Jaden Iveyde’s family has a long-standing connection to Detroit, and the Pistons show their appreciation for their new point guard, writes Rod Beard of The Detroit News. The organization presented Ivey with replica jerseys worn by his mother, father and grandfather – made more than three weeks ago ‘just in case’ the Pistons could have selected him – and just like the night of the draft, Ivey was overcome with tears.
“You could kinda see my emotions” he said. “Just my family, what they’ve been through all their life and what they’ve worked for, they’ve helped me get to this point, just to see all the shirts, it just got me emotional.”
Ivey will be part of the team’s project rebuilding foundation, forming a dynamic backcourt with Cade Cunningham, last year’s top pick. The city is already embracing Ivey as he carries on the family’s sporting legacy in Detroit.
“I will say this,” coach Dwane Casey said, “Jaden’s story and story is incredible. It’s like a fairy tale. Even from me, and I’ve been in (the league) a long time. To understand that his grandfather played here, his father went to high school here, his mother played in the WNBA here, successful college coach right now, it’s amazing. And as (general manager) Troy (weaver) said, the good Lord wanted him here.
There is more from the central division:
- The riders were looking for immediate help in the project, that’s why they took Ochai Agbaji instead of a perspective such as Malaki Branham, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. Cleveland expects to make the playoffs next season, and with other goals such as Ousmane Dieng already off the table, Agbaji was an easy pick at No.14.
- There were opportunities for riders to negotiate in the latter part of the first round, but they were unwilling to agree to another guaranteed contract, a member of the organization told Lloyd. Cleveland hopes to bring back Ricky Rubio, which would give the team 14 guaranteed deals. Rubio is still recovering from ACL surgery and likely won’t be able to play until January, Lloyd adds.
- The Bulls had opportunities to trade up and down Thursday night, but were thrilled to have custody of Arizona Dalen Terry with the 18th pick, according to Julia Poe of the Chicago Tribune. “He’s going to bring versatility to both ends of the pitch,” general director Marc Everley said. “Last year, at the beginning of the year, we had a lot of success when we created turnovers defensively and went out and ran. I think he’s someone who’s going to be able to do that for we.