HoopsHype Draft rumors

October 31, 2014 Updates

The sides still have until midnight EST on Friday to reach agreement on a 2011 draft class rookie extension, but Bulls officials expressed to Butler and his reps at Relativity Media, Walters and Steve McCaskill, that they made their final offer earlier on Monday. The Bulls will have the chance to match an offer sheet and retain Butler next summer, but looming is the threat of a rival believing that it can extract Butler with a steep offer that threatens the Bulls’ payroll structure. Teams could include a player option on a three-year deal that would allow Butler to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. Yahoo! Sports

October 30, 2014 Updates

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expects the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to continue the one-and-done draft rule because he isn't convinced the players' union would be in favor of moving the draft rule to two years out of high school when the issue next comes before the union and the league. Krzyzewski said on the ESPNU College Basketball podcast that the current rules likely are here to stay. "I'm not sure how the players' union would react to that," Krzyzewski said. "They have to represent the players, and if a player is really good, an extra year you spend can cost you tens of millions of dollars. I'm not sure the players' association would take that away from the players. I would like to see it [two years], but it's not a done deal. What we have is probably going to be there for a while." ESPN.com

October 29, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: For better or worse, you’ll always be known as the guy picked last. Where did you watch the draft? When did you know you were getting picked — like, sometime around the 58th pick? Or when it was announced? Isaiah Thomas: I was actually at the gym at the University of Washington. My family was at my apartment complex, watching. I left them there and went to the gym with a few teammates. We were just shooting around, getting on the phone, looking at the draft, and shooting some more — trying to get my mind off things. And when picks just kept going, man, I was getting so frustrated. Zach Lowe: So you were at least monitoring it, even between shots. Isaiah Thomas: My guys were monitoring it. I was trying to shoot and keep my mind off of it. I was calling [my agent], like, “Yo, what’s going on?” I remember the Lakers had four second-round picks. They said they were interested in me, and would like to draft me. After their fourth pick [no. 56] went by, I didn’t think I was going to get drafted. Grantland

October 28, 2014 Updates

The Sixers already scored their biggest win of the season when NBA owners failed to pass draft lottery reform last week. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth. Hinkie isn't swayed even though his method has been nicknamed "Tankadelphia." "A lot of it is, where does your self-worth come from," Hinkie asked. "Do you need people every day telling you you're doing well? Do you need the masses every day telling you that they agree with you? Or do you have some higher purpose in mind?" Hinkie says he does. He's betting his career and the team's future that the Sixers can hit the championship jackpot with a bunch of winning lottery tickets. USA Today Sports

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