Cavs Take UNLV's Bennett First Overall In NBA Draft
Published on June 28 2013 10:32 am
Last Updated on June 28 2013 10:32 am
Written by Millie Lange
(Brooklyn, NY) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn. The Orlando Magic selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo second overall, while the Washington Wizards took Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick. Bennett says he was surprised to go number one.
Indiana center Cody Zeller went fourth to the Charlotte Bobcats and the Phoenix Suns selected Maryland center Alex Len fifth overall. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, who many thought would go first overall, fell to the New Orleans Pelicans at sixth overall. The Pelicans then traded Noel, 42nd overall pick Pierre Jackson, and a 2014 first round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Jrue Holiday.
Celtics, Nets Pull Off Blockbuster Trade
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are on the move from Boston to Brooklyn after the Celtics and Nets reportedly pulled off a blockbuster trade on draft night. The Celtics will receive three picks among other players for KG, Pierce and others. KG waived his no-trade clause to let the deal go through. The transaction can't officially go through until July 10.
Howard Unlikely To Remain With Lakers
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Dwight Howard's days with the Lakers could be numbered. ESPN's reports there is little chance the 27-year-old center will re-sign with the Lakers this summer. Howard is reportedly willing to pass up the extra $30-million LA can pay him in a long-term contract to find a coach and system that better fits his skills. The big man is expected to visit with Dallas, Houston and Atlanta once free agency begins on Monday.