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February 3, 2015 Updates
February 2, 2015 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets continue to explore the possibility of trading center Brook Lopez but to date have resisted a serious push from the Denver Nuggets, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Nuggets have offered big men JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson, as well as one of the two draft picks Denver recently acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Timofey Mozgov, in exchange for the Lopez. ESPN.com

In an interview on ESPN Radio Sunday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reflected on his eventful first year on the job and looked ahead to the future. “It’s my hope that I’ll be able to focus almost entirely on building the game of basketball in my second year,” Silver said on the show. “I think the second year is going to be a time for action and I think, to an extent, there are ways to improve the playoff format, ways to improve the draft lottery. This is going to be the year where we have to make those decisions. Of course, with our Board of Governors, that is all of the owners, we have to decide which of those ideas are worthy of being implemented.” Basketball Insiders

Silver continued, regarding expanding rosters: “I think that’s something that will get very strong consideration. I think that’s an issue that we’ll end up discussing with the Players Association. It has a direct impact on many of the player’s bonuses. There’s preset bonuses in their contracts for making the All-Star team. I think counter-balancing that is the issue of playing time. (NBA executive vice president) Rod Thorn and I were having this discussion yesterday. We said we should move to (Kentucky coach John) Calipari’s platoon system for All-Star to make sure that everyone gets (enough) playing time. Basketball Insiders

Silver also touched on the potential for a labor issue in 2017. “I want to be a realist,” he said. “I understand that it’s become a part of sports. I don’t want to tell fans that they should disregard the things that the head of our Players Association is saying. I take her at her word. Having said that, I think that when we get into full-out negotiating — which won’t be for a long time — and we continue to share our financials as we have historically and everyone takes into account, meaning both the teams and the players, how well this league is operating … I’d like to think that calmer heads will prevail and we’ll all realize that we have a great system here and that we shouldn’t screw it up.” Basketball Insiders

February 1, 2015 Updates

French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry player, sources told RealGM. Luwawu is projected as an early second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft and has auto-eligibility in 2017, but the 19-year-old will gauge his stock for this June. At 6-foot-6, he has worked to polish his shooting range and improve his body and athleticism. Luwawu has played in France throughout his basketball career. His agent, Herman Manakyan, also has two draft-eligible players in Mouhammadou Jaiteh (JSF Nanterre) and Yannis Morin (Cholet Basket). RealGM

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Q: The Pacers are really moving up the draft board (would pick at #6 today). What position do you see them addressing, and who are some likely options? Chad Ford: When Paul George went down, I was devastated for him and Indiana. Given the current climate in the East, I thought this season may have been the Pacers best shot to get to the Finals. But the silver lining is that a Top 6 pick may very well help them stay in contention for much longer. David West is getting old. They have issues at the two guard position. One of those two positions will likely be addressed in the draft. I know they were one of several teams that were hoping D'Angelo Russell (there's a theme to this chat -- his stock is red hot right now) would be there. He'd be a perfect fit in their backcourt. I just don't think he'll last to six anymore. There are a number of terrific bigs in that range however. I'd personally love to see Kevon Looney there. He and Paul George as forwards would be crazy. ESPN.com

January 27, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Exiled Washington 7-footer Robert Upshaw strongly considering leap to NBA D-League, sources tell Yahoo. He's going thru agent process now. The D-League offers an immediate avenue for college players who are declared ineligible. P.J. Hairston did it a year ago prior to NBA Draft. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

January 26, 2015 Updates

If there is some good to come out of the rotator cuff injury that sidelined Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the season, it is that the Lakers could lose a whole lot of games the rest of the way and finally be in position to draft a Kobe guy—this time, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Several times in recent years, Bryant has formed a connection with a top prospect in the upcoming draft, with an introduction and the possibility of workouts and friendship. Those players wind up signing with Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka. Such was the case with Dante Exum last year, Derrick Williams in 2011 and James Harden in 2009. But the Lakers could, finally, wind up with a Kobe draftee. According to league sources, Pelinka is in position to sign the fast-rising Johnson, should Johnson do the inevitable and leave school early. As Arizona has pushed its way up the rankings—they’re 18-2 and currently No. 6—Johnson’s stock has soared. Sporting News

It appears that Ford's rankings have now all reverted to their original draft day forms. We've reached out to Ford for an explanation. This post will be updated when, and if, we get one. SB Nation

After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible. ESPN.com

January 25, 2015 Updates

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