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Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton answers a question during a news conference as the team introduces its new players after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix. If you look at where they usually draft it's in the teens to 20.

As for Ayton, the Suns get a player who possesses elite physical traits, a developing inside-out skill set and already one of the most athletic centers in the league.

There were a couple other trades involving lottery picks.

The days of buying into drafts at minimal cost appear to be long gone.

Any analysis, especially insightful, is a stretch for today's ESPN, but some of last night's commentary was simply disappointing. That marked the first time three global siblings were drafted into the National Basketball Association, as Thanasis Antetokounmpo was the No. 51 pick in 2014.

"Maybe some uncertainty with salaries, where things are headed ..." Moments later, the trade was announced - Doncic went to Dallas for Young, the fifth overall pick, along with a 2019 first-round pick that was protected for the first five selections.

Rowley hopes Ayton's presence on the team will boost the Suns' relationship with Tucson, something that the president, who grew up in Tucson, has been trying to build and grow. I told my mom, you think we were working, but the hard work really starts now. "And I like I said, it was an historical year and probably one of the best postseason runs of all time and very, very fortunate to have him here, and what he gave to this franchise this year was nothing short of remarkable".

On the roster side, Jonas Valanciunas was dangled in each of the previous two summers without a match. The organization by and large is still a bit of a mess, but with a new coach, and perhaps a new face of the team, it will be interesting to see how Ayton will be utilized moving forward. They've listened on DeMar DeRozan and would be happy to ease some luxury tax concerns (no matter how rich ownership is, it can always be even more profitable) by finding a new home for Norman Powell.

"Obviously for any sports team, getting a No. 1 pick is a big opportunity from a business standpoint".

Free agency is a little over a week away and the waiting game is on before the action picks back up.

There are many college players who proved themselves to be elite at the college level, only to be passed over in one way or another by the next level on Thursday night.

In addition to Doncic, Young and Porter, the other moves that stood out Thursday were the trades that saw the Suns move up to get Mikal Bridges 10th overall, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander go to the Los Angeles Clippers with the 11th pick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers used the eighth pick to take Alabama guard Collin Sexton, while the champion Golden State Warriors chose Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans with the 29th pick.


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