The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics are engaged in serious trade discussions centered on swapping All-Star guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources told The Vertical. The teams are still working on the framework of a deal, and Jae Crowder has been included in the discussions, league sources said.
June 19, 2018 | 10:28 pm EDT Update
Slovenian teen star Luka Doncic has elevated to the forefront of the Atlanta Hawks’ internal discussions on the third overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. Doncic’s elevation within the Hawks organization reflects a leaguewide belief that Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III could go 1-2 to Phoenix and Sacramento, respectively, to open the draft, league sources said.
Rival teams say that Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk has been willing to engage in talks about moving out of the third spot and move down to draft later in the first round, league executives said.
According to multiple NBA sources, the Bucks are among the more active teams. They’ll be going into the draft with just one pick – a first-round selection that is the 17th overall – but appear ready to pull the trigger on acquiring a second-round pick via a trade or cash purchase.
Whether the Bucks retain their top pick is now the $64,000 question. Multiple sources said the Bucks are quite open to moving the pick to acquire an established veteran who could immediately contribute next season. “I’ve heard they’ll trade their pick if they can find a veteran wing player,’’ a source said.
June 19, 2018 | 10:22 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Luka Doncic has moved to forefront of Atlanta’s internal conversation on the third overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, league sources tell ESPN. Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson and Duke’s Marvin Bagley (if Kings pass on Bagley at No. 2) remain in contention for No. 3.
Jake Fischer: Just sat down with Marvin Bagley. The Duke product still believes he can land No. 1 with his hometown Suns, but enjoyed his visit with the Kings, meeting with Vivek, Vlade, Peja, De’Aaron Fox and Harry Giles talking more about Sacramento’s budding culture than on-court fit.