NBA Player News
|6/22/2017||Greg Monroe, Mil, F-C|
|Monroe has exercised his $17.8 million player option to stay with the team for 2017-18. The 6-foot-11 Monroe had until Thursday night to make his decision. A Bucks official said before the NBA draft that Monroe had exercised the option.
Analysis: Monroe averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games in 2016-17 for the Bucks. He provided scoring punch off the bench.
|6/22/2017||Markelle Fultz, Phi, PG|
|The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Analysis: Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.
|6/22/2017||Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG|
|The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the talented UCLA playmaker.
Analysis: Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.
|6/22/2017||Jayson Tatum, Bos, SF|
|The Boston Celtics selected Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.
Analysis: In Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward, Boston gets a player who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.
|6/22/2017||Jimmy Butler, Min, G-F|
|The Chicago Bulls traded Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick.
Analysis: Butler is being reunited with his former coach in Tom Thibodeau, who coached Butler from 2011 to 2015 before being fired. Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette. He averaged a career-high 23.9 points last season as the Bulls were 41-41 and qualified for the postseason as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
|6/22/2017||Josh Jackson, Pho, SG|
|The Phoenix Suns selected Jackson with the fourth overall pick of the NBA draft Thursday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 207-pound forward averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his lone season with Kansas. The 20-year-old Jackson was the Big 12 freshman of the year and an all-Big 12 first-team selection.
|6/22/2017||De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG|
|The Sacramento Kings selected Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft.
Analysis: Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He boosted his stock when he outplayed UCLA's Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall pick, in the Sweet Sixteen, scoring 39 points in a Wildcats win. Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.
|6/22/2017||Zach LaVine, Chi, G|
|LaVine has been traded to the Bulls in a draft-day deal that saw Jimmy Butler go to Minnesota.
Analysis: In his third season, LaVine averaged a career-high 18.9 points and shot 45.9 percent. LaVine was having a breakout campaign when he tore the ACL in his left knee February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler.
|6/22/2017||Kris Dunn, Chi, G|
|Dunn was traded to Chicago along with Zach LaVine in a draft-day deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.
Analysis: The Bulls were high on Dunn last season, and get him after a disappointing rookie season when he averaged 3.8 points.
|6/22/2017||Jonathan Isaac, Orl, PF|
|The Orlando Magic selected Isaac with the sixth overall pick Thursday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-11, 210-pound Isaac averaged 12 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting nearly 51 percent from the field in his only season at Florida State. The versatile Isaac will need to get stronger in his transition to the NBA. However, his build and his game compares favorably to Kevin Durant as Isaac can create his own offense like the lean Golden State Warriors forward. Isaac has also drawn comparisons to New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis.
|6/22/2017||Lauri Markkanen, Chi, PF|
|The Timberwolves drafted Markkanen with the No. 7 overall pick for the Chicago Bulls after the two teams agreed to a blockbuster deal that sends three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Two people with knowledge of the situation say the Bulls are sending Butler and the No. 16 pick for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick.
Analysis: The 7-foot Markkanen gives the Bulls a shooter they lacked last season. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona.
|6/22/2017||Dennis Smith, Jr., Dal, PG|
|The Dallas Mavericks took Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.
Analysis: Smith will get a strong chance to start with the Mavericks believing that Yogi Ferrell is better-suited to a backup role even though he made a splash that earned him a two-year deal after the undrafted rookie joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract. Smith is the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record two triple-doubles in the same season, and he averaged 18.1 points per game.
|6/22/2017||Frank Ntilikina, NY, PG|
|The Knicks selected Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick Thursday night.
Analysis: Ntilikina should be able to contribute at a relatively high level as soon as he arrives in the NBA. He led France to the gold medal at the U18 European Championships in Turkey late last year, averaging 15.2 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 50 percent. Ntilikina had 23 points in the semifinals and 31 in the championship game, thriving after he was given free rein to run France's offense.
|6/22/2017||Malik Monk, Cha, SG|
|The Charlotte Hornets selected Kentucky's Monk with the 11th pick in the NBA draft. He finished as the second-highest scoring freshman in the country behind No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz of Washington (23.2 ppg).
Analysis: Monk raised his stock with a 47-point performance on eight 3-pointers against eventual national champion North Carolina last December. Monk went on to be named SEC freshman of the year, averaging 19.8 points and shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range. He was the winner of the Jerry West Award given to the nation's top shooting guard.
|6/22/2017||Zach Collins, Por, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the deal says the Portland Trail Blazers traded the No. 15 and No. 20 picks in the NBA draft to Sacramento in exchange for Collins, the No. 10 pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been formally announced. While unofficial, the Blazers' Twitter account tweeted at Sacramento: ''good pick'' shortly after Collins' name was announced.
Analysis: Collins, a 7-footer, played off the bench in his lone season with Gonzaga behind senior starter Przemek Karnowski and averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
|6/22/2017||Luke Kennard, Det, SG|
|The Detroit Pistons drafted Kennard with the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft.
Analysis: Kennard turned pro after averaging 19.5 points a game during his sophomore season at Duke. Kennard could give Detroit some help offensively - he shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17. The Pistons shot only 33 percent from beyond the arc as a team last season.
|6/22/2017||Bam Adebayo, Mia, PF|
|The Miami Heat selected Adebayo with the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft.
Analysis: Adebayo shot 60 percent in his lone season at Kentucky, averaging 13.0 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10, 243-pounder was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school, then was an All-SEC second-team pick this past season.
|6/22/2017||Donovan Mitchell, Uta, SG|
|The Jazz traded up in the draft to select Mitchell at No. 13. According to The Vertical, Utah will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to the Nuggets.
Analysis: A monster jump in offensive production from his freshman to sophomore seasons was a big reason Mitchell decided leave to Louisville. Over 31 games with five starts in 2015-16, Mitchell averaged 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. As a sophomore, Mitchell averaged a team-high 15.6 points to go with 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists while starting 33 of 34 games.
|6/22/2017||Trey Lyles, Den, PF|
|A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Utah Jazz have traded the No. 24 pick in the NBA draft and Lyles to the Denver Nuggets for the No. 13 pick, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell.
Analysis: Lyles was the Jazz's No. 12 overall pick in 2015. He averaged 13.7 points last season but saw his minutes and shooting percentages drop dramatically from 2015-16.
|6/21/2017||Nick Young, LAL, G-F|
|Young will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Young has spent four tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds over 220 games.
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