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RJ Barrett 2019 NBA Draft Update: Intrigue Is Getting Thick, Rumors Hot & Heavy

Lots of maneuvering going on behind the scenes

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ACC Basketball Tournament - Championship
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils cuts down a piece of the net after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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In NBA Draft news, looks like the Hawks will have to work harder if they want to acquire New York’s #3 pick: the Knicks didn’t like the proposed deal.

Most people (though not all) still think that that New York will take Duke’s RJ Barrett but there are some big variables still left. New Orleans is still angling to get Barrett, for one, and if Memphis keeps the pick there are rumblings that the Grizzlies may not take Ja Morant as expected. Some folks think Darius Garland has really moved up and if Memphis takes Garland, then the Knicks have to choose between Ja Morant and Barrett.

That’s a nice problem to have and presumably the Pelicans would be happy with either player. Lagniappe is always a good thing and especially so in a sports draft. Luck never hurts.

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