NAZ Suns acquire No. 6 overall pick on eve of G League draft
NBA G League
Suns send Harrison, Hollis-Jefferson to Memphis, Goodwin to Maine in pair of trades
PRESCOTT VALLEY — In preparation for the 2018 NBA Gatorade League Draft this weekend, the Northern Arizona Suns made a flurry of moves Friday afternoon, including sending the returning player rights of Shaquille Harrison and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson to Memphis for the No. 6 overall pick.
In return, the Suns also receive from the Hustle the returning player rights to Shaquille Thomas and Kuran Iverson.
Harrison was waived by the Phoenix Suns earlier this week to make room for the signing of Jamal Crawford prior to opening night against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns used their No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft to select Hollis-Jefferson.
With the added pick, Northern Arizona now has four selections in Saturday’s draft, including the No. 6 and No. 16 overall picks in the first round, and No. 36 and No. 51 in round two.
In addition to the Memphis trade, Northern Arizona also completed a transaction with Maine on Friday, sending Archie Goodwin to the Red Claws in exchange for the returning player rights to Daniel Dixon.
Suns Assistant General Manager Dylan DeBusk was not made available for comment Friday after the moves were made.
Goodwin, a former Kentucky standout and Phoenix Suns guard, was one of the top scorers for Northern Arizona last season, averaging 19.4 points per game on 55.9 percent shooting from the field in 27 games.
Undrafted in 2017 out of William & Mary, Dixon signed with the Boston Celtics and played in one preseason game before being sent to Maine. He also played in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Celtics this past summer.
Dixon, 24, was one of 19 players in the G League last season to record a triple-double, doing so on March 13 at Delaware when he had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
The former All-Colonial Athletic Association first teamer averaged 19.2 points per game during his senior season at William & Mary. The Great Falls, Virigina, native finished his collegiate career ranked third in school history in 3-pointers (241).
Thomas, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward out of Cincinnati, has played two years in the G League, averaging 6.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting in 37 games with the Hustle last season.
As for Iverson, the 25-year-old former Memphis standout played for both the Hustle and Raptors 905 last season, and joined the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League in May.
The Suns filled out the rest of their coaching staff under first-year head coach Bret Burchard on Friday, naming James Andrisevic, Damany Hendriz and Perry Huang assistant coaches. Michelle Ruan returns as head athletic trainer, and Jonathan Mak returns to the staff as the head strength and conditioning coach.
The 2018 NBA G League Draft is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Suns picking at No. 6 and No. 16 in the first round. Northern Arizona opens training camp Monday in Prescott Valley.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.