1:45 AM ET NBA Insiders The first three picks of the 2021 NBA draft went as planned: Cade Cunningham to the Detroit Pistons, Jalen Green to the Houston Rockets and Evan Mobley to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But then, starting with the fourth pick, chaos ensued, with intriguing selections and draft-night trades taking over the spotlight.
10:02 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Midway through the first round of Thursday night’s NBA draft, the league briefly paused its annual selection show to honor the late Terrence Clarke, the 19-year-old basketball prospect out of Kentucky who died in a car accident earlier this year. Commissioner Adam Silver paused the draft and invited Clarke’s mother,
10:35 PM ET James Jackson Former Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs has officially taken his talents to the NBA level. Going No. 5 overall to the Orlando Magic in the NBA draft, he’s just the fourth Gonzaga player in the common draft era (since 1966) to be a top-10 NBA draft selection. Suggs enjoyed great success
8:10 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Detroit Pistons opened the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday night by taking Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham. Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 guard from Dallas, now will be asked to try to lead the Pistons back into the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has made the postseason three times
5:34 PM ET The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Harrell has opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the potential deal.
6:15 PM ET The Cleveland Cavaliers are acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, a 2022 second-round pick and cash for forward Taurean Prince, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rubio, 30, returned to Minnesota last season after being included in the Chris Paul trade. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.4 assists for the Timberwolves following
8:05 PM ET Marc J. Spears The NBA will celebrate its 75th anniversary season during the 2021-22 campaign by commemorating it as “NBA 75” and naming a list of the league’s 75 greatest players, commissioner Adam Silver announced at the start of the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday. “The 2021-22 season will be truly special
2:04 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Los Angeles police say New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes resisted arrest and had to be subdued by Taser while officers were investigating a domestic violence call on Wednesday morning. In a news release Thursday, police say Hayes was arrested under “California Penal Code section 69, Resisting Arrest,” which carries
9:50 PM ET Nick DePaulaESPN Jalen Suggs has landed a multiyear footwear and apparel deal with Adidas ahead of his anticipated selection early in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday. “I’m so excited to be with the brand,” the former Gonzaga star said. “I grew up inspired by D-Rose and Dame [Lillard] and want to
3:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was arrested in the Los Angeles area early Wednesday morning following an alleged altercation with a police officer, TMZ Sports reported. “We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes,” the Pelicans said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “We are working in