James Edwards Rumors
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey opens #Pistons training camp with this: “Anytime you bring in a new group, as many as we have, the challenge is getting everyone on the same page. The pieces are there, the young talent, but they have to get adapted to the NBA.”
James Edwards III: From what I’ve gathered, Detroit had a first-round grade on Vanderbilt’s Saben Lee and got him at 38. He’ll start on a two-way contract, per sources.
But if it were up to Edwards, bring on the winter coat and the honor of being selected No. 1 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Being the top pick would be exceptionally cool,” Edwards, 19, told The Undefeated in a phone interview. “Who doesn’t want to be the No. 1 pick? That’d be cooler than anything. … It would be a dream come true to be No. 1. But if that’s not a team that wants me, or if I’m not wanted there, then wherever I’m wanted, I’m happy with that. … “I don’t really care where I get drafted to. If you want to draft me and you are ready to take a chance on me, then I’m ready to give you my all.”
Many considered the 6-foot-6 athletic swingman one of the best defenders in college hoops last season. He’s a good passer and finisher. His jump shot needs a ton of work, though many coaches and executives believe a jumper can be acquired with time. I’ve had people rave about his work ethic, and more than one NBA scout has told me they’d rather take Okoro than Edwards.
Nets Daily: Did some research to determine when was last time a trade involving players –like the Nets-Hawks trade– was agreed to in first week of June or earlier. Had to go back to 1981, a deal involving James Edwards. There was also a three-way trade of draft picks in 2001. Very rare,