HoopsHype Draft rumors

September 2, 2014 Updates

Why did you decide to play college basketball? Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: I like U.S. basketball and I want to try myself in the NCAA. It was my dream to play in the NCAA and I think it's a good opportunity to show what I can do and go to the NBA. My parents told me that it was my choice and my life. They gave me some advice, but in the end I just made my choice. HoopsHype

August 30, 2014 Updates

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic is listed at 6-6, but appears to be a bit shorter. He played neither great nor poorly on Saturday. He dished out four assists and was a game-high plus-23, but took just three shots (all 3-pointers). And it would have been hard to tell how NBA-ready he really is against this opponent anyway. France (Sunday), Brazil (Wednesday) and Spain (Thursday) will provide better tests. NBA.com

August 25, 2014 Updates

C.J. Fair, the former Syracuse University forward, has accepted an offer to work out with the Indiana Pacers, his father said Sunday. Fair, who was not selected in the NBA's draft back in June, had been looking for an invitation to an NBA team's preseason training camp. The workout with the Pacers could be a precursor to a camp invitation. The Post-Standard

August 23, 2014 Updates
August 22, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins when they complete their long-anticipated trade that sends Kevin Love to the Cavaliers this weekend, NBA front-office sources said. ESPN.com

August 17, 2014 Updates

One veteran NBA scout who has watched the games told SNY.tv that freshman big man Karl Anthony-Towns of New Jersey could be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and that Kentucky’s second five is better than a lot of teams’ first five. “They are loaded,” the scout said of Kentucky. “It will be hard not to see them playing in the [NCAA] championship game in April of 2015. Their second five may be better than most of the teams they have on their schedule.” ZagsBlog.com

“Towns has a chance to go No. 1 but not out of the top five,” the NBA scout said. “Poythress has gotten better but he’s still a 4 more than a 3. The twins are better but not lottery picks. Ulis is a nice college guard. Booker is a prospect in a few years.” ZagsBlog.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement. Yahoo! Sports

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

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