Atlanta Hawks takes fourth place in the NBA project, Virginia ahead of DeAnder Hunter, from the New Orleans pelicans at number 8, 17 and 35 in a deal negotiated shortly before the start of the project
Pelicans also send Solomon Hill, the selected number 57 and a future second round in Atlanta as part of the stock exchange. Atlanta also sends a highly protected first round of Cleveland to the Pelican in 2020, sources said. Transactions can not become official until July 6th, so the Lakers made a technical selection of Hawkes number four.
New Orleans used the pictures they had in the deal to pick Texas Jackson's Texas center. 8, Virginia Tech defender Nikeal Alexander-Walker in 1
Hunter, who was named last year's defender of ACC last season, supports an Atlanta team who fought for defending last season, putting the fourth worst defense efficiency in the league. No player on the Hawks contract for the next season was ranked in the top 150 in ESPN's defensive plus-minus last season.
Hunter said Atlanta was a landing place he was expecting.
"When I went there for training – they had a pretty strong feeling for me," he said, "I knew this was the place I wanted to be. That was one of my destinations. I am happy that they traded and took this choice. "
This move marks the second consecutive year Atlanta's chief manager, Travis Schlenk, made a big move in the lottery, and last year he had to trade in two places to choose Trae Young as he was number 10 in this year's project, and Hawkes prepared Duke Cam Reddish with this choice
"We are really excited about the way we play for us," said General Manager Travis Schlenk. long distance shooter and lockout defender, but he struggles was offensive to Duke and was a surprising late zero against Virginia Tech in the NCAA Sweet 16 tournament with left knee injury
"I have a little chip on my shoulder to come and prove," he said. 19659002] Associated Press Contributed to this Report