In what felt like the longest two-round NBA Draft in history, the 2020 edition is in the books, after ESPN gave the offseason event the marquee treatment and spent more than four hours of active drafting Wednesday night.
The LA Clippers were originally slated to pick only a few selections from the very end, but they worked the phones and made some moves, both in the draft and outside it.
Let’s jump right into the action:
- Trade for a player: The Clippers made a trade, reportedly sending Landry Shamet to the Brooklyn Nets and Rodney McGruder to the Detroit Pistons, and getting guard Luke Kennard back from the Pistons, in what appears to be a salary move, at least in part.
- Trade for a draft pick: The Clippers also made a trade for a draft pick, picking up big man Daniel Otoru at No. 33 from the University of Minnesota, from the New York Knicks in exchange for a future 2nd round pick.
- Another trade for a draft pick: The Clippers came into the draft with the No. 57 pick only, but they reportedly flipped that to Brooklyn for No. 55, and picked up Junior College star Jay Scrubb with that selection.
- More on Scrubb: The shooting guard came from John A. Logan College, a school I must admit I’d never heard of. Blazers Edge has a nice pre-draft profile on the player, and he sounds quite promising!
- NBA Draft results: Here’s the selections from the full draft.
- Draft grades: As it says, here’s Ricky O’Donnell with the draft grades as they happened Wednesday for SBNation.com.
- Klay Thompson hurt: Golden State Warriors fans were down in the mouth Wednesday, after reports emerged that Klay Thompson got hurt in a pickup game, with initial reports claiming it could be an Achilles injury. If it’s serious, that would seem to really dent the Warriors’ hopes of getting back on top next season.
- Top pick: The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Anthony Edwards No. 1 overall in the draft.
- Top suit: That goes to Sacramento Kings pick Tyrese Haliburton, whose floral print tuxedo was daring but ultimately successful.
- Horford to Thunder: Reportedly, the Philadelphia 76ers sent Al Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green, among other assets moving between the teams. This will be Green’s second trade in recent days.
- Botched trade: In “can you believe it?” news, the Kings trade to do a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks that included a sign-and-trade with Bogdan Bogdanovic, who did not agree to that trade, so the trade fell apart. Bogdanovic is reportedly set to test the free agent waters now. Whoops!
- Keep it in the family: Doc Rivers previously coached his son Austin Rivers at the Clippers, and now the new Sixers head coach will lead his son-in-law, with Philadelphia trading for Seth Curry.
- Schröder to Lakers official: Hope Dennis Schröder was just ingratiating himself with Oklahoma City Thunder fans when he said he didn’t want to join the Lakers or Clippers! Because he’s a Laker now.
- Value to be found in undrafted: Just because the Clippers got just two draft picks Wednesday in the end, doesn’t mean there isn’t still value to be found among those who weren’t drafted. Here’s some good recent examples, from Keith Schlosser.
- Behind the scenes of the virtual draft: Here’s a good feature looking at the new logistics this time with it being the first virtual NBA Draft, from Uproxx.