HoopsHype Otto Porter rumors

June 11, 2013 Updates

Cavs sources say they are still a couple weeks away from making up their minds. Still haven't gotten all the answers they need on the medical either. That's a big one. If they get uncomfortable with the medical, Porter could be the guy. Obviously, they could also trade this pick -- however the interest isn't particularly high. ESPN.com

There are a handful of teams that believe Saric is a top five talent in the draft. I believe the Pelicans are one of them. So, yes, if the guys they have ranked ahead of him are all gone, I do think they'd take him at 6. However, they could probably trade down to a pick like 9 or 10, pick up an asset and still get him. The scouts that REALLY know Europe say that there's not a huge difference between Saric and Otto Porter. ESPN.com

Might former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel still be available when the Charlotte Bobcats pick fourth on June 27? A player-personnel executive connected to a lottery team thinks that’s a real possibility, despite Noel often being listed as the first or second pick in various mock drafts. This executive, speaking on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to give pre-draft interviews, predicts the first three picks will be some order of Nevada-Las Vegas forward Anthony Bennett, Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Jr. Charlotte Observer

June 10, 2013 Updates

There are a handful of teams that believe Saric is a top five talent in the draft. I believe the Pelicans are one of them. So, yes, if the guys they have ranked ahead of him are all gone, I do think they'd take him at 6. However, they could probably trade down to a pick like 9 or 10, pick up an asset and still get him. The scouts that REALLY know Europe say that there's not a huge difference between Saric and Otto Porter. ESPN.com

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The Washington Wizards plan to work out Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter Jr. on June 14 at Verizon Center, agent David Falk confirmed Thursday. Falk said that the specifics of the workout are still being hashed out but added that Porter “probably will not be by himself” and “in some format where he can show his versatility.” Washington Post

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In a brief interview, Wall declined to discuss specific options but said he has not reached out to any of the players who could go in that spot, a group that includes Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (DeMatha). He said the top prospects have enough to worry about during a stressful time that is also a “once in a lifetime experience.” Wall, sporting the jersey of Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls, was in town Saturday to help evaluate local players as part of the energy drink company’s second-annual search for the country’s top streetball talent. In that capacity, the former No. 1 overall pick said he’s tough to impress: “I feel like everyone should play like me.” Washington Post

May 31, 2013 Updates

Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld have said they don’t want to add three rookies to the 2013-14 roster, meaning they would like to explore dealing at least one pick, maybe both in the second round, in a package for a veteran. According to persons with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards will bring in about six players each day through Friday. Six is the maximum teams are allowed. CSN has confirmed some of the names. Lottery picks such as Otto Porter (Georgetown), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Ben McLemore (Kansas), who could be available when the Wizards pick No. 3 overall, will not be among this first wave but could come here the following week. CSNWashington.com

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But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers’ thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1. “I definitely see myself up there,” Porter said last week in Chicago, adding that he believes he can flourish at the next level. “My versatility. I think that’s definitely going to show when I get to the NBA. My ability to rebound, bring it up the court, make something happen or set up the play. Anything that it has in store for me, I think my versatility is going to carry over.” Washington Post

May 22, 2013 Updates

Lang Greene: Vegas sets line Nerlens Noel will be top pick of this year's draft. Otto Porter is the other player they believe has best shot at No. 1 Twitter @LangGreene

May 21, 2013 Updates

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