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The NBA free agency carousel keeps spinning. In a week that continues to spit out signings. Two NBA vets found new homes this evening.

Rudy Gay Agrees to 2 Year Deal with San Antonio

In a move that makes all too much sense for both sides, veteran swingman Rudy Gay agreed to a two year, $17.2 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Gay’s role will likely be off the bench, but Greg Popovich has a knack for getting the most out of veteran newcomers who are considered “over the hill.” The Spurs in turn get a go to scorer off the bench and someone who can adequately fill in if, say, Kawhi Leonard gets hurt. In an ever changing Western Conference, the Spurs are striving to stay competitive.

Sacramento Agrees to Terms with Vince Carter

Vince Carter will hoop until he is dragged off the court. The 40 year old still has a hop in his step and will lace them up for another season after signing a one year deal with the Kings. After walking away from draft night with a plethora of young talent, Carter will no doubt be looked upon as a mentor to the rookies. At 8 points per game and 38% from behind the arc, Vinceanity might be able to provide production as well.

Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2017 NBA Draft First Round

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NBA Draft Winners and Losers

Round one of the NBA Draft is in the books. A lot will be predicted before the NBA season even tips off. Players 18-22 years old will be put under a microscope all Summer long. We aren’t wasting any time,let’s dig in with our initial Winners and Losers from Round one of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Winner: Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers were a winner Tuesday when they traded up for the #1 overall pick. They promptly set their sights on Markelle Fultz, and for right reason. Fultz flew as under the radar as any player could last season at Washington and drew his share of criticism. Facts are that Fultz is one of three players to average over 20 points as a freshman, joining Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant. He brings great athleticism, play making ability and scoring to a young Sixer team.

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Loser: Chicago Bulls

The Bulls made a splash early in the draft when they traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the #16 pick in the Draft for the #7 pick. With that pick the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona. Markkanen is a streaky shooter, but when he’s hot he’s as hot as anyone. Still raw, he will need to develop more before he makes a big impact. Popular opinion is the Bulls did not get enough back for Butler, and I can’t say I disagree. Between questions of LaVine’s healthy knee and shipping the 16th pick, it seems like the Bulls could have gotten more for a player of Butler’s caliber.

Winner: Sacramento Kings

The Kings had two Top 10 picks going into the Draft and came out with three first round picks. They swapped the #10 for the 15th and 20th picks, totaling a return of DeAron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles in Round 1. Fox is the quickest player in the Draft and fills a huge holes for the Kings. They got a perimeter shooter in Jackson, the ACC Player of the Year, and a potential steal in Giles. Giles was a top recruit coming out of high school, but an ACL injury caused his lone season at Duke to be underwhelming. If healthy, Giles could prove to be a dynamic post player for Sacramento.

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Winner: Charlotte Hornets

Malik Monk fell drastically in the first round. A potential Top 5 pick, Monk slide all the way down to Charlotte at 11. What they got in Monk is someone who can score in bunches. Monk has the potential to be the best scorer in this Draft, something that should not be taken lightly considering the names at the top. A back court of Kemba Walker and Malik Monk is a lethal one for Charlotte. While he needs to clean up other aspects of his game, Michael Jordan and company got great value with their first rounder.

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Loser: Boston Celtics

It’s tough to say the Boston Celtics are losers when they walk away with a player like Jayson Tatum, but I’m doing it. Tatum is a great scorer, and he showed that at Duke. But when you look at how Boston’s season ended last year, it was an inability defend Cleveland’s scorers. Kyrie ate up Isaiah Thomas and no one could match up with the physical specimen that is Lebron James. Boston decided to pass on Fultz and declare IT their Point Guard, fine. The bigger issue was passing on Josh Jackson. While Jackson can’t shoot as well as Tatum, he is better everywhere else. He is an extremely good defender, can rebound and block shots. I think Tatum can be a great scorer in the League, but passing on Fultz and Jackson will haunt the Celtics down the road.

Honorable Mention: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder didn’t steal the show with their selection of Terrance Ferguson, but they filled a big need. Like Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay before him, Ferguson’s stock dropped a little when he went overseas to play in Australia instead of playing at Arizona. However, OKC obtained an outside shooter they needed. Joining Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo in the back court, not much spot light will be on Ferguson initially, but he will be able to spread the floor, something Andre Roberson failed to do last year.

These are gut reaction first takes. There’s a good chance one of these opinions will become laughable in a couple of years. Only time will tell however. For now, here’s to waiting for October. Give us your thoughts in the comment section and follow Hoop Group Insider this Summer as we give you all the NBA news you need.

NBA Draft Lottery Prediction: Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings – #5 & #10 Pick 2017 NBA Draft


The Picks: De’Aron Fox – Kentucky & Lauri Markkanen – Arizona

Other Possible Options: Jayson Tatum – Duke, Dennis Smith – NC State

The Sacramento Kings find themselves with two Top 10 picks in this year’s draft thanks to the Demarcus Cousins trade mid-season. The 2017 NBA Draft should be relatively easy for the Kings, who have a lot of holes to fill on their roster. Their game plan for Thursday? Draft the best player available. There’s a possibility that Jayson Tatum falls to 5 instead of Fox, but I think he gets scooped up before that. That leaves Kentucky’s De’Aron Fox to man the point for Sacramento. In a point guard heavy draft, De’Aron Fox is a quick, crafty point guard who will have no trouble getting players like Buddy Hield open looks. John Calipari said he believes Fox could be the next John Wall, and I can’t say I disagree. He embarrassed Lonzo Ball (who we have going 2) when they went head to head this season. No matter what, the Kings are getting a good player at 5. If it’s Fox, they’ll be getting a great one.

With the tenth pick, the Kings should do more of the same, wait to see who falls to them. Depending on who falls to them at five, this pick could change. Assuming the pick is Fox at five however, Lauri Markkanen could be a steal at ten. Markkanen is a fantastic shooter when he’s hot and was an efficient scorer in his one season at Arizona. Pair him with a point guard like Fox and alongside Willie Cauley-Stein, and he could thrive in Sacramento. If the Kings do land someone like Tatum instead of Fox, they could look to fill their point guard need here. In that case NC State’s Dennis Smith could be an option. But if the Kings are able to walk away with De’Aron Fox and Lauri Markkanen, they had themselves a heck of a draft.