Thursday, June 25, 2009
Updated: June 26, 2:00 PM ET
Roundup: Milicic headed to New York
ESPN.com news services
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to send Darko Milicic to the New York Knicks for Quentin Richardson and cash considerations.
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni believes he can turn Milicic back into the promising prospect the Detroit Pistons thought they were drafting with the No. 2 pick in 2002. Milicic has shown flashes of promise from time to time, but most of his career has been a huge disappointment.
In New York, the Knicks will ask Milicic to play more like a European center. He'll run the floor, shoot jumpers and even handle the ball a bit. Milicic is capable of all of that but has rarely shown it on the court in the NBA.
For the Grizzlies, they get an athletic wing in Richardson, who can provide some shooting and scoring off the bench, and a little cash for their troubles.
Guard-heavy Wolves ship Lawson to Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets have traded a future first-round draft pick to Minnesota for the rights to North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson.
The Nuggets, who lacked a first-round pick for the fourth straight year, landed Lawson in exchange for a first-round pick they had acquired from Charlotte last year.
The Nuggets have long coveted Lawson, who opted to return to school last year and then led the Tar Heels to the national championship.
Denver needed a reserve point guard to spell Chauncey Billups, who tired toward the end of the Nuggets' run to the Western Conference finals last month. Billups will be 33 next season.
Mavs trade Mullens to Thunder for Beaubois
The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder have swapped the 24th and 25th picks in Thursday night's draft.
The Mavericks drafted Ohio State's B.J. Mullens for the Thunder and received the 25th pick -- which Dallas used on Rodrigue Beaubois of France -- and a future second-round draft pick.
• The Washington Wizards traded the rights to No. 32 pick Jermaine Taylor to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.
• The Nuggets traded the rights to Spanish point guard Sergio Llull, their No. 34 pick, to the Rockets for cash considerations.
• The Portland Trail Blazers sent Sergio Rodriguez; Jon Brockman, their 38th pick; and cash to the Sacramento Kings for their 31st pick, Jeff Pendergraph.
• The Miami Heat received the rights to Patrick Beverley, the Los Angeles Lakers' 42nd pick, for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
• The New Orleans Hornets acquired LSU guard Marcus Thornton, the 43rd pick by the Heat, for two future second-round picks.
• The Detroit Pistons traded the rights to their No. 44 pick, Chase Budinger, to the Rockets for a future second-round pick and cash.
• The Mavericks acquired 45th pick Nick Calathes from the Timberwolves in exchange for the future second-round pick of the Trail Blazers that the Mavericks obtained in a trade on June 24.
• The Thunder received the rights to the Charlotte Bobcats' 54th pick, Robert Vaden, for cash.
Information from NBA Insider Chad Ford, ESPN.com's Marc Stein and The Associated Press was used in this report.