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Live at the NBA Draft (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 25, 2009 6:59 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2009 10:41 pm
 
NEW YORK -- It's almost time for David Stern to stroll to the lectern. A few minutes ago, the players posed for their photos with the commissioner on the stage in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. I don't know what the players are talking about in the green room, but the media is almost without exception consumed with conflicting and stunning reports of Michael Jackson's death.

We'll stay away from that here for now, especially since we don't know what we don't know. What we do know, getting back to basketball, is that Brandon Jennings won't be participating in the festivities. After all the big talk about how Ricky Rubio is "all hype" and how he would validate his decision to skip college and play in Europe if he were picked in the top five or 10, Jennings has gone AWOL.

Most likely, at the behest of his very capable agent, Bill Duffy, who must have sensed what everyone else does -- this is going to be a very disappointing night for Jennings. Duffy did the right thing, sparing his client the humiliation of being the last draftee in the green room. The agent issued the following statement, which was distributed to the media moments ago:

"Because we do not have a strong grasp of Brandon's draft position, I've advised that he and his family enjoy this day in a more private setting with the people he loves the most. Brandon Jennings will have a very illustrious career in the NBA, and at the end of the day, that is all that is important."

Wow. Talk about turning tail and running.

Check back here for updates, as I'll be adding to the buzz, observations, and events as things unfold.

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People are chanting various things, such as "Lakers Suck!" while Stern gives his introductory shpiel. I'm ignoring them, though.

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Blake Griffin to the Clippers. Shocking!

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The discussion between the Knicks and Grizzlies about a Quentin Richardson-for-Darko Milicic swap appears to be in a holding pattern. The talks have not advanced in the past 24 hours, a person connected to the situation said.

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A person familiar with the Suns' strategy for Amare Stoudemire said speculation that the four-time All-Star is on his way to Golden State in a deal involving the Warriors' No. pick is premature. Nothing has transpired there to raise it to the high-level discussion it would require, because Stoudemire needs to indicated he'd consider a contract extension in exchange for waiving his termination option after next season.

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Memphis takes Hasheem Thabeet at No. 2. Does that mean they like him better than Tyreke Evans, or is something up?

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James Harden to Oklahoma City. Trade? If not, the Kings have a decision to make. Ricky Rubio or Tyreke Evans. As for Memphis, I'd say their selection of Thabeet means Boston failed in its pursuit of the No. 2 pick. The Celtics were targeting Evans.
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Oohh, Evans over Rubio. Not a good night so far for la Pistola.
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With Rubio going to Minny, now what? I was advised by a rival exec not to be surprised if the T-Wolves took two guards with the fifth and sixth picks. Stephen Curry? Or a trade? The Knicks love them some Curry, but would be happy with Jordan Hill, too.
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My source was right about the two guards, but wrong about which one. Jonny Flynn to Minny. That means, in my opinion, Jordan Hill to Golden State and Curry to the Knicks, who get to exorcise the demons of Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry with one pick. Steph ... Curry.
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So much for demons being exorcised. The Garden crowd let out a primal, exorcist-like scream after Golden State just picked Curry at No. 7. That leaves Hill for the Knicks. Their fans don't want to hear this, but I was told the Knicks brass were prepared for that scenario and that they'll be happy with Hill.
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Jordan Hill it is for the Knicks at No. 8. Not sure they're keeping him, though. Still can't believe Minnesota will keep both Rubio and Flinn ... Rubio and Curry, fine. But not two point guards.
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DeMar DeRozan to the Raptors at 9, but the one that intrigues me is Jennings to the Bucks at 10. So there was no need to blow off the draft, after all. Jennings said on Wednesday that being a top-10 pick would justify his decision to skip college and play in Europe.
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Of more importance, there is growing speculation that discussions are advancing on a trade sending Amare Stoudemire to Golden State, perhaps involving the Warriors' No. 7 pick, Steph Curry. Would make sense. Back with more on that soon.
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Terrence Williams to the Nets at 11, which seemed like a foregone conclusion after they traded Vince Carter.
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Been on the phone working on the Stoudemire and Rubio stuff. Check it out here. Meanwhile: Henderson to Charlotte, Hansbrough to Pacers, Clark to Suns, and Daye to Pistons. Oh, and Jennings returned from the hotel to the Garden once he found out he was a top-10 pick and actually got his handshake with Stern ... after Clark, who wasn't in the building, was picked by Phoenix. AWKWARD ...
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Moving along ... Johnson to the Bulls, Holiday to the 76ers, and Minnesota just picked Ty Lawson 18th for Denver as part of a trade. Good spot for Ty. Learn from a savvy, championship-tested veteran in Chauncey Billups.
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I am going to take a walk and a deep breath now or I may very well go insane.
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The first round is over, which of course means the diehard drunkards ... I mean, fans ... who are still here have begun chanting, "Ad-am Sil-ver!" The Cavs selected someone named Christian Eyenga with the 30th and final pick of the first round. Nobody knows who he is, including the people who made the nameplates that are hung on the draft board above the stage. They eventually threw a bootleg nameplate up there for him.
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One more order of business before I start writing my column. The Knicks-Memphis trade sending Quentin Richardson and cash to the Grizzlies for Darko Milicic has been completed. The Knicks likely pick up the approximately $1.2 million difference in salaries.

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Enjoy the Adam Silver Show!
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Category: NBA
Tags: Draft Buzz
 
Comments

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2009 7:09 pm
 

Live at the NBA Draft

Nice blog bro.... .Im at the sixers meet and greet + draft festivities. this is great I been in the locker room and to my seats and on the floor, i love draft day and i really enjoy how the teams are opening up to me the consumer of all things


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