Latest NBA Northwest Division News

Thunder GM Presti hopes Holmgren is latest star draft pick

Jun. 25, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti has a stunningly successful history with high draft picks. Back when the Thunder were still the Seattle SuperSonics, Presti made Kevin Durant the No. 2 overall pick in 2007 and Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall in 2008. The team...

T-wolves draft trade nets 7-1 Auburn center Walker Kessler

Jun. 24, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves added a potential rim protector to complement star Karl-Anthony Towns, acquiring 7-foot-1 Auburn center Walker Kessler in a draft pick swap that netted them an additional first-rounder that became Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. on Thursday night. ...

Moving up: Grizzlies trade 2 1st-round picks to get LaRavia

Jun. 24, 2022 02:14 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jake LaRavia wasn’t just worth a first-round pick. The way the Memphis Grizzlies saw it, he was worth two of them. The Grizzlies moved the 22nd and 29th picks in Thursday’s NBA draft to Minnesota for the 19th pick — which became LaRavia, a 6-foot-8...

Thunder take Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren with No. 2 overall pick

Jun. 24, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder chose Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night and hit the accelerator on their rebuild by adding three of the top 12 selections. In Holmgren, the Thunder got a versatile 7-footer who...

Nuggets draft Kansas' Braun, acquire rights to UCLA's Watson

Jun. 24, 2022 01:29 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected Kansas guard Christian Braun with the 21st pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-6 Braun averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season. His 12 points and 12 rebounds helped Kansas beat North Carolina in the...

Blazers select Shaedon Sharpe with No. 7 pick in draft

Jun. 24, 2022 01:28 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers selected Shaedon Sharpe with the seventh pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, taking a chance on a player who never suited up in college. Sharpe, 6-foot-6 wing from Canada, was a five-star recruit who committed to Kentucky but never...

AP source: Jerami Grant to be traded to Portland by Detroit

Jun. 22, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the biggest part of the return being a first-round pick in 2025. Detroit gets the No. 36 pick in the draft Thursday and what...

Smith? Holmgren? Banchero? Magic own No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Jun. 22, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paolo Banchero thinks he should be No. 1. Jabari Smith Jr. is sure he won't go beyond No. 2. Chet Holmgren would be happy with either. The freshmen have been considered the top three players available, in some order, in the NBA draft. The Orlando Magic will...

Magic-Rockets, Pistons-Blazers to open Vegas summer league

Jun. 20, 2022 13:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Summer League will start with a little Midnight Madness feel, at least in some of the country. And if the Orlando Magic keep the No. 1 draft pick, then that player won't wait long for his summer debut. The league released the 75-game summer...

Warriors cap title run, NBA flips the page to 2022-23 season

Jun. 17, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

A parade awaits in San Francisco to celebrate the champion Golden State Warriors. The NBA draft is a few days away, with presumed top-three picks Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero set to take their first steps toward realizing their enormous potential. Free agency starts in less than...