June 24, 2011 by staff
Kyrie Irving, Kyrie Irving went to Cleveland as the No. 1 pick minute after the NBA draft started. Jimma Fredette had to wait hours to be officially a member of the Sacramento Kings. The other players a lot of veterans peaks were moving Thursday night in a project that was considered a talented scholar without funds, but it certainly were not boring. There was no possibility that the Cavs would take care of Irving, is confident that his foot is healthy enough to lead reconstruction efforts following the departure of LeBron James.
“I had no doubts about going No. 1. I was looking to pick the organization that they felt was the right choice,” said Irving. “But now, now, being a fan of the NBA and now in preparation, is a special feeling in my heart and knowing that my friends and family were together, it’s a memory I will remember for the rest of my life “.
An operation of three teams, including Charlotte, Milwaukee and Sacramento that had been agreed earlier in the day was not approved until mid-second round, forcing Fredette to wait about 2 hours to your destination NBA will be determined after which was at No. 10 for the Bucks.
“It took some time out there, but it is a great moment for me and my family, and for the organization of the Sacramento Kings,” the player of the year at Brigham Young University. “Hopefully his fan base is very excited because I’m very excited to get out there and start the season with them and have a great year.” A project that included a record four international players who did not play in a U.S. university selected in the lottery was soon dominated by offers that the NBA was eager to approve and announce the second round wound down.
As part of the three-way, Stephen Jackson was sent to Milwaukee, Corey Maggette landed in Charlotte, and John Salmons returned to Sacramento.
In other major operations:
Portland acquired guard Raymond Felton of Denver for the veteran guard Andre Miller.
The Blazers traded forward Rudy Fernandez to Dallas for draft picks.
Indiana traded rights to No. 15 pick Kawhia Leonard San Diego State at San Antonio’s George Hill, who averaged 11.6 points and 2.5 assists last season.
Manpower: With NBA stars Kevin Garnett of the veteran for the Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin standing behind him, the union president Derek Fisher said the players will not accept a bad deal to avoid a work stoppage.
“We would like to avoid a strike, but we are united in the sense of not being afraid, if that is what we are facing,” said Lakers guard.
Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Celtics, Clippers Griffin, the Hornets’ Chris Paul and Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks NBA champions were among 60 players who joined Fisher in front of the press conference.
Pacers: Lakers Oakland principal and former assistant Brian Shaw has spoken native of Indiana, although it is unclear what their role might be with the team. Pacers president Larry Bird has filed for interim coach Frank Vogel leading candidate for the post of head coach since the beginning of the search and has never wavered from that position. Bird said Tuesday that Vogel would help to bring a “top assistant.”
Lakers: Ron Artest wants to change its name to World Peace Metta. Artest attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to change. The 31-year-old NBA star was born Ronald William Artest Jr. In court documents, Artest cited personal reasons for wanting to change.
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