(Photo : Sarah Stier/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Kobe Bufkin (R) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (L) after being drafted fifteenth total choose by the Atlanta Hawks throughout the first spherical of the 2023 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2023 within the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
The Atlanta Hawks tried to pursue the Toronto Raptors for his or her star Pascal Siakam over the summer time, however talks broke down for a stunning cause.
The Hawks have been the franchise that confirmed probably the most curiosity within the two-time NBA All-Star.
However, the staff didn’t wish to embody Kobe Bufkin, the staff’s lottery choose this 12 months, within the commerce bundle to accumulate the two-time All-NBA choice, in accordance with league insider Michael Sotto of HoopsHype.
Bufkin, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Michigan, was chosen by Atlanta with the fifteenth total choose within the 2023 NBA Draft.
Sotto added that the Hawks’ bundle for Siakam, which included De’Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin, and a draft choose compensation, by no means materialized, because the staff was adamant about not together with the 19-year-old alongside the potential transaction.
“There was a young player the Hawks didn’t want to include that’s worth noting should the teams revisit trade discussions,” Sotto wrote.
Bufkin averaged 19.3 factors and 5.6 rebounds, taking pictures 51.9 p.c from the sphere and 45 p.c from past the arc in his final eight video games as a Wolverine.
Hawks head coach Quinn Synder reportedly has excessive hopes for the prospect.
Toronto Raptors additionally thought-about deciding on Kobe Bufkin
The Raptors held the thirteenth total choose on this 12 months’s draft, and so they have been contemplating utilizing the choice to choose the previous Michigan participant.
Instead, they opted to decide on Gradey Dick with the choose. The 19-year-old is a 6-foot-8 wing out of Kansas.
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