Today, they’re the league laughingstock. Next season, they could be laughing.
The NCAA tournament is done for Kentucky. John Wall is thinking about the next move and that’s the leap to the League of Extraordinary Ballplayers. He is projected to be the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft among other standouts such as Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. Many sports outlets have dubbed Wall as a “once in a generation” type player. Some have even gone to claim that “John Wall is the greatest point guard athlete ... ever.” Wow.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Being the consensus first overall pick has perks.
There’s the money -guaranteed money. There’s the notoriety of going number one. And there’s also the shoe deal.
For instance, John Wall - who will be selected first by the Washington Wizards at this afternoon's NBA draft – has signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship pact with Reebok. And the sneaker giant just released his first commercial.
Click the video below to watch J-Wall. And by the way, CYE has a pre-draft feature interview with the athletic point guard, so check back with HoopsVibe later in the day for details.
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are close to swapping first-round draft picks, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells ESPN.com's Andy Katz. The Grizzlies would send their 25th and 28th overall picks to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' 16th pick.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this rumor seems insignificant.
However, it does show that Memphis and Minnesota are looking to improve and will be active during Thursday`s draft and free agency.
For instance, the Grizzlies recently called the Hornets about Chris Paul, while the Timberwolves turned down the Pacers' lottery pick for point guard Jonny Flynn.
Both squads also have larger issues to contend with.
Memphis wants to re-sign restricted free agent Rudy Gay -but only for reasonable money. A sign-and-trade involving Gay is an option.
And Minnesota must decide if forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love can play together. They`ve also got to convince 2009 lottery pick Ricky Rubio to cross the Atlantic and run the offense in 2012.
These teams will be linked to more rumors and will be stay all summer.