Knicks Morning News (2017.06.06)

  • [NYDN] Derek Fisher arrested on suspicion of DUI after crashing car
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 4:49:51 PM)

    Ex-Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his car early Sunday morning.

  • [NYDN] Derek Fisher talks for first time since DUI crash
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 4:12:07 PM)

    Derek Fisher spoke for the first time about his Sunday morning car crash and ensuing DUI arrest.

  • [SNY Knicks] Monk would be among ideal prospects to fit Knicks system, handle N.Y.
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 5:15:00 PM)

    Should Malik Monk be available when the Knicks pick at No. 8, New York could be looking at its future franchise point guard.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to work out Dotson on Tuesday, Kornet on Wednesday
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 6:00:00 PM)

    The New York Knicks will reportedly work out Houston guard Damyean Dotson on Tuesday and Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet on Wednesday.

  • [SNY Knicks] JRSportBrief: Is New York City the toughest town to play in?
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 3:00:13 PM)

    In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks keeping close tabs on De’Aaron Fox
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 12:01:59 PM)

    The Knicks continue to keep a close eye on top draft prospect, Kentucky PG De’Aaron Fox, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Porzingis posts workout videos
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 9:05:21 AM)

    Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis posted workout videos to his Twitter account as he continued his offseason training.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: The Golden State Warriors Are Simply Too Great
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 12:05:29 PM)

    Did someone predict the Cavaliers in seven? Must have been a hacker.

  • [NYTimes] In N.B.A. and N.H.L. Finals, Gold Cloth Is the Standard
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 6:00:33 AM)

    For decking out the fans of the four finalists, the color has become a hot commodity, except in Cleveland. Keeping the shirts coming can be tricky.

  • [NYTimes] Sure, He’s Good at Basketball, but How Are His Twitter Skills?
    (Tuesday, June 06, 2017 9:00:23 AM)

    More than other sports leagues, the N.B.A. has hooked the coveted millennial audience by projecting its players’ off-court personalities.

  • [NYTimes] Cleveland, Now a Foe, Is Familiar Terrain to Mike Brown
    (Tuesday, June 06, 2017 12:12:12 AM)

    Brown, the assistant coach who filled in this postseason while Steve Kerr dealt with back trouble, led the Cavaliers to the N.B.A. finals in 2007.

  • [ESPN] Fisher happy to be alive after car flip, arrest
    (Monday, June 05, 2017 5:19:26 PM)

    Fisher happy to be alive after car flip, arrest

  • 79 replies on “Knicks Morning News (2017.06.06)”

    Man, Fisher’s private life is really messed up. Glad he didn’t get hurt as badly as he could have, but damn, dude.

    Yeah, maybe the Knicks fired him for dumb reasons and haven’t really found a very good replacement since that point, but incidents like this lead me to believe his off court behavior was less than stellar and had a large part in his dismissal.

    Maybe Fisher was guilty of CUI? Coaching under the influence?

    For most professionals, this type of behavior is labeled as alcoholism. For NBA players and coaches, it’s “off-court behavior.”

    If Fisher was the coach of the Knicks right now most of the articles would not be about his repeated irresponsible behavior, the fact that he could have killed himself, his girlfriend, or even worse some other innocent person. They would be about how Phil Jackson made a terrible choice to hire and/or keep him as coach after previous issues, how the Knicks are still terrible under Phil, how this demonstrates that the Knicks organization is still out of control under Phil, and that unnamed intelligence sources have leaked documents that prove Phil has been seen hanging around Mikhail Prokhorov and may have been passing along Triangle secrets to the Russians. 🙂

    It sounds like Detroit wants to ditch their #12 pick since they are terrible at drafting. I wonder if they’d send us the pick with Reggie Jackson for cap relief? Jackson had a pretty bad year, but he should bounce back somewhat and is someone good to buy low on. Even a plain ol’ Jackson for Lee trade would be worthwhile IMO.

    I’d take on Jackson for the 12 pick, though his contract sure is onerous. Still, between Anunoby, Ntilikina, Collins, and a few others my guess is someone will be there that is worth the risk.

    Not sure I really would see Jackson as a positive asset – he seems to have lost a step since his injury and his contract is larger than Lee and the same number of years. Think we can get better for Lee – I’d MUCH rather have Rubio.

    But if Detroit wants to get out from the contract and so is willing to add #12, then sure – either for space or for Lee, happy either way. The focus is the pick, and if Jackson turns to be a productI’ve fill-in starter/eventual back-up for a rookie PG, that’s just a bonus…

    The Pistons aren’t giving the 12th pick to dump Jackson. All the trade rumors at the ASB when he was well into his disastrous year had them still asking a ton for him, not giving a ton to dump him. They may want to dump Boban’s contract since he gets zero minutes for some reason. If they would give us the 12 and Boban for Lee and maybe preserve their hope to use the mid-level, I would consider that a miracle.

    I was thinking about a boban contract dump for the 12th pick but I was too afraid of bringing such a beautiful thing into the world only for it and myself to be inevitably disappointed

    How about the combination of trading for Rubio (if possible) and drafting Monk (if he drops and none of the targeted PGs are available)?

    They would fit together on offense and we could even consider putting Rubio on the opposing team’s SG on defense. Then we’d get the upside of Monk’s offense (which we will need if Melo is traded) without as much downside on defense if he’s guarding the opposing PG. In the mean time, the process of trying to turn Monk into more of a PG long term would not be an immediate issue.

    idk if its true but theres a rumor of Kings moving their 10th and 5th pick for number 3 from sixers to grab De’aaron Fox

    idk if its true but theres a rumor of Kings moving their 10th and 5th pick for number 3 from sixers to grab De’aaron Fox

    I keep reading about players that certain teams are hot for and it’s making me think someone good could drop to us that we are not expecting to drop.

    I just don’t see why Minny would trade Rubio since he’s been playing better. Dunn isn’t ready. They should just draft a shooter like Monk or another rim protector and sit tight.

    I was surprised to see O’Quinn was 12th in the league in blocks, more than Towns or Cousins. Dude is underrated around here.

    I was surprised to see O’Quinn was 12th in the league in blocks, more than Towns or Cousins. Dude is underrated around here.

    He really is. People are talking about trading him for a 1st round pick. Silly. Swap him with Tristan Thompson and the Cavs don’t miss a beat. They’re basically the same player, in my mind.

    And given how often the Knicks trade players who end up reaching the Finals, I’d say it’ll happen by the end of July.

    I just don’t see why Minny would trade Rubio since he’s been playing better. Dunn isn’t ready. They should just draft a shooter like Monk or another rim protector and sit tight.

    That’s a legitimate question, but he was clearly on the block last year. So it must be that Thibs does not think he’s the PG of the future for that team as its highest paid player.

    I was also rethinking the Rose story.

    The presumption now is that there’s no chance Minny would do a sign and trade for Rose when they can just sign Rose as a free agent. Seems logical. There is something else to consider. Let’s assume Minny signs Rose (they are still rumored to be interested) and Thibs has a PG he wants until they develop their PG of the future. Then they have Rubio’s salary plus Rose’s salary. That’s an even worse position to be in salary wise. If they were getting such great offers for Rubio over and above what NY was offering at the trade deadline, they would have done it back then. There may not be anyone they want to pay 14m to and add Rose. So why not simply revisit the sign and trade and move Rubio’s salary and get the PG you want for now?

    Kyle only has one year left on his contract before he opts out. The marginal value of that year to us is very low, because we are not good. We should definitely trade him for a first if we can.

    He really is. People are talking about trading him for a 1st round pick. Silly. Swap him with Tristan Thompson and the Cavs don’t miss a beat. They’re basically the same player, in my mind.

    I see no reason to trade him other than the log jam at C.

    KP is going to play more C this year.

    WH may get the starting role at C this year, but if he doesn’t, at a minimum he will play a lot more minutes.

    Right or wrong, Noah is going to get minutes unless he’s totally dreadful.

    So where does that leave KOQ other than spot minutes when someone is injured?

    The problem is getting fair value for him in a trade. He’s not just underrated here. He’s still underrated around the league. But still, when we have to “pay him” it’s going to be too costly to have all those bigs and someone like KOQ not playing.

    Kyle only has one year left on his contract before he opts out. The marginal value of that year to us is very low, because we are not good. We should definitely trade him for a first if we can.

    What kind of offer would you expect him to receive after next offseason? He’s known as a “hustle guy,” and I can’t imagine him getting much more than a Boban would get. At $7M AAV, would you want him?

    Didn’t Robin Lopez get a four year/54 million dollar deal? Kyle could fetch that.

    Boban is probably not a good comp bc he had 500 career minutes and Kyle will have 6000 or so. Mahinmi just got 4/64 and he was 30 with a worse injury history and mostly a mediocre player coming a good age 29 free agent year. If I ran a team I would operate as if we will get a typical market-value unrestricted free agent deal, which would leave little to negative excess value for the team. If he were willing to sign an extension today for 7 million, that would be a different story.

    One my strongest criticisms of Phil has been that bad teams have to know themselves and exploit the one free lunch available: aggressively turn current assets with higher marginal value to others into future assets. We should be trying to do that with both Lee and KOQ now plus the rest of our cap space. I don’t think hoping he will resign a bargain deal that he won’t sign now is a good strategy.

    Keep in mind it’s not necessary that we trade KOQ for a pick. There’s a log jam at C, but there’s no log jam among wings and guards. There would be nothing wrong with moving KOQ to get back a wing player of similar value. It would be smart if Phil could pull it off. Otherwise we risk allowing KOQ to eventually walk for nothing instead of trying to gain something out of his current attractive contract (or paying him to sit on the bench) .

    Didn’t Robin Lopez get a four year/54 million dollar deal? Kyle could fetch that.

    Yes, but he had also started every game he played in between 2012-2015 (223 games) before receiving that offer. I wouldn’t call it apples to apples.

    I agree with ptmilo, contingent on the offers that he receives. If the cap is $100M and he gets less than $10M AAV, I would strongly consider paying him. But since they have Noah until the next decade, it might be money poorly spent.

    My first choice with KOQ would be to extend him to a <$10m AAV deal (he very well might be worth more in a vacuum but we're not in a position to dedicate, like, the majority of our cap to the center position).

    The problem is I just don't get the impression that Phil values him very highly (ironic seeing as how he's one of Phil's few good moves). I truly think Phil will let him walk for nothing barring a trade.

    If Philly can pull off that trade and take Monk 5th that would be terrific for us.

    @23 – totally agree re marginal value.

    The single biggest priority for us right now should be finding potential foundational pieces – potential high-level starters or borderline stars – on the same timeline as KP. If you have young pieces like that, when they get good then You go all-in on FAs – stars and role players – to get you over the hump.

    That means we should basically prioritise draft assets in the next three or so years over almost anything else – if at the end of that we have KP and one other young ‘star’ we’re in good shape. If Willy turns into a foundation piece and/or we hit on more than one, we’re in excellent shape.

    KOQ, Lee and our cap space can all net draft assets and that is their best value to us right now. It’s not about how good they are in a vacuum, it’s about their value to us within a coherent strategy.

    The middle of this draft is stacked with risky high upside options – OG and Giles in particular. Frank to an extent. If we got one of those in addition to whoever we pick at 8 we’re at least creating the possibility of a high potential core for the future.

    So I guess Kyle just can’t guard quicker power forwards? Is that why he’s listed as a backup center? I didn’t watch a ton of Knicks last year (I know, I’m not a masochist… weird, right?) so just curious. Regardless, he seems like a good fit next KP, at least on paper. Those guys plus Wille (and spot minutes from the corpse of Noah) make for a decent big rotation. It would even be good to have Melo play more 4 if he stays.

    Question: are there any realistic trades that package Noah and Melo? Any teams that can absorb that and send back anything of minor value?

    The problem is not so much figuring out that we should try to get young and build around KP. The problem is finding willing partners in deals for picks or young players, young free agents that are willing to come to NY while we suck, all while meeting the basketball/business requirements of the organization by not becoming the 76ers for the next 5 years.

    We’ve already dangled players like KOQ and Rose.

    We’ve already had talks about Melo.

    We are already taking calls on Courtney Lee.

    We are already talking about taking on a bad contract for a pick from Portland.

    Executing on any of those requires a willing partner on the other side. Every deal that’s offered may be bad for us. But we’ll still have to fill 15 roster spots and try to put a balanced team on the court.

    When we signed Courtney Lee to what was clearly a fair contract, I was all for it. Based on my desire to get younger and fit with KP, signing Lee seemed like an idiotic idea. Except that when you sign good players (even veterans) to fair or better than fair contracts you can still use them later to potentially land a first round pick or younger player.

    IMO, the idea is to find the best values offered while giving preference to your long term strategy of getting younger. We can’t assume anyone is going trade us a pick, sell us a pick, or give up any players that fit our desires. Along the way if we have to sign other players (like Lee, Afflalo, Jennings, Williams etc..), as long as they are signed short and/or on fair salaries, we can move them later or their contracts will expire before they become significant.

    Rubio badly wants out of Minny. He hired a new agent with the expressed purpose of getting him the hell out of there. I think that a sign and trade of Rose is still possible.

    I just hope, and I’m sure, that our front office staff including the great Phil Jackson is looking at more than just arm length when drafting. It seems that some in here are simply infatuated with it.

    its not an infatuation with arm length, its about defensive potential , physical tools… a guard with a 7” wingspan has an advantage over a guard with a 6”4′ wingspan

    I know that the draft history of a particular pick has no bearing on a future pick (kind of like the list of recent hits posted by a roulette wheel), unless, of course, that pick is cursed. And there is a chance that the #8 pick is cursed:

    Since the 1989 draft, when the NBA went to its current two round system, the first round has produced 152 All Stars with a combined 506 All Star appearances. Of those 152 players, only 1 was drafted in the #8 spot: Vin Baker.

    The #9 pick, by contrast, has produced a combined 39 All Star appearances.

    And the #30 pick, which has only been used in the first round 12 times ever, has produced more All Stars: David Lee(2) and Jimmy Butler (3).

    And it’s not just All Star appearances. The leading WS/48 player drafted #8 is the largely irrelevant Brandan Wright. After that there are only five other players that break the NBA-average barrier: Kerry Kittles (.127); Brian Grant (.122); Andre Miller (.120); Chris Wilcox (.103); and Jordan Hill (.102). WS/48 wise, #8 is the worst of all the lottery picks and even most of the non-lottery 1st round too.

    So, I don’t know. Maybe there’s more than just coincidence at play. If so, the cursed Knicks probably deserve to keep getting the cursed #8 spot.

    (And for those of you looking to deal with Detroit, the only lottery pick with even close to as bad of a track record in the NBA that the #8 pick is the #12 pick. Mookie Blaylock’s lone Jordan-Void all star berth is the only all star appearance generated from that slot, and the highest career WS/48 of a #12 pick is a tie between Nick Collison and Austin Croshere at .115).

    I just hope, and I’m sure, that our front office staff including the great Phil Jackson is looking at more than just arm length when drafting. It seems that some in here are simply infatuated with it.

    I like the Rubio idea for a lot of reasons.

    1. IMO he’s already a good player and he’s still slowly improving his scoring. I think the best is ahead.

    2. He’s young enough to be part of the long term plan but experienced enough to come in and help the team (especially KP and WH) right away.

    3. It gives us more flexibility in terms of the draft. If we are already set at starting PG, we can draft some 18-19 year old that won’t be ready to start for a few years without worrying about rushing him or finding someone else to play big minutes. We are also not compelled to draft a PG if there’s a better player available at another position.

    4. It just seems like a good Euroball fit. I think he’ll get along with KP and WH really well.

    4. It just seems like a good Euroball fit. I think he’ll get along with KP and WH really well.

    They do all speak European.

    Rubio can also speak European with much of our team. That’s a big plus.

    Damyean Dotson is working out with us today and he has some really impressive numbers:

    http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/damyean-dotson-1.html

    Some quick hits:

    – He led his Division 1 conference in FG% in 2016. He’s a guard and he took half of his shots from 3 point range that year.

    – He was 3rd and 4th in conference true shooting percentage in his two years at Houston.
    – He was 1st and 2nd in conference offensive win shares in his two years at Houston.
    – His offensive rating in 2016 was 9th in the entire NCAA and first in his conference. In 2017 he was 3rd in the conference.
    – His TS% was over .600 both years at Houston, and his eFG% led the conference in both years as well.

    He’s 23 years old already, but this kid has impressive numbers and I bet he’d rate really well with PAWS40.

    EDIT: He was also the Portsmith Invitational MVP.

    @39

    Do you find it interesting that he went from average to awesome when he went from the Pac-12 to the AAC?

    They do all speak European.

    Rubio and Willy are spanish

    KP and Kuzminskas played in Spain for at least 3 years.

    I guess they all speak spanish.

    I don’t take much of an issue with it because outside of UCLA and Arizona the PAC-12 is pretty lame.

    One advantage Minnesota gets for switching Rose for Rubio now is that they will know how much they will pay him in the future because now they can negotiate a contract before the trade. But, unfortunately for us, Rose’s value has gone down because of injury and Rubio’s has gone up due to good play. I honestly don’t think they are going to take Rose now. They may still want to trade Rubio, but its more likely they will want a player and a pick and the devil is in the details. I’d do KOQ straight up for Rubio, but I don’t know if that would fly.

    And it’s not just All Star appearances. The leading WS/48 player drafted #8 is the largely irrelevant Brandan Wright. After that there are only five other players that break the NBA-average barrier: Kerry Kittles (.127); Brian Grant (.122); Andre Miller (.120); Chris Wilcox (.103); and Jordan Hill (.102). WS/48 wise, #8 is the worst of all the lottery picks and even most of the non-lottery 1st round too.

    This is based on fallacious logic that past performance will predict future success.

    It would be awesome if we could go all Euroball and draft Ntilikina to play with Rubio, KP and Willy.

    It would be awesome if we could go all Euroball and draft Ntilikina to play with Rubio, KP and Willy.

    It really would be great to have Rubio here period. I’m really hoping that the Wolves never seriously offered him for Rose.

    @47

    Donnie was jokingly implying the pick position was cursed

    Which would occur if dolans razor bears out!

    I realize most here don’t want Monk. I fully understand why. As recently as last year if I saw someone advocating drafting a player like Monk I’d think he was nuts. But I’m starting to think all the advanced stats models underrate shooting guards and I’m not convinced he can’t be a PG in the triangle anyway.

    I feel fairly confident he’s going to be a high usage and highly efficient scorer eventually. He has freaky athleticism to go along with being able to score efficiently in a wide variety of ways already.

    The problem with a lot of these combo guards has been on the defensive end, but how many of them are freak athletes like this. Not many. He’s probably more of a risk than some of the other players that could fall to us, but if does fall to us and we take him at #8 I’m not going to be panicked or upset. I have a feeling he’s going to be a pleasant surprise to whoever gets him.

    I just have a nasty feeling that Monk will end up like Shumpert where his handle/vision won’t be advanced enough for the 1 and he’s not particularly built well for the two.

    Monk’s game will play in the NBA. I don’t like his upside, but his game will play in the NBA. That’s something, at least (seriously, that really is something significant).

    Monk wouldn’t be a disaster, but unless he has some game he didn’t show in college he really has to be an incredible shooter to be an all star caliber player, and even then he’d be more of a fringy all star. He’s not going to be a plus defender, he’s not a playmaker, so almost all his value is going to have to come from scoring. How valuable would a short, no defense playing Klay Thompson be?

    Anklebreaker Dennis Smith Jr. will be working out for us tomorrow. A chance to impress the boss. Will he still be there when we pick? Is he better than Frank? DRose with a jump shot?

    Monk wouldn’t be a disaster, but unless he has some game he didn’t show in college he really has to be an incredible shooter to be an all star caliber player, and even then he’d be more of a fringy all star. He’s not going to be a plus defender, he’s not a playmaker, so almost all his value is going to have to come from scoring. How valuable would a short, no defense playing Klay Thompson be?

    If he is as athletic as the scouting reports say, then the Defensive issues could be ironed out, considering a lot of Defence is chalked up to effort. Playmaking is probably the biggest concern. Young PG’s can always improve passing a decision making as they adjust to the speed of the game, but it’s no substitute for having those natural PG abilities (passing, IQ etc.) some of the more highly touted PG’s have.

    Monk is a good passer. He moves great without the ball. Playmaking is something we’re not sure about with him but it’s much less important in our system than shooting, spacing and movement. When we consider Monk defensively, he should be looked at for his ability to guard ones and not much larger twos. With his great athleticism and attitude I think that he can do it.

    I think Monk will go at #5 or #7 and think he’ll be a decent pro, though not likely a star. The more I see of Zach Collins, the more I like. I know he’s not something we need per se, but I would like to see what he can do next to KP. I also think DSJ has great potential, but I can’t see Jax picking him. I’d be happy with Isaac, Collins, Smith and to a lesser extent, Monk. Less enthused about Frank.

    I could see Monk playing in this championship series and contributing. That’s something I’d have a hard time seeing Fox and some of the others do.

    If he is as athletic as the scouting reports say, then the Defensive issues could be ironed out, considering a lot of Defence is chalked up to effort.

    A lot of defence is chalked up to effort, and that is often taken to mean players can improve in the right environment. I don’t believe the latter and think the former is said way more often than it’s actually true.

    I think Monk would be fine defensively if he were a one. His lateral movement is quite good it’s more that he dies on screens sometimes and isn’t great on rotations. Partly an effort thing, partly awareness.

    He’d be pretty bad against SGs however because he’s only 6’3

    Monk is a slim guy and I worry about him getting through NBA screens. But with the help of the Knicks crack training staff, I’m confident he’ll have contracted numerous diseases and be bed-ridden by the time he’s 23.

    if monk is athletic…. the numbers don’t bear that out at all.. rebounds, stls, blks and 2p fg% just point to the fact that he’s a shooter and not much else…

    i kind of think of him as like devin booker … and i don’t mean that in a good way…. he’ll probably top out as a 6th man type on a decent team or a bad starter on a bad team…. i just don’t see him being plus in anything….

    If Fisher was the coach of the Knicks right now most of the articles would not be about his repeated irresponsible behavior, the fact that he could have killed himself, his girlfriend, or even worse some other innocent person. They would be about how Phil Jackson made a terrible choice to hire and/or keep him as coach after previous issues, how the Knicks are still terrible under Phil, how this demonstrates that the Knicks organization is still out of control under Phil, and that unnamed intelligence sources have leaked documents that prove Phil has been seen hanging around Mikhail Prokhorov and may have been passing along Triangle secrets to the Russians. 🙂

    At least the team would be winning more games *shrugs*
    LOL

    Monk wouldn’t be a disaster, but unless he has some game he didn’t show in college he really has to be an incredible shooter to be an all star caliber player, and even then he’d be more of a fringy all star. He’s not going to be a plus defender, he’s not a playmaker, so almost all his value is going to have to come from scoring. How valuable would a short, no defense playing Klay Thompson be?

    I read an article this morning that implied that Monk only played the 2 at Kentucky because Fox was better than Coach Cal anticipated. Maybe I can look through my browser history and find it again. However, if that’s true- Monk may not be a bad pick. The article kinda compared him to a Derrick Rose type at the 1 with much much better shooting and a more versatile offensive game.

    Monk is pretty good finishing at the rim (he had a better FG% at the rim than Fox did, for example), but his athleticism doesn’t seem to translate anywhere else. About half his rim shots were assisted too, which suggests he’s not getting to the rim off the dribble by himself. If he’s a JJ Reddickish pro that’s fine, I just think his reasonable upside is lower than a lot of the other top 8 or so prospects because he’s only good at scoring.

    Hoop-math.com has some decent individual scoring stats for college players, for anyone who is interested.

    I think there is a chance he is another C.J. McCollum but I don’t want to find out with him in a Knicks jersey. There numbers look similar at the same age if I recall correctly and honestly if you would have put Monk in the same conference his numbers probably would have been way better. I think Monk needed another year but as a pg not sg.

    I think that Monk will be gone before 8. Some team is going to see him as Stephen Curry Lite. And, who knows, he might become that.

    If the rumor is true that Sacto is willing to give up the 5 and 10 for Fox, Philly should jump all over that, though I guess they may want to wait until draft night just in case something surprising happens at 1 or 2.

    If the rumor is true that Sacto is willing to give up the 5 and 10 for Fox, Philly should jump all over that, though I guess they may want to wait until draft night just in case something surprising happens at 1 or 2.

    If the reports of the Lakers passing on Ball are true, Philly has to take Ball.

    I’m envisioning more and more scenarios where one of Isaac or Smith Jr falls to us. I’m hoping it’s Isaac.

    Apparently, the Lakers may have traded the number two pick to the Kings for picks #5 and #10.

    Note: someone reported this on another blog. I don’t have a confirmed source I can find.

    I read on B/R they were looking to trade up to try and get Fox. If they trade up to 2 to just to get Fox; I am not sure that is a great move, considering Fox could be available at 5. They must be really into him if that’s the case.

    On a Chinese WeChat basketball discussion board. It’s not normally a good source for information, but it was reported as fact. I am not so sure, but thought it worth reporting, because the poster was very definite about it.

    That’d be a smart move by the Lakers if true. Ball will likely still be there for them at 5.

    I wish I understood better about trades etc., shouldn’t jax be offering to swap picks with magic for deng and a melo swap, especially if sacto wants that pick!

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