HoopsHype Draft rumors

August 6, 2014 Updates

Baloncesto Sevilla, a top team in the Spanish League, has announced that it's signed Nets draft pick Xavier Thames. The 6'3" Thames, taken with the 59th pick in the 2014 Draft, was not signed by the Nets, the only one of their three picks to go unsigned. Brooklyn will retain his NBA rights. NetsDaily

August 5, 2014 Updates

Tofas Bursa announced the signing of Lamar Patterson. The rookie has been selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Bucks and then traded to the Hawks. Sportando

August 4, 2014 Updates

1. Jahlil Okafor. 76ers' odds of winning lottery: 25 percent. The Sixers finished with the second-worst record in the league last year and have done little to help their cause in 2014-15. They drafted two players who likely won't play for them this season (Joel Embiid is expected to miss much of the year recovering from injury and Dario Saric is playing in Europe) and have done little in free agency. Nerlens Noel will be the big addition to the team. So while the odds are heavily in the Sixers' favor to land the No. 1 pick, this draft will do little to help their team needs. The team has two young centers in Noel and Embiid. But Okafor is the consensus No. 1 pick right now and with the exception of Emmanuel Mudiay, all of the other top prospects are bigs as well. While Okafor is different than Noel and Embiid -- the Duke freshman is an old-school, back-to-the-basket, below-the-rim post beast -- he could create a log jam considering Philly's roster. But for GM Sam Hinkie, assets are the key right now and Okafor appears to be the most valuable asset in the draft. ESPN.com

August 2, 2014 Updates

Andrew Wiggins’ jersey is discontinued at the NBA Store, as discovered by BC Cleveland last night. A search for “Andrew Wiggins” on the NBA’s official apparel site re-directs to the “draft gear” page. The only Wiggins item on there now is a t-shirt, but there are jerseys available for later picks Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, and Nik Stauskas. (The screengrab above can be found if you get to this page through Google.) Surely, that’s all just a massive coincidence. The Big Lead

August 1, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM. Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League. RealGM

League sources said Wednesday afternoon that the Sixers would not get any sympathy from fellow franchises. That's because for the second straight season, the Sixers are expected to field a roster below NBA standards in order to guarantee losses in hopes of a high draft pick. This tactic, said one Eastern Conference executive, is having "a negative effect on the integrity of the NBA." He believes the proposed new format, which could come to a league vote in the fall, would go a long way in preventing teams from duplicating what the Sixers are doing. Philadelphia Inquirer

The NBA Competition Committee has yet to determine whether it will recommend altering the draft lottery as early as next season in an attempt to dissuade teams like the Philadelphia 76ers from deliberately fielding a non-competitive roster in order to acquire a high draft pick, a change reportedly being pursued by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to a league source. USA Today Sports

The 76ers did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but a team source said it's "a stretch" to say the club "strongly" opposes changing the lottery odds. "But no team ... that is unlikely to compete for the playoffs would want this. Right?" The proposal "gives more incentive for mid-level teams ... to not stretch for the playoffs," the source said. That's a "tough message on parity." USA Today Sports

The reason didn't matter. What did were the terms of the deal he signed and who he signed it with: a $1.275 million contract to play a single 30-35 game season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. That's $1.275 million, mostly tax-free, for five months of work. Moreover, the season ends in March, allowing him plenty of time to prep for next June's NBA draft. It's a lot more than tuition, room and board offered by SMU and more than enough to spin heads all over the recruiting trail. "I think the new snack money will convince kids to go to school," joked Louisville coach Rick Pitino as he watched the AAU Nationals here earlier this month, referencing the NCAA initiative to provide unlimited food to players. "We've got free Power Bars," he continued. Yahoo! Sports

"China is about new things," said Giovanni Funiciello, president of Los Angeles-based GCF Sports Management and a prominent agent and sports marketer in Chinese basketball since 1999. "You have a potential star in the making. I'm not going to put Mudiay in the category of LeBron James, but if [a team marketed] the possibility of a LeBron prior to going to the NBA … "Is that going to mean more money out of it?" he continued. "I don't know yet. The jury is out on that. But it's possible. It's definitely possible." Yahoo! Sports

Meanwhile, the trend with U.S. companies is to tie more and more of their budgets up in fewer and fewer players, mostly LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and a couple others. So looking overseas for outside income makes sense. "There's not a lot of advertising dollars left in the United States," Funiciello said. "It's not like the early 1990s when everyone was getting money. A couple guys have monopolized the endorsements." Yahoo! Sports

July 30, 2014 Updates

Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday. Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft. “I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon. RealGM

Lottery-reform measures were introduced earlier this month at league meetings in Las Vegas, and the NBA Board of Governors could vote changes into place at its preseason meeting in October. Although there are several facets and the proposals haven't been finalized, the goal of commissioner Adam Silver is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick, sources said. ESPN.com

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