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Report: Could Milos Teodosic come to Sacramento Kings next season?

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You likely remember Milos Teodosic as the point guard for the Serbian team at the Rio Olympics, the guy who torched Kyrie Irving for 18 points and six assists in group play. The guy who led Serbia to Silver (but was overwhelmed by the USA athleticism in the gold medal game (where the USA admitted they game planned for him). Mike Krzyzewski called Teodosic “one of the all-time great players internationally.” He’s the best point guard not in the NBA.

Except that last sentence likely changes this summer.

Teodosic is a free agent and is expected to make a run to the NBA. The question is where he lands, and Sacramento could be a spot according to trusted international hoops writer David Pick.

Makes sense. There will be other suitors, but this could certainly happen.

The second big question is how big a contract, and for how long? It likely is backup money, and not too many years. Teodosic is a good offensive player — smart passer and he can shoot the three. He is good in transition and is a floor general. However, he is a complete defensive liability. That will limit how much he can be used.

Watching him at the Olympics, I thought he’d be a great first guard off the bench kind of guy. That begs the question does he want that role in the NBA, or to stay in Europe where he is elite (playing for CSKA Moscow)? How much money does he think he’ll get over here?

I expect he’ll give the NBA a shot, but it may not be what he expected.

Report: Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 vs. Warriors Sunday

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This is about as big a shock as President Donald Trump not liking Stephen Colbert

Kawhi Leonard will be good to go for Game 1 against the Warriors Sunday in Oakland. ESPN got the story officially.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will face the Golden State Warriors Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference finals, according to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright.

Leonard, who injured his left ankle on Tuesday, could have played in Thursday night’s semifinals-clinching 114-75 win over the Houston Rockets if needed, but the Spurs decided they’d rather have him healthy for Sunday, Wright reported.

Sitting Leonard in Game 6 was a gamble by Popovich and he won big — San Antonio got the win without Leonard and that means four days off and treatment on the ankle before Game 1.

The Spurs are going to need Leonard to be healthy and MVP-level brilliant to have a shot against the Warriors next round.

Metta World Peace is not backing off his championship prediction: Jazz or Clippers

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It is verifiably untrue that the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz will win the NBA title this season.

Frankly, either of those were longshots when the playoffs started, but the Jazz knocked off the Clippers in the first round, then the Warriors swept the Jazz out in the second round.

This Tweet, however, is why we love Metta World Peace:

Maybe there is a job for World Peace in the Trump administration yet. He may be looking for a job as he wants to keep playing but his contract with the Lakers is up and he’s not likely to get picked up anywhere other than as an assistant coach.

Kawhi Leonard out for Game 6 in Houston

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Through the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs have been 20.9 points per 100 possessions better when Kawhi Leonard is on the court. If fact, they have generally struggled when he sat.

The big exception to that was the fourth quarter and overtime of Game 5, when Leonard sat with a sprained ankle and Manu Ginobili played like it was a decade ago to lead the Spurs to a huge win against the Rockets. Now the question becomes, can the Spurs do that for 48 minutes on the road.

Because Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 6, Popovich announced pregame.

Jonathon Simmons will get the start after a strong Game 5.

The Spurs have a long history of the next man stepping up and making plays, if the Rockets let up because of this it will cost them. Houston has to play with real desperation — and their role players have to knock down threes.

Will Leonard be ready to go if there is a Game 7 Sunday? It’s going to be hard to keep a competitor like that off the floor, but Popovich isn’t going to let his star risk long-term injury.

PBT Extra: Looking at Top 10 from our pre-combine NBA Mock Draft

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This week, 67 players are working out in a gym in Chicago, trying to impress scouts and GMs from NBA teams in advance of the NBA Draft next month. The top players are skipping the event — Kevin Durant thinks that is the right move — but a lot of guys are trying to move up a little, get a team to start falling for them, or secure their second-round spot.

Before that started, myself and Rob Dauster from NBC’s College Basketball Talk talked through a first round 2017 mock draft. You can listen to how we came to these conclusions in our podcast. Or you can read through our choices.

In this PBT Extra, I talk about the Top 10 picks, starting with Markelle Fultz of Washington.