HoopsHype Draft rumors

June 29, 2014 Updates

The Louisville TV market turned in the highest ratings share for Thursday night's NBA draft on ESPN, posting a 7.1 ahead of Oklahoma City (6.3), Memphis (5.4) and Raleigh-Durham (5.2). Thursday's draft was ESPN's highest-ever rated draft overall with a 3.1 overnight rating nationally, up 19 percent from last year's 2.6. In 2013, Louisville also led all markets by rating share, a percentage measurement of TVs tuned to a program. Louisville Courier-Journal

Gery Woelfel: Bucks would be absolutely moronic to give up first-rounder for Kidd who, I'm told, has fallen out of the good graces of Nets brass. Twitter @GeryWoelfel

Joel Embiid joined the Dan Patrick show on Friday and talked about an array of topics. Most notably, Embiid was a bit surprised the Sixers selected him at No. 3 overall. He thought, after suffering the stress fracture in his foot, he could fall into the teens or even all the way into the second round. CSNPhilly.com

It sounds like the old post-draft line, "we were stunned to see he was still available," but multiple sources tell NetsDaily that Markel Brown, taken by Brooklyn at No. 44 with the Minnesota pick, was No. 22 on the Nets internal mock draft. Moreover, say the same sources, the Nets mock had Xavier Thames going at the first pick in the second round, at No. 31, and Cory Jefferson, five picks later at No. 36. They, of course, were the final picks in the second round. NetsDaily

Why did the Nets internal mock draft differ so widely from the public mock drafts -- and those of teams who passed on the three players? One source suggested that the Nets placed a higher value on "character" issues and experience. All three played four years in college and graduated, providing them with both experience and discipline. "We feel we got a No. 22 pick," said one source talking about Brown. NetsDaily

June 28, 2014 Updates

"I knew I had to get better with my court awareness, make sure my ball handling was sharp, learn how to shoot with confidence," he says. "I can't even count how many shots I would take; but I went through it because I knew the end result. I got to a point where I was so tired and exhausted I didn't want to do anything. I would basically go to the gym, come back home, fall asleep, then get up and do it again the next day." The Statue of Liberty appears in the distance, and Dante takes a picture with his phone. He studies it, then, after a pause, surveys the real thing. He seems slightly disappointed by what he sees. "It's not that it's not big," he says, gesturing at the monument. "It just looks bigger in the movies." Rolling Stone

If anything, Exum seems to be delighting in it all. And why wouldn't he? Long the subject of speculation, the International Man of Mystery has arrived in the NBA, off to Utah to save the day. As he prepares for another photo shoot, I quickly ask him what he knows about his new home. "I know they have lots of lakes and mountains," he laughs. "I'm ready to get there and see the beautiful cities." Rolling Stone

Masai Ujiri surprised everyone with his first draft pick as Raptors general manager by taking Caboclo. Just 18 years old, Caboclo is listed at 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds. He played 16 games for Pinheiros (San Paulo) this season where he averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. He was the Most Valuable player at the 2013 Basketball Without Borders Americas. “Bruno is an athletic phenomenon,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s raw, but he’s going to be a guy that is going to develop in our program, grow and do a lot of things for us. Defensively, he’s long. He covers a lot of ground down in a stance. He blocks shots with his length.” NBA.com

While Caboclo hasn’t worked out for any NBA teams, the Raptors felt confident in taking a chance on him after visiting him to see him play numerous times. “For me, I said I would go with the best talent available and we did our due diligence,” Ujiri said. “I was in Brazil three times. Our scouts went a few times so we felt comfortable. “Our scouts have done a great job. We try to look for talent around the world. Basketball Without Borders, first, he was MVP of that camp and we just kept tracking. There was a tournament in Brazil in December and a couple of our scouts went and they thought he was intriguing enough. They came back, told us and I went down to see him.” NBA.com

Try finding a GM who thinks that Toronto made a good move by taking Bruno Caboclo with the 20th pick. It’s virtually impossible. It’s not that scouts didn’t know about Caboclo, a 6-9 Brazilian forward. “Don’t even know if he’s a second-rounder,” said one personnel man who studied Caboclo on tape New York Daily News

June 27, 2014 Updates

Moving the draft back will be difficult because it impacts free agency and the collective bargaining agreement. Also, the league needs to negotiate a change in the draft date with its TV partners. The league's TV deal with ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports, the parent company of TNT and NBA TV, expires after the 2015-16 season. The league is also concerned about delaying free agency and pushing that period even deeper into July. The NBA season is already turning into a long year with the draft, free agency and summer league taking place shortly after the Finals. USA Today Sports

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