Ryan Greene and Tom Keegan break down Kansas University's record-tying night in the NBA Draft. KU became just the third program (UConn in '06, Florida in '07) to have five players drafted in the first two rounds. The guys break down who has the best chance to succeed in '08-'09, ...
Rush, Arthur cashing in with Pacers, Grizzlies
As the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft, Brandon Rush will make $1,499,300 next season and $1,611,800 the following year.
The Indiana Pacers have an option for the third and fourth years at $1,724,200 and $2,463,880, respectively.
As the No. 27 pick, Darrell Arthur will make $814,300 the first year and $875,400 the second.
The Memphis Grizzlies, where the Associated Press said Arthur eventually landed early this morning, would have had an option for the third and fourth years at $936,400 and 1,689,270.
The Associated Press reported that after three trades, Arthur was traded from New Orleans to Portland to Houston, and finally wound up with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Second round picks do not have guaranteed contracts.
Cavs reportedly make trade for Kaun
Sasha Kaun was elated to be picked in the second round. He said he was informed he'd been traded from Seattle to Cleveland.
"It's great," Kaun said. "It's awesome, a great opportunity. I'll play with CSKA Moscow with a couple years and consider coming back here."
Of his teammates getting drafted, he said: "I was a little worried there for a minute (about Arthur who fell to 27 and Mario Chalmers who fell to second round). But I'm happy they got picked up."
Former Kansas guard Giddens a Celtic
Former KU player J.R. Giddens, who finished his career at New Mexico, was the last pick of the first round, to Boston.
"I was hoping it'd be Mario going to the Celtics," Self said. "But I'm really happy for J.R. I think he'll do well."
Ford's mock draft included all 5 'Hawks
ESPN analyst Chad Ford's final mock draft had Rush being tapped No. 11 overall to Indiana, Arthur No. 16 to Philadelphia and Chalmers No. 19 to Cleveland. He had Darnell Jackson No. 29 of the second round to Detroit and Sasha Kaun No. 30 of the second round to Boston.
KU draftees of 2008 make NBA history
Two Jayhawks were also selected in Round One in 1997 (Scot Pollard, Jacque Vaughn), 1998 (Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce) and 2003 (Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich). This marks the first time KU had more than three players selected in a single draft. A KU trio was chosen in 1969 (JoJo White, Dave Nash, Bruce Sloan), 1971 (Roger Brown, Dave Robisch, Pierre Russell), 1981 (Darnell Valentine, Art Housey, John Crawford) and 1986 (Greg Dreiling, Ron Kellogg, Calvin Thompson).