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October 4, 2014 Updates

Hinkie offered few thoughts on lottery reform during Tuesday's media day at the Wells Fargo Center. “We are cognizant of being a good member of the league, but at the same time balancing that with what's the right thing for Philly and the Philadelphia 76ers,” he said. “We're trying to draw that line the best we can. We're going to try very hard to win every game and I hope we win a lot more than we did last year, but we're focused on long-run goals.” The Intelligencer

October 3, 2014 Updates

After considering a proposal from its competition committee, the NBA will bring back 5-on-5 competition for next year's draft combine, league sources told ESPN.com. General managers and scouts have been complaining for years that the lack of competition between prospects at the annual draft showcase lessens the scouting value of the combine. Since 2009, the NBA has had the 60 or so prospects invited to the combine run through various shooting and ballhandling drills with some minor simulated 3-on-2 action. ESPN.com

September 30, 2014 Updates

With some luck, a small-market team can use the draft to balance the advantages that glamour teams have in free agency. There is a fear that evening out the lottery odds would chip away at that advantage; folks raised the same issue right away about the more creative Draft Wheel proposal that would rotate picks around the league. It’s hard to know now if this concern is valid, and there appears to be broad support among the league’s 30 teams for the NBA’s proposal, per several sources. Ownership groups could vote on it as early as this season, and a powerful distaste for Philly’s multiyear tanking adventure is driving the reform movement. Grantland

The cap is at $63 million today. If it leaps to $70 million next summer and approaches $80 million for 2016-17, a team like the Rockets can load more bullets into the free-agency chamber. A big-market team without any visible plan beyond a vague goal of luring stars might suddenly have room beyond two max-level slots — crucial for convincing stars to join an empty venture in Los Angeles or (eventually) Brooklyn. This is one reason the league might introduce new TV revenue in a way that spreads the cap increase over a longer period of time, per several sources familiar with the matter. The union has a seat in that discussion, since it has to sign off on any change to the formula that determines the cap, and it may not want Anthony Davis earning $10 million more per year on his max contract than Kyrie Irving does on his max just because Davis had the dumb luck of entering the league a year later. Grantland

September 21, 2014 Updates

Money is one thing; women are another altogether. “We joke that the moment you sign your contract, you become far more handsome than the day before,” Taylor said. Detlef Schrempf, who was at the program to share his own experience in the N.B.A. in the 1980s and ’90s, agreed. “You’re talking about superstar athletes and male hormones,” he said. “For those who want to partake, it’s easily accessible 24/7.” To deter the rookies from partaking, there was a slide show juxtaposing photographs of beautiful semi-clad women with photographs of hideously diseased genitalia. There was also a handout listing how much child support the rookies would be required to pay in various states, should they find themselves in sudden possession of a child after a one- night stand. “It was disturbing,” said Tyler Ennis, 20, a freshman star at Syracuse University who was drafted to play for the Phoenix Suns. New York Times

September 17, 2014 Updates

Alessandro Gentile spoke with Leggo about his future and the NBA. The captain of the “Men in Red” was selected by the Rockets in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. “NBA? I am not interested right now. I am happy in Milano. Maybe in the future I’ll go to the NBA. Maybe yes, maybe no” said Gentile. “I am just focused on improving my game” added Gentile. Sportando

September 16, 2014 Updates

Six years ago, Under Armour signed Brandon Jennings, a high school basketball standout who made the unconventional decision to forgo college for a pro career overseas. Today, history repeats itself, as the brand has announced a deal with Emmanuel Mudiay. "With Emmanuel joining our roster, Under Armour Basketball has added one of the game's best young players to our team," said Matt Mirchin, EVP, Global Marketing, Under Armour. "For such a young player, Emmanuel has a complete game, is a leader and plays with a toughness that stands out the moment you see him step on the court. When you combine that with his commitment to training and his positive attitude, he has the potential to be a special player for a long time. We're proud to now be a part of his journey." "Joining the Under Armour team is an important step in the pursuit of my ultimate dream to compete at the game's highest level," said Mudiay. "Knowing their dedication to making athletes better and how well their footwear performs made them the perfect partner." Sole Collector

September 13, 2014 Updates

Every team had advanced scouts who'd dutifully jot down the plays that the next opponent was running, but few, if any, had pro personnel departments dedicated to gathering every last tidbit of information about NBA veterans they might acquire via trade or sign as free agents. Now, most teams have numerous people doing this dirty but necessary work. The proliferation of pro scouting came at a time when less information about college players was available than ever before, as players stayed in school for at most one or two years. The draft was becoming a much riskier way to build your team. With this trend came the realization that the financial investment in draft picks was minimal compared to a big-ticket free-agent signing or franchise-shaping trade, either of which could make or break your franchise. CBSSports.com

Scouts and personnel men quickly learned that the real scoop would come from ball boys, equipment guys, teammates, various members of a player's entourage and even other scouts. (In case you're wondering, yes, media reporting on the NBA has evolved in much the same way.) "All the GMs have their guys out there, and their job is to go get information," said another person who is an executive with a team. "It's really extreme, but it's what is going on right now. That is the norm, it has to be done, and every team does it." CBSSports.com

September 10, 2014 Updates
September 9, 2014 Updates

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari is putting the finishing touches on a two-day scouting combine for NBA teams, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The event will allow the Wildcats to showcase their roster stacked with potential draft picks, eliminate the distractions of NBA scouts visiting throughout the season and will inevitably be a recruiting tool for Calipari for future classes. ESPN.com

September 4, 2014 Updates

¡Saludos desde España! The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand. "I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting. "As a group we are committed to getting this right." NBA.com

September 3, 2014 Updates

Is the NBA something you look in the near future? Cedi Osman: I want to play in the NBA early, but first of all I need a good year with Efes. I want to to be some titles – Euroleague, Turkish League, Turkish Cup... Then I want to go to the NBA. But having played against NBA guys Sunday, I can see that I must work a lot, a lot, a lot. I though that I could do something, but you see Rose, Irving or Stephen Curry, I can see that I'm behind them and I have to work a lot. So probably not something for next year? Cedi Osman: I would go to draft this year and we'll see what happens. I can't say nothing now. I have 4+1 contract with Efes. You can't know. HoopsHype

September 2, 2014 Updates

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