2021 NBA Draft

Checking In On Unsigned 2021 NBA Draft Picks

When Usman Garuba officially signed his rookie contract with Houston earlier this week, he became the 30th and final first-round pick from the 2021 draft to sign his first NBA deal. There will be no draft-and-stash players among this year’s first-rounders — they’re all now officially on NBA rosters.

As our tracker shows, another 23 second-rounders from this year’s draft class have also signed their first NBA contracts or – in Joe Wieskamp‘s case – agreed to a deal that should be officially completed soon.

That leaves just seven prospects from 2021’s 60-player draft class who have yet to be signed. They are as follows:

  1. New York Knicks: Rokas Jokubaitis, G, Lithuania
  2. Boston Celtics: Juhann Begarin, G, France
  3. Brooklyn Nets: Marcus Zegarowski, G, Creighton
  4. Philadelphia 76ers: Filip Petrusev, F, Serbia
  5. Philadelphia 76ers: Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
  6. Detroit Pistons: Balsa Koprivica, C, Florida State
  7. Brooklyn Nets: RaiQuan Gray, F, Florida State

Of these seven players, at least three appear on track to spend the 2021/22 season in Europe. Jokubaitis returned to his team in Barcelona following his Summer League stint with the Knicks, while Petrusev signed with Turkish team Anadolu Efes after playing for the Sixers in Summer League. Begarin, who also played in Summer League for the Celtics, will likely end up heading back overseas to France

That leaves just four true unsigned second-round picks, including a pair of Nets. It will be interesting to see what Brooklyn’s plans are for Zegarowski and Gray. The team currently has 13 players on guaranteed contracts and one on a two-way deal, so there could conceivably be room for Zegarowski on the 15-man squad, with Gray getting the other two-way deal.

However, DeAndre’ Bembry has a partially guaranteed contract and looks like a good bet to make the Nets’ regular-season roster, and Reggie Perry (free agent) and David Duke (Exhibit 10) are among the other candidates to get a two-way deal from the team. It’s also not clear if Brooklyn intends to carry a full 15-man roster to start the season, since leaving a roster spot open would create major tax savings for the franchise.

I could envision a scenario in which Zegarowski signs a two-way contract and Gray signs a G League deal to play for the Long Island Nets, but that’s just my speculation. There are still a number of ways the Nets could go.

Meanwhile, prospects drafted in the 50s like Bassey (No. 53) and Koprivica (No. 57) are generally good candidates for two-way deals, but the Sixers and Pistons have recently filled both of their two-way openings. Perhaps Philadelphia envisions Bassey taking Anthony Tolliver‘s spot on the 15-man roster, since Tolliver is on a non-guaranteed contract.

It’ll be trickier for Detroit to find a roster spot for Koprivica. The Pistons already have 15 players on guaranteed contracts and still may re-sign restricted free agent Hamidou Diallo. Stashing Koprivica overseas or in the G League could be the plan. Koprivica was born and raised in Serbia, so he might be more comfortable spending a season overseas than a typical NCAA draftee would be.

Jalen Green Wanted To Be No. 1 Pick But “Didn’t Want To Be In Detroit”

Jalen Green only worked out for two teams, the Pistons and Rockets, leading up to the 2021 NBA draft and was hoping to be the first prospect off the board on July 29. However, while he sought the honor of being the No. 1 pick, Green wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea of beginning his NBA career in Michigan, he tells Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” Green said. “I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homey environment.

“With Detroit, it felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble, and I just got out of the bubble. That’s pretty much what it was,” continued Green, who played for the G League Ignite at Walt Disney World last winter. “In the bubble, I didn’t really have anything to do but just stay in the gym. I didn’t have any time to get away for myself. The only time I had to get away for myself was in my apartment. That’s what it felt like in Detroit. I wouldn’t be stepping outside in Detroit. There are not many things you can do in Detroit like that. You’re going to stay in the gym and then go back to your apartment.”

Green, of course, was drafted by the Rockets with the No. 2 pick after the Pistons used the first overall selection to nab Cade Cunningham. If Green had been the Pistons’ pick, it’s probably safe to assume his comments to Haynes about Detroit would sound a little different.

By contrast, Cunningham had nothing but praise for the city of Detroit following his pre-draft visit with the Pistons, telling reporters that he appreciated Michiganders’ “underdog, go-get-what-you-want” mentality.

Green, clearly not concerned about endearing himself to Pistons fans, is out to prove the team made a mistake by passing on him. As Haynes relays, the Rockets rookie is looking to beat out Cunningham and the rest of the 2021 draft class to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2021/22.

“I need it. I feel like I’m the best player in the class,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “I didn’t go No. 1, so I’m going to go get the Rookie of the Year.”

Grizzlies Acquire No. 30 Pick Santi Aldama From Jazz

AUGUST 7: The draft-night trade between the Jazz and Grizzlies is now complete, per a team release from Memphis. The two teams had to wait until the Grizzlies officially acquired the rights to No. 40 pick Jared Butler from New Orleans before they could officially complete this deal.

As detailed below, the final trade is the Grizzlies receiving Almada’s draft rights in exchange for the rights to Butler and two future second-round picks. Those second-rounders heading to Utah are Memphis’ own selections in 2022 and 2026, per Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian (Twitter link).


JULY 29: The Jazz will send the 30th pick to the Grizzlies, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Memphis will select Loyola Maryland forward Santi Aldama, Woj adds (via Twitter).

Utah will receive the 40th pick and two future second-rounders in return, according to Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian (Twitter link). The 40th pick was part of a trade with the Pelicans earlier this week that won’t become official until the moratorium ends.

The Grizzlies believed the Thunder were targeting Aldama in the second round, so they thought they had to trade up ahead of the 34-36 range to make sure he didn’t go to OKC, tweets Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated.

The 6’11” Aldama turned down an invitation to the combine and didn’t conduct any publicly-known workouts before the draft, notes Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Aldama said he preferred to play in his native Spain and discouraged teams from drafting him. That led many people around the league to believe he had a promise from somebody, and Memphis likely shut him down several months ago.

Pistons Trade Mason Plumlee To Hornets

AUGUST 6: The trade is now official, according to press releases from both the Hornets and Pistons. Charlotte received Plumlee and the rights to No. 37 pick JT Thor in exchange for the rights to No. 57 pick Balsa Koprivica.


JULY 29: The Pistons and Hornets are finalizing a trade that would see Mason Plumlee sent to Charlotte along with the No. 37 pick in tonight’s draft in exchange for the No. 57 pick, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

The Hornets had been expected to be one of the NBA’s most aggressive teams in pursuit of a center this offseason and will get an early start on addressing that position by acquiring Plumlee, who averaged 10.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 3.6 APG in 56 games (26.8 MPG) during his first and only season as a Piston.

Plumlee had been set to earn $8.1MM in 2021/22 and will receive a 10% trade bonus as a result of the deal, bumping up that cap hit by $830K, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Even at close to $9MM, Plumlee’s deal isn’t particularly onerous, especially since it’s only partially guaranteed in 2022/23. So it’s somewhat surprising that the Pistons were willing to drop down 20 spots in the draft to move off of it, especially since GM Troy Weaver just signed Plumlee to that deal last offseason.

Still, Detroit will gain cap flexibility as a result of the trade and could open up about $20MM in space rather than operating over the cap this summer, tweets Nate Duncan. The move will also create additional playing time for promising young big man Isaiah Stewart.

The deal will have to be completed once the new league year begins, when the Hornets can take Plumlee into their cap space. They’ll still have about $13MM in projected cap room, according to Marks, so they could pursue another center in free agency.

2021 NBA Draft Pick Signings

Free agent news has dominated NBA headlines over the last few days, but teams around the league are also taking care of the rookies they drafted on July 29, signing them to their first NBA contracts. Because cap holds for first-round picks count for 120% of the rookie scale instead of 100% in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, there’s little incentive for teams to wait to lock up their first-rounders.

For first-round picks, rookie contracts are fairly rigid, having essentially been predetermined. The NBA’s rookie-scale structure dictates that first-rounders will be signed to four-year deals, which include two guaranteed years, then team options in years three and four.

The value of those contracts depends on where a player was drafted. This year, No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham figures to sign a four-year deal worth in excess of $45MM, which represents the maximum allowable 120% of his scale amount. No. 30 pick Santi Aldama, on the other hand, would be in line for a four-year contract worth just over $10MM.

The full breakdown of this year’s first-round rookie salaries and contracts can be found right here — if you see a first-rounder listed below as “signed,” you can assume his contract looks like that, unless otherwise indicated.

Second-round picks, meanwhile, aren’t assured of two guaranteed seasons, though some players will receive them. Teams can sign second-rounders to whatever amount they choose, using cap room or various exceptions. Those players who immediately join their NBA teams figure to earn a minimum salary or something slightly above the minimum. We’ll make a note of contract details for second-rounders below, as they become available.

Finally, some second-rounders – and perhaps even some first-rounders – won’t sign NBA deals immediately. They may get two-way contracts, play in the G League, or head overseas to refine their games while their NBA teams retain their rights. We’ll make note of that below too, wherever it’s applicable.

Here’s a breakdown of 2021’s draft pick signings. This list will continue to be updated as more draftees sign their first NBA contracts:


First Round:

  1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State: Signed
  2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite: Signed
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, F/C, USC: Signed
  4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State: Signed
  5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga: Signed
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey, G, Australia: Signed
  7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite: Signed
  8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner, F, Michigan: Signed
  9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor: Signed
  10. Memphis Grizzlies: Ziaire Williams, G, Stanford: Signed
  11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight, G, UConn: Signed
  12. San Antonio Spurs: Joshua Primo, G, Alabama: Signed
  13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte, G, Oregon: Signed
  14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody, G/F, Arkansas: Signed
  15. Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga: Signed
  16. Houston Rockets: Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey: Signed
  17. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Murphy, G, Virginia: Signed
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tre Mann, G, Florida: Signed
  19. Charlotte Hornets: Kai Jones, F/C, Texas: Signed
  20. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson, F, Duke: Signed
  21. Los Angeles Clippers: Keon Johnson, G/F, Tennessee: Signed
  22. Indiana Pacers: Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky: Signed
  23. Houston Rockets: Usman Garuba, F, Spain: Signed
  24. Houston Rockets: Josh Christopher, G, Arizona State: Signed
  25. New York Knicks: Quentin Grimes, G, Houston: Signed
  26. Denver Nuggets: Bones Hyland, G, VCU: Signed
  27. Brooklyn Nets: Cameron Thomas, G, LSU: Signed
  28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee: Signed
  29. Brooklyn Nets: Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina: Signed
  30. Memphis Grizzlies: Santi Aldama, F/C, Loyola (MD): Signed

Second Round:

  1. Washington Wizards: Isaiah Todd, F, G League Ignite: Signed

    • Four-year, $6.89MM contract. First three years guaranteed.
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F, Villanova: Signed
    • Four-year, $7.89MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  3. Los Angeles Clippers: Jason Preston, G, Ohio: Signed
    • Three-year, $4.46MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  4. New York Knicks: Rokas Jokubaitis, G, Lithuania: Will play overseas
  5. New Orleans Pelicans: Herb Jones, F, Alabama: Signed
    • Three-year, $5.32MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  6. New York Knicks: Miles McBride, G, West Virginia: Signed

    • Three-year, minimum-salary contract. First two years guaranteed.
  7. Charlotte Hornets: JT Thor, F, Auburn: Signed

    • Four-year, $6.64MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  8. Chicago Bulls: Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois: Signed
    • Two-year, minimum-salary contract. Fully guaranteed.
  9. Sacramento Kings: Neemias Queta, C, Utah State: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  10. Utah Jazz: Jared Butler, G, Baylor: Signed

    • Two-year, minimum-salary contract. Fully guaranteed.
  11. San Antonio Spurs: Joe Wieskamp, F, Iowa: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  12. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Livers, F, Michigan: Signed
    • Three-year, $4.46MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  13. Portland Trail Blazers: Greg Brown, F, Texas: Signed

    • Three-year, minimum-salary contract. First two years guaranteed.
  14. Brooklyn Nets: Kessler Edwards, F, Pepperdine: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  15. Boston Celtics: Juhann Begarin, G, France: Will play overseas
  16. Toronto Raptors: Dalano Banton, G, Nebraska: Signed
    • Two-year, minimum-salary contract. First year fully guaranteed. Second year partially guaranteed.
  17. Toronto Raptors: David Johnson, G, Louisville: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  18. Atlanta Hawks: Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  19. Brooklyn Nets: Marcus Zegarowski, G, Creighton
  20. Philadelphia 76ers: Filip Petrusev, F, Serbia: Will play overseas
  21. Los Angeles Clippers: Brandon Boston, G, Kentucky: Signed
    • Three-year, minimum-salary contract. First two years guaranteed.
  22. Detroit Pistons: Luka Garza, C, Iowa: Signed
    • Two-way contract (later converted to standard deal).
  23. Philadelphia 76ers: Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky: Signed
    • Three-year, minimum-salary contract. First year guaranteed. Second year partially guaranteed.
  24. Milwaukee Bucks: Sandro Mamukelashvili, C, Seton Hall: Signed

    • Two-year, two-way contract.
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Aaron Wiggins, G/F, Maryland: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  26. Charlotte Hornets: Scottie Lewis, G, Florida: Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  27. Detroit Pistons: Balsa Koprivica, C, Florida State: Will play overseas
  28. New York Knicks: Jericho Sims, F, Texas: Signed
    • Two-year, two-way contract.
  29. Brooklyn Nets: RaiQuan Gray, F, Florida State
  30. Milwaukee Bucks: Georgios Kalaitzakis, G, Greece: Signed

    • Three-year, minimum-salary contract. First year partially guaranteed.

Draft Notes: Duarte, Warriors, Hornets, Mavs, Stashes

The Pacers ended up with Oregon’s Chris Duarte on draft night, using the No. 13 pick to select him. However, Duarte drew plenty of interest from other teams before Indiana snatched him up late in the lottery, writes J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star.

[RELATED: 2021 NBA Draft Results]

According to Michael, a Warriors official told Duarte on the way to the draft that he’d be their choice at No. 14. Golden State subsequently tried to make a trade with the Pacers after Indiana picked Duarte, says Michael. Meanwhile, the Knicks‘ “furious” attempts to move into the top 10 or the late lottery were believed to be focused on Duarte, according to Michael, who adds that the Jazz offered the No. 30 pick and Joe Ingles in a deal to get in position to draft the Oregon wing.

A Warriors source denied to Michael that Golden State tried to trade for Duarte even after selecting Moses Moody at No. 14, but Michael says two independent sources confirmed his report, and Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link) corroborated it.

Here’s more on the 2021 NBA draft, the day after:

  • Hornets president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak said there was huge demand for the No. 11 pick, which Charlotte used to draft James Bouknight.There was as much demand for that pick this year as I’ve ever seen for a pick in my years,” the veteran executive said, per Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer (Twitter link).
  • The Mavericks entered draft night without any picks, but president of basketball operations Nico Harrison said the team got “lots of calls” about getting into the first or second round. The price was ultimately “too rich for our blood,” according to Harrison (Twitter link via Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News).
  • A pair of second-round picks by Atlantic teams are expected to be draft-and-stash prospects. The Celtics‘ No. 45 pick, Juhann Begarin, will likely remain in France for another season, per president of basketball operations Brad Stevens (Twitter link via Jared Weiss of The Athletic). And the Sixers’ No. 50 pick, Filip Petrusev, also isn’t expected to come over right away, as first reported by Rich Hofmann of The Athletic (Twitter link) and later confirmed by president of basketball operations Daryl Morey (Twitter link via Derek Bodner of The Athletic).

2021 NBA Draft Results

The 2021 NBA draft is in the books, and we tracked all of this year’s picks in the space below, taking into account each trade agreed upon over the course of the draft.

Here are 2021’s NBA draft results:


First Round:

  1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State (story)
  2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite (story)
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, F/C, USC (story)
  4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State (story)
  5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey, G, Australia
  7. Golden State Warriors (from Timberwolves): Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite
  8. Orlando Magic (from Bulls): Franz Wagner, F, Michigan
  9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
  10. Memphis Grizzlies (from Pelicans): Ziaire Williams, G, Stanford
  11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight, G, UConn
  12. San Antonio Spurs: Joshua Primo, G, Alabama
  13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte, G, Oregon
  14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody, G/F, Arkansas
  15. Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga
  16. Houston Rockets (from Celtics via Thunder): Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey
  17. New Orleans Pelicans (from Grizzlies): Trey Murphy, G, Virginia
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Heat): Tre Mann, G, Florida
  19. Charlotte Hornets (from Knicks): Kai Jones, F/C, Texas
  20. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson, F, Duke
  21. Los Angeles Clippers (from Mavericks via Knicks): Keon Johnson, G/F, Tennessee
  22. Indiana Pacers (from Lakers via Wizards): Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky
  23. Houston Rockets (from Trail Blazers): Usman Garuba, F, Spain
  24. Houston Rockets (from Bucks): Josh Christopher, G, Arizona State
  25. New York Knicks (from Clippers): Quentin Grimes, G, Houston
  26. Denver Nuggets: Bones Hyland, G, VCU
  27. Brooklyn Nets: Cameron Thomas, G, LSU
  28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee
  29. Brooklyn Nets (from Suns): Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina
  30. Memphis Grizzlies (from Jazz): Santi Aldama, F/C, Loyola (MD)

Second Round:

  1. Washington Wizards (from Rockets via Bucks and Pacers): Isaiah Todd, F, G League Ignite
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Pistons via Knicks): Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F, Villanova
  3. Los Angeles Clippers (from Magic): Jason Preston, G, Ohio
  4. New York Knicks (from Thunder): Rokas Jokubaitis, G, Lithuania
  5. New Orleans Pelicans (from Cavaliers): Herb Jones, F, Alabama
  6. New York Knicks (from Timberwolves via Thunder): Miles McBride, G, West Virginia
  7. Charlotte Hornets (from Raptors via Pistons): JT Thor, F, Auburn
  8. Chicago Bulls (from Pelicans): Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
  9. Sacramento Kings: Neemias Queta, C, Utah State
  10. Utah Jazz (from Bulls via Pelicans and Grizzlies): Jared Butler, G, Baylor
  11. San Antonio Spurs: Joe Wieskamp, F, Iowa
  12. Detroit Pistons (from Hornets): Isaiah Livers, F, Michigan
  13. Portland Trail Blazers (from Wizards via Pelicans): Greg Brown, F, Texas
  14. Brooklyn Nets (from Pacers): Kessler Edwards, F, Pepperdine
  15. Boston Celtics: Juhann Begarin, G, France
  16. Toronto Raptors (from Grizzlies): Dalano Banton, G, Nebraska
  17. Toronto Raptors (from Warriors): David Johnson, G, Louisville
  18. Atlanta Hawks (from Heat): Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn
  19. Brooklyn Nets (from Hawks): Marcus Zegarowski, G, Creighton
  20. Philadelphia 76ers (from Knicks): Filip Petrusev, F, Serbia
  21. Los Angeles Clippers (from Trail Blazers via Grizzlies and Pelicans): Brandon Boston, G, Kentucky
  22. Detroit Pistons (from Lakers): Luka Garza, C, Iowa
  23. Philadelphia 76ers (from Mavericks via Pelicans): Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
  24. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): Sandro Mamukelashvili, C, Seton Hall
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Nuggets): Aaron Wiggins, G/F, Maryland
  26. Charlotte Hornets (from Clippers): Scottie Lewis, G, Florida
  27. Detroit Pistons (from Nets via Hornets): Balsa Koprivica, C, Florida State
  28. New York Knicks (from Sixers): Jericho Sims, F, Texas
  29. Brooklyn Nets (from Suns): RaiQuan Gray, F, Florida State
  30. Milwaukee Bucks (from Jazz via Pacers): Georgios Kalaitzakis, G, Greece

Bucks Trade No. 31 Pick Isaiah Todd To Pacers

JULY 30: The trade is now official, according to a press release from the Bucks.

Isaiah Todd was selected with the No. 31 pick, but he’s being rerouted to the Wizards along with Aaron Holiday in a separate trade. The Bucks, meanwhile, used the No. 54 pick on Sandro Mamukelashvili and the No. 60 selection on Georgios Kalaitzakis.


JULY 29: The Bucks have agreed to trade the No. 31 pick in tonight’s draft to the Pacers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link), who reports that Milwaukee is received the Nos. 54 and 60 picks in return, along with two future second-round picks.

The Bucks had entered the night with only the No. 31 pick, having agreed to swap their first-round selection for Houston’s second-rounder in the P.J. Tucker trade at this year’s deadline. They’ll now have a pair of picks right near the end of the draft, which they could use to select a potential two-way player or low-cost roster player.

The Pacers, meanwhile, give up a couple future picks in order to move up to the top of the second round tonight. They now control the 13th and 31st overall selections.

According to Eric Nehm of The Athletic (Twitter link), the two future second-rounders Milwaukee receives will be as follows:

  1. Either Indiana’s 2024 second-round pick or the lesser of Cleveland’s and Utah’s 2024 second-round picks (whichever is most favorable).
  2. Either Indiana’s 2026 second-round pick or Miami’s 2026 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable).

Knicks Trade No. 19 Pick Kai Jones To Hornets

JULY 30: The trade is official, according to a Knicks press release.


JULY 29: The Knicks will send the 19th pick to the Hornets in exchange for a future first-round selection, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Charlotte plans to draft Texas big man Kai Jones, Wojnarowski adds (Twitter link).

The Hornets were originally targeting Jones at No. 11 before Connecticut guard James Bouknight became available, states Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Sources tell Fischer that Jones is one of two prospects who came to Charlotte twice for pre-draft workouts.

The Hornets were searching for centers this offseason, and they’ve filled the position with a pair of trades. Earlier today, they picked up Mason Plumlee from the Pistons in an exchange of draft picks.

New York will receive a heavily protected first-rounder from Charlotte in 2022, tweets Zach Lowe of ESPN, who adds that the protections will decrease over the next three years. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the protections are 1-18 next year, 1-16 in 2023, 1-14 in 2024 and 1-14 in 2025. If not conveyed by then, the pick will become two future second-rounders (Twitter link).

Rockets Acquire No. 16 Pick Alperen Sengun From Thunder

JULY 30: The Rockets have officially announced their acquisition of Sengun’s draft rights.


JULY 29: The Thunder will trade pick No. 16 to the Rockets, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Houston will use the pick to draft Turkish center Alperen Sengun, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Oklahoma City will receive a pair of future first-rounders in return that originally belonged to the Pistons and Wizards, adds Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link).

According to RealGM, Detroit’s 2022 pick is protected for selections 1-16 next year, 1-18 in 2023, 1-18 in 2024, 1-13 in 2025, 1-11 in 2026 and 1-9 in 2027. If it doesn’t convey by then, Detroit will give up its 2027 second-rounder.

The protections on Washington’s 2023 pick are 1-14 in 2023, 1-12 in 2024, 1-10 in 2025 and 1-8 in 2026. If it still hasn’t conveyed, Washington will give up second-round picks in 2026 and 2027.

Sengun, who turned 19 this week, is the top international big man in the draft. He spent last season with Beşiktaş, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, and was named MVP of the Turkish League. He also has extensive experience in international basketball.