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NBA Draft 2018 rumors: 76ers open to trading No. 10 pick

The 76ers are open to trading the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to a report from ESPN.

Philadelphia would trade the pick to a team interested in drafting Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the report says.

Among the teams still active in trying to trade higher into lottery: Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and the Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. Philadelphia’s No. 10 pick is in play, a target for teams pursing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Otherwise, he could go No. 11 to Charlotte.

It’s tough to come down too hard on a team for a draft that came less than a year before a championship. And the Pistons very well may not have won the 2004 title if they had picked Bosh instead of Milicic. They probably wouldn’t have gone after Rasheed Wallace midseason with Bosh showing strides as a rookie. But they would have been better off for the long run with the future Hall of Famer anchoring their future.

This is one of the most understandable gaffes on this list. Garnett was the first player in more than a decade to go from high school to the draft, and while anyone who watched him knew he was the most talented player in the class, there were very real questions about maturity and preparedness. Smith went from All-American at Maryland to pretty good NBA player.

The Mavericks believe they have a great shot to land DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, according to The Athletic. So, if Dallas stands pat at No. 5 it will likely pass on Texas center Mohamed Bamba if he’s on the board.

The report makes it seem more likely the team will try to move up to select Luka Doncic, possibly with the Grizzlies at No. 4 if Atlanta skips on the Slovenian star.

In addition to Cousins, The Athletic mentioned restricted free agent Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan as potential targets for Dallas. But let’s not forget, Dallas has fresh wounds from its last run at Jordan, who would have to decline a $24.1 million player option top hit the open market.

The path for Doncic to contribute to winning basketball, meanwhile, is much clearer. If he shoots well enough to open up the remainder of his offense, he’ll have a Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online path forward as a primary initiator. Those are the current NBA’s most valuable players because of their ability to bring value through both passing and scoring, and that’s why Phoenix should select him at No. 1.

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NBA free agency rumors: LeBron James not interested in elaborate recruiting process

Every team in the NBA wants LeBron James, and he knows it. So don’t bother with billboards, hype videos or presentations.

According to ESPN.com, James wants a low-key free agency process if he decides not to pick up his $35.6 million player option with the Cavaliers by the end of this week.

James had a circus recruiting process in 2010 with elaborate pitches from a half-dozen teams, including eventual sweepstakes winner, the Miami Heat. The process was more simple in 2014 as he met with only the Heat and Cavaliers in-person, while agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini took meetings with five other suitors (the Bulls, Lakers, Suns, Rockets and Mavericks).

But the fact is James Harden got better, he made his team better. His team is not the greatest team. Now they are, but he made them the greatest team.

Harden missed out on the prize to Russell Westbrook last season, but averaged the most points (30.4) and fourth most assists (8.8) in the regular season.

James Harden is a great individual player, a better defender and he’s a little bit better moving his body. [He is] MVP hands down and he’s proven it time in, time out, World Peace added.

The guys are really pushing hard in the dugout but it’s just not happening right now, manager Ron Gardenhire said.

An intentional walk followed, and the go-ahead run scored when Chris Young hit into a force play at third base. Tanner Scott hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch to force Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses in a run, and David Fletcher capped the uprising with a two-run single.

It was good clutch-hitting that inning, Scioscia said. I think the biggest hit there was Albert.

The Angels lost six straight before coming to Baltimore, and now they appear to have their mojo back.

Whenever you can grind out runs late in the game to come back and win, it’s exciting, Fletcher said. It’s definitely something to give us confidence.

The Cardinals have been careening a bit. They have lost four in a row after winning four straight, a run that ended another three-game losing streak. They have lost 12 of 18 since peaking Cheap Jerseys To Design at eight games over .500 on June 11.

NBA free agency rumors: Mavericks confident in chances to sign DeMarcus Cousins

What the Mavericks do tonight with the No. 5 pick in tonight’s NBA Draft will indicate basically their entire offseason plan.

Ayton wouldn’t be the first frontcourt prospect to improve as a rim protector in the NBA. DeAndre Jordan averaged just 2.5 blocks per 40 minutes as a freshman at Texas A&M before becoming one of the league’s most feared shot blockers, for example. Nonetheless, developing his aptitude as a perimeter defender may be more valuable given the NBA’s current trends.

Expect Ayton to be lauded as a surefire 20-and-10 — meaning 20 points and 10 rebounds per game — guy in the lead up to the draft. It’s probably not far off. How valuable that is in the modern NBA remains questionable. More on that later…

Where Ayton’s preeminent physical stature is unmatched among 2018 prospects, it’s Doncic’s production and accomplishments that stand alone. At 19 years old, he was named MVP of the EuroLeague, the world’s second-most difficult basketball competition outside of the NBA, led his team to its title and earned the MVP of its Final Four in the process.

The 76ers had also previously been attempting to acquire a top-five pick, according to multiple reports. They sent a second-round pick, No. 39 overall, to the Lakers earlier Wednesday.

The Raptors were reportedly hoping to trade up and select Gilgeous-Alexander. Toronto does not currently have a draft pick.

Gilgeous-Alexander, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, had a breakout freshman season for Kentucky in 2017-1He averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 assists per game on a Wildcats team that registered a 26-11 record.

The 76ers finished last season with a 52-30 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

Tskitishvili is one of the all-time worst NBA Draft selections. The Nuggets Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal halfway made up for the gaffe by selecting Nene at No. 7, but that also means they skipped on two-time Cheap Jerseys UK All-Star Stoudemire twice in the same draft in favor of lesser big men.

Give Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray an A in self-evaluation.

Ray won his final six regular-season decisions in 2017 after missing a month with a concussion suffered when he was struck in the head by a line drive in St. Louis on July 28. Then last Wednesday, he spun six scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory over Florida in his first start after missing 58 days with an oblique injury.

Ray will face the Cardinals again on Monday, in the first game of a three-game series at Chase Field. Right-hander Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals.

The D-backs have lost only two of their last 10 series, both to San Francisco, while recovering from a 2-15 skid in May.

You are going to have ups and downs, Ray said. That was a little bit of an extended down, but good teams find a way to break out of that. I feel like we’ve done that this month.

It’s another thing we have going on. The dynamic in this clubhouse, we are never down on ourselves. Guys were in here playing music every single day. Nothing has changed. We understand that there is a process, and you have to stick with it. The second that you start changing who you are and over-analyzing a little bit, it can weigh on you.

On Thursday, OKC general manager Sam Presti said (via NewsOK.com) the front office is looking forward to the opportunity to sit down and have a more specific conversation with George about his potential future with the team.

Paul and his representation, we built a relationship built on transparency, trust and collaboration, Presti said after the NBA Draft. I’m happy to say that that’s continued during the period of time that the season ended to now, which I think speaks a great deal about Paul George Cheap Jerseys With Numbers and just who he is as a guy. It’s just how he operates. Things don’t change.

A deal with OKC would give George another season to see if playing with Russell Westbrook can lead to a championship, but the pile of long-term, guaranteed money Los Angeles can Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal slide across the table to him may be too much to pass on.