Latest Basketball News (Week 2 March 2018)

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Atlanta Hawks already picking up 3 from ESPN NBA mock draft

The 2018 NCAA Tournament just around the corner and in general college basketball throughout the country was getting an extensive amount of attention as is. The Atlanta Hawks were already in the works for evaluating future NBA players in the college level. With ESPN’s Jonathan Givony releasing an updated 2018 mock draft the Hawks have even more incentives to go in and make the best choices among them. It is nothing but speculation at this point about the requirements of clubs for the type of players and how they will fit into the team but the Hawks have still gone ahead with their No.3 overall pick tabbing Jaren Jackson Jr. the freshman from Michigan State. Jackson’s play both up and down the court has been commendable and even if his offensive prowess does not come into play right off the bat his defensive values will add a lot to the team. The Hawks rounded of their trio of picks with No.22 overall pick tabbing Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop and with the No.30 overall pick brings in Duke guard Grayson Allen.

LeBron James hints at his free transfer destinations

Words on the street is that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron “The King” James has hinted at possible destination clubs after this season as his contract with the Cavaliers is all set to run out after 2017-18 campaign. His target clubs include the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers reported Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. It was a surprise though to not see the San Antonio Spurs on his go to list given his relationship with arguably one of the best coaches in NBA history Greg Popovich. All signs point towards LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers for the second time after the 2017-2018 NBA season and it may very well be the last season he puts on the wine and gold. His unwillingness to go to the Spurs might stem from the presence of Kawhi Leonard on the team and for the fact that he might not be there for long following a worsening relationship between the Spurs and Leonard. With more super teams emerging in the NBA James knows that he has to team up with one or two big names in the league if he is to win major trophies and it seems like he is focusing on that with regards to his team selections.

Warriors lose to Minnesota Timberwolves

In a second straight loss for the Golden State Warriors this time at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves they have once again been reminded of the presence of Stephen Curry on the court. His absence was badly felt as the Timberwolves downed the Warriors 109-103 on an already tough road trip. Kevin Durant’s presence could do little to turn the tides of the match and this exposed the glaring flaw in the Golden State Warriors system wherein if their two time MVP is out, their system goes haywire.

 

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