HoopsHype Tyler Zeller rumors

June 27, 2012 Updates

According to league sources, the Warriors talked to Milwaukee about swapping picks before the Bucks' trade with Houston. The Bucks were said to be considering moving up to secure one of the big men they like. North Carolina products, John Henson and Tyler Zeller, who may not have been available at No. 12, which may be why Milwaukee settled for Dalembert. San Jose Mercury-News

Warriors have also talked with Milwaukee Bucks about moving down to the 12th slot. The Bucks are looking to move up to secure one of the big men they like (John Henson, Tyler Zeller). If Thursday, Milwaukee believes Henson and Zeller will be gone (leaving them stuck with less-ready Meyers Leonard or Jared Sullinger and his back concerns), Bucks GM John Hammond may take the bait. Golden State could get Luc Mbah a Moute in return or even get Ekpe Udoh back. I’ve got to think Mark Jackson would prefer Ekpe Udoh. He had Ekpe playing his best ball before the Warriors (reluctantly) traded him to Milwaukee. Contra Costa Times

What's going on? I think the Cavs are still exploring moving up in the draft. But now it sounds like they're also seriously looking at moving down a few spots if they can pick up additional assets. I've been told that's likely in the 7-10 range, but it's unclear what they could be getting back that would be better than just taking Kidd-Gilchrist, the small forward who sits at No. 2 on the Big Board behind Davis. As for Ross, the Cavs had better get a pick in the top 11 if they want him. If Tyler Zeller is off the board, I believe the Bucks are leaning toward taking Ross at No. 12. ESPN.com

June 26, 2012 Updates

If they keep the pick, they really need help at center, point guard and small forward. Although Rivers doesn't fill any of those positions, I'm told the Hornets have been enamored with him. Tyler Zeller, Jeremy Lamb and Moe Harkless are other possibilities here. ESPN.com

June 25, 2012 Updates

We hear that Tyler Zeller has entered the mix for the Warriors at the 7th pick because Warriors executive Jerry West loves him. Seven seems awfully high for a player that many projected as a mid-late first coming into the season. NBADraft.net

June 24, 2012 Updates

Sources say the Hornets are seriously considering North Carolina 7-foot center Tyler Zeller for their 10th overall pick. Zeller worked out for the Hornets on June 4, along with Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Mississippi State power forward/center Arnett Moultrie and Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pistons are clearly looking for a big at No. 9 and have brought in all the guys who might be available to them at that spot. Illinois' Meyers Leonard, North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, North Carolina's John Henson, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Baylor's Perry Jones and Kentucky's Terrence Jones are among those scheduled to go head-to-head in that workout. ESPN.com

June 23, 2012 Updates

If the contingent of the Warriors' basketball operations staff that wants to go big in the draft wins the argument, they'll choose between Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard. 'He’s definitely more polished in the post than me, but I think everyone knows that I have an athletic advantage over him," Leonard said of the comparison to Zeller. "He’s got some experience on me, but I think youth is an advantage for me. You can go back and forth." Sulia

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

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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

June 15, 2012 Updates

Leonard said he thought the Bucks were a realistic landing spot. "Those guys traded away Bogut," Leonard said. "You have a nice corps of guys, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. I know Tobias (Harris). He works out in Long Island where I do sometimes. "Coming in here I had some confidence and I wanted to show what I can do. Today's workout was great." Zeller said it was fun to work out on a regular basis with Leonard. They both are scheduled to be part of a workout in Phoenix later this week. "We're starting to get to know each other's games well," Zeller said. "I don't really have anything against it. I think we go to our next few workouts together, too." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Surprisingly, no GM, scout or executive put North Carolina's Tyler Zeller among their top three as a potential cornerstone big man. Most believe he could very well come into the league and initially be more effective than Drummond, Leonard and Robinson, but that he is much closer to his peak ability right now than any of them. "He is what he is," said the scout. "A quicker version of Spencer Hawes." ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

The Bucks, who have been in the market for a center since trading Andrew Bogut to Golden State in March, will be working out several centers at their training facility in St. Francis. One of them is Tyler Zeller of North Carolina who, according to several NBA officials, is on the Bucks’ short list of candidates for their first- round pick, the 12th overall. Racine Journal-Times

June 11, 2012 Updates

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