HoopsHype Perry Jones rumors

June 23, 2012 Updates

The Sixers, who have the 15th, 45th, and 54th overall picks in next week's draft, will bring in five more players Saturday, all of them big men. The group includes: John Henson, a 6-10 forward (13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game), and Tyler Zeller, a 6-11 center (16.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg), both from North Carolina; Baylor 6-10 forward Perry Jones (13.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg); Mississippi State 6-10 forward Arnett Moultrie (16.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg), and St. Bonaventure 6-9 forward Andrew Nicholson (18.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg). Philadelphia Inquirer

June 22, 2012 Updates

Yes, Golden State already has a starting shooting guard in Thompson. But that doesn’t matter, according to sources. The Warriors are looking for the best available player no matter the position, especially since the early favorites (Baylor’s Perry Jones III and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones) didn’t impress. Going best available leaves the field wide open for the Warriors. Ross, if Portland snatches up Waiters, could feasibly play SF because his athleticism figures to help him guard the position. Contra Costa Times

June 21, 2012 Updates

Yes, Golden State already has a starting shooting guard in Thompson. But that doesn’t matter, according to sources. The Warriors are looking for the best available player no matter the position, especially since the early favorites (Baylor’s Perry Jones III and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones) didn’t impress. Going best available leaves the field wide open for the Warriors. Ross, if Portland snatches up Waiters, could feasibly play SF because his athleticism figures to help him guard the position. Contra Costa Times

Sam Amico: Lakers "making real push" to get into 1st round of NBA Draft, says EC exec. Word is they like the Baylor guys: Perry Jones & Quincy Miller. Twitter

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June 18, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are working out Baylor's Perry Jones and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger this morning at the Alario Center. Both are power forwards. It's the third pre-draft workout the Hornets have conducted. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 17, 2012 Updates

The Suns close workouts and do not announce or comment on visiting prospects, but league sources revealed that on Saturday they hosted an impressive group of big men who are all first-round candidates. The workout featured North Carolina's John Henson and Tyler Zeller, Illinois' Meyers Leonard, Baylor's Perry Jones and Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie, as well as Vanderbilt small forward Jeffery Taylor. Arizona Republic

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June 12, 2012 Updates

When all was said and done Monday, neither Baylor’s Perry Jones nor Kentucky’s Terrence Jones wowed Warriors management, according to sources. They’re good players with top-level talent, sure. And both played well. But they didn’t do enough to make the Warriors fall in love, which is probably what had to happen for either of them to be the No. 7 overall pick. Contra Costa Times

The Warriors are hoping to use their lottery pick to upgrade the small forward position, their biggest need in the starting lineup. (They can then use their three other picks plus the mid-level exception to address the frontcourt depth they need.) But both Joneses are missing some of the elements of their game the Warriors are looking for in a small forward. Contra Costa Times

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