Live updates: Pistons make deal, Edwards goes No. 1 at 2020 NBA draft

Detroit News

By Matt Schoch
 
| The Detroit News

It’s NBA Draft times.

The Pistons — for now — select seventh and 16th. Point guard appears to be their biggest need, with the likes of Tyrese Haliburton or Killian Hayes among those who could be available should the Pistons stick with the pick.

Follow along here for live updates from PlayMichigan.com writer Matt Schoch, a Detroit News freelancer.

2. Golden State takes Wiseman second

Memphis center James Wiseman goes No. 2 to the Golden State Warriors, who got bad news Wednesday about a possible injury to Klay Thompson.

Wiseman is a project but has a chance to help the Warriors bridge the gap to the next era of winning basketball in the Bay Area.

1. Timberwolves take Edwards No. 1

Minnesota took Anthony Edwards No. 1, skipping the chance to take LaMelo Ball at No. 1.

Edwards, of Georgia, fits better with D’Angelo Russell than Ball does. Edwards could be an impact player, but he’s not the star you hope for at No. 1.

First-round draft order

Here are the teams still coming up in the first round:

3. Charlotte

4. Chicago

5. Cleveland

6. Atlanta

7. Detroit

8. New York

9. Washington

10. Phoenix

11. San Antonio

12. Sacramento

13. New Orleans

14. Boston

15. Orlando

16. Portland (reportedly to Detroit)

17. Minnesota

18. Dallas

19. Brooklyn

20. Miami

21. Philadelphia

22. Denver

23. New York

24. Milwaukee

25. Oklahoma City

26. Boston

27. Utah

28. LA Lakers

29. Raptors

30. Celtics

Who is going to go No. 1?

Months ago, it was Anthony Edwards.

Last week, it was LaMelo Ball.

Now, Edwards again?

Oddsmakers are siding with Edwards to go No. 1 now as Minnesota has the top pick. But it could move.

Stay tuned.

Pistons made trade to open draft night

Alright, let’s get weird.

The Pistons reportedly made a deal with Houston to acquire another first-round pick.

The Pistons hold No. 7 and No. 16.

They also received Trevor Ariza, who is reportedly due a guarantee of about $7 million. Will the Pistons keep him around for the balance of that contract, a little less than $6 million?

And what about the pick they sent out to Houston? It’s heavily protected, but it’s potentially a mid-first round pick in about three to six years.

It’s a gamble.

2020 NBA draft

When: 8 tonight

TV: ESPN

Pistons selections: No. 7 and 16 overall; they do not have a second-round pick.

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