HoopsHype Draft rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates

The NBA draft delivered its highest rating on ESPN, surpassing the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick. The telecast Thursday had a 3.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. That's a 19 percent increase from last year's 2.6 mark. The previous record for the draft was a 2.7 overnight in 2003, the first year the network televised it. James was the first pick that year in a top five that included Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Boston Herald

Dangubic is still under contract with Serbian team Mega Vizura, but as Sportando indicated, his owner has a policy of an NBA opt-out once the NBA team is ready to bring him to the states. So with Dangubic being 21 years old and being drafted 54th in the second round, he’s likely to be a draft-and-stash project like so many of the other prospects the Spurs have around Europe. ProjectSpurs.com

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not believe Rose's status will be a major issue for his team when talking to free agents. "Not really," Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000's NBA draft show on Thursday night. "In the NBA, injuries are part of it. And most guys go through a period in their own career when they're injured. It's adversity that you have to get past and get over and most of these guys have done that so I don't think that's going to be a big deal. I think they're going to see Derrick and they're going to know that he is healthy." ESPN.com

The Celtics would have selected Joel Embiid with the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft had the Kansas center slipped to them, Ainge told the Toucher & Rich show Friday morning. "He was not red-flagged, meaning, “Stay away at all costs.” said Ainge. "He was rated a little bit less than that with risk, but he was guy that we were looking at had he fallen." Boston Globe

Asked directly if he would have selected Embiid, Ainge said, "Yes, we would’ve." Boston Globe

Denver Nuggets draft picks Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic will start their NBA careers with the jersey numbers they wore for their previous teams. Harris, the 19th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, will wear No. 14, which he donned during his two seasons at Michigan State. Joey Graham most recently wore that number for the Nuggets in 2009-10. Robert Pack and Michael Adams are other notable Nuggets to have jersey No. 14. NBA.com

David Pick: Saric had ONE workout, with Atlanta. Kept his cards super close. Didn't even tell his father which team he auditioned for. Twitter @IAmDPick

And like any future basketball player born in 1994, Randle, who was taken with the No. 7 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, grew up a fan of the then-young Lakers superstar. He even has a #throwbackthursday picture of himself wearing a Kobe jersey (back before the Black Mamba switched to No. 24). Randle posted the picture after he learned he’d be taking his talents to Hollywood. For The Win

Well, the dust has settled and Woj was the clear winner of the Thursday night scoops battle. He managed to get the word out about 15 of the 30 first round picks in the draft, compared to just eight for ESPN’s Chad Ford (and one for ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne for good measure). Twitter user Kevin Draper put together a handy dandy chart of the first round. Awful Announcing

Dante Exum didn’t expect to still be on the board when the Utah Jazz were on the clock with the fifth overall pic. Exum didn’t work out for the Jazz leading up to the draft. “Looking at the draft and where I was placed, me and my agent thought that I wouldn’t get down to five,” Exum admitted. "Anything happens in the draft, and you see I’m lucky enough that Utah believed in me and picked me up at five.” RealGM

He never knew how life would eventually work in his favor, but, "We just knew it would. We just knew," he said. Lotsos called Antetokounmpo "the most polite" client he has had in 25 years. In Greece, residents celebrate Name Day, and for Lotsos that is Dec. 6. It's like a birthday, Lotsos said, and a few years ago, Antetokounmpo kept asking Lotsos to come visit the family's apartment on Lotsos' Name Day. Finally, Lotsos stopped over and Antetokounmpo gave him a nice bottle of Greek wine. USA Today Sports

"I knew he was broke," Lotsos said. "I was giving him a little money and he was saving some of it to give me a gift. I've had many clients in years. A lot became millionaires. They might call or send a text on Name Day, but nobody ever bothered to give me a gift. But there was a kid who didn't have enough money to take the bus and saved what he could. "He is really, really special." USA Today Sports

Danny Ainge tried to put an end to those questions Thursday night by indicating moving Rondo was not in the team's plans. Ainge responded with a simple 'yes' when asked if the team will move forward with their veteran point guard on the roster. Instead of talking about moving Rondo, Ainge was adamant in stating he thinks Rondo, Smart, and Avery Bradley can all play together. "[Smart's] a very versatile player," Ainge said. "Easily those guys can play together. I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them." Boston Globe

Alex Kennedy: Dario Saric says he may be able to come to 76ers after one year, not two, but says it's something he'll have to discuss with overseas team. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Paul Coro: McDonough said Bogdanovic is 1 to 2 years away from coming to the #Suns. Brown is expected to play in Europe too but join the summer Suns. Twitter @paulcoro

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