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5 Players Who Could Be Huge Steals In Tonight's NBA Draft

Let's parse what exactly NBA general managers mean when they say this year's draft class is "weak." A "weak" class presents no clear cut potential superstars, which makes G.M.'s with top picks nervous.<p>A "weak" class is not void of talent, however; talent is just more difficult to identify than in …

Here's Every Pick From The First Round Of The NBA Draft

This year's draft did not have a clear top pick although most experts had Nerlens Noel going to the Cavs with the top pick.<p>The Orlando Magic then selected Victor Oladipo from Indiana.<p>Noel was finally selected with the sixth pick by the New Orleans Pelicans.<p>On the following pages, we'll track each …

Nerlens Noel traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia

In the first big deal of NBA draft night, the New Orleans Pelicans sent former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and this year's 42nd pick.<p>The person with knowledge of the deal spoke to USA TODAY …

NBA Draft 2013: Sacramento Kings select Ben McLemore at No. 7

Ben McLemore fell to the Sacramento Kings, and they seized on the opportunity to draft the Kansas guard. There had been talk of the team trading up for McLemore, but there turned out to be no need as he was available at No. 7.<p>Ben McLemore is going to the Sacramento Kings, as the Kansas freshman …

NBA Draft 2013: Lucas Nogueira traded to Atlanta Hawks for 18th pick and Jared Cunningham

The Dallas Mavericks continue to move down in the draft, this time trading the No. 16 pick -- Lucas Nogueira -- in exchange for the Nos. 18 and 44 picks.<p>The Dallas Mavericks moved from the No. 13 pick to the No. 16 pick in exchange for a pair of second round picks from the Boston Celtics. The …

50 Amazing Pictures of NBA Superstars on Draft Day

The 2013 NBA Draft is upon us and for many of these young men, this might end up being one of the happiest days of their lives. You'll see some stylish suits and some not-so-crazy ones.<p>This isn't the first time a group of young hoops stars got together for a night of draft fun. Oh, this has been …

Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett

NEW YORK -- Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish.<p>In between, Nerlens Noel and a number of others …

NBA Draft 2013: The Biggest Surprises of the Night

On a night that saw tornado warnings in the New York City area, Brooklyn's Barclays Center delivered a wild NBA draft full of surprises. The event served as a fitting end to Commissioner David Stern's reign over draft night.<p>As expected, Stern drew jeers from the crowd, but that's really just what …

Celtics-Nets trade: Boston gets Gerald Wallace, picks and contracts for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, according to report

The trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn was finalized on Thursday night when Kevin Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause.<p>The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to the parameters of the rumored deal that will …

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get traded as the Celtics finally blow it up

Losing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in one fell swoop is jarring for Celtics fans, but the assets Danny Ainge received in return will allow Boston to rebuild properly.<p>So, the Celtics really are Rajon Rondo's team now. What kind of team they are now, and will be in the future, may take years to …

Celtics-Nets trade: Final details emerge in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett deal

The pieces involved in the big trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets appear to be finalized. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and three first-round picks are still the basis of the deal.<p>The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets trade underwent a few minor changes since it was first reported on …

Nerlens Noel's NBA Draft Slide Will Cost Him $10 Million

Basketball fans the world over were surprised when Nerlens Noel, the dominating center from Kentucky, wasn’t selected first overall in last night’s NBA draft. Noel has long been touted as the draft’s top talent, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, an atrocious team with a dire need for a big man, seemed …

NBA Draft 2013: Otto Porter and the road less traveled

Instead of playing AAU ball every summer, Porter stayed home in his small Missouri hometown and played with family. His path to the draft is unique in an ever-evolving basketball scene.<p>Nearly every American player selected in the NBA Draft over the last decade or so played AAU basketball at one …

The James Harden Trade Was Officially A Disaster For The Oklahoma City Thunder

After OKC picked Steven Adams 12th overall in last night's draft, we now basically know the complete package that they got from the Houston Rockets for Harden:<p>Kevin Martin (now a free agent)<br>• Jeremy Lamb<br>• Steven Adams (via Toronto's 1st-round pick)<br>• Two more non-lottery draft picks<p>The Thunder still have …

NBA explores idea of moving back the draft

NEW YORK – The NBA is exploring the idea of pushing back its annual draft at least a week, a person with direct knowledge of discussions between the league and its TV partners told USA TODAY Sports.<p>The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about ongoing talks …

Dirk on D12: We'd love to have him

DALLAS -- Houston's James Harden and Chandler Parsons aren't the only Texas residents in the NBA who have gotten a head start on recruiting Dwight …

What Tim Hardaway and C.J. Leslie Will Bring to NY Knicks

The New York Knicks made two solid moves at the 2013 NBA Draft and have certainly gotten their offseason started on the right note.<p>In desperate need of some young talent, the Knicks took Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 overall pick, and followed that by picking up undrafted free agent C.J. Leslie …

Canadian Olynyk welcomes chance to play for Celtics

Kelly Olynyk isn't upset that he wasn't invited to the NBA draft in New York.<p>The Canadian college basketball star watched the proceedings on TV with 30-40 friends and family at his Kamloops, B.C., home as he was drafted 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks and immediately traded — as part of a …

NBA draft notebook: Anthony Bennett leads foreign boom

NEW YORK — Anthony Bennett broke new ground for Canadians in going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Thursday's NBA draft.<p>When Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk went No. 13 and ended up with the Boston Celtics, it marked the first time two Canadians were selected in the lottery of the same …

NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett Chosen First, Nerlens Noel Slides And Trades Galore

The NBA Draft has come and gone ... just not necessarily the way we had envisioned it taking place. It was a shock to many that Anthony Bennett was drawn first by Cleveland -- the first-Canadian born player ever to be taken in that slot. While Bennett is certainly an intriguing prospect, the …

Ray Allen exercises player option

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen has decided to exercise his $3.2 million player option for next season, it was announced Friday.<p>Allen had a terrific NBA …

Mo Williams wants to start if he returns to Jazz

After the Jazz selected Trey Burke in the draft, the team's former starter wants to make sure his role is secure if he returns next season.<p>Free agent point guard Mo Williams would like to return to the Utah Jazz, but he wants to make sure he does it as a starter, according to a report from Yahoo! …

J.R. Smith Trolls Knicks Fans On Twitter

<i>By Chris Yuscavage, Complex Sports</i><p>J.R. Smith is known for having fun on Twitter. But a little while ago, that "fun" came at the expense of all of the loyal Knicks fans out there. Smith—who might not be coming back to the Knicks next season because he's a free agent—sent out this tweet:<p>And the …

Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Meet with Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks

Superstar center Dwight Howard will reportedly have his first meeting of NBA free agency with the Houston Rockets on Sunday at approximately 9 p.m. PT in Los Angeles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:<p>The 27-year-old Howard was part of a tumultuous Lakers squad last season that …

Chris Paul's Reps Reportedly Claim Star PG Will Re-Sign With Clippers

Chris Paul never seemed quite as enamored with the free-agent market as Dwight Howard has, but now that the Los Angeles Clippers have appeased their point guard by bringing in the coach he wanted, it appears as though CP3's return to L.A. is a sure thing.<p>According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Paul's …