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NBA draft 2019: Updated pick order leading into Thursday's festivities

NBA draft 2019: Updated pick order leading into Thursday's festivities

From the moment the 2019 NBA Draft lottery concluded on May 14, it was safe to assume the New Orleans Pelicans would end up acquiring the No. 3 overall pick from the Knicks or the No. 4 overall pick from the Lakers for Anthony Davis.

On Saturday, New Orleans and Los Angeles reportedly agreed to a blockbuster trade centering around the All-Star big man. One of the pieces headed to the Pelicans is indeed the No. 4 overall pick.

The trade hasn't officially been completed, and isn't expected to go through until July 6 at the earliest, but we can still update the NBA Draft order knowing that the player taken by the Lakers on Thursday eventually will end up in New Orleans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

Also, in case you forgot, the Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick, which they almost certainly will use to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.

On Wednesday, the Jazz traded for Mike Conley from the Grizzlies and sent back the No. 23 pick to Memphis in return. Hours later, the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly sent the No. 30 pick and Tony Snell to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Jon Leuer, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The Warriors will pick at No. 28 in the first round and No. 58 in the second round. The latest mock drafts have some intriguing options going to Golden State.

As for the Kings, they don't have a first-round pick, but they own the No. 40, No. 47 and No. 60 picks in the second round.

Here's the refreshed 2019 NBA Draft order taking the latest reported trades into account:

First round

1. New Orleans
2. Memphis
3. New York
4. Atlanta (from New Orleans via Los Angeles Lakers)
5. Cleveland
6. Minnesota (from Phoenix)
7. Chicago
8. New Orleans (from Atlanta)
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Phoenix (from Minnesota)
12. Charlotte
13. Miami
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15. Detroit
16. Orlando
17. New Orleans (from Atlanta)
18. Indiana
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Boston
23. Memphis (from Utah)
24. Philadelphia
25. Portland
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
30. Detroit (from Milwaukee, per ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski)

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Philadelphia)
32. Phoenix
33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
35. New Orleans (from Atlanta)
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Golden State (from Atlanta)
42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Miami (from Atlanta via Charlotte)
45. Detroit
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. Boston
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
53. Utah
54. Philadelphia
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. Atlanta (from New Orleans via Denver and Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
59. Toronto
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)

What Klay Thompson said to Kevin Durant about re-signing with Warriors

What Klay Thompson said to Kevin Durant about re-signing with Warriors

Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were unrestricted free agents this summer.

While Thompson re-signed with the Warriors, KD chose to join the Brooklyn Nets.

Outside of one simple message, the five-time All-Star Thompson didn't say much to the 10-time All-Star Durant in terms of recruiting him to stay with Golden State.

“I mostly just let him be, but I told him we could have the greatest dynasty ever,” Klay told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports.

Oh what could have been.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 and dropped Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals after winning an NBA single-season record 73 games during the regular season.

With Durant onboard, Golden State captured back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018, and almost assuredly would have accomplished the three-peat if KD and Klay had been fully healthy against the Raptors a couple of months ago.

A core -- healthy of course -- of Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Durant and Thompson would have remained the favorites for years to come. But that isn't how things played out.

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"A change of heart, man," Thompson told Medina. "But I’m never going to hold it against him. He wanted to go to New York City. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

That is correct.

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Klay Thompson believes Warriors win NBA Finals if he doesn't tear ACL

Klay Thompson believes Warriors win NBA Finals if he doesn't tear ACL

The play forever will go down in NBA history. Klay Thompson clutching his knee in agony on the Oracle Arena floor in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals is a sight Warriors fans wish they could erase. 

But it also brings up one of the biggest what-ifs ever in basketball. What if Thompson cleanly finished his dunk attempt with 2:22 left in the third quarter against the Raptors and never tore his ACL? 

For Thompson, the answer to that scenario is an easy one. 

“In my mind, yes, we would’ve won if I didn’t get hurt,” Thompson told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “But that’s just the nature of sports, you know? What-ifs? It doesn’t matter. It’s if you do your deed or not. In my mind, I think we would’ve. But you never know. That’s the hard part you’ve got to accept." 

Klay was at his best when he went down. He scored 30 points in 32 minutes in Game 6, and that was just the continuation of a fantastic series against Toronto. Thompson averaged 26 points in five games while shooting a ridiculous 59.4 percent from 3-point range. Catching fire isn't anything new for the five-time All-Star, but this might have been the best version of Thomson anyone has seen. 

He also knows the reality of injuries. While Thompson has been extremely durable for the Dubs over his eight-year career, he has seen stars go down in the past against Golden State on the biggest stage. 

Rehabbing from his own injury now gives him a much different perspective. 

"I look at all the guys who had bad luck getting injured against us the last few years, and I’ve honestly become so much more sympathetic," Thompson. "Yeah. That’s just the nature of the beast.”

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Despite Kevin Durant leaving in free agency and the Warriors dealing with a whole new roster, Thompson believes the team's dynasty is far from over. But this dynasty, and the future of the NBA, could have looked a lot different with a healthy Klay Thompson in the rest of Game 6 and beyond. 

What-ifs have happened before and they will happen again. For Warriors fans, however, this one will sting for a lifetime.