As usual, draft night led to dealing throughout the NBA, with the Bulls’ trade of their two first-round picks, as well as a 2015 second-rounder, to Denver for the rights to Doug McDermott, veteran reserve Anthony Randolph and a 2015 second-round pick was just one of the moves made Thursday evening.
In another swap of first-round picks, Philadelphia sent the rights of Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton, the 10th overall pick, to Orlando for 12th pick Dario Saric — the Croatian point forward won’t come to the NBA for at least two years, as he recently signed a new contract with a Turkish professional team — in addition to a 2015 second-round pick and future first-round selection.
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Miami and Charlotte also exchanged first-round picks, with the Heat getting LeBron James’ favorite college player, Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier, the 24th pick, and the Hornets receiving No. 26 pick, D-League swingman P.J. Hairston, No. 55 pick Semaj Christon, a point guard from Xavier, and a future second-round pick.
Other moves included: New Orleans acquiring 47th overall pick Russ Smith, a point guard from Louisville, from Philadelphia for rookie Pierre Jackson, a similar player who excelled in the D-League last season; Brooklyn paying $1 million to Minnesota for Oklahoma State shooting guard Markel Brown, the 44th pick and the Grizzlies picked up Memphis native and Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes, the 35th overall pick, from Utah for a 2016 second-rounder.
A deal reportedly agreed to in principle Wednesday was the Magic trading veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo to Denver, his old stomping grounds, for young swingman Evan Fournier and the 56th overall pick, Iowa guard Devyn Marble.
Also occurring a day before the draft was Phil Jackson’s first transaction as Knicks president, with New York sending two starters, former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton, to Dallas for veteran floor general Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, backup shooting guard Wayne Ellington, rookie point guard Shane Larkin and two second-round picks, Wichita State small forward Cleanthony Early and D-League small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the 34th and 51st overall picks, respectively.
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Lastly, former Bulls backup center Omer Asik has a new home, as the Rockets traded him, along with $1.5 million, to New Orleans for a 2015 first-round pick in a cap-conscious move Wednesday.