What a wild night at the NBA Draft. Tons of trades. Anthony Bennett going #1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers? Didn't see that one coming. Nerlens Noel sliding to number six? Didn't see that one either. There will be more on the NBA Draft later today, but there are a couple of other items The Stack must talk about so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, June 28:
Aaron Hernandez denied bail
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail at a hearing Thursday afternoon. The judge, after listening to arguments from both sides, elected to side with the prosecution, saying their case was, "circumstantial, but very, very strong." Perhaps news from earlier in the day that Hernandez is being investigated for a triple shooting in Boston back in July of 2012 that left two people dead. It is believed in some circles that Odin Lloyd, whom Hernandez is accused of murdering last week, found out about what happened and perhaps said something to a couple of people, thus giving Hernandez a motive to kill him. This is not proven however. Just some thoughts. However you want to slice it, things don't look good for Hernandez. He is back in jail where he most likely will remain until he gets his day in court. He faces a long road ahead in trying to clear his name. Just a prediction, but I think he is found guilty by the jury when that day comes. There will be more on this situation in the following days.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce going to Brooklyn
The trade of the night during the NBA Draft happened between the host team Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. The Celtics traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets for first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and Kris Humphries' expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans. The Nets are in it to win it right now while the Celtics are clearly looking toward the future. Danny Ainge said as much during his press conference to announce head coach Doc Rivers was going to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first round pick. So in the span of a few days, the Celtics have landed four extra first round picks. This is going to be a bad team next year. The Nets have a two, maybe three year window in which they can come out of the eastern conference. They should be considered threats to the Heat, Bulls and Pacers. The eastern conference is going to be very compelling next year. By far the biggest blockbuster trade of the night. Brooklyn is just praying that this works out.
Coming up later: NBA Draft thoughts. More on Monday as well