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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 2020 NBA Draft has arrived at last. Starting at 8 p.m., 60 international and collegiate basketball players will be drafted into the NBA.
The Cavaliers took Isaac Okoro with the No. 5 pick in the draft. But there are still plenty of interesting moves to come.
It’s been touted as an unpredictable draft, so almost anything can happen in terms of trades, risers and fallers. You can follow along with what happens during the draft here.
Get set for the draft by reading some of the latest we’ve posted on cleveland.com.
Here is where you will find all the news and rumors you need to know from around the NBA as the draft progresses. Refresh this post throughout the evening for the biggest stories from the draft. The updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent ones being closest to the top.
10:26 p.m.: Nuggets trade for RJ Hampton
It’s been a busy last few minutes for the Denver Nuggets. They drafted Arizona big man Zeke Nnaji with the No. 22 pick. Only two picks later, they have reportedly made a deal with the Pelicans for the No. 24 pick, which was used to select R.J. Hampton according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley was taken with the No. 25 pick by the Knicks, which they got in a trade with the Thunder.
10:24 p.m.: Warriors reportedly worried Klay has Achilles injury
Warriors guard Klay Thompson suffered a leg injury on Wednesday afternoon during a workout. The news doesn’t look good according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, who says that the Warriors are worried Thompson injured his Achilles.
10:22 p.m.: Knicks take Bolmaro, but trade pick to Timberwolves
The Knicks used their second first-round pick to take Argentine guard Leandro Bolmaro with the No. 23 pick. But according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the pick is on the move to Minnesota, which has been one of the most active teams this evening.
10:15 p.m.: Nuggets draft another 7-footer
Denver added some more size to the roster when they drafted Arizona 7-footer Zeke Nnaji with the No. 22 pick in the draft. As Bobby Marks of ESPN noted, Denver has a lot of big men due for free agency, which may have influenced this pick.
10:07 p.m.: 76ers add more scoring depth in Tyrese Maxey
Philadelphia has had a busy day as Daryl Morey continues to retool the roster. They traded for Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson in a deal that sent Al Horford to Oklahoma City. They also took the No. 21 pick and used it to take Tyrese Maxey out of Kentucky. He averaged 14 points per game in his lone season at Kentucky.
10:01 p.m.: Miami rounds out top 20 with Achiuwa
The Miami Heat, who made a surprise run to the NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble, selected Memphis power forward Precious Achiuwa with the No. 20 pick in the draft. He was the only freshman in college basketball to average a double double last year (15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds).
9:57 p.m.: Cavs might not be done
The Cavaliers came into this draft with only one pick at No. 5 overall. They used it on Isaac Okoro. But according to Chris Fedor, they want to get at least one more pick before the night is over.
9:50 p.m.: Mavs pick Josh Green; Landry Shamet involved in three-team deal
The trade activity has picked up in the past few minutes, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets, Clippers and Pistons agreed to a three-team deal. Landry Shamet is going to Brooklyn, Luke Kennard is heading to the Clippers and Detroit gets the No. 19 pick. The Pistons used that pick, their third in the top 20, to take young Villanova forward Saddiq Bey.
As for the No. 18 pick, the Mavericks took Arizona guard Josh Green.
9:47 p.m.: OKC takes Pokusevski; Okoro gifts his parents a Range Rover
The Thunder continued their retooling by taking Serbian center Aleksej Pokusevski with the No. 17 pick. This was the pick they got in the trade from Minnesota for Ricky Rubio.
Meanwhile, Isaac Okoro had a special surprise for his parents. Shortly after being taken by the Cavaliers, Okoro gave his parents a brand new Range Rover.
Earlier today, Collin Sexton tweeted out this video of him gifting an Audi to his mother for her 50th birthday.
9:41 p.m.: Pistons get a young center, and might not be done
The Pistons used their second pick of this draft, No. 16 overall, to add Washington center Isaiah Stewart. And according to Omari Sankofa of the Detroit Free Press, they aren’t done adding picks.
9:35 p.m.: A trade at last
While the Magic were still on the clock, a trade happened at last. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ricky Rubio is going back to Minnesota along with two first-round picks for the No. 17 pick.
The Magic used the No. 15 pick to draft UNC guard Cole Anthony.
9:30 p.m.: Boston takes Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith
We’re onto pick No. 14, which the Boston Celtics used to select Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith. He’s the second Vanderbilt guard to go in the lottery picks in as many years. Darius Garland went to the Cavaliers at No. 5 last year.
Orlando is next on the clock at No. 15, while there have been no trades made during the draft.
9:23 p.m. Kira Lewis goes to New Orleans
Eight picks after an Auburn player went off the board in Isaac Okoro, the Pelicans picked an Alabama player when they drafted guard Kira Lewis Jr. with the No. 13 pick. Lewis was a tremendous scorer at Alabama, averaging 18.5 points and 5.2 assists in his sophomore season at Alabama. Fellow former Alabama player Collin Sexton tweeted out his congratulations to Lewis shortly after the pick was announced.
9:15 p.m. Sacramento scoops up Tyrese Haliburton; Koby makes the call
The Sacramento Kings finally ended Tyrese Haliburton’s draft-night slide, taking him with the No. 12 pick in the draft. They will now get to pair him if De’Aaron Fox, who has become one of the best young point guards in the NBA.
Minutes after the Cavs took Isaac Okoro at No. 5, Chris Fedor shared the scene from inside Independence.
The Cavs tweeted out this video of GM Koby Altman calling Okoro and telling him that he is the pick at No. 5.
9:12 p.m.: Spurs pick Devin Vassell
Devin Vassell became the second Florida State player to go off the board when the Spurs took him with the No. 11 pick. Chris Fedor wrote about Vassell on Tuesday.
As a result of the pick, Florida State made some history, with Vassell and Patrick Williams going No. 4.
9:08 p.m.: Suns make first surprise pick
The first nine picks featured very few, if any, surprises. The Suns, however, went off the board with the No. 10 pick in taking Maryland power forward Jalen Smith.
Smith was ranked No. 20 by ESPN.
The Suns made a surprise pick a year ago when they took Cameron Johnson at No. 11. But he played well as a rookie, averaging 8.8 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. He scored in double figures in seven of the…
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