Charlotte Hornets Draft Hamilton Heights Shai Gilgeous Alexander and Trade Him to LA Clippers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Hornets wound up with small forward Miles Bridges from Michigan State in the first round after a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Charlotte selected point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from Kentucky with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft, but then traded the pick to the Clippers for the 12th overall pick and two future second round picks.

The Clippers then selected Bridges for the Hornets.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges was a unanimous All Big 10 first team chose after averaging 17 points and seven rebounds last season for the Spartans. He gives the Hornets more options at small forward behind Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Meanwhile Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t mind getting traded on draft night. Said Gilgeous-Alexander:”I was ecstatic to be going to Charlotte. To be going to the NBA really is a great feeling. Whoever I got drafted by, I was going to feel really good. And then figuring out I was going to the Clippers was an even better feeling. Had a great workout with those guys and I felt really comfortable. So I guess I feel like I’m on top of the world.”

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