Phoenix Deals Again, Adds Point Guard Ty Jerome


The Suns surprised a lot of people with their pick at No. 11 in the NBA Draft.

Thursday night he added a much-needed point guard trading back into the first round and selecting Virginia's Ty Jerome with the 24th pick. However, the Sixers promptly traded the pick to the Boston Celtics, who additionally sent the pick to Phoenix. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can not become official for salary-cap purposes until July 6.

North Carolina's Cameron Johnson was ranked at No. 19 on ESPN's big board and was seen by some as a possible late first-round pick.

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Johnson had a solid season with the Tar Heels, averaging 16.5 points per game with 50-percent shooting from the field and an impressive 45.6 percent shooting from deep, but the team failed to reach a Final Four and had its season ended in the Sweet Sixteen. He signed a two-year deal with the Celtics before last season, and is due to make almost $5.5 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Jerome was an All-ACC performer during his time with the Cavaliers and helped UVA win a national title this past season. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Celtics last season. The fact they traded down and forewent other more talented forwards in the draft is a head-scratcher, to say the least. He shot 43.5 percent from the floor, including 39.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line, and his 79 3-pointers were second on the team.