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Michael Porter Jr. has fallen to 12th in ESPN's latest mock draft.

According to Jonathan Givony, "Concerns about the long-term outlook of Porter's health following back and hip issues have him potentially sliding out of the top 10." While he has the talent of a top-5 pick, his durability has obviously raised a lot of red flags. MPJ said recently that a couple teams broached the idea of him taking a couple months off after the draft, but the Clippers should be thrilled if he land in their laps at 12.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 5:40 PM

Several reports have the Kings locked in on Marvin Bagley III as the No. 2 pick.

Within the last 30 minutes, multiple ESPN reports from different reporters, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, the New York Times, local beat reports, and others have all said the Kings are going with Bagley. It's a little odd that so many people are reporting this, so someone clearly wants the world to assume Sacramento is going with Bagley. Regardless, Bagley would become the best offensive option in their frontcourt and would likely start.
Jun 21 - 4:39 PM

Harry Giles has "secretly looked great" in workouts this offseason, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.com.

After missing the last season, Giles has reportedly been working out for at least a month. The Duke product was widely considered as the top high school prospect two years ago, but numerous knee ailments caused him to slide to No. 20 last year. Giles makes a ton of sense as a last-round flier in 12-team leagues.
Jun 21 - 4:28 PM

The Kings have been "zeroing in" on Marvin Bagley III for the No 2 pick barring a late change, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.com.

Spears has plenty of connections with the Bay Area and NBCS had already reported that Bagley was the guy, so to sounds like the Kings have a new power forward, assuming a team doesn't make a big offer to move up.
Jun 21 - 4:24 PM

The Bulls would likely select Wendell Carter Jr. over Michael Porter Jr. at No. 7, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bulls could also try to trade up for Mo Bamba or Marvin Bagley, as well. Carter Jr. was overshadowed at Duke with Bagley having such a monster season, but Carter has low-post offense, range from deep, and is a much better defender than Bagley. Carter Jr. could be a fantasy factor right away, especially on the Bulls.
Jun 21 - 4:18 PM

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Spurs "basically shut the door on" the Lakers in Kawhi Leonard trade talks.

She adds no players were ever discussed and the conversation hasn't continued. The Spurs absolutely should not trade Kawhi to the Lakers before July 1 because of how it would make the Lakers such an attractive free agency spot. Expect several more Kawhi updates in the next week, and maybe a few tonight.
Jun 21 - 4:11 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the top six is "taking shape" with DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., Mo Bamba and Trae Young going 1-6.

A lot of other reports have said Young has been sliding today, so Woj is in the minority on this one. Young is really the only undersized player the Magic are looking at with their sixth pick, especially given GM John Hammond's affinity for length.
Jun 21 - 4:05 PM

The Wolves have spoken to teams about moving back in the first round, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

This report adds it's just "exploratory in nature" and it could pick up as the day progresses. The Wolves would likely want to dump some salary instead of taking on cheaper NBA talent.
Jun 21 - 3:55 PM

Austin Rivers is opting in on his $12 million contract with Clippers for next season.

Besides some injuries, Rivers had a strong season last year with 15.1 points per game over 33.7 minutes per outing. Rivers is still just 25 years old and should have another chance to get a long-term deal next summer. Rivers is likely going to have more competition for minutes this season with the Clippers fully expected to take a guard at either 12 or 13.
Jun 21 - 3:37 PM

The Lakers have reached out to the Spurs to express interest in Kawhi Leonard, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Earlier today, ESPN reported that the Spurs are willing to listen to offers, but Shams adds that no offers have been discussed between the Spurs and Lakers just yet. The Leonard storyline will be a major issue to keep an eye on during the draft, but the Spurs obviously won't make a hasty decision.
Jun 21 - 3:34 PM

The Mavs believe they have a strong chance of signing DeMarcus Cousins in free agency this summer, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Adrian Wojnarowski has also mentioned that the Mavs are expected to go after a center in free agency, and Cousins grew up somewhat near Dallas as an Alabama native. Cousins is progressing in his rehab as he is already doing work on a treadmill with some conditioning in a pool. He likely won't be 100 percent to start this upcoming season.
Jun 21 - 3:24 PM

The 76ers had internal discussions about packaging the No. 10 pick, No. 26 pick, and Markelle Fultz to move into the top five of the draft, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

That would be a very, very steep price tag and they'd be selling Fultz at a bargain-basement price. To be clear, having a discussion doesn't mean they're looking to make a deal. Fultz has been working out in Los Angeles and coach Brett Brown checked in on him earlier this week.
Jun 21 - 3:10 PM

Marvin Bagley III is "likely the pick at No. 2" for the Kings, according to James Ham of NBCS Bay Area.

Just about everyone believes Bagley is going second, but some others believe the Kings are sending out a smokescreen. Either way, Bagley is a walking 20-10 and he's reportedly infatuated with going as high as he can -- several top prospects didn't give their medicals to the Kings.
Jun 21 - 3:01 PM

The Wizards are actively exploring their trade options with Marcin Gortat, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Stein adds that the Wizards are resistant to attaching the No. 15 pick tonight to dump Gortat's contract. It's also an expiring deal on Gortat, so it shouldn't be too tough to unload it at some point in the next eight months. The Wizards will likely be in the market for a big man regardless, and chances are Gortat's fantasy value will decrease with a deal.
Jun 21 - 2:55 PM

If the 76ers trade the No. 10 pick, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could be a potential target, or he could go to Charlotte at No. 11, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

SGA continues to rise up draft boards as arguably the best non-Doncic point guard in the draft. Gilgeous-Alexander's length is his best asset and he performed nicely in pick-and-roll plays at Kentucky. He has a chance to go as high as No. 6 and may even start day one. He's an attractive dynasty target.
Jun 21 - 2:51 PM



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