2016 NBA Draft

Recap Of 2016’s Draft-Day Trades

The 2016 NBA offseason fun began in earnest earlier this week, when the Pacers, Hawks, and Jazz agreed to a three-way trade involving Jeff Teague and George Hill, and the Bulls sent former MVP Derrick Rose to the Knicks in a five-player deal. But things really kicked into another gear on Thursday. In total, 11 trades were either finalized or agreed to on draft day, including nine during the draft itself.

We’ve got a complete breakdown of Thursday’s trade action, sorted by which deals are official and which won’t be finalized until July:


Magic acquire Serge Ibaka from Thunder

Suns acquire draft rights to Marquese Chriss from Kings

  • Suns acquire draft rights to F Marquese Chriss (No. 8 pick).
  • Kings acquire draft rights to C Georgios Papagiannis (No. 13 pick) and F/C Skal Labissiere (No. 28 pick), rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Pistons’ 2020 second-round pick.

Grizzlies acquire draft rights to Deyonta Davis from Celtics

  • Grizzlies acquire draft rights to F/C Deyonta Davis (No. 31 pick) and F Rade Zagorac (No. 35 pick).
  • Celtics acquire Clippers’ 2019 first-round pick (includes protections).

Pelicans acquire draft rights to Cheick Diallo from Clippers

  • Pelicans acquire draft rights to F/C Cheick Diallo (No. 33 pick).
  • Clippers acquire draft rights to G David Michineau (No. 39 pick) and C Diamond Stone (No. 40 pick).

Warriors acquire draft rights to Patrick McCaw from Bucks

  • Warriors acquire draft rights to G Patrick McCaw (No. 38 pick).
  • Bucks receive $2.4MM in cash.

Nets acquire draft rights to Isaiah Whitehead from Jazz

  • Nets acquire draft rights to G Isaiah Whitehead (No. 42 pick).
  • Jazz acquire draft rights to G Marcus Paige (No. 55 pick) and cash.

Trail Blazers acquire draft rights to Jake Layman from Magic

  • Trail Blazers acquire draft rights to F Jake Layman (No. 47 pick).
  • Magic acquires a 2019 second-round pick and $1.2MM in cash.

Cavaliers acquire draft rights to Kay Felder from Hawks

  • Cavaliers acquire draft rights to G Kay Felder (No. 54 pick)
  • Hawks acquire $2.4MM in cash.

Thunder acquire draft rights to Daniel Hamilton from Nuggets

  • Thunder acquire draft rights to G Daniel Hamilton (No. 56 pick).
  • Nuggets acquire cash.

Not yet official:

Pacers to acquire Thaddeus Young from Nets

  • Pacers acquire F Thaddeus Young.
  • Nets acquire No. 20 overall pick (used to select G Caris LeVert).

Hornets to acquire Marco Belinelli from Kings

  • Hornets acquire G Marco Belinelli.
  • Kings acquire No. 22 overall pick (used to select G/F Malachi Richardson).

2016 NBA Draft Results

The 2016 NBA draft is now in the books! Here’s a breakdown of Thursday night’s results:

Round 1

  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, F (LSU)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram, SF (Duke)
  3. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Jaylen Brown, SF (California)
  4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender, PF (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kris Dunn, PG (Providence)
  6. New Orleans Pelicans: Buddy Hield, SG (Oklahoma)
  7. Denver Nuggets (via Knicks): Jamal Murray, G (Kentucky)
  8. Phoenix Suns (via Kings): Marquese Chriss, PF (Washington)
  9. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets): Jakob Poeltl, C (Utah)
  10. Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker, PF (HS)
  11. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Magic): Domantas Sabonis, PF/C (Gonzaga)
  12. Atlanta Hawks (via Jazz): Taurean Prince, SF (Baylor)
  13. Sacramento Kings (via Wizards and Suns): Georgios Papagiannis, C (Panathinaikos)
  14. Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine, SG (Michigan State)
  15. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Juan Hernangomez, F (Estudiantes)
  16. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks): Guerschon Yabusele, PF (Rouen)
  17. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin, G (Vanderbilt)
  18. Detroit Pistons: Henry Ellenson, PF (Marquette)
  19. Denver Nuggets (via Trail Blazers): Malik Beasley, SG (Florida State)
  20. Brooklyn Nets (via Pacers): Caris LeVert, G (Michigan)
  21. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry, SF (St. Joseph’s)
  22. Sacramento Kings (via Hornets): Malachi Richardson, G/F (Syracuse)
  23. Boston Celtics: Ante Zizic, C (Cibona Zagreb)
  24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat): Timothe Luwawu, G/F (Mega Leks)
  25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson, PF (North Carolina)
  26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder): Furkan Korkmaz, SG (Anadolu Efes)
  27. Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam, PF (New Mexico State)
  28. Sacramento Kings (via Cavaliers and Suns): Skal Labissiere, PF/C (Kentucky)
  29. San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray, G (Washington)
  30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones, C (Vanderbilt)

Round 2

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (via 76ers and Celtics): Deyonta Davis, PF/C (Michigan State)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Ivica Zubac, C (Mega Leks)
  3. New Orleans Pelicans (via Nets and Clippers): Cheick Diallo, PF/C (Kansas)
  4. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ulis, PG (Kentucky)
  5. Memphis Grizzlies (via Timberwolves and Celtics): Rade Zagorac, SF (Mega Leks)
  6. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pelicans): Malcolm Brogdon, SG (Virginia)
  7. Houston Rockets (via Knicks): Chinanu Onuaku, C (Louisville)
  8. Golden State Warriors (from Bucks): Patrick McCaw, SG (UNLV)
  9. Los Angeles Clippers (via Nuggets and Pelicans): David Michineau, PG (Chalon)
  10. Los Angeles Clippers (via Kings and Pelicans): Diamond Stone, C (Maryland)
  11. Orlando Magic: Stephen Zimmerman, C (UNLV)
  12. Brooklyn Nets (via Jazz): Isaiah Whitehead, SG (Seton Hall)
  13. Houston Rockets: Zhou Qi, C (Xinjiang)
  14. Atlanta Hawks (via Wizards): Isaia Cordinier, SG (Denain)
  15. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Demetrius Jackson, PG (Notre Dame)
  16. Dallas Mavericks: A.J. Hammons, C (Purdue)
  17. Portland Trail Blazers (via Bulls and Magic): Jake Layman, SF (Maryland)
  18. Chicago Bulls (via Trail Blazers): Paul Zipser, SF (Bayern Muenchen)
  19. Detroit Pistons: Michael Gbinije, G/F (Syracuse)
  20. Indiana Pacers: Georges Niang, F (Iowa State)
  21. Boston Celtics (via Heat): Ben Bentil, PF (Providence)
  22. Utah Jazz (via Celtics): Joel Bolomboy, PF (Weber State)
  23. Denver Nuggets (via Hornets): Petr Cornelie, PF (Le Mans)
  24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Hawks): Kay Felder, PG (Oakland)
  25. Utah Jazz (via Clippers and Nets): Marcus Paige, PG (North Carolina)
  26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Thunder and Nuggets): Daniel Hamilton, SG (UConn)
  27. Memphis Grizzlies (via Raptors): Wang Zhelin, C (Fujian)
  28. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers): Abdel Nader, F (Iowa State)
  29. Sacramento Kings (via Spurs): Isaiah Cousins, SG (Oklahoma)
  30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Tyrone Wallace, PG (California)

Eastern Notes: Bulls, Butler, Jack, Wizards

Bulls general manager Gar Forman denies that the team made an effort to trade shooting guard Jimmy Butler, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.com“We like Jimmy Butler,” the GM said. “We didn’t shop Jimmy Butler.” Forman admits that teams called to inquire about Butler’s availability, but says Chicago “never made a single call” and called some of the trade speculation “comical,” prompting Friedell to observe that he can’t recall ever seeing the GM publicly deny a trade rumor so forcefully. Still, Forman did acknowledge that the Bulls liked Kris Dunn and had talks about acquiring him, per K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune (Twitter link).

Here are several more post-draft updates from out of the Eastern Conference:

  • Asked tonight about Jarrett Jack‘s $6.3MM team option, Nets general manager Sean Marks said the team is still undecided on it, per Andy Vasquez of The Record (via Twitter). Brooklyn has until next Thursday to make its decision on the veteran point guard.
  • The Wizards had some interest in buying a pick in the second round of the draft, but by the time it reached that point, the players they would have been targeting were off the board, per GM Ernie Grunfeld (Twitter link via J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com).
  • Three players who slid down the draft board had a chance to be selected much earlier, tweets ESPN’s Chad Ford. According to Ford, the Raptors gave serious consideration to Kentucky center Skal Labissiere at No. 9, and the Bucks talked about Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis and Washington point guard Dejounte Murray with the 10th pick. Of course, Toronto couldn’t have been overly high on Labissiere, considering the club passed on him again at No. 27.
  • The Hawks added a pair of wing players in the first round of Thursday’s draft, grabbing Taurean Prince at No. 12 and DeAndre’ Bembry at No. 21. Nonetheless, free-agent-to-be Kent Bazemore continues to be a priority, according to Hawks GM Wes Wilcox, who said after the draft that Bazemore “is a huge part of what we do.” Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the details and the quotes from Wilcox.

Arthur Hill contributed to this post.

Thunder Deal For 56th Pick, Draft Daniel Hamilton

The Nuggets sent pick No. 56 to Oklahoma City, which selected Daniel Hamilton, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical. Denver received cash in return, adds The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The 56th pick originally belonged to the Thunder before they traded it to the Nuggets.

The 6’8″ sophomore out of Connecticut projects as a shooting guard in the NBA. He averaged 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season with the Huskies. He is a productive scorer and playmaker, but tends to be a streaky shooter and struggles on defense.

Hamilton was considered questionable to be drafted, with ESPN’s Chad Ford ranking him 72nd overall and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress listing him 79th.




Blazers Acquire 47th Pick, Select Jake Layman

The Trail Blazers acquired pick No. 47 from the Magic and drafted Maryland’s Jake Layman, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. In return, Orlando will receive $1.2MM and a second-rounder in 2019 (Twitter link).

The 6’9 senior projects as an NBA small forward. He shot 60% from the field, 40% from 3-point range and 85% from the line this season while averaging 11.7 points per game.

Layman ranked 49th in the list of top 100 prospects compiled by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress and was 48th on ESPN’s Chad Ford’s top 100.

Suns Acquire No. 8 Pick From Kings, Draft Chriss

10:40pm: The Kings have officially announced the swap (via Twitter).

7:24pm: The Suns and Kings have agreed to a trade that will send the No. 8 pick to Phoenix, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter). According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Twitter link), the pick will be Washington power forward Marquese Chriss.

In return, Sacramento will receive Bogdan Bogdanovic and the Suns’ pick at No. 13, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). Phoenix’s pick at No. 28 will also be included, along with a second-rounder in 2020, tweets John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7. That second-round pick originally belonged to the Pistons (Twitter link).

Earlier today, Bogdanovic decided to remain in Turkey for another season before joining the NBA. That decision gives him the freedom to negotiate a salary in 2017, rather than being bound by a rookie contract, which would have happened if he had signed during this offseason.

Nets Acquire 42nd Pick, Draft Isaiah Whitehead

The Nets have acquired another draft pick, as the Jazz agreed to trade the 42nd choice to Brooklyn in exchange for pick No. 55 and cash, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Nets used that pick to take Seton Hall shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead.

The 6’5″ freshman turned into a dangerous 3-point weapon for the Pirates, connecting on 37% from long distance while averaging 18.2 points and 5.1 assists per game. He led Seton Hall to an upset of national champion Villanova in the Big East title game.

Whitehead was ranked as the 52nd best prospect in this year’s draft by ESPN’s Chad Ford and 57th by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.


Warriors Acquire No. 38 Pick From Bucks

After selecting Malcolm Brogdon with the 36th overall pick, the Bucks have sent No. 38 to the Warriors, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter links). According to Charania, Golden State is using the pick to nab UNLV shooting guard Patrick McCaw.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com reports (via Twitter) that the 38th overall pick has been on sale for several weeks now, so it sounds like the Warriors are simply buying it from the Bucks. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical tweets that Golden State is sending $2.4MM to Milwaukee as part of the deal.

Per Givony, Brooklyn was rumored to have a deal lined up for No. 38 before the Nets acquired the No. 20 pick instead.

Pelicans Acquire No. 33, Select Cheick Diallo

The Pelicans have moved up six spots in the draft, sending the Nos. 39 and 40 selections to the Clippers in exchange for the No. 33 pick, reports Dan Woike of The Orange County Register (via Twitter). With the newly acquired pick, New Orleans selected Kansas big man Cheick Diallo.

Diallo, a 6’9″ freshman out of Senegal, was projected as a late first-rounder. He was ranked 24th by ESPN’s Chad Ford and DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony on their lists of the top 100 prospects.

Diallo averaged just 7.5 minutes of playing time at Kansas, scoring 2.5 points per night and grabbing 1.9 rebounds. He is known as an excellent defender and rebounder, but needs to develop an offensive game.

Draft Rumors: Celtics, Bender, Ingram, Valentine

The Celtics weren’t able to find “realistic deals” for the No. 3 pick, tweets Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. There was speculation that several teams, most notably the Sixers, were trying to acquire the pick to get their hands on Providence point guard Kris Dunn, but the Celtics never found an offer they liked. Instead, Boston used the pick to grab California power forward Jaylen Brown, whom the team intends to keep, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said the team never came close to making a deal, tweets Adam Kauffman of WBZ News Radio in Boston. “We did not sniff a trade today,” Grousbeck said. “It was a collection of rip-off attempts, and we laughed at them.”

There’s more as draft night heats up:

  • French power forward Guerschon Yabusele, the Celtics’ pick at No. 16, will probably be a draft-and-stash player, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical.
  • The NBA opt-out clause for Dragan Bender is $1.2MM, according to international basketball journalist David Pick (Twitter link). The Croatian big man, who was selected fourth overall by the Suns tonight, will contribute to his release, says Pick.
  • Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said his team received a lot of trade interest in the No. 2 pick, but was’t offered anything compelling enough to give up the rights to Brandon Ingram, tweets Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.
  • The Bulls will keep Denzel Valentine, who was their choice at No. 14, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune (Twitter link). Chicago had him ranked second on its draft board behind Dunn.
  • Before they made their pick at No. 13, the Kings called the Pistons about the possibility of moving back to No. 18, but Detroit turned down the offer, reports Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers (Twitter link).
  • The Cavaliers, who currently don’t have a pick in either round, are trying to obtain a second-round choice, tweets Chris Haynes of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.