This is a culture move for the Kings, who are extremely fond of Hield and who were desperate to replenish their depleted draft assets en route to another rebuild. Not only will they now have the Pelicans’ pick in this loaded draft (they’re currently 23-34 and very likely to get better, thus depreciating the pick), but they’ll likely keep their first rounder that goes to Chicago if it’s not in the top 10 (they’re currently 24-33 and likely to get worse). According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Cousins’ mercurial ways played a major part in their decision.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Wizards feel like if there’s a wing player that they can get out in the trade market… Lou Williams, with the Lakers, they have interest in; Bojan Bogdanovic, with the Nets… Washington has shown an inclination to give up a future first-round draft pick, potentially even in this draft to get out a veteran who may even turn out to be a rental for them.
Speaking at his annual state-of-the-NBA address on the eve of Sunday’s All-Star Game, Silver was asked about the age minimum and if it’s an issue that doesn’t need a collective bargaining agreement negotiation to revisit. “Well, first of all, we absolutely need the union in order to revisit the age,” Silver said. “The current age minimum of 19 years old, but something Michele and I discussed directly — and this is different than last time we negotiated a Collective Bargaining Agreement — is that rather than say to you that talk to us in seven years when we sit back down to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, I think she and I both agree that it’s the kind of issue that needs to be studied, in essence, outside of the bright lights of collective bargaining.”
Bleacher Report: Orlando Magic reportedly turned down a trade for DeMarcus Cousins earlier this season @verizon. Ric Bucher: “Multiple league sources said the Magic turned down the chance to deal Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks to the Kings”.
Marc Stein: Bill Duffy and BDA Sports have signed Slovenian teen sensation Luka Doncic to represent the Real Madrid star, according to league sources. The 6-7 Luka Doncic, still just 17, isn’t eligible for this June’s NBA Draft but is widely projected to be selected No. 1 overall in 2018.