- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014


NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year and hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett, the UNLV player who struggled in his first year in the pros.

Milwaukee followed with another freshman, Duke forward Jabari Parker, and Philadelphia took Kansas freshman Joel Embiid. Wiggins’ Jayhawks teammate dropped in the draft after he sustained a stress fracture in his right foot.

Orlando took Arizona forward Aaron Gordon fourth and Utah picked Australian guard Dante Exum fifth.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers offered All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension.

The offer was confirmed by a person close to the negotiations who could not comment publicly because the team had not formally announced it. The offer, made to Aldridge’s representatives last week, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Aldridge, in the fifth and final year of a $65 million contract, is set to become a free agent next summer. The Blazers hope to lure him to stay with a five-year, $108 million extension.



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