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Date Player
6/22/2017 Greg Monroe, Mil, F-C
Monroe has exercised his $17.8 million player option to stay with the team for 2017-18. The 6-foot-11 Monroe had until Thursday night to make his decision. A Bucks official said before the NBA draft that Monroe had exercised the option.

Analysis: Monroe averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games in 2016-17 for the Bucks. He provided scoring punch off the bench.
6/22/2017 Markelle Fultz, Phi, PG
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.
6/22/2017 Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG
The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the talented UCLA playmaker.

Analysis: Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.
6/22/2017 Jayson Tatum, Bos, SF
The Boston Celtics selected Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

Analysis: In Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward, Boston gets a player who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.
6/22/2017 Jimmy Butler, Chi, G-F
Butler was dealt from the Chicago Bulls for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, plus the No. 7 overall pick during Thursday's NBA draft, according to multiple outlets. ESPN reported the No. 16 overall pick is headed to Chicago.

Analysis: Butler is being reunited with his former coach in Tom Thibodeau, who coached Butler from 2011 to 2015 before being fired. Butler was the 30th overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette. He averaged a career-high 23.9 points last season as the Bulls were 41-41 and qualified for the postseason as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
6/22/2017 Josh Jackson, Pho, SG
The Phoenix Suns selected Jackson with the fourth overall pick of the NBA draft Thursday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 207-pound forward averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his lone season with Kansas. The 20-year-old Jackson was the Big 12 freshman of the year and an all-Big 12 first-team selection.
6/22/2017 De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG
The Sacramento Kings selected Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He boosted his stock when he outplayed UCLA's Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall pick, in the Sweet Sixteen, scoring 39 points in a Wildcats win. Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.
6/22/2017 Zach LaVine, Min, G
LaVine has been traded to the Bulls in a draft-day deal that saw Jimmy Butler go to Minnesota.

Analysis: In his third season, LaVine averaged a career-high 18.9 points and shot 45.9 percent. LaVine was having a breakout campaign when he tore the ACL in his left knee February. His rehabilitation has gone well, but the injury certainly complicated the Wolves' re-engaging Chicago on Butler.
6/22/2017 Kris Dunn, Min, G
Dunn was traded to Chicago along with Zach LaVine in a draft-day deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

Analysis: The Bulls were high on Dunn last season, and get him after a disappointing rookie season when he averaged 3.8 points.
6/22/2017 Jonathan Isaac, Orl, PF
The Orlando Magic selected Isaac with the sixth overall pick Thursday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-11, 210-pound Isaac averaged 12 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting nearly 51 percent from the field in his only season at Florida State. The versatile Isaac will need to get stronger in his transition to the NBA. However, his build and his game compares favorably to Kevin Durant as Isaac can create his own offense like the lean Golden State Warriors forward. Isaac has also drawn comparisons to New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis.
6/22/2017 Lauri Markkanen, Min, PF
The Timberwolves have drafted Markkanen with the No. 7 overall pick for the Chicago Bulls after the two teams agreed to a blockbuster deal that sends three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Two people with knowledge of the situation say the Bulls are sending Butler and the No. 16 pick for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick.

Analysis: The 7-foot Markkanen gives the Bulls a shooter they lacked last season. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona.
6/22/2017 Dennis Smith, Jr., Dal, PG
The Dallas Mavericks took Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Smith will get a strong chance to start with the Mavericks believing that Yogi Ferrell is better-suited to a backup role even though he made a splash that earned him a two-year deal after the undrafted rookie joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract. Smith is the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record two triple-doubles in the same season, and he averaged 18.1 points per game.
6/22/2017 Frank Ntilikina, NY, PG
The Knicks selected Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick Thursday night.

Analysis: Ntilikina should be able to contribute at a relatively high level as soon as he arrives in the NBA. He led France to the gold medal at the U18 European Championships in Turkey late last year, averaging 15.2 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 50 percent. Ntilikina had 23 points in the semifinals and 31 in the championship game, thriving after he was given free rein to run France's offense.
6/22/2017 Malik Monk, Cha, SG
The Charlotte Hornets selected Kentucky's Monk with the 11th pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Monk raised his stock with a 47-point performance on eight 3-pointers against eventual national champion North Carolina last December. He helps fill the void left by backup shooting guard Marco Belinelli, who was dealt to Atlanta in the deal for Dwight Howard. Monk went on to be named SEC freshman of the year, averaging 19.8 points and shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range. He was the winner of the Jerry West Award given to the nation's top shooting guard.
6/22/2017 Zach Collins, Sac, F-C
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Portland Trail Blazers traded the No. 15 and No. 20 picks in the NBA draft to Sacramento in exchange for Collins, the No. 10 pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been formally announced. While unofficial, the Blazers' Twitter account tweeted at Sacramento: ''good pick'' shortly after Collins' name was announced.

Analysis: Collins, a 7-footer, played off the bench in his lone season with Gonzaga behind senior starter Przemek Karnowski and averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
6/22/2017 Luke Kennard, Det, SG
The Detroit Pistons drafted Kennard with the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Kennard turned pro after averaging 19.5 points a game during his sophomore season at Duke. Kennard could give Detroit some help offensively - he shot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17. The Pistons shot only 33 percent from beyond the arc as a team last season.
6/21/2017 Nick Young, LAL, G-F
Young will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday.

Analysis: Young has spent four tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds over 220 games.
6/21/2017 Tim Frazier, Was, G
The Washington Wizards have acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans for a second-round pick in the NBA draft. Wednesday's deal gives the Pelicans the No. 52 overall selection Thursday night.

Analysis: That was the only pick Washington had this year. Its first-rounder went to Brooklyn in the Bojan Bogdanovic deal at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Frazier has averaged 6.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in three NBA seasons with New Orleans, Philadelphia and Portland. He has played in 127 regular-season games, making 40 starts.
6/20/2017 D'Angelo Russell, LAL, G
The Lakers have reached an agreement to trade Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Brook Lopez and the 27th selection in this year's draft, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Analysis: Trading Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, all but assures that Los Angeles will select point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA at No. 2 Thursday. It also gives the Lakers three first-round selections in the draft. Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists in his second season with the Lakers.
6/20/2017 Timofey Mozgov, LAL, C
The Lakers have reached an agreement to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Brook Lopez and the 27th selection in this year's draft, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Analysis: The Lakers will free themselves from a four-year, $64 million contract that they signed Mozgov to in July 2016. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov averaged 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots last season - his seventh in the NBA overall.
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