", the 19-year-old said.
The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice.
"I met them one time", Porter said. "I want to start my own thing".
Ayton is the obvious pick.
The 2018 NBA Draft, for those not following along on Twitter, is being televised on ESPN. From Deandre Ayton going number 1 to Michael Porter Jr. falling to the 14th spot, here are the biggest winners and losers of the recently concluded draft.
"I think it was apparent early in the work out", Suns General Manager Sean McDonough said of Ayton's pre-draft workout.
The Cavaliers believe drafting point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick on Thursday was a signal to James that they're still building around him. Obviously, you watch the list of this class in the draft and also free agents, and he can be one of the elite point guards in this league and I think he's crafty, he's a great ball-handler.
There were a couple other trades involving lottery picks. With Phoenix reportedly also trying to land Gilgeous-Alexander, the Hornets managed to extract a pair of future second-round picks from Los Angeles, along with the 12th pick, which they used to select Miles Bridges.
After Bridges, Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo went to Milwaukee at No. 17 and Omari Spellman to Atlanta at No. 30, giving Villanova three first-round picks for the first time.