Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t convinced the NBA’s new draft lottery system will discourage teams from tanking, which is why he abstained from the vote during last month’s board of governors meeting. The lottery reform passed by a 28-1-1 vote, with the Oklahoma City Thunder the lone team voting against it. The NBA needed 23 of 30 teams to pass the legislation. Cuban told ESPN that he proposed two alternative scenarios — one to the board of governors, another privately to commissioner Adam Silver — that would have more strongly discouraged tanking than the proposal that passed.
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However, neither of Cuban’s proposals got any traction. Cuban pitched other members of the league’s board of governors on a system in which the draft is abolished, with teams getting a pool of money to sign rookies based on their records. “The team with the worst record gets the most money and the team with the best record gets the least money,” Cuban said. “It’s like a free agency. It makes it a lot harder to tank because you don’t know if you get the best players if you’re horrible all the time. “Nobody liked that at all, not a single person.”
Cuban’s other idea was to lock the team with the worst record into a draft slot — either third or fourth — to force teams to compete to avoid being at the bottom. That idea never got discussed in the board of directors meeting. “Now all of the sudden, if it’s close at the end, you’re going to see teams play as hard as they can because if they end up with the worst record, they don’t get the best pick,” Cuban said, explaining the logic of his idea.”You basically eliminate them from getting the best player. Everybody else would just be the way it is now. “Adam didn’t like that. That never got to the board of directors, but that one was my favorite. I brought up [the other proposal], but after that one got shot down, I didn’t bring up the other one. When I got no response on the one, I just dropped the other because it was obvious that what they had proposed was going to pass.”
Howard Beck: NBA adopts two measures to curb tanking: 1. Lottery reform 2. Rules on resting players Details:
Flattening the odds in the NBA’s draft lottery, a changed passed today by an overwhelming 28-1-1 vote of team owners, will not end tanking and may not reduce it much. The league knows that; they repeatedly characterized the proposal as “an incremental step” toward more potential tweaks, sources say. They are concerned about egregious tanking from teams that are already awful — the sort of tanking that generates think pieces and angry tweets.
Daryl Morey: @SamHinkie tanking is solved.
The National Basketball Association is aggressively pursuing draft lottery reform that could be voted into legislation before the start of the 2017-’18 season, league sources told ESPN. Commissioner Adam Silver is a strong advocate to de-incentivize tanking by implementing lower odds on the NBA’s worst teams to gain the top picks in the draft, league sources said.
The proposed measures would also increase the chances of better teams making a jump up into the draft lottery. The NBA’s 14 non-playoff team compromise the league’s annual draft lottery system. If passed, the lottery reform would be phased into use over time, and there’s no indication that the 2018 NBA Draft would fall under new legislation, league sources said.
Falling to eighth in the NBA Draft Lottery severely hurt the Knicks’ chances of getting either Kentucky guard. Fox is expected to be taken in the top five. Monk, projected to go sixth, also should be gone when the Knicks pick. “Hopefully,” he said inside the Vanderbilt YMCA Thursday.
A day after watching teams leapfrog his Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft Lottery, general manager Ryan McDonough wasn’t feeling any worse for wear. He’s comfortable picking fourth in the June 22 draft. And after Phoenix rested veterans this past season to help its lottery odds, McDonough does have a critique for the current system. “I would like to see the odds be smoothed out a little bit,” he told Jon Bloom on Wednesday as a guest of the Suns postseason special show on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.
Ryan McDonough: “The more the league could add a little variance in there and de-incentivize losing, I think that would be good for the good of the league and I think it’d be a nice change going forward.”
Chris Dempsey: Connelly: “There will be a good young player at No. 13 to add to our young core.”
Serena Winters: Magic Johnson when asked about being excited to work out Lonzo Ball & Markelle Fultz at No. 2, also mentioned Josh Jackson (on @SpectrumSN)
Metta World Peace: Wow @lakers @magicjohnson has all the tools to build more Real Estate. Exciting for LA pic.twitter.com/lsdB2ETbNa
Paul Pierce may have finished his career with the Nets, Wizards, and Clippers, but he’ll always be a member of the Celtics. On Tuesday, the recently retired future Hall of Famer took to Twitter after the Celtics won the NBA draft lottery for the first time and earned the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Brian Robb: Danny Ainge: It was hard to hold onto the pick at the trade deadline. It was tempting.
Brian Robb: Ainge: “Isaiah can play with anyone. He’s a basketball player.”
Chris Forsberg: Danny Ainge on “beating Magic” in lotto: We didn’t beat Magic. It’s total luck. They’re picking pingpong balls. There’s no beating anybody.”
Brian Robb: The one (good) problem the Celtics have now after getting No. 1 pick tonight: Salary cap room gets a lot tighter this offseason for max FA.
Magic Johnson: Having a great time in NY with Rob at the NBA Draft lottery. Our 2nd pick will be a great start to rebuilding the @Los Angeles Lakers!
Jeanie Buss: So happy!!! Great news for #Lakers fans. The Magic is back! Have fun you guys tonight and see you back at the
Josh Robbins: Matt Lloyd on inviting prospects under consideration at No. 6 to Orlando: “We’re going to start our work tonight. I can tell you that much.”
Al Iannazzone: Phil on picking eighth: “We’ll get a talented young player, hopefully someone that can contribute this next year.”
Brian Windhorst: Re previous tweet, no one thinks anything nefarious with lottery. In general, league enjoys Lakers being down.
Ben Golliver: 2017 NBA Draft Lottery results: 1. Celtics 2. Lakers 3. Sixers (via Kings)
Chris Mannix: Leaving drawing room. Boston’s lottery number came up three straight times.
Gary Washburn: Wyc Grousbeck: “We got a lot offers in February and I’m glad we didn’t trade the pick. You can write that!” #Celtics
Mark Medina: On using No. 2 pick to draft player or trading it, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka stressed importance of keeping long term future in mind
Bobby Marks: The LA Lakers just had a good night. Philadelphia will get LAL 2018 first unprotected Orlando will get LAL 2017 and 2018 2nd.
Tom Moore: Bryan Colangelo likes that #Sixers know they’ll get 2018 #Lakers pick and 2019 #Kings pick – both unprotected
Sean Cunningham: Philly has swapped, so Kings get the 5th pick, Philly into the top three.
Jason Jones: Moving to five means Tatum or Fox are definitely in play. This will be the highest the Kings have picked since 2010 (DeMarcus Cousins).
Manny Navarro: #Celtics win lottery. Lakers 2nd, Sixers 3rd, Suns 4th, Kings 5th, Magic 6th, T’Wolves 7th, Knicks 8th
Marc J. Spears: Former Kansas small forward Josh Jackson will attend the NBA’s Draft Lottery tomorrow, a source said.
Stefan Bondy: Knicks legend Clyde Frazier to represent team at draft lottery nydn.us/2pNDwEl
On Tuesday, Pelinka will take the next step in the Lakers’ offseason process. He’ll be in a sequestered drawing room for the NBA draft lottery at the New York Hilton Midtown, where he’ll learn the Lakers’ fate before those outside the room, including President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and others in the Lakers’ organization. It’s not superstition or symbolism that made Pelinka want to be there. He sees a strategic opportunity.
“One of the great things is most of the players that are lottery candidates attend,” Pelinka told The Times during a brief break in a busy day. “It’s a really good time to get to have some social interaction with the players and understand what type of people they are, what their character is.”
“Magic and I really wanted to be there and felt like it was smartest for him to have a presence at the podium. It’s kind of how we work a little bit. He’s definitely the face and he’s so great at his leadership and lighting up the room. I like to be more behind the scenes and in the details.”
Chris Mannix: Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck will represent the Celtics on stage at the draft lottery on Tuesday night, league source tells @The Vertical.
Sean Cunningham: Kings head coach Dave Joerger will represent the team at next week’s NBA Draft Lottery. Tasked with bringing the team a little luck.
Mike Fisher: LOTTO ALERT: @Mark Cuban tells Dallasbasketball.com #Mavs rep at next Tuesday #NBA Draft Lottery will be @Michael Finley pic.twitter.com/CeFRzR8lXo
Baxter Holmes: Magic Johnson will be representing the Lakers on stage at the May 16 draft lottery. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will rep team in the drawing room.
Marc Berman: As seventh seed, Knicks have an 80 percent of being either 7 or 8. They had already lost ping pong balls by winning finale.
Still, behind closed doors in the Celtics training facility in Waltham, there was disappointment. But there was no cursing Isaiah Thomas for being in the lottery room in New York and not bringing home the big prize. “There were some groans. I think the buildup, once we weren’t sixth and we weren’t five and we weren’t four, there was a lot of hope that we could get a good pick,” Ainge said. “But we’ll take it. We’ll give Isaiah a passing grade. We’ll keep him.”
The Lakers entered the drawing with the second-best odds – 19.9 percent, second only to Philadelphia’s 25 percent – and Black’s worst nightmare was seeing the Lakers moving down instead of up in the draft’s pecking order. Especially when most NBA officials firmly believe there are two players – Louisiana State’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram – who are head-and-shoulders above their draft classmates. So, just how nervous was Black? “Very,’’ he said in a serious tone. “I’ve been in a lot of pressure-packed situations during my career like the Finals. I was here for this last year, too, and I have to say this is even worse.’’
Even when the 76ers hit the lottery with the winning ping-pong combination of 1-10-5-9, neither Rubin nor Wrubel went bonkers. They both simply smiled before giving each other a hug. Asked why he didn’t show more emotion after winning the lottery, Wrubel said matter-of-factly, “When you get to the end zone, you’re supposed to quietly lay the football down.’’
Even though he is an avid college basketball fan – “I follow it pretty closely. I know a couple of names,’’ Wrubel joked – he wasn’t about to tip his hand. Cracked Wrubel: “We’re looking for the best kid out of the Ivy League.’’
Sixers executives celebrated inside the New York Hilton Midtown with hugs and cheers. “We deserved this,” they repeated to each other. The 76ers had the third overall pick each of the past two drafts. “The city has endured a lot over the past three seasons,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “Our fans deserve this. … You just get a flood of memories when you hear you have the first pick. It just ties it all (together). I’m very thrilled for our organization. “I never felt jinxed. I never felt jinxed. I truly believe in what we’re doing. I feel like in many ways we’re being rewarded for our patience and perseverance — especially the city’s patience and perseverance.”
Before the drawing, Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers new GM, told ESPN.com he would contact Hinkie if the Sixers won the No. 1 pick. “It’s unfortunate that Sam isn’t here to be a part of this,” Colangelo said. “But it was his choice.”
It was a tweet that had been suggested in an email, which Mutombo forwarded to For The Win, sent from a team staffer in the event that the team did win the lottery. “As you know tonight is the NBA Draft Lottery and we are all excited and hopeful we walk away with the #1 overall pick,” the email read. “To help create excitement for the team, would it be possible for you (or whoever controls your account) to post a congratulatory tweet in the event we do get the #1 Overall Pick? I know you have ties to many teams, but none of which would be in the running for the #1 pick this year.”
There were sample tweets provided, along with a suggestion to just retweet the 76ers account. Mutombo said he was busy and didn’t read the email carefully, but wanted to be supportive so he posted the tweet. When he realized his mistake minutes later, he immediately took it down. “Sorry, guys,” he tweeted. “Got excited about the @sixers odds and got ahead of myself.Still keeping my fingers crossed for tonight.”
So when fans argue the tweet is proof the draft is rigged? “People will say whatever they want to say,” he said on Tuesday night. “… You cannot stop them.”
“I was in favor of changing the lottery,” Adam Silver, the league’s commissioner, told reporters after the drawing. “But we’ve parked the issue. We’ve said, ‘Once we get through this summer of free agency, let’s return to it and see if a modification is necessary.'”
Some of the more nefarious team executives sequestered in the drawing room wondered before the lottery if the league were aware of smart watches, and if they might be able to sneak in an Apple Watch and communicate the results in real time. Nope. The league specifically warned that all smart watches had to stay outside the room, along with phones and laptops.
Chris Dempsey: Michael Malone: “There will be a good player for us at (No. 7). I really believe that.” #Nuggets
Jessica Camerato: Bryan Colangelo: “It is a highly unlikely scenario that anything comes forward that would lead us to move the pick.” #NBADraftLottery #Sixers
Isaiah Thomas: “Man, I had jitters like I was getting drafted, like a playoff game or something. So I’m happy we got a pretty good pick. I guess it worked out a little bit.”
Keith Pompey: #Sixers get the first pick.
Marc J. Spears: The Sixers get top pick and likely Ben Simmons. Lakers second. Celtics third.
Jake Fischer: For what it’s worth, I heard in March from someone with knowledge of Sam Hinkie’s thinking he preferred Brandon Ingram over Ben Simmons.
Tom Moore: #sixers Josh Harris: ‘We were due some luck.’
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October 22, 2017 | 6:44 pm EDT Update
After three consecutive blowout losses to start the season, the Phoenix Suns fired coach Earl Watson on Sunday, league sources told ESPN. Associate head coach Jay Triano is expected to become the interim head coach, league sources said.
General manager Ryan McDonough and Watson had often been at odds in their short partnership together, league sources told ESPN. Owner Robert Sarver was a significant part of the decision to replace Watson so early into the season, league sources said.