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How will Luka Doncic’s game translate to the NBA?

The Kangz need not to Kangz and overthink this. Either Doncic or Marvin Bagley would be a legit (and safe) pick here; anyone else at two would be a reach. Like everyone else, Sacramento has two years worth of intel on Doncic and shouldn’t go wobbly at the 11th hour. He’s legit, and if Vivek Ranadive really will let VP of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac make the call here, it’ll be the 19-year-old Doncic, who’s been a star playing against grown men Womens T.J. McDonald Jersey in the ACB League, EuroLeague and international competition since he was 16.
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Trent fits the Golden State profile—a prolific shooter (40 percent on threes for the Blue Devils) who has the capability of guarding multiple positions on defense. We say capability here because Trent did not exactly shut down opponents at Duke as a weak side defender in the Blue Devils’ zone, and he doesn’t have ideal length as a wing defender in the pros. But he has the family toughness gene—his father, Gary, Sr., was known as the Shaq of the MAC when he played in college at Ohio University, and ground out nine NBA seasons as an undersized power forward. Trent, Jr. should be able, in the small ball NBA, to play the two and three, at least, and with at least one and probably two All-Stars on the floor with him most of the time, he’ll get great looks that he should knock down. If he can be credible in space defensively, he’d have an even better chance to get on the floor for the Dubs immediately.

The Celtics have been reported to have an interest in Leonard, too. However, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday that the likelihood of the Celtics landing Leonard seems slim at best. As for the discussions held Wednesday, Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli said a source described the call as productive.

Aside from the Leonard chatter, the Lakers gave young forward Julius Randle a qualifying offer yesterday, ensuring he will be a restricted free agent this summer. That move, too, could play into what happens next for the Lakers in free agency, writes Ganguli:

The most financially simple way for the Lakers to add two free agents under maximum deals would be for them to renounce their rights to Randle and waive and stretch payments to forward Luol Deng, who played Jimmy Smith Youth Jersey 13 minutes last season, all in the Lakers’ season opener. Deng is owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons and stretching his contract would spread the salary cap hit out over five years, saving the Lakers nearly $12 million on next season’s salary cap.