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Kings' Richaun Holmes recounts NBA draft night, memorable phone call

Kings' Richaun Holmes recounts NBA draft night, memorable phone call

Being drafted by an NBA team is a nerve-wracking experience. College players from all over the country sit around the television set surrounded by friends and family waiting anxiously to hear their name called.

For Kings center Richaun Holmes, he didn’t get the full experience. It’s not that he didn’t get drafted, the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. It was those darn commercial breaks that did him in.

“I kind of had an idea, they told me my range and my range was kind of late first round to mid-late second round, and so I was just kind of waiting and just anticipating,” Holmes told NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh as part of the "Habershow" podcast at NBA All-Star weekend. “And actually, when my name got called, it went on commercial, so we didn’t see it at first.”

One of Richaun’s older brother’s friends was in the audience and called to celebrate the selection, which is how he found out he was drafted.

“They went back and rewound it and said, ‘this is what happened during our commercial break,’” Holmes said. “I saw my face, I saw my highlights and it kind of became real then.”

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Holmes thought his brother’s friend was joking with him but it didn’t take long for it to be confirmed.

“They never do that, they never do that,” Holmes said of going to commercial breaks during picks. “But just the excitement and the thrill - I’ll never forget that day.”

The joy of the draft quickly was replaced by the realization that he had been selected to a Sixers team that was in the middle of “The Process.” His team won 10 games during his rookie season, but that is a story for another day.

NBA trade deadline winners, losers: Best, worst moves around league

NBA trade deadline winners, losers: Best, worst moves around league

The cards have been shuffled, the decks have been made. The 2020 NBA trade deadline has come to a close with plenty of roster churn around the league. 

Perhaps no team was busier than the Warriors at the deadline this year. After trading Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks nearly two weeks ago, Golden State shipped off five players in the last two days. 

Following an ugly 41-point road loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Warriors traded Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers for three second-round draft picks. And the Dubs weren't done. 

The Warriors sent D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and two draft picks. 

That's just what the Warriors did, too. There were a plethora of movers and shakers at this year's deadline. 

While it's far too early to tell how these deals will pan out, here are three winners and three losers with our initial reactions. 

Winner: Andre Iguodala

Iguodala already wrote a book, but it's clear what his post-NBA career should be: Life coach. Sign me up. 

Iguodala said "nah" to playing for the Memphis Grizzlies when the Warriors traded him this past offseason, spent the last few months working out, playing golf and signing books, and still came out on top. 

Sure, he lost some fans in Memphis and had Twitter questioning his decisions, but we've all been there. Iguodala was traded from the Grizzlies to the Miami Heat and agreed to a new two-year, $30 million contract. 

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP stays winning. 

Loser: The entire Andre Drummond trade 

What the hell was that? 

According to multiple national reports, the Detroit Pistons traded two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a second-round draft pick. 

The Pistons had to have expected they could have received a better package than that for someone who averages 17.8 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. The Cavs have to realize a roster with Drummond, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson on it doesn't make too much sense. 

This is a weird trade with two of the most boring teams in basketball. 

Winner: Los Angeles Clippers

He might not be another star to pair with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but Marcus Morris is a real nice addition for a title contender. 

Woj reported the Clippers are adding Morris from the New York Knicks as part of a three-team deal. They also acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas but The Athletic's David Aldridge reported LA will not keep IT

Morris, 30, is averaging a career-high 19.6 points this season while also grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. He also is shooting a career-best 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. 

The nine-year veteran can stretch the floor and will compete every night for a championship. 

Loser: Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker might have the most shoes in the game, but he now he needs to add some stilts to his closet. At least he has a good sense of humor. 

The 6-foot-5 forward essentially now is Houston's center after the Rockets traded center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks. General manager Daryl Morey is trying to go from small ball to mini ball. Will it work, though?

It hasn't for them in the past and it likely won't again this year. There already are plenty of solid bigs on the top teams in the West. Let's still say the Rockets make it to the NBA Finals. What are they going to do against the Milwaukee Bucks? What about the Miami Heat or Philadelphia 76ers? 

Good luck. 

Winner: 76ers/Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III

This isn't to say the Warriors lost their trade with Philly. Golden State very well might have won it by adding multiple assets. But this is exactly what the 76ers needed and two former Warriors now have a chance at a deep playoff run. 

Philadelphia's bevy of big men has the floor clogged up like an abandoned toilet. Burks and GR3 should help unclog the court in major ways. Burks is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while Robinson is nailing a career-high 40 percent of his 3-pointers this season. 

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The Sixers surely have missed having a sharpshooter like J.J. Redick this season. Bringing in the two former Dubs looks like a big boost to the City of Brotherly Love. 

Loser: Los Angeles Lakers

Don't fix what's not broken, right? Yes and kind of no. 

The Lakers have the second-most wins in the entire league and sit atop the West with a 38-11. They didn't make a single move at the deadline, and for the most part that shouldn't be seen as an L. 

Watching the Clippers beat them to the punch for Morris, however, should hurt. The veteran forward would have been huge for the Lake Show. Instead, they reportedly will give J.R. Smith a tryout and try to convince Darren Collison to come out of retirement and sign with them. 

The Lakers are just fine and could still be Finals favorites. There was a window to improve, though, and they didn't.

Detailed look at three second-round picks Warriors got in 76ers trade

Detailed look at three second-round picks Warriors got in 76ers trade

Late Wednesday night, the Warriors traded Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In exchange, Golden State reportedly received three second-round NBA draft picks.

Let's take a detailed look at each of those selections.

1) 2020, via the Dallas Mavericks

On Feb. 23, 2017, the Mavericks traded former Golden State big man Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick to Philly in exchange for Nerlens Noel.

That first-rounder did not convey and turned into two second-round picks -- one in 2017 and one in 2020.

Based on where the Mavs stand in the current standings, the Warriors can expect this pick to fall in the range of Nos. 48 to 53.

2) 2021, via the Denver Nuggets

In early July 2018, the Nuggets traded Wilson Chandler, a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick to Philly for cash.

Denver should be really good again next season, so this selection could end up landing in the mid 50s.

So yes Warriors fans, you can root against the Nuggets next year.

3) 2022, via the Toronto Raptors

On Feb. 6, 2019, the Raptors traded Malachi Richardson, Emir Preldžić and a 2022 second-round pick to Philly for cash.

It's harder to project where this selection will fall, because things can change quickly in the NBA and who knows what the landscape will be two years from now.

But as long as Masai Ujiri is running things in Toronto, the Raptors should be very good. So it's safe to assume the pick will end up in the 50s.

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One final note -- on June 25, 2015, the New York Knicks traded a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick to Philly in exchange for Willy Hernangómez. The 76ers still possess that '21 second-rounder, which in theory is quite valuable given the current state of the Knicks.

But unfortunately for the Warriors, they were not able to pry it away from the 76ers.

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