Live NBA draft updates: Wembanyama No. 1; Warriors get Chris Paul; Kings trade No. 24 pick

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Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said Victor Wembanyama has a chance to be “one of the best players to play this game.”

LeBron James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, called Wembanyama an “alien.” Kevin Durant, a 13-time All-Star, said “the league’s really in trouble when he comes in.”

The San Antonio Spurs selected the 19-year-old French phenom with the No. 1 pick when the NBA draft got underway at 5 p.m. Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Kings traded the No. 24 pick and Richaun Holmes to the Dallas Mavericks in a savvy move that will give them an estimated $35 million in salary cap space. They still have two second-round picks at No. 38 and No. 54.

Who will the Kings choose? Will they trade the picks for proven talent? Come back to this story throughout the day for live updates from The Sacramento Bee.

Warriors-Wizards trade

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Washington Wizards have agreed to a deal that will send Chris Paul to the Golden State Warriors for a package that includes Jordan Poole and future draft assets. The Wizards acquired Paul in the trade that sent Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns. ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported the deal cannot be finalized until July 6 because of the poison pill restriction in Poole’s contract.

Respect for Fox

G League Ignite point guard Scoot Henderson told ESPN’s “NBA Today” the Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard are among the NBA stars he most wants to test himself against in the NBA. Henderson is widely projected as one of the top three picks in this year’s draft.

Raptors rumors

Toronto Raptors forwards OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam are two of the players the Kings have been linked to in trade rumors leading up to the draft. Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT reported Thursday there is growing sentiment that Siakam, who is on an expiring contract, would no re-sign with a team that attempts to trade for him, because he would prefer to remain with the Raptors.


Overtime Elite guard Amen Thompson went to the Houston Rockets at No. 4 followed by twin brother Ausar Thompson, who went to the Detroit Pistons at No. 5. They are the first pair of brothers selected in the top five since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.

Wembanyama watch

The Spurs will participate in the California Classic July 3 and 5 at Golden 1 Center, so there is a possibility Wembanyama will make his summer league debut in Sacramento. The Spurs could choose to wait to play Wembanyama in the Las Vegas Summer League July 7-17. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Wembanyama “will participate in the summer league,” but “to what degree, we’re not certain yet.”

Kings trade up in Round 2

The Kings made a deal with the Boston Celtics to move up four spots to select Colby Jones with the No. 34 pick. Jones, a 6-6 guard, averaged 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a junior at Xavier last season. He shot 50.9% from the field and 37.8% from 3-point range.

NBA draft

First round

1. San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama | C | France

2. Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller | F | Alabama

3. Portland Trail Blazers: Scoot Henderson | PG | G League Ignite

4. Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson | G | Overtime Elite

5. Detroit Pistons: Ausar Thompson | G | Overtime Elite

6. Orlando Magic: Anthony Black | G/F | Arkansas

7. Washington Wizards (from IND): Bilal Coulibaly | SF | France

8. Indiana Pacers (from WAS): Jarace Walker | PF | Houston

9. Utah Jazz: Taylor Hendricks | PF | UCF

10. Oklahoma City Thunder (from DAL): Cason Wallace | PG | Kentucky

11. Orlando Magic: Jett Howard | SG | Michigan

12. Dallas Mavericks (from OKC): Dereck Lively II | C | Duke

13. Toronto Raptors: Gradey Dick | SG | Kansas

14. New Orleans Pelicans: Jordan Hawkins | SG | UConn

15. Atlanta Hawks: Kobe Bufkin | G | Michigan

16. Utah Jazz: Keyonte George | SG | Baylor

17. Los Angeles Lakers: Jalen Hood-Schifino | G | Indiana

18. Miami Heat: Jaime Jaquez Jr. | G\F | UCLA

19. Golden State Warriors: Brandin Podziemski | SG | Santa Clara

20. Houston Rockets: Cam Whitmore | SF | Villanova

21. Brooklyn Nets: Noah Clowney | PF | Alabama

22. Brooklyn Nets: Dariq Whitehead | SG | Duke

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Kris Murray | F | Iowa

24. Dallas Mavericks (from SAC): Olivier Maxence-Prosper | F | Marquette

25. Boston Celtics: Marcus Sasser | PG | Houston

26. Indiana Pacers: Ben Sheppard | SF | Belmont

27. Charlotte Hornets: Nick Smith Jr. | PG | Arkansas

28. Utah Jazz: Brice Sensabaugh | SF | Ohio State

29. Denver Nuggets (from IND): Julian Strawther

30. Los Angeles Clippers (from MIL): Kobe Brown

Second round

31. Detroit Pistons: James Nnaji | C | Barcelona

32. Denver Nuggets (from IND): Jalen Pickett | G | Siena

33. Minnesota Timberwolves (from SAS): Leonard Miller | SF | G League Ignite

34. Sacramento Kings (from BOS): Colby Jones | SG/SF | Xavier

35. Washington Wizards (from BOS): Julian Phillips | SF | Tennessee

36. Orlando Magic: Andre Jackson Jr. | G/F | UConn

37. Oklahoma City Thunder (from WAS): Hunter Tyson | SF | Clemson

38. Boston Celtics (from SAC): Jordan Walsh | SF | Arkansas

39. Charlotte Hornets (from UTA): Mohamad Gueye | PF | Washington State

40. Denver Nuggets (from LAL): Maxwell Lewis | SF | Pepperdine

41. Charlotte Hornets: Amari Bailey | G | UCLA

42. Washington Wizards (from CHI): Tristan Vukcevic | PF | Real Madrid B

43. Portland Trail Blazers (from ATL): Rayan Rupert | SG | NZ Breakers

44. San Antonio Spurs: Sidy Cissoko | G | G League Ignite

45. Memphis Grizzlies (from MIN): Gregory Jackson II

46. Atlanta Hawks (from NOP): Seth Lundy | G/F | Penn State

47. Indiana Pacers (from LAL): Mojave King | G | G League Ignite

48. Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Miller | SF | Miami

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from GSW): Emoni Bates | SF | Eastern Michigan

50. Oklahoma City Thunder (from MIA): Keyontae Johnson | SF | Kansas State

51. Brooklyn Nets: Jalen Wilson | F | Kansas

52. Phoenix Suns: Tounani Camara | PF | Dayton

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (from NYK): Jaylen Clark | SG | UCLA

54. Sacramento Kings: Jaylen Slawson | G/F | Furman

55. Indiana Pacers (from CLE): Isaiah Wong | G | Miami

56. Memphis Grizzlies: Tarik Biberovic | SG | Fenerbahce

57. Chicago Bulls (forfeited)

58. Philadelphia 76ers (forfeited)

59. Golden State Warriors (from WAS): Trayce Jackson-Davis | PF | Indiana

60. Milwaukee Bucks: Chris Livingston | SF | Kentucky