Good evening from Minneapolis. We're looking forward to an interesting evening. The draft begins in 10 minutes. We'll be back at 6:30 p.m. to start posting your comments.
Good evening everyone. As the 2014 NBA draft begins, here's what NBA beat reporter Jerry Zgoda wrote in the Thursday edition of the Star Tribune about the Timberwolves focus for the draft. Zgoda wrote that if the Wolves retain the 13th pick they would be thrilled if Creighton's Doug McDermott or Michigan's Nik Stauskas are still available. If neither is still available at No.13, the Wolves could pick from a group that is expected to include UCLA G Zach LaVine, Michigan State F Adreian Payne and Michigan State G Gary Harris.
Sam Bhullar is ranked as the 72nd best prospect by one draft expert. Several days ago he was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. It will be interesting to see if someone takes him in the second round.
A couple of notes on trades so far today ... ESPN is reporting that Denver has acquired G Arron Afflalo from Orlando for G Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in the draft. Houston has agreed to send C Omar Asik to New Orleans for a first-round pick in 2015.
Hey, anybody have any thoughts about Bill Simmons on ESPN? Just wondering.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas has said that he believes this could be the best draft class in 10 years.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who named a new coach last Friday, have the No. 1 pick for the second straight year (and third time in the last four years). It's also the fourth time since 2003 that they've had the No. 1 pick. They took LeBron James in 2003. The Cavs' No. 1 pick last year was UNLV F Anthony Bennett, who averaged just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 52 games.
Flip Saunders has said he will only trade Kevin Love if he can improve the Wolves without taking a step backward. The Wolves were 40-42 last season -- their best since since winning 44 games in 2004-05.
NBA draft trivia -- The Gophers have had 43 players taken in the NBA draft since 1957. That is eighth best in the Big Ten. But the Gophers haven't had a player selected since 2004 -- when Kris Humphries was selected 14th overall -- and the drought is expected to continue this year. Prior to 2004, the longest draft drought the Gophers had since 1957 was five years.
Read the profile a couple of posts below, Love Machine.
Embiid is a 20-year old 7-footer who set Kansas freshman records in field-goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots (72). He has been compared by some draft experts to former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon.