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May 4, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Emmanuel Mudiay won't accept his invitation to the Chicago NBA draft combine, sources tell RealGM. He'll continue training on west coast. Mudiay will skip combine, but will maintain his training in Los Angeles ahead of pre-draft workouts. He's trained since end of China season. Twitter @ShamsCharania

There is a likelihood that the Pistons will draft a forward with their lottery pick, assuming that the 89 percent odds they stay in the 8-9 range holds. That fits roster need, of course, but it's really more a reflection of the way the draft board figures to take shape. After the consensus top four of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell – two big men, two guards – seven of the next eight prospects on both ESPN.com and DraftExpress.com are either small forwards or power forwards. NBA.com

May 3, 2015 Updates

France's Mam Jaiteh has been invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, but will decline due to the continuation of his French league, a source told RealGM. Jaiteh, 20, has had a standout season for one of France's best teams, JSF Nanterre, averaging 11.3 points and and 6.3 rebounds. Over his last 10 season games, Jaiteh has scored 12.7 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. RealGM

Who's in your inner circle? Myler Turner: There's only three people I trust in my inner circle – both my parents David and Mary, and my trainer Ken Robinson. When did you first realize that you had an excellent chance of making it to the NBA? Myler Turner: You know, during the course of the year I felt more and more confident, me being projected so high in the draft. It's been a dream of mine going to the NBA one day. So it was towards the end of the season I was talking to my parents, my inner circle, and they told me I had a shot at this now. So I decided soon after that. I was excited and I wanted to do my best with Texas, although it was unfortunate we didn't go far in the NCAA Tournament. HoopsHype

The NBA released its list of early-entry draft candidates and there were very few surprises. The most notable name that had not been previously reported is former University of Washington center Robert Upshaw, a 7-footer who was dismissed from the Huskies and also his previous school, Fresno State. Upshaw was the nation’s leader in blocked shots when he left Washington for a violation of team rules. Sources said it was related to drug use. Boston Globe

Upshaw is a rim-protecting defender that teams yearn for, but they will be cautious because of his baggage. What doesn’t help Upshaw and players like him is the situation of Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders, who signed a four-year, $44 million extension before receiving a suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program. Sanders was bought out of his contract by the Bucks when he apparently lost his desire to play basketball. Teams dread making major mistakes on first-round picks but Upshaw may be too tempting to pass up given his performance during his short time at Washington. Boston Globe

Towns, who flew in from Lexington, Ky., to appear at his high school in Metuchen, N.J., Sunday at a signing event to raise money for St. Joseph’s, told The Post how much he admires the Zen Master, who watched one of Kentucky’s practices in Lexington on Feb. 27. “It’s his presence,’’ Towns told The Post. “What he means to me, his presence is just amazing. What was so awesome as a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. He’s just so smart and intelligent and has so much experience. He knows how to win. At the end of the day, what every player wants to do is win. If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that’s what I would love to do.’’ New York Post

May 2, 2015 Updates

France's Mam Jaiteh has been invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, but will decline due to the continuation of his French league, a source told RealGM. Jaiteh, 20, has had a standout season for one of France's best teams, JSF Nanterre, averaging 11.3 points and and 6.3 rebounds. Over his last 10 season games, Jaiteh has scored 12.7 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. RealGM

Porzingis was tracking to the lottery in 2014, before opting for another season in Europe. His stock has only continued to climb. The top 10 seems to be a lock and it's not hard to find front offices that say top five is realistic. At 19 years old, he still needs to add bulk, but Porzingis can play in transition, shoot and handle the ball. "Physically, he needs to get stronger," one exec said. "But there's a lot there to like." NBA.com

May 1, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has made the N.B.A. draft his Twitter playground, routinely beating other league reporters to name picks before Commissioner Adam Silver reads them to the audience watching on ESPN. “I don’t care about anybody’s television show,” Wojnarowski said. “My job is to report and break news when I have the news, and who a team is drafting is news. The draft and the announcement is a ceremony. I don’t care about anybody’s ceremony. I don’t wait for things to be announced. I would never accept any edict not to report the news.” He added, “I see it as an extension of free agency and the trade deadline. If your information is accurate, you want to report it.” New York Times

April 30, 2015 Updates

With the NBA draft now less than two months away, the New York Knicks continue to be very high on Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay. But, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, Towns is currently the Knicks' top choice if they wind up with the No. 1 pick. New York ranks Towns at No. 1 on its draft board, followed by Okafor, Mudiay, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Duke’s Justise Winslow, sources inside the organization told Ford. ESPN.com

Jackson has said he’s looking for a strong defender in the draft, so it makes sense that the Knicks would rate Towns over Okafor. Towns is widely believed to be the stronger defender of the two at this stage of their careers, while Okafor is viewed by many talent evaluators as a stronger offensive player who is also more NBA-ready. But many scouts believe Towns can develop into a better all-around threat. ESPN.com

Phil Jackson has said he would likely keep their pick if it fell within the top-four, but would consider dealing their pick if it fell to fifth. Of course, Jackson could change his thinking between now and draft night. League sources with knowledge of the Knicks’ thinking said last month that the team would be very open to trading the pick if it fell outside the top two. ESPN.com

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