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[Fansided: Fully Clips] - Draft: LA Clippers Acquire Jawun Evans, the 39th Pick from Sixers
... Evans Per Shams Charania and Brad Turner, the Los Angeles Clippers have acquired the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76er ...
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2017 NBA Draft: Clippers Purchase 48th Pick from Milwaukee, Select Sindarius Thornwell

The L.A. Clippers bought into the draft twice tonight.

The Los Angeles Clippers have bought the 48th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Milwaukee Bucks, selecting Sindarius Thornwell. Thornwell is a 6’5” shooting guard who was the superstar for South Carolina during their tournament run last season. He averaged 21.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, playing every position from shooting guard to power forward. Thornwell shot 47.1% from the field and 39.2% from deep, but will turn 23 years old before opening night.

Stay tuned to Clips Nation and @ClipsNationSBN for additional coverage and analysis.

LA Daily News
NBA Draft Video: Lonzo Ball speaks to media for first time as Laker

Lonzo Ball speaks to the media in conference call shortly after he was drafted number two overall in the NBA Draft. Video by Jonathan Khamis, for the Southern California News Group.

Clips Nation
2017 NBA Draft: Clippers Acquire 39th Pick from Philadelphia, Select Jawun Evans

The L.A. Clippers have bought another pick in tonight’s draft.

The Los Angeles Clippers have bought the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers, selecting Jawun Evans. Evans is a 6’1” point guard from Oklahoma State.

Evans, a tiny but quick guard, averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals during his sophomore season. He will turn 21 this July.

Stay tuned to Clips Nation and @ClipsNationSBN for additional coverage and analysis.

LA Daily News
Former UCLA guard Zach LaVine traded by Timberwolves in deal for Jimmy Butler

The Chicago Bulls have traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a package deal that invovled former UCLA guard Zach LaVine.

The Bulls also 2016 first round pick Kris Dunn and Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen, who was drafted 7th overall on Thursday in the 2017 NBA Draft.

LaVine spent one year with the Bruins before entering the NBA Draft.

LA Daily News
Video: Lakers select Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick

Fans went wild at the Los Angeles Lakers' Draft Day party in El Segundo, as the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick Thursday. Mark Medina and Jonathan Khamis of the Southern California News Group discuss the Lakers newest player. (Video by Jonathan Khamis).

Clips Nation
2017 NBA Draft Diary: Live Pick-By-Pick Results and Analysis

Follow this thread tonight for live updates as the NBA Draft progresses.

Finally, the NBA Draft is here: at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, coverage begins on ESPN, and not long after, we’ll begin hearing the picks announced.

Refresh this post as the night goes on for pick-by-pick results and analysis, as well as a periodically updated draft diary following key rumors and developments. Please feel free to join the conversation yourself in the comments section below.

The Clippers enter the night without any selections, but they’ll be looking to buy into the second round. They also appear poised to be active in talks surrounding a bigger deal which could involve moving DeAndre Jordan for an early pick. Regardless of any big move, Clippers executives Doc Rivers, Lawrence Frank, and Jerry West reportedly have their eyes on a handful of second-round targets that they will attempt to buy a pick for.

3:55 PM: The draft thread is live! Stay tuned throughout the draft for updates and analysis.

4:02 PM: While I was driving, a rumor came out that the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets are discussing a trade that would send beloved former Clipper Eric Bledsoe to Denver in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the 13th pick in tonight’s draft. I actually really like this deal for both teams, but I love it for Bledsoe—it gives him an opportunity to be the lead guard on a team that should make the playoffs next season if this deal goes down. The Suns are able to continue their rebuild and draft another player who isn’t even old enough to buy a beer, but they might another sweetener from Denver.

4:11 PM: Early reports are confirming what we’ve expected: Philadelphia will take Markelle Fultz with the first pick, and the Lakers will take Lonzo Ball with the second pick. The excitement will really begin with the third pick and Boston. The Celtics have been in talks with multiple teams—including the Clippers, reportedly—to move the pick. If they keep it, they could choose Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, or De’Aaron Fox. If Josh Jackson slides beyond the Celtics, teams who covet him (once again, including the Clippers) will throw offers at the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.

4:37 PM: With the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers draft Markelle Fultz, the 6’4” 19-year-old point guard from Washington.

The @sixers have officially selected @MarkelleF with the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, source told @TheUndefeated.

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 22, 2017

4:39 PM: Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are close to acquiring Jimmy Butler. Butler, who is the star of Chicago Bulls, played for Tom Thibodeau, who is now the coach and GM of the Timberwolves. The return package includes Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the 7th overall pick. This move makes Minnesota far greater thread in the Western Conference playoff race, but likely starts a full rebuild in Chicago. Dunn had a shaky rookie season, but LaVine and two prospects are a nice way to jump-start the next era for the Bulls.

4:44 PM: With the 2nd pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball, the 6’6” point guard from UCLA.

4:49 PM: With the 3rd pick, the Boston Celtics select Jayson Tatum, the 6’8” forward from Duke.

4:54 PM: With the 4th pick, the Phoenix Suns select Josh Jackson, the 6’8” small forward from Kansas.

5:00 PM: With the 5th pick , the Sacramento Kings select De’Aaron Fox, 6’4” point guard from Kentucky.

5:06 PM: With the 6th pick, the Orlando Magic select Jonathan Isaac, 6’11” forward from Florida State.

5:12 PM: With the 7th pick, the Chicago Bulls select Lauri Markkanen, the 7’0” power forward from Arizona.

5:13 PM: With the 8th pick, the New York Knicks select Frank Ntilikina, the 6’5” point guard from Strasbourg.

5:27 PM: With the 9th pick, the Dallas Mavericks select Dennis Smith Jr., the 6’3” point guard from NC State.

5:32 PM: The Sacramento Kings have traded the 10th pick in the draft to the Portland Trail Blazers for picks 15 and 20. This allows the Kings, who are rebuilding post-DeMarcus Cousins, to add an additional prospect.

5:34 PM: With the 10th pick, the Portland Trail Blazers select Zach Collins, the 7’0” big man from Gonzaga.

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[Fansided: Fully Clips] - RUMOR: Clippers Interested in former Jayhawk Josh Jackson
... pick. — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017 This is where the Clippers come into play The Clippers have been searching for a wing player for years. ...
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NBA Trade Rumors: Clippers Targeting Josh Jackson in Draft, Could Move DeAndre Jordan

Another blockbuster could be in the works.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Clippers are among several teams who are working to get into the top 4 of the NBA Draft with hopes of selecting Josh Jackson, a 20-year-old 6’8” small forward from Kansas. Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks in his only collegiate season, shooting 54.9% from the field and 37.8% from deep. While still obviously young, the consensus top-5 pick is somewhat old for a college freshman and he will turn 21 during January of his rookie season.

Per Shelburne, DeAndre Jordan is could be the piece that the Celtics ask for in exchange for the third overall pick. The Spurs and Bulls are also interested, with valuable established veterans in LaMarcus Aldridge and Jimmy Butler.

Fascinating machinations around Josh Jackson today. Loads of teams trying to trade into the top 4 to get him.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017

Celtics know this, and thus have to decide whether to take a player who wouldn't workout or interview even when they had the 1 pick.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017

Clippers, Spurs, Bulls all have interest in him and big name veteran players (DeAndre, LaMarcus, Jimmy) who would really help Boston.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017

This comes as somewhat of a surprise, as previous reports had suggested that the Clippers were targeting a top pick to re-package for Paul George, not to select a prospect for themselves. Josh Jackson is a strong prospect who projects very well as an NBA small forward, which the Clippers have needed for years. However, a potential decision to keep Jackson over pursuing a more established name would raise compelling questions regarding the direction of the Clippers’ franchise as they head towards Chris Paul and Blake Griffin’s looming free agencies.

Clips Nation
Locked on Clippers 6/22/2017: Draft Day Preview

A look at all that could be for the Clippers tonight.

In today’s episode of the Locked on Clippers podcast, I explored the options that the Clippers, who currently have no picks, have to potentially get into the draft, including trades for DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford. Aside from those unlikely big moves, I also discuss potential targets should the Clippers choose to purchase a second-round pick tonight.