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Kent Bazemore sent from Atlanta to Portland in trade for Evan Turner

The Atlanta Hawks have traded guard/forward Kent Bazemore to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard/forward Evan Turner.

What It Means:

Bazemore will have a chance to compete with Moe Harkless for the starting small forward spot in Portland. He is also in line for decent minutes off the bench, if not named the starter, if Rodney Hood leaves in free agency this summer. Bazemore is in the final year of a four-year deal and will earn $19.3M in 2019-20.

Bazemore averaged 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in 2018-19.

Evan Turner traded from Blazers to Hawks for Kent Bazemore

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded guard/forward Evan Turner to the Atlanta Hawks for guard/forward Kent Bazemore, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Turner is expected to play more of a leadership role in Atlanta while seeing fewer minutes on the court. The 30-year-old is in the last year of his contract and will earn $18.6M in 2019-20.

Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 2018-19.

Duke's Cam Reddish headed to Atlanta at No. 10

The Atlanta Hawks selected Cam Reddish from Duke University with the No. 10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Reddish is the third Duke player selected, joining Zion Williamson (New Orleans) and RJ Barrett (New York) in being selected. The Hawks' core is incredibly young, and he'll join Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and De'Andre Hunter in Atlanta.

As a freshman at Duke, Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Wizards grab Rui Hachimura at No. 9

The Washington Wizards have selected Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Hachimura shined at Gonzaga, and despite the concerns of a relatively weak slate of competition, his stats show potential to be a great NBA player.

As a junior at Gonzaga, Hachimura averaged 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Pelicans select Jaxson Hayes at No. 8

The New Orleans Pelicans have drafted Texas center Jaxson Hayes with the No. 8 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Hayes is the first center off the board, and the Pelicans were able to pick him up despite trading back from No. 4. He'll join Zion Williamson in hoping to reinvigorate the bayou.

As a freshman at Texas, Hayes averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

Coby White drafted by Chicago at No. 7

The Chicago Bulls have selected North Carolina's Coby White with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

White is the first Tar Hell to be selected thus far, but he's the fourth ACC player off the board. The Bulls are another team with a wide open future, but having White at the facilitator position will help a lot.

Last season as a freshman, White averaged 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Minnesota selects Jarrett Culver with No. 6 pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Culver shined with the Red Raiders this season, leading the team to the national championship game. The Timberwolves moved up from No. 11 in the draft, so Culver must have stood out to the team.

As a sophomore at Texas Tech, Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Darius Garland headed to Cleveland at No. 5

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland with the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Garland played just five games as a freshman with the Commodores, but he shined enough to be a top-five selection. The Cavaliers' future is uncertain, but if one thing is guaranteed, it's that Garland will be a big factor.

As a freshman, Garland averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Atlanta picks De'Andre Hunter at No. 4

The Atlanta Hawks have selected Virginia's De'Andre Hunter with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Technically, the Los Angeles Lakers made the selection for Hunter. However, the rights to that pick were traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Pelicans eventually traded back with the Hawks. Hunter, who just won a national championship with the Virginia Cavaliers.

As a sophomore, Hunter averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Knicks snag RJ Barrett with No. 3 selection

The New York Knicks have selected Duke forward RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

After having the worst record in the NBA last season, many expected the Knicks to get the top pick in the lottery. But they were saddled with the No. 3 choice, and they chose Zion Williamson's teammate RJ Barrett to potentially build around going forward with the rebuild.

As a freshman at Duke, Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Ja Morant headed to Memphis with No. 2 pick

The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

What It Means:

Grizzlies star Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz early on Thursday, paving the way for Morant to be the point guard of the future. He shined as a sophomore at Murray State, and now he'll get the chance to carry that success to the NBA.

Last season with the Racers, Morant averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Zion Williamson picked No. 1 overall by New Orleans

With the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson out of Duke University.

What It Means:

This comes as no surprise, as Williamson was expected to be the top selection in the draft essentially since high school. The only question was which team would pick him, and when the Pelicans won the lottery, they cashed in on the prized prospect.

At Duke as a freshman, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks.

Minnesota sends Dario Saric to Phoenix to move up in draft

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dario Saric has been traded to the Phoenix Suns in a draft-pick swap.

What It Means:

The Timberwolves are moving up in the draft, shipping off Saric and the No. 11 pick in return for Phoenix' No. 6 overall selection. Moving Saric also gives the Timberwolves added flexibility in free agency this summer.

In 81 games this season, Saric averaged 10.6 points and 20.6 FanDuel points per game.

Pelicans ship Solomon Hill to Atlanta in pick swap

New Orleans Pelicans guard/forward Solomon Hill has been traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a draft-pick swap.

What It Means:

The Hawks are moving up in the draft, trading picks Nos. 8, 17 and 35 in exchange for the Pelicans' Nos. 4 and 57 in the 2019 Draft. For the luxury of moving up, Atlanta will also take on Hill's contract, giving New Orleans added cap space.

In 44 games last season, Hill averaged 11.5 FanDuel points per game.

Suns reportedly ship T.J. Warren, pick to Pacers for cap space

The Indiana Pacers have acquired small forward T.J. Warren and the 32nd pick in the draft from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

It's a salary dump for the Suns, who clear the three years and $35 million left on Warren's deal. His arrival could impact Bojan Bogdanovic's free agency decision. Doug McDermott is the only other small forward the Pacers currently have under contract. Warren turns 26 in September.

Warren averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.8 3-pointers in 43 games for the Suns last season.

Bucks reportedly acquiring Jon Leuer from Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are sending forward/center Jon Leuer to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard/forward Tony Snell and the 2019 30th overall pick, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Pistons added another pick in Thursday's draft while helping the Bucks dump Snell's salary. Jon Leuer has a decent chance of being waived.

Leuer averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game for Detroit last season.

Tony Snell reportedly being traded to Pistons from Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are trading guard/forward Tony Snell and the 2019 30th overall pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward/center Jon Leuer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

The deal saves the Bucks $4 million in salary for next season and the team no longer has Snell's $12 million salary on the books for 2020-21. Detroit added some much-needed wing depth and now owns the 15th and 30th picks in Thursday's draft.

Snell averaged 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.1 3-pointers in 17.6 minutes per game for Milwaukee last season.

Milwaukee's Khris Middleton will be an unrestricted free agent after declining 2019-2020 player option on Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will be an unrestricted free agent after declining his player option on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Middleton will test the market and talk to other teams but according to ESPN the 27-year old is still interested in a long-term contract with Milwaukee. Expect Middleton to get max contract offers from a bunch of teams including the Bucks.

In 77 games last season, Middleton averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

Report: Mike Conley traded to Utah from Memphis in exchange for Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, picks

The Utah Jazz have reportedly acquired point guard Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guards Grayson Allen and Kyle Korver, forward Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in Thursday's draft and a future first-round pick.

What It Means:

Conley is under contract for 2019-20 and has a player option for the following season. The move strengthens Utah's position in a Western Conference that looks to be more wide-open, given the injuries Golden State suffered in the Finals. Utah is also sending a protecting first-round pick in the 2020 draft to Memphis.

Conley averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 assists and 33.4 minutes per game last season.

Brandon Ingram reportedly traded to the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired forward Brandon Ingram on Saturday.

What It Means:

After months of trade speculation, the Lakers finally were able to complete a deal for their star in exchange for Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks. Look for Ingram to have a big offensive role alongside Jrue Holiday next season.

In 190 games with the Lakers, Ingram averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

Josh Hart reportedly headed to New Orleans in multi-player trade with Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired shooting guard Josh Hart in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Hart will join the Pelicans after being moved in a deal involving Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks. Expect a more defined role for Hart after training camp and preseason with E'Twaun Moore, Ball, and Ingram also in the rotation.

In 130 games with the Lakers, Hart averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Pelicans reportedly acquire Lonzo Ball in blockbuster trade with Lakers on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired point guard Lonzo Ball in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Ball will reportedly head to New Orleans along with Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks for Anthony Davis. Look for Ball to start at point guard next season.

In 99 games with the Lakers, Ball averaged 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Lakers reportedly acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, involving Anthony Davis for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, The Brow will be headed to Los Angeles to play with LeBron after making it clear recently he would like to be moved. The Pelicans got an impressive haul for Davis including this year's fourth overall pick, two other first round picks, and three young players with experience.

In 56 games last season, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.

Knicks exercise Allonzo Trier's team option

The New York Knicks have exercised Allonzo Trier's team option for the 2019-20 season, per Shams Charania.

What It Means:

The former undrafted free agent had an option worth $3.5 million.

Trier averaged 10.9 points and 22.8 minutes per game in 64 appearances last season.

Warriors expect Klay Thompson (knee) to miss 9-10 months

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (knee) is expected to miss as many as 9-10 months, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Thompson tore his ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. While Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he does not know what they will do with Thompson, he added that "I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned.”

Thompson averaged 21.5 points and 34.0 minutes per game in 2018/19.

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