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Former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball is considering working out for the Philadelphia 76ers in advance of the 2017 NBA draft on June 22, league sources told ESPN.
A final decision will be made once Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team, sources told ESPN. That dialogue is expected within the coming weeks.
Mark Murphy: Ainge still not sure of when or where Celtics will work out Markelle Fultz, but the goal is to bring top pick prospect to Waltham.
Although it’s possible the Lakers will be Lonzo Ball’s only workout, he has not yet ruled out working out for other teams, according to a source who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. Ball’s preference is to play for the Lakers.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has communicated with Ball’s agent, but the sides have not scheduled his workout with the Lakers yet.
TANDEM: Tandem Pro Day with Jarrett Allen (@JarrettAllen55), Nate Britt (@brittnate0), Justin Jackson (@JJacks_44) and Luke Kornet (@bigshin32) on the court! 💪💪💪💪 #TeamTandem pic.twitter.com/wQvvvIajaG
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joined a sizable turnout of GM’s/execs to watch Jarrett Allen + Justin Jackson workout in Va. Easy to see why Allen’s climbed draft boards. – RT: TANDEM: Tandem Pro Day with Jarrett Allen (@JarrettAllen55), Nate Britt (@brittnate0), Justin Jackson (@JJacks_44) and Luke Kornet (@bigshin32) on the court! 💪💪💪💪 #TeamTandem pic.twitter.com/wQvvvIajaG
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers are among the #NBA teams at today’s Excel Sports Management workout showcasing #Kentucky SG Malik Monk. pic.twitter.com/KRLz6ECunv
In a radio interview Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said prized point guard Lonzo Ball informed the team he won’t workout for them prior to the Draft. With that in mind, it appears increasingly likely the Celtics will select guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top selection.
“We tried to get [Ball] in. We don’t deal with [Ball’s camp] all that much. They didn’t show up at the combine, which is very common — many of the top 10 or 15 players don’t show up for the [NBA’s] combine. … We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no,” Ainge told the “Toucher and Rich” program while Boston’s front office staff traveled for a draft workout in New York that included Duke’s Harry Giles and Kentucky’s Malik Monk.
There have been questions about whether Ball would want to play in Boston, considering his Los Angeles roots. His father, LaVar Ball, hasn’t been shy about his desire to see his boy play for the hometown squad. “I want him to be a Laker. But that’s just my opinion,” he said on Dale & Holley with Keefe in March. “It’s not about me liking [the Celtics] or disliking them. It’s just that we’re west coast guys,” he said. “I’d love for him to stay on the west coast where his brothers can see him all of the time. We’re a real big family. That’s just the only difference.”
Ball’s father, LaVar, has previously said that his son would only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers. “That’s all we working out for is the Lakers,” LaVar Ball told Lakers Nation earlier this month. “Just the Lakers. There’s nobody else that we need to work out for.”
During an appearance on FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” last week, LaVar Ball explained his preference for Lonzo to play for the Lakers over the Celtics but said, ultimately, he’d be OK if Boston drafted Lonzo. “If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. … Lonzo’s always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don’t need that guy,” LaVar Ball said. Later he added: “Here’s the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn’t care where he goes.”
Jabari Young: Also, Cal forward Ivan Rabb expected to workout with #Spurs in the coming weeks
ESPN Los Angeles: “Rob talked to his agent yesterday to schedule a workout. We are looking forward to it.” – @Magic Johnson on Lonzo working out with team soon
The Knicks workout today included Iowa State’s Deonte Burton, Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and LSU’s Antonio Blakeney today, ESPN has learned. Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo was supposed to work out but pulled out.
Since announcing on May 3 that he was hiring an agent and would not be returning to the Runnin’ Utes, Kyle Kuzma has received his degree from the U., thrown out the first pitch at a Utes baseball game (very low and outside), turned in one of the better performances of any prospect at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and has worked out for five NBA teams in advance of the draft.
The Pistons met with Anigbogu and worked out five other prospects Tuesday in their first round of pre-draft workouts at their practice facility. Anigbogu didn’t get on the court, due to soreness in his right knee, tweaked in his previous workout, but talked with Stan Van Gundy and the coaching staff, received treatment and said he gained something from watching others work out.
Lakers Nation: The Lakers worked out Georgia guard JJ Frazier on Tuesday morning youtube.com/watch?v=AjAdbM…
Adam Zagoria: Maryland’s Justin Jackson works out today for the Toronto Raptors, source tells ZAGSBLOG. First by the Baltimore Sun.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets hosted Colorado’s George King in a pre-draft workout Monday. Tomorrow they’ll welcome in both Xavier Johnson & Wesley Gordon from CU
Ryan Ward: Next group of workouts for the Lakers include: Kadeem Allen, Jamel Artis, Sidy Djitte, J.J. Frazier, Josh Hawkinson, L.J. Peak #NBADraft
Sean Cunningham: Rutgers soph. guard Corey Sanders also worked out for Kings today. He may return to Rutgers – has to decide by Wednesday.
Carlos Douglas Jr.: #Bulls management will soon be holding draft workouts for @NBA prospects at the Advocate Center in Chicago. They hold 16th pick in the Draft
Sean Cunningham: Iowa State’s Monte Morris was the headliner of today’s Kings draft workout in Sac. He previously met with Kings at combine in Chicago.
Don Markus: Maryland’s Justin Jackson scheduled to work out Tuesday for hometown Toronto Raptors, with decision whether to stay in draft due Wednesday
Robert Morales: Nigel Williams-Goss, on working out for Magic Johnson: “It’s unbelievable. Best point guard to ever play the game, in my opinion.”
Robert Morales: Kyle Kuzma, on Magic Johnson: “That’s one of the people I grew up idolizing. He’s from Michigan and I’m from Michigan, too.” #Lakers
Utah’s Kyle Kuzma and David Collette will have their chance to show the Utah Jazz brass what they bring to the court. Kuzma and Colette will join Kansas forward Landon Lucas, Idaho guard Victor Sanders, Chicago State guard Fred Sims Jr. and Croatia forward Nik Slavica for a pre-draft workout Tuesday at the the Zions Bank Basketball Center, the Jazz announced Monday.
Marc Berman: Knicks will work out tomorrow another Iowa Sate senior – SG-SF Deonte Burton. Jae Crowder type, late 2nd rounder. Hornacek close to program.
Darren Wolfson: Hear Quinton Hooker (Park Center HS) will workout for the Rockets tomorrow. He’s one of the best players ever from Univ. of North Dakota. pic.twitter.com/HLfeGIcwzI
Adam Zagoria: North Carolina’s Tony Bradley and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan will both work out w/ teams up until Wednesday’s NBA deadline, per sources.
Philip Rossman-Reich: Swanigan is working out for the #Magic on Tuesday. Will have until Wednesday to decide if he stays in the Draft.
Adam Zagoria: And the #Knicks on Wednesday. – RT: Philip Rossman-Reich: Swanigan is working out for the #Magic on Tuesday. Will have until Wednesday to decide if he stays in the Draft.
Adam Zagoria: UNC’s Tony Bradley works out for Milwaukee on Tuesday and OKC on Wednesday.
Michael Scotto: Former Pittsburgh star Jamel Artis has workouts lined up with the Lakers on Tuesday & Rockets on Wednesday, source told Basketball Insiders.
Josh Robbins: The Magic will host Cal’s Ivan Rabb, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and others for workouts on Tuesday: thesent.nl/2qLeXsD.
The Knicks and 76ers are among the teams who’ve reached out to N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr.’scamp to set up workouts ahead of the NBA Draft, a source told ZAGSBLOG. The Sixers pick at No. 3 and the Knicks at No. 8, per DraftExpress.com. The Kings, who pick at Nos. 5 and 10, and the Wolves (No.7) also reached out.
Loyola’s Milton Doyle, who is viewed as a mid-major sleeper by teams who’ve scouted this season, is scheduled to workout for the Houston Rockets on Monday and the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, a league source tells ESPN.
Jody Genessy: Jazz exec Walt Perrin on BYU big Eric Mika: “Eric had a very good workout for us. He really competed, really ran the court well.”
Michael Scotto: Michigan guard Zak Irvin, coming off an impressive Lakers workout, is on his way to the Bucks on Tuesday. Bucks pick 48th in the 2nd round.
The Pacers will hold their third pre-draft workout in preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft on Monday, May 22. The six players scheduled to participate in workouts are Bryce Alford (UCLA), Ike Anigbogu (UCLA), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Vince Edwards (Purdue), Davon Reed (Miami, Fla.), and Trevor Thompson (Ohio State).
Tony Jones: Former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma will work out for the Utah Jazz Tuesday, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Tony Jones: Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has pulled out of a workout with the Utah Jazz… wondering if that means he’s going back to school?
Nick Kosmider: The Nuggets will begin pre-draft workouts Monday. CU’s George King, CSU’s Gian Clavell & CSU-Pueblo’s Nelson Kahler among the first group.
Seven-foot-six sophomore Tacko Fall of Central Florida headlines a group of six prospects who will audition for Jazz brass at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
The other five who will work out include Arizona freshman guard Rawle Alkins, Louisville sophomore forward Deng Adel, Connecticut senior big man Amida Brimah, Iowa State senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long and Brazilian forward Wesley Alves Da Silva.
James Ham: Kings announce another workout for next week:
Derrick Walton said he had a workout scheduled with the Los Angeles Lakers and was looking to have a few more in the next month.
The Los Angeles Lakers have worked out Cal State Fullerton guard Tre’ Coggins as they continue to prepare for the 2017 NBA Draft. The Lakers are one of several teams to show interest in Coggins, including the Utah Jazz, a source with knowledge of the situation told Silver Screen and Roll.
Now, one year later, the Bucks could still end up with the 6-foot-10 Rabb. They have the 17th overall pick in the June 22 draft and their interest in him is reflected in the fact he’ll be working out for the team on Friday morning in St. Francis. It will be the first of several pre-draft workouts for Rabb, whose next workout is Monday with the Orlando Magic.
The Hawks have held one pre-draft workout in Atlanta with UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, Utah’s Kyle Kuzma, St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams and Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado. They are expected to resume and ramp up workouts this month.
Members of the Knicks organization have been in touch with representatives for N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. about scheduling a pre-draft workout, a league source confirms. There has been no workout scheduled yet but the contact between the Knicks and Smith’s camp – which was first reported by ZagsBlog – is an indication that the Knicks would like to take a closer look at Smith Jr. as a potential first-round draft pick.
Monk is training in New York and waiting for his agent to set up his workouts with teams. He wouldn’t rule out working out for the Knicks. “If my agent says it, I’m going to have to do it,” Monk said. “I trust him.”
Mike Bresnahan: Among players scheduled to work out for Lakers tomorrow: Wisconsin’s own Nigel Hayes (sorry, a little Badger bias there).
Gian Clavell, 23, said scouts from about 15 NBA teams were at the combine in Florida watching him work out Tuesday and Wednesday with 23 other pro prospects. He was scheduled to meet individually Wednesday with the San Antonio Spurs, he said, and he’s hoping to participate in pre-draft workouts with several NBA teams.
Adam Zagoria: The Knicks, Sixers, Wolves & Sacramento have called to set up workouts with NC State PG Dennis Smith Jr, source tells ZAGSBLOG. No dates yet
Fall has previously worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston. He has a workout scheduled with Utah and is hoping to meet with Houston prior to making his decision.
Gery Woelfel: Cal PF Ivan Rabb didn’t work out for Bucks today as ESPN reported he would. He is expected to work out for Bucks Friday, though. #NBAdraft
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors had UCLA forward T.J. Leaf in today. They’ll hold more workouts next week. Monday’s features Oregon forward/Canadian Dillon Brooks
Ian Begley: Iowa State forward Deonte Burton begins his East Coast workouts with a visit to the Knicks on Wednesday and the Celtics next Friday, per a league source. Scouts like Burton’s wingspan (6-11.5) and view him as a potential Jae Crowder type in that he can defend multiple positions well. The Knicks have two second-round picks. The Celtics have three.
Adam Zagoria: In addition to working out for Milwaukee, Chicago & Nets, UK G @Diallo1Hamidou worked out for Boston before the Combine, per league source.
Chris Haynes: Cal power forward Ivan Rabb to work out for Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, league sources tell ESPN. The Bucks have pick No. 17.
Ian Begley: In addition to UNC’s Tony Bradley, the Knicks’ workout today included Kobi Simmons, Kasey Hill, Tyler Dorsey and Omer Yurtseven, per ESPN sources. It was the first day of workouts for the Knicks, who have the eighth pick in the draft and two second-round picks.
Adam Zagoria: Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan will also work out for the Spurs and Pacers, per source.
Once it became clear that no team had leapfrogged the Lakers on Tuesday night — guaranteeing that the Lakers would keep the pick, which would have been sent to Philadelphia if it had fallen out of the top three — the first stages of a Ball-Laker union were underway. That union could yet be derailed by goings-on between now and draft day, including the potential for a Lakers trade. But for now, this pairing carries the odor of inevitability. In fact, some executives around the league have been concerned about their ability to get Ball in for a workout between now and the draft in June. With the Lakers keeping their pick, front offices with the potential to land in the top three have been bracing themselves for the possibility that Ball will simply refuse to work out for any team other than the Lakers.
Lonzo Ball is undecided on whether he’ll work out for teams other than the Lakers, a source close to Ball tells ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We will make that decision closer to June,” the source said.
Gery Woelfel: Colorado’s Derrick White, K-State’s Wesley Iwundu & Florida’s Devin Robinson expected to work out for Bucks Wednesday morning. #NBAdraft
Rod Beard: #Pistons GM Jeff Bower on conference call says they have a few workouts scheduled tentatively, but prospects wanted to await draft order.
Mark Medina: Tab Kansas State senior forward Wesley Iwundu as scheduled to work out for Lakers (June 12).
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Suns sources continue to deny that there is a lot of interest in moving Bledsoe, but eventually, the team has to embrace their youth, which is why so many opposing teams believe Bledsoe can be had.
As much as fans in Philadelphia want the former third overall pick Jahlil Okafor moved, there is talk that the 76ers are not as eager to dump him. But there is a sense the 76ers would move Okafor in trade. The question is what does he return?
The Nuggets have all kinds of options, but there is a sense in NBA circles that the right offer for Barton would get real consideration, especially considering the Nuggets have so much depth to manage as things stand, swapping out Barton, drafting a new young guy and getting value in the moves might be smarter in the long run.
“I’m just at peace with myself; I’m at peace with myself as a basketball player, most importantly,” Durant told USA TODAY Sports recently. “I think this move, and the criticism that comes with this move, has made me zero in on what’s the most important thing, and that’s just playing basketball, working out every day, getting better, enjoying every single day as a basketball player. It made me really appreciate that. It made me go back to that. When you listen to the nonsense, then you start to really let it take control of your thoughts, that’s (not good), you know what I’m saying? So I just got back to the game.”
It certainly helps that Durant, who used to routinely respond to fan criticism on Twitter, has taken the minimalist approach to social media. He deleted his Instagram page and checks his Twitter mentions no more than once a month. YouTube has become his favorite platform. Durant has his own channel that offers a look at his life on the court and even inside his home. Like so many elite athletes today, he loves having creative control. But as Durant learned the hard way early on, he has no jurisdiction inside the road arenas where the noise and negativity knows no bounds.
How would you describe what this season has meant to you? KD: It was definitely a different year. I mean, I never felt under a microscope this much. I never felt … how can I put it? I never felt this many people just waiting on me to [mess] up. Whether it’s on the court, off the court, waiting on something. But it’s fun, because it’s been cool proving a lot of people wrong, individually. I mean, obviously, we have a long way to go as a team. But I just feel like I’m still the same the person. I work extremely hard. I know a lot of people say I cheated my way … or I skipped steps, or cheated the game. I work hard, bro. I work hard. I really take my craft seriously. If I didn’t do that then I would understand. But I love the game, I love playing for my teammates.
And lastly, what would a ring mean for you? KD: It wouldn’t mean my life was complete. I’ve got a lot of life I want to lead and I’ve got a lot of [expletive] I want to achieve. So if I win a ring, it would be fun to experience that moment when the buzzer sounds and embracing my teammates in the locker room and all that stuff that comes with it, but after that, what’s next? That’s how I look at it. What’s next for me? But it’s that high. It’s that two-, three-week high, I can tell.