Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2008

Five Jayhawks drafted, then traded: Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur chosen in first round; Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun selected in second round

A group of Jayhawks, from left, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Sasha Kaun, Brandon Rush and Russell Robinson, stand together in this file photo from Austin, Texas. The five, plus Darnell Jackson, will learn their fate in the NBA Draft tonight in New York.

A group of Jayhawks, from left, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Sasha Kaun, Brandon Rush and Russell Robinson, stand together in this file photo from Austin, Texas. The five, plus Darnell Jackson, will learn their fate in the NBA Draft tonight in New York.

June 26, 2008, 7:51 p.m. Updated June 27, 2008, 1:18 a.m.

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Jayhawks selected in the 2008 NBA Draft

Portland drafted Brandon Rush, but traded him to Indiana. New Orleans drafted Darrell Arthur, but the pick was on behalf of Portland (and he was later sent to Houston in a separate deal, then immediately shipped to Memphis). Mario Chalmers was selected by Minnesota, but was traded to the Miami Heat.

Kansas University tied a record with five players chosen in Thursday's NBA draft. All five players were traded by the teams that selected them and Darrell Arthur was dealt three times.

Brandon Rush was taken 13th in Thursday night's NBA draft, Darrell Arthur 27th, Mario Chalmers 34th, Darnell Jackson 52nd and Sasha Kaun 56th.

The Portland Trailblazers selected Rush and traded him in a five-player deal to the Indiana Pacers. Darrell Arthur, reportedly because of concerns over the health of his kidney, slipped all the way to 27th, where the New Orleans Hornets selected him and traded him to the Trailblazers, who dealt him to the Houston Rockets, who then traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies. Chalmers slipped into the second round and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were making the pick for the Miami Heat. The Heat will send two second-round picks and cash to the Timberwolves in exchange for the rights to Chalmers.

The Miami Heat selected Darnell Jackson with the 52nd pick and later dealt him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kaun was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics, who sent him to the Cavaliers.

After selecting Rush, Portland traded him, Jarret Jack and Josh McRoberts to the Pacers for draft choice Jerryd Bayless and veteran Ike Diogu. All draft-night trades were pending league approval. Rush's trade to Indiana put him on the same team his brother, Kareem, played for last season. He is a free agent uncertain if he will return to the Pacers.

Arthur slipping so far in the draft became a mystery that ESPN's Ric Bucher attempted to clear up by revealing that multiple NBA general managers told him that they learned of kidney concerns regarding Arthur, requested results of lab work and were not given them.

Asked about the condition of his kidney by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Arthur said, "My health is fine. I took another blood test in Washington and everything came out fine, but I guess those guys never contacted anybody. Everyhting is cool."

Kansas tied an NBA draft record by having five players chosen in the same draft. UConn (2006) and Florida (2007) had five players taken in previous drafts.

Comments

Rockme 7 years ago

The Rush brothers won't be playing together. They are fighting for the same roster spot. One of them will get cut.

Boeing 7 years ago

Good work. Lets see if Arthur goes to Philly or Toronto like I suspect...

Curtis Lange 7 years ago

Charlotte didnt draft him; Portland did. Charlotte traded the pick to Portland for cash.

Curtis Lange 7 years ago

Woohoo! B Rush to my Pacers! Should be fun to see the Rush brothers playing together.

erod0723 7 years ago

It appears that Mario will be traded to Miami. Beasely and Mario together with DWade? Looks like the Heat might actually make the playoffs this year.

erod0723 7 years ago

First round picks are guaranteed a roster spot. Also, Darnell got picked by Miami, so with the probable Mario trade, we'll have 3 players from the state in South Beach

erod0723 7 years ago

Andy Katz confirmed the Mario to Miami trade...

kubbjunkie 7 years ago

Way to go D-Block! Another Jayhawk in the pro's! You make the Jayhawk nation proud....not to mention your Momma and Grandmother..............

newsreader 7 years ago

Nobody will cut a first round draft pick before he even gets 1 season.

erod0723 7 years ago

One last thing about Mario... the new head coach in Miami furiosly desired him, so Mario is likely a starter early on. Plus, Sasha got drafted by Seattle. Congrats, Sasha. You've got a $1 mill offer in Russia, you are a college graduate in an in-demand field, and you have been drafted in the NBA.

erod0723 7 years ago

What's this? I beat the LJWorld with breaking news? Maybe they should hire me... Or they should learn to watch ESPN....

notajayhawk 7 years ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says: "And in other business, the spot price of gold hit $930.00 USD today."Bet all those people who thought it was too outrageously expensive to buy at $450 are thrilled with their decision about now.

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