As far as ESPN's draft analytics model is concerned, there was plenty of value to be found in the second round last night. In addition to these, the Mavericks picked up two talented players very late in Ray Spalding (Analytics Rank: 24) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (30).
Shaquille O'Neal and draft prospects Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Begley III teamed up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y!:
The Knicks were among the teams to watch Loyola's Donte Ingram in a workout in Chicago this week. Ingram, a 6-6 guard, has workouts scheduled next week with Memphis and Philadelphia. Several teams in attendance at the private workout were impressed by what they saw from Ingram, who averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Ramblers and helped lead them to an unexpected run to the Final Four.
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Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has signed with Klutch Sports, which represents LeBron James. Davis has two years and $52 million let on his contract with the Pelicans.
Despite the objections of Timberwolves president of basketball operations/coach Tom Thibodeau, owner Glen Taylor has mandated that a deal needs to be negotiated to trade disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler in the next several days, sources told ESPN.
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has agreed to a 5-year, $190 million super-max extension with the Timberwolves, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jimmy Butler won't be at Timberwolves media day Monday and will not take part in the start of training camp, sources confirmed to ESPN, as the team continues to mull the forward's future in Minnesota.
Center Omer Asik, who returned to the Bulls in February as part of the Nikola Mirotic trade to New Orleans, has inflammatory arthritis and is out indefinitely.