It was a long night for Cards fans watching the draft, but it finally paid off. With the 47th pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers picked Russ Smith. Before that moment could sink in, Russ was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
This puts Russ on the same team as former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and Darius Miller. What is even more interesting is the fact that the Pelicans play the Miami Heat in an exhibition game at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday October 4. Very cool storylines with that team and the local connections. Obviously in that game, you could also have LeBron James if he stays with the Heat. And also, the Heat traded for former UConn guard Shabazz Napier. So Russ vs Shabazz in the Yum???
Luke Hancock worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers today according to this tweet:
And according to Luke’s Instagram:
While it is unlikely we hear Luke’s name called in the NBA Draft (even though it is not impossible) it is very likely Luke will be on an NBA summer league team. I may be in the minority but with the right fit, such as the Spurs, I absolutely believe Luke at 6’6 could play in the league. Either way it is great to see him getting workouts and we will be rooting for Luke where ever he goes.
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*UPDATE 12:05 a.m.* According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Earl Clark has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers. We will see where he ends up.
Former Card Earl Clark was traded on Thursday from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers. Clark is avergaing 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season, his 5th in the league.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com wrote “The 76ers have been trading for draft picks and prospects since last summer as part of a long-term rebuilding project, and this deal fits that mold. The Cavs sent the 76ers two second-round draft picks and backup forward Earl Clark, while Cleveland shipped backup center Henry Sims to Philadelphia to complete the deal.”