HoopsHype Draft rumors

January 5, 2015 Updates

Most potential draft entries are still in the meat of the decision-making process when it comes to agents—and those decisions will firm up in the next month or so. Tellem is also in line to represent Mario Hezonja, the 19-year-old Croatian wing who could be a lottery pick. Sporting News

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Sunday night it’s that impossible to define the characteristic that made the six-foot-two Brampton product so wanted. “He has that Pied Piper mentality,” Casey said of Ennis. “(He’s) not the most talented of all the point guards I’ve seen over the years, but just has that knack of getting where he wants to go, of moving the ball (and), like any other young kid, he’s got to get better defensively. “I don’t know what’s going on here, but that was our view if him at that time.” Toronto Star

January 4, 2015 Updates

Jeff Goodman: NBA guys extremely intrigued by UNLV's long and skilled forward Christian Wood. They love length and upside -- and he has plenty of both. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

January 2, 2015 Updates

So “Lose More for Okafor’’ has become something of a battle cry for Knick draftniks. The Knicks have three more losses than the Sixers, but a better winning percentage. Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN college basketball analyst, says the 6-foot-11 Okafor may just be worth the hype. “I think so,’’ Franschilla told The Post. “At worst, you’re getting a young Al Jefferson — an 18 and 10 guy. At best, Tim Duncan. He’s got potential to be a franchise player. Odds are it’s somewhere in-between.’’ New York Post

December 30, 2014 Updates

Rising Mario Hezonja 6-7 215 SG/SF FC Barcelona 1995 He has averaged 9.3 ppg in 27 mpg in the last three ACB games, while going for 12.5 ppg in 22.8 mpg in his last four Euroleague contests. He is very difficult to stop in transition, can finish well above the rim and he has shot well from long range. With questions surrounding many of the top wing prospects in this year's draft, his rise in both playing time and production is definitely opportune. He will only be 20-years old at the time of the draft. Hezonja is an exciting athlete who has lottery level talent. He also appears to be very interested in coming over immediately, as his contract with Barcelona will be coming to an end. NBADraft.net

The Pistons beefed-up front office includes four full-time NBA scouts. They're spread out across the country and Van Gundy estimates that they scout – not just watch, but study and file reports on – 85 to 90 percent of all NBA games. General manager Jeff Bower says that by mid-December, those scouts had filed 6,000 scouting reports. "I get a call on a player, I can go right to his report card and see my weekly grades from the scouting staff," Bower said. "Week by week, you can read the narrative and pull it all together to see if he's going up, if he's going down, why he's been out, why all of a sudden his minutes have increased. But you don't have information like that if you're not following it every day and every game and every week. That's where the day-to-day compounding of information comes in really having value." NBA.com

In studying how NBA teams were put together, Van Gundy kept coming back to the fact that for most teams, more than half of players were drafted by another team. "There tends to be an opinion that we just know the NBA players and I don't think we really watch them as closely as we need to and those are huge decisions," he said. "You don't want to make a mistake in the draft, but the way it's set up now, if you make a mistake in the draft at least it's low cost. If you're going to go out and spend $14 million a year, $15 million a year on a guy and you make a mistake, now you're really hurting. So I just want to weight it a little bit more." NBA.com

December 29, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

A vexing player at the top of the draft was Dante Exum, a point guard from Australia who was projected to be taken among the top four selections. Smith had done player personality analyses but wanted to validate them by having Hill present his player assessments first. The Bucks selected Jabari Parker with their top pick, and Exum fell to Utah at No. 5. “Nothing against Exum, but emotional resiliency, stability and an immediate, assured presence were all key considerations in support of selecting Parker,” Hill said. New York Times

December 21, 2014 Updates

Yasmin Repesa was the coach who gave Dario Saric the chance to play for Croatian national yeam two years ago. Saric has an excellent season in Euroleague until now playing for Dusan Ivkovic’s Efes and the 53 years old coach reveals what he said to him about his choice to stay in Europe and not go directly to the NBA after being drafted: “I know him very well because I put him in national team two years ago and he is going step by step, getting better and better by year. I told him that he could go immediately to Philadelphia and have minutes on the court, but my opinion was that it was better to go to Istanbul and work on his body, getting also some experience on highest European level. Because you know, he will never be late for the NBA. He can do it a little bit later. It’s important to develop himself game by game”. EuroHoops.net

December 20, 2014 Updates

On the bright side, barring a miraculous turnaround, the Knicks are bound for the draft lottery. They also have all those expiring contracts, onerous ones that belong to players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Remember him? Bargnani last appeared in a game on Jan. 22 — nearly a year ago. And while Bargnani will be gone by the summer, his presence will linger. As part of their deal for him with the Toronto Raptors in 2013, the Knicks gave up their 2016 first-round pick. New York Times

December 19, 2014 Updates

Assuming protections on the team’s 2015 picks shake out on draft night as they would today, the team would have six picks in 2015 and 21 through 2020. According to RealGM.com, the breakdown would be as follows: 2015: PHI 1st, MIA 1st, HOU 2nd, GSW 2nd, ORL 2nd, NOP 2nd; 2016: PHI 1st, DEN 2nd; 2017: PHI 1st, PHI 2nd; 2018: PHI 1st, PHI 2nd, better of CLE or BKN 2nd, better of LAC or NYK 2nd; 2019: PHI 1st, PHI 2nd, NYK 2nd, better of MIL or SAC 2nd; 2020: PHI 1st, PHI 2nd, BKN 2nd. NBA.com

December 18, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics traded All-Star Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal involving four other players and two draft picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Rondo will go to Dallas with Dwight Powell in exchange for Mavericks Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round draft pick and a future second-rounder, sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

On what the Celtics are looking for in trades: “That’s easy, let’s get stars. Everybody wants a star first. In lieu of getting a star, because there’s very few of those, there’s not very many to go around to the 30 teams, the next option is draft picks, which you hope to be able to find the next stars in the draft. Not every draft is going to be as successful, but you need swings of the bat, so that would be next. Then, the next probably best thing is good, solid players. Not stars, but good players. Guys that can play a role on a team.” Boston Globe

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

Malone now joins Shareef Abdur-Rahim on the list of ousted employees the Kings hired before D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin — the latter a top adviser who has Ranadivé’s ear. Abdur-Rahim expressed disagreement with D’Alessandro, Mullin, and Mitch Richmond during the draft process, and left the team shortly after an argument on draft night, per several league sources. Grantland

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