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June 16, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic have reached a critical point in their preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft: the arrival of Australian guard Dante Exum. Exum will work out Tuesday at Amway Center. The importance of the Magic’s pre-draft workouts in Orlando typically is overstated, but Exum’s upcoming workout could be the exception. Magic executives and scouts probably have seen Exum play in-person fewer times than any other high-level prospect in this year’s draft. Orlando Sentinel

June 15, 2014 Updates
June 14, 2014 Updates

Stuck in the middle are the Bucks, who could upend the whole process by taking guard Dante Exum with the second pick. There has been a theory espoused that Milwaukee would play things safe in the draft, because general manager John Hammond could be on the hot seat and doesn’t want to risk taking a player who might need time to pan out. Bogus, one source said. “(Exum) is a real option for them, because of the size and the upside,” the source said. “Nobody there is approaching this like, ‘I need to save my job.’ You don’t do that in a draft. In free agency, that is a different story. But no one is going to save their job in the draft. If Exum is as good as they think he will be, they’d pull the trigger.” Sporting News

June 13, 2014 Updates

There has been a theory espoused that Milwaukee would play things safe in the draft, because general manager John Hammond could be on the hot seat and doesn’t want to risk taking a player who might need time to pan out. Bogus, one source said. “(Exum) is a real option for them, because of the size and the upside,” the source said. “Nobody there is approaching this like, ‘I need to save my job.’ You don’t do that in a draft. In free agency, that is a different story. But no one is going to save their job in the draft. If Exum is as good as they think he will be, they’d pull the trigger.” Sporting News

June 12, 2014 Updates

According to league sources, forward Andrew Wiggins is scheduled to work out for the Bucks on Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif. Then staff members will return to Milwaukee for a scheduled workout with Australian point guard Dante Exum on Saturday. Sources earlier indicated Exum would come to Milwaukee. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 10, 2014 Updates
June 9, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Source indicates Dante Exum will work out with the Bucks in Milwaukee this weekend. Exum is first workout of possible No. 2 pick selections to be scheduled with Bucks. Bucks did have an interview with Exum at the draft combine in Chicago in mid-May. Australian PG is intriguing prospect. Twitter @cf_gardner

June 6, 2014 Updates

Brian Schmitz: Julius Randle expected to work out for Orlando next week, Marcus Smart this weekend for 2nd time. Dante Exum yet to work out for Magic. Twitter @MagicInsider

June 5, 2014 Updates

Exum was the only player in our top six not to do some sort of workout for NBA GMs and scouts. Sources say the Bucks got to visit with him in L.A., but it wasn't in a workout setting. But that doesn't seem to be hurting Exum's stock at all. As Kevin Pelton and I pointed out, not only is Exum a sleeper on many draft boards, but the analytics say he might be the second-best player in the draft. The Bucks are very high on him, and contrary to the ongoing storyline that no one wants to play for the Bucks, they are having Exum in for a visit and workout. The Sixers and Magic also are fans of Exum, so I don't think he slides past the Jazz at No. 5. ESPN.com

June 4, 2014 Updates

Exum was the only player in our top six not to do some sort of workout for NBA GMs and scouts. Sources say the Bucks got to visit with him in L.A., but it wasn't in a workout setting. But that doesn't seem to be hurting Exum's stock at all. ESPN.com

The Sixers and Magic also are fans of Exum, so I don't think he slides past the Jazz at No. 5. ESPN.com

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