HoopsHype Draft rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

Louisiana-Lafayette junior point guard Elfrid Payton is heading to the NBA. Multiple sources told ESPN that the 6-foot-3 floor leader, who could be taken late in the first round of the NBA draft, will make an official announcement on Monday afternoon. ESPN.com

Playing point guard for NCAA men’s basketball champion Connecticut requires Ryan Boatright to make snap decisions at both ends of the floor during a game. They’ve become second nature for the small but lightning quick junior from East Aurora. His next one, though, won’t be so easy. Will he stay in Storrs for his senior year or will he go pro? “I really don’t know yet,” Boatright said Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora where Mayor Tom Weisner presented him a key to the city and hundreds of fans cheered him at a rousing homecoming celebration. “I’ve gotta talk to my mother and my family tomorrow. It’s a big decision. I just want to make the right one. I’ve got ‘til the 27th (of April to declare for the NBA draft). That’s the last day. That’s another reason I came home, to talk to my family about it.” Aurora News

Although there is a glut of frontcourt talent, the backcourt is not as deep, so the decisions of guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are especially intriguing and important. An NBA scout for one of the Eastern Conference's premier teams believes the choice is obvious. "It'd be good for both of them to go back next year," said the scout, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss draft prospects. "That's what I'd advise them to do. I don't think anybody is really high on them." cincinnati.com

The belief in NBA circles is that the 6-foot-6 twin brothers remain genuinely torn, the scout said. One Eastern Conference general manager told him the twins' father, Aaron Sr., wanted his sons to declare for the draft, but a lukewarm response from the league has given the family some pause. cincinnati.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

The father of Kentucky Wildcats freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison told FOX 26 Sports on Saturday the family is waiting for feedback from the NBA before making a decision on whether the two will make themselves available for the NBA Draft or stay in college. If the Harrisons, who are former stars at Fort Bend Travis High School, are headed to the NBA they must let the league know by April 27. "I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago," said Aaron Harrison Sr. "I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we'll go from there. "It's important. You're trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they'll be drafted and all those things." FOX 26 Sports

Phil Norment also said that interim coach John Loyer has been promised to be "part of the process" in the pursuit of a permanent head coach, and the same for assistant general manager George David and director of basketball operations Ken Catanella in the general manager pursuit. Realistically, their best hopes probably are to be retained in something less than the head coach or GM roles. Meantime, Loyer toils in his office, David and Catanella prepare for the draft, and everyone waits. Booth Newspapers

April 19, 2014 Updates
April 18, 2014 Updates

When the league and the players' union signed the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, it was agreed that the current one-and-done college rule could be revised at any time. The players' union recently named Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson to head a committee to name a new leader by the start of the 2014-15 season. "If we're going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses," Silver said. "We haven't looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That's been an option that has been raised over the years, but that's not something that is on the table right now." ESPN.com

Silver said owners discussed possible changes to the draft lottery and the current playoff system. There has been a growing sense of a need to change the way draft position is established to discourage teams from attempting to lose games to enhance draft or playoff spots. Owners presented a number of options, including changing the odds, the so-called "wheel" that would rotate the No. 1 pick to all 30 teams over 30 years and a play-in tournament to determine draft order. But Silver said there was no consensus on which direction to take and that it will be studied by the league's competition committee at its annual summit over the summer. The owners did not discuss a timetable for potential changes. ESPN.com

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