Mouhammadou Jaiteh Rumors

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Jaiteh, who worked out for the Detroit Pistons in their final scheduled day of pre-draft workouts Saturday, very well could be a target of the team at No. 38 overall in the second round. He does not seem open to being anyone’s draft-and-stash prospect, however. “My goal is to join the team next year,” Jaiteh said. “I’ve had three years now playing overseas pro. I really earned some experience, some maturity, and I think if I want to keep improving fast, I think the best is to be around the best players in the world, with the best coaches. That’s why I want to join the team this year and fight for it.”
The Trail Blazers continued their predraft workouts on Tuesday, evaluating six NBA draft hopefuls at the practice facility in Tualatin. The headliners of the group were 6-foot 7 forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and 6-6 guard Justin Anderson, prospects who are expected to be selected in the first round of the draft. The rest of the group included: Ryan Boatright, a 6-0 guard from Connecticut; Dez Wells, a 6-5 guard from Maryland; T.J. McConnell, a 6-1 guard from Arizona; and Mouhammadou Jaiteh, a 6-11 center from France.
French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry player, sources told RealGM. Luwawu is projected as an early second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft and has auto-eligibility in 2017, but the 19-year-old will gauge his stock for this June. At 6-foot-6, he has worked to polish his shooting range and improve his body and athleticism. Luwawu has played in France throughout his basketball career. His agent, Herman Manakyan, also has two draft-eligible players in Mouhammadou Jaiteh (JSF Nanterre) and Yannis Morin (Cholet Basket).
Mouhammadou Jaiteh is one of the most intriguing players in the draft. There aren’t many 18 years old who are 6’11 and 250 lbs. While he’s very raw, he’s an impressive athlete and has an NBA frame. However, Jaiteh may not be in this draft class for much longer. While Jaiteh has worked out for several teams, he may pull out of the draft. Jaiteh wants a first-round commitment from a team. If he doesn’t receive one, he’ll remain in France next season and enter the 2014 draft instead. Jaiteh has to make a decision before June 15, so keep an eye out for updates in the next two days.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of several teams that are interested in acquiring a late first-round pick, according to sources close to the situation. If Philadelphia doesn’t select a center with the 11th pick, they may try to acquire one of the final picks in the first round to select a big. In recent weeks, they have expressed interest in a number of centers projected in that range such as Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira and French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh among others.