After a day of furious trade rumors that included Hawks forward Josh Smith, the NBA draft ended up being a pretty standard affair at the top. The Cavaliers, as expected, selected Duke guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick. The Timberwolves took Arizona forward Derrick Williams No. 2 after the Hawks were among several teams that reportedly tried to pry the pick away in a trade. Hawks general manager Rick Sund said Atlanta explored potential trades to move into the first round but "there was nothing that really made sense." The Hawks instead used their second-round pick, No. 48 overall, toOakland (Mich.) University center Keith Benson. Irving and Williams were considered the only potential All-Star players in the draft. Once they were off the board, teams jockeyed for position to get the prospects they wanted but none of the potential major trades reported throughout the day were consummated. The Hawks got caught up in the buzz when Yahoo Sports reported Thursday afternoon that the team was trying to trade Smith to the Timberwolves for the No. 2 overall pick. The report said Sund wanted to use the pick toTurkish center Enes Kanter, whom the Jazz ended up selecting at No. 3.
Hawks keep Smith, draft center
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 24