Now that the 2018 NBA Draft has reached its end, it's time to take a look back at how every team fared Thursday night.There was plenty of discussion and mock drafts leading up to the draft debating who the Wizards would pick at No. 15. In the end, the
The last couple of years have answered the question of whether Danny Ainge can draft. Ainge would have taken him No. 1 but was able to trade down because the Sixers were trading up for Markelle Fultz and the Lakers for some reason wanted to sign up for the Lonzo Ball life.
Marcus Smart, less than two weeks away from becoming a restricted free agent, remains cautiously optimistic that he will be back with the Celtics this season. Specifically, Smart's mother Camellia Smart is battling cancer. While basketball is certainly an afterthought for Smart at this time, both he and the Celtics will have to make some tough decisions soon.
"I think Danny Ainge might have been the first guy I talked to about Donte," he said. Wright went along to explain that the Celtics questioned DiVincenzo's defensive ability, but that they really liked him nonetheless.
Nate Robinson played for the G League’s Delaware 87ers in 2017. NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love paved the way this season for colleagues to open up about mental health issues, revealing their experiences with depression and anxiety from early ages, and now Nate Robinson is sharing his, telling Bleacher Report the league itself sent him to therapy. “The NBA gave me my depression,” he said.
When it comes to the NBA draft, it's not unusual for a player pegged as a can't-miss prospect to inexplicably dip on the eve of the draft. One of the great examples of this was Paul Pierce, considered by most coming out of Kansas as a top-5 talent in 1998 who was on the board when it was time for the Celtics to select at No. 10. Boston picked Pierce who went on to have a Hall of a Fame-worthy career that includes an NBA title in 2008 and his jersey number 34 being retired by the franchise.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard in Southern California on Tuesday and while Leonard is seeking a trade to Los Angeles, San Antonio is "unlikely" to be motivated send him to the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Last week, Leonard publicly demanded a trade from San Antonio.
The Dallas Mavericks "can be expected to explore pursuing" Marcus Smart, depending on his asking price, according to DallasBasketball.com. The Kings, Nuggets and Pacers are also among those teams interested in the Celtics restricted free agent guard, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix (see video above). Smart told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan immediately after the Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals that he was worth "more than $12 to $14 million.
Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics are expecting All-Star reinforcements by August 1. Kyrie Irving, coming back from knee surgery, and Gordon Hayward, out since his debut with the team Oct. 17 with a fractured left ankle, are progressing toward five-on-five pickup games and should be cleared weeks in advance of the start of training camp, Stevens said. "I've been told they'll both be going, if not full tilt, then pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, so August first-ish," said Stevens.
One small blessing from this hellscape week: Kyrie Irving is starring in the basketball comedy Uncle Drew, and spoke to ESPN’s Undefeated about his taste in movies. It turns out the Celtics star is a big fan of musicals, and movie-musicals is his favorite genre. “I love how music is incorporated into film … [it] is just one of the purest forms of expression. Rent. The Greatest Showman,” Irving said.