Chris Livingston became «Mr. Irrelevant» of the 2023 NBA Draft on Thursday, but there may have been a plan for that all along.
According to The Athletic, Livingston’s agent, Rich Paul, was calling teams during the second round of the draft on Thursday to tell them No to select your client.
Why would an agent want their client to leave? Well, apparently Livingston was told that he was going to be drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Livingston had practices with seven teams, but on June 8, he canceled all of them. Atlético pointed out. It was then that it was believed that a team had promised to recruit him.
Apparently, that team turned out to be Milwaukee, who took him with the 58th and final pick in the draft.
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He New York Post notes that second-round picks can now be signed to longer-term deals.
Livingston spent one season at Kentucky, averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game. He started 26 of his 34 games.
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Paul is the agent and longtime friend of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, LeBron James.