The 2019 NBA Draft is here.
The Raptors knocked off the injury-ravaged Warriors just a week ago to win their first NBA championship in franchise history, but we're already on to the first phase of the offseason.
On Thursday night, Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant and others will have their NBA dreams realized when commissioner Adam Silver calls their name.
The lead up to the NBA draft also should hold plenty of intrigue. The Lakers reportedly are trying to clear more cap space in an effort to add another max slot alongside LeBron James and the soon-to-arrive Anthony Davis. The Warriors, meanwhile, are looking for a way to add talent to a roster that was hit hard by severe injuries in the NBA Finals. How will the Kings use their three second-round picks? It's sure to be a fun day.
You can follow all of the draft-day trade rumors, news and talk below:
7:05 a.m.: The Warriors wasted no time getting to work Thursday.
ESPN Sources: Golden State has acquired Atlanta's No. 41 pick in tonight's NBA Draft. The cost: $1.3M and a 2024 second-round pick. Atlanta moved No. 44 to Miami yesterday. Hawks have Nos. 8, 10, 17 and 35 tonight. Golden State has Nos. 28, 41 and 58.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
5:46 a.m.: Boston is scrambling to change the direction of its franchise in the wake of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford's expected exit.
Boston has offered center Aron Baynes -- $5.4M expiring contract -- into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019