Baker Mayfield claims that he has been pressured to attend the draft. The man responsible for inviting players to the draft denies applying pressure to Mayfield.
“I’m ecstatic about the 22 players we will have at the draft,” Gil Brandt of NFL.com said on Twitter. “I never worry (and certainly would never pressure) those who don’t want to be there. Baker made that clear very early on.”
As mentioned earlier, the league didn’t invite Mayfield to attend the draft because he had made it clear that he doesn’t want to attend. Still, it’s possible that league officials other than Brandt tried to get Mayfield to change his mind.
Speaking to reporters in Humboldt on Monday about the visit, Kennedy choked up.
“To be able to have some conversations with some of those young people and their families and to be able to have a couple laughs and to be able to look in their eyes and tell ’em, you know, it’s good to see a smile,” Kennedy said. “To me, that stuff is important.”
“We shot the ball confidently,” Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said. “We needed that, heading into the next couple of weeks, shooting the ball confidently.”
After clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Friday night with a win over Indiana, the Raptors gave guard DeMar DeRozan and center Jonas Valanciunas the night off. Toronto will rest players again Monday night at Detroit, then return to full strength Wednesday night for the regular-season finale at Miami.
“It’s not like we totally need rest, but I think it’s the prudent thing to do for our team,” coach Dwane Casey said.
Lowry scored 11 points as the Raptors converted 39 of 78 field goal attempts. Anonoby made five of eight from 3-point range, while Miles hit 5 of 10. Toronto made 17 of 40 from beyond the arc.
“We didn’t guard the 3-point line well enough,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.