October 28, 2016 | 11:13 am EDT Update
Valanciunas, the burly Lithuanian and expected Cavs’ pick, went one spot later, No. 5 overall to the Toronto Raptors. “It’s only a surprise if you didn’t watch the workouts,” Thompson said following Thursday’s practice before heading to Toronto. “If you ask ownership and coach (Byron) Scott and CG (Former GM Chris Grant) and even Griff (General Manager David Griffin), if you watched the workouts, there’s some other guys in that workout that probably shouldn’t have went in the pick they went, but, we won’t get into that. It was not a surprise.”
DJ Stephens is best known for his dunking and dedication to the game, while also being called a stand-up guy. “He’s the type of person that if you needed a dollar and he had one, he’d give it to you,” said Stephens’ friend Trey Draper. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a stranger. He’s that type of person.” But now he’s tied to violence after the mother of his child said he beat her in front of her house in Hickory Hill. “When I heard that, I was like, ‘Whoa,’” said Draper.
Neighbors told WREG he was also beaten and bloody, leaving fans wanting to know more. “It really depends on the situation,” said Grizzlies fan Nick Graham. “There are always two sides to a story.” He’s now charged with aggravated assault. But the victim, Diamond Booker, also ended up behind bars. She was arrested for a petition to revoke a suspended sentence. That’s linked to a DUI arrest in 2013.
October 28, 2016 | 8:57 am EDT Update
It is true, a few teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves have inquired about Iman Shumpert, who has three years and $30 million left on his contract at age 26. The Cavs are answering the phone, as ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. But they are not actively looking to deal him, a team source told cleveland.com.
No, I see no indication they are interested in Jameer Nelson, the 35-year-old point guard for the Denver Nuggets. Keep an eye on Houston’s Patrick Beverley, who’s currently out after minor knee surgery.