“It was a total gut punch.” That’s how Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard described superstar 2018 free agent Paul George’s public admission that he does not want to be a part of the franchise after next summer. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time. If we had known this a few months ago, I think we could have been more prepared. Becoming public was a big issue,” Pritchard told reporters Thursday night at the NBA Draft. Rumors surrounding a George trade — particularly to the Los Angeles Lakers — had been rampant for nearly a year leading up to George’s announcement. George reportedly was telling teammates during the past season that he wanted to wear purple-and-gold. Lakers president
The Washington Wizards didn’t have a pick in last night’s talent packed NBA Draft, but that didn’t stop them from getting solid talent for their Summer League roster. Here are three advantages an undrafted free agent has for teams and themselves: It’s a low risk way for teams to acquire talent This is an amazing situation for the Wizards. What if these guys don’t pan out, there is a reason why they weren’t drafted. They can be cut easily, and it’s not costing them a pick. If these players do pan out, the Wizards are also getting bang for your buck as these players begin their careers. So far they’ve only signed five UDFA’s, which include: Michael Young: Pittsburgh Isaac Humphries: Kentucky Marcus
Markelle Fultz’s NBA career began with some embarrassment when the No. 1 draft pick for 2017 released an Instagram post prematurely thanking whichever team he was drafted to. While Fultz will hope and expect to be the key piece of the 76ers’ assault on the Eastern Conference in the next few seasons, he would do well to remember the many top picks who didn’t work out. Seven-foot center Oden was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers seven years ago.