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An NBA draft in November. Are we living in the Upside Down?

November 20, 2020
SOURCE: VAUGHN RIDLEY/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: VAUGHN RIDLEY/GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: An NBA draft in November. Are we living in the Upside Down?

Tell me more: The two-round 2020 NBA Draft, usually held in June, took place virtually last night. Unlike most drafts, there wasn’t a super clear favorite for the top pick, but the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first overall selection of Anthony “Not really into it” Edwards wasn’t much of a surprise.

  • One of the other likely number one picks was the youngest of the notorious Ball brothers, LaMelo, but the Charlotte Hornets took him third overall after getting the stamp of approval from team chairman Michael Jordan (not to be confused with the Sexiest Man Alive). Check out the full draft rundown here.

What else is going on in the NBA?: Lots of Selena Gomez and Jimmy Butler dating trade rumors floating around...and a few actual trades. Since the trade moratorium was lifted on Monday, players like Danny Green, Al Horford and Chris Paul have found new teams, but even bigger names like James Harden and Russell Westbrook are still on the trading block.

  • Free agency begins tomorrow, which opens up a whole new can of worms. Stars like Toronto Raptor Fred VanVleet and Brooklyn Net Joe Harris are likely to re-sign with their teams, but given the unpredictability of the Upside Down, we really can’t say.

Wait, what does this mean for the Raptors?: Along with VanVleet, the Raptors could also look to re-sign Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. There’s a chance they all stay, but an even bigger chance that we lose one of the three integral members of the 2019 championship team. Ugh. Cue the #KawhiWatch flashbacks.