The growing concern over max deals has created a ripple effect heading into the trade deadline. Execs and agents I spoke to believe it explains the rise in trade chatter involving stars. Teams are more regularly gauging the value of their own centerpieces, and other teams are making more calls knowing they’ll listen. It’s why we’re hearing reports about Aaron Gordon and Kemba Walker being available.
May 25, 2018 | 10:09 pm EDT Update
The Kings are exploring all options with the second pick, said a source familiar with the team’s thinking. The front office sees elite talent in this draft, and multiple players and scenarios are being explored. The Kings have traded down in each of the last two drafts, so that cannot be ruled out.
An ESPN report suggested the Kings had cooled on Doncic and general manager Vlade Divac passed on watching the Slovenian in the EuroLeague Final Four. Divac, however, did attend Real Madrid’s semifinal game and, according to a league source, the Kings had two additional scouts at the semifinal and final.
There are some in the NYK front office who love Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. and Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. Of course, it’s worth noting that this may not be a uniform opinion throughout the front office. But even if it is, it’s unlikely that either player will be available when the Knicks pick.
Also, some in the Knicks front office have Mikail Bridges ranked ahead of Miles Bridges at the moment. Both players could be available at No. 9 and, again, neither has worked out individually for the Knicks yet.
Privately, some members of the front office have been mentioning the same thing regarding the idea of taking a point guard, essentially saying that it wouldn’t make sense to select a PG given the current roster. This would seem to be another sign that the organization is confident in 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina. Again, it’s worth noting that this opinion may not be uniform throughout the Knicks’ front office.
Love was out of the game with 6:58 left in the first quarter after he banged heads with Jayson Tatum while the Cavs were on defense and neither saw the other coming. Tatum was dazed by the blow, but Love crumpled to the court and held the back of his head.