• This second edition of the Sill’s Mock Draft is now expanded to the entire first round, rather than just lottery picks seen in the last edition.  The following is my current first round mock:

    Pick Team Player Position School
    1 76ers Ben Simmons PF/SF LSU
    2 Lakers Brandon Ingram SF Duke
    3 Celtics Dragan Bender PF NA – Croatia
    4 Suns Jaylen Brown SF California
    5 Wolves Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma
    6 Pelicans Jakob Poeltl C Utah
    7 Nuggets Jamal Murray PG/SG Kentucky
    8 Kings Kris Dunn PG Providence
    9 Raptors Henry Ellenson PF/C Marquette
    10 Bucks Skal Labissiere PF/C Kentucky
    11 Magic Deyonta Davis PF Michigan St.
    12 Jazz Marquese Chriss PF Washington
    13 Suns Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga
    14 Bulls Timothy Luwawu SG/SF NA – Serbia
    15 Nuggets Cheick Diallo PF Kansas
    16 Celtics Denzel Valentine SG/SF Michigan St.
    17 Grizzlies Wade Baldwin IV PG Vanderbilt
    18 Pistons Furkan Korkmaz SG/SF NA – Turkey
    19 Nuggets Brice Johnson PF North Carolina
    20 Pacers Damian Jones C Vanderbilt
    21 Hawks Diamond Stone C Maryland
    22 Hornets Malik Beasley SG Florida St.
    23 Celtics Stephen Zimmerman C UNLV
    24 76ers Dejounte Murray PG/SG Washington
    25 Clippers Taurean Prince SF Baylor
    26 76ers Malachi Richardson SG Syracuse
    27 Raptors DeAndre Bembry SG/SF St. Joseph’s
    28 Suns Thon Maker PF/C NA – College prep school
    29 Spurs Patrick McCaw SG/SF UNLV
    30 Warriors Ante Zizic C NA – Croatia

    If you took the time to read my last mock, you’ll notice I made some changes within the lottery.  At the top, I have yet to switch Simmons and Ingram as many other mocks are starting to do.  While I am starting to lean towards this change, I will wait until news breaks regarding the 76ers leaning towards either player before I make a change.

    A noticeable pick I switched was Dragan Bender at three.  As a Suns fan, I am hoping the Celtics skip over Bender so that the Suns can fill their biggest need with the top power forward prospect this year.  However, Boston needs competent big men just as much and picking a guard doesn’t seem to make much sense.  Therefore, I have the Suns taking Brown at four to address another area of need and waiting on a power forward later in the draft since they have three first round picks.

    I made some other swaps in the lottery to address other areas of need for teams.  Draft Combine stud Cheick Diallo is falling just outside the lottery in my mock as the Nuggets try to add depth at power forward with a long term project type player.  I’m not crazy about my Wade Baldwin IV pick by the Grizzlies at 17, but they need to address point guard depth.  I’ve seen him go anywhere from mid-first round to mid-second, so his projected spot is very cloudy at this point.

    Make sure to check in next week for another draft update.  I will look to add my second round picks by then and make any changes to the first round depending on news releases and rumors.

Fantasy News

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.R. Smith will meet with the Bucks on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    This is the first team other than the Lakers, who have already been deemed an unlikely landing spot, to be connected to Smith. Milwaukee is looking for another wing shooter and Smith would fit the bill in a perfect world, though it's unlikely that he would play a major role for any team after sitting out since November.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry has undergone a procedure to repair the tendon in his left thumb, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Lowry battled with either a left thumb sprain or dislocation (depending on who you believe) in the playoffs and often spoke of how he struggled to handle the ball. It didn't seem to matter too much as Lowry shot 42 percent from deep over the Eastern Conference Finals and Finals, but this procedure is far from surprising. The point guard is still hoping to be ready for Team USA training camp and the FIBA World Cup, so we are not looking at a lengthy recovery here.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Naz Reid
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Naz Reid has signed a multi-year deal with the Wolves.

    Reid was originally expected to sign a two-way deal, and this might be the fastest conversion to a standard contract ever. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic is reporting that it is a four-year deal worth a max of $6.1 million, with a full guarantee on the first season. Reid averaged 12.5 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 assists in just 18.3 mpg at Summer League and looked like one of the better big men at the Vegas circuit. The Wolves are obviously set at center in the long term, but Reid could definitely emerge as the backup with a little more seasoning.

    Source: Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Shane Larkin
    PG, International

    Shane Larkin has agreed to a 'lucrative' deal to return to Andalou Efes of Turkey.

    Larkin was reported to have some interest from guard-needy teams like Detroit, Orlando and OKC, but he'll stay in Europe to collect a big check and play in a starring role. Last season's BSL Finals MVP, Larkin could pop up again in free agency next summer.

    Source: EuroHoops.net

  • Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Shaq Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Bulls.

    Harrison was waived by the team a couple weeks ago but will head back to Chicago. There's not much room left at point guard, but Harrison emerged as a lengthy player who's capable of guarding opposing wings last season and that figures to be his role going forward. He had a standard-league finish for the depleted Bulls last season and is someone to remember for silly season if Chicago is tanking hard again.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter