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“A top-15 draft pick told me the other day, because we were involved in this conversation about Phil Jackson and the Knicks, and he said, ‘Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep during my workout.’” You know Williams just dropped an outrageous nugget when even Bob Ley, who has seen just about every sports story possible as host of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” since 1990, exclaims, “What?!?!”
Jayson Tatum worked out for the 76ers, after all. Tatum, the Duke forward projected to go in the top six picks during Thursday night’s NBA Draft, said during Wednesday’s media availability in New York that a private session for the Sixers was his first workout.
One top player the Sixers didn’t work out or talk to was UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, according to Ball on Wednesday, though the Sixers were interested in having him. He appears headed to the Lakers with the No. 2 selection.
Taylor: What are some things you’re hearing from teams during workouts? Jaron Blossomgame: I’m very aware of my game and who I am as a player and my role. Everything that I know I need to work on is really consistent with what teams are telling me. I think the two areas I really want to improve on is just continuing to work on my ball handling and continuing to shoot at a high level. My shooting was a little inconsistent last season. I shot 45 percent from three my junior year and 25 percent my senior year. Just finding a balance. I’m somewhere in between that but I’m trying to find out where it is. Just staying in the gym, getting up shots and continuing to work on my ball handling is the two things I really want to get better at.
Chad Ford: Celtics finally received Josh Jackson’s medicals, but he still won’t workout for Boston. C’s still debating but appear to be leaning Tatum
J. Michael: Revised final #Wizards predraft workout list for Thurs. No Isaiah Hicks or LJ Peak.
Dave McMenamin: Josh Jackson did not work out for the Celtics on Tues, multiple sources tell ESPN. Two days before the draft, BOS still hasn’t seen him
While the Celtics awaited league approval of their reported swap for the No. 3 pick, the franchise privately worked out a new prospect for the first time: Jayson Tatum, according to a source. A league source told ESPN that Tatum — a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in his lone season at Duke — worked out for the Celtics at their practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Derek Bodner: #sixers draft workout tomorrow: Kadeem Allen Youssoupha Fall Kris Jenkins Michael Ojo Michael Young
Jason Quick: Blazers on Monday interviewed Texas C Jarrett Allen but did not work him out because of a groin pull. Considered one of top centers in draft
Scott Souza: #Celtics president Danny Ainge: Josh Jackson is in NYC today, hope to have him in town for workout tomorrow.
While the Celtics await league approval of their reported swap for the No. 3 pick, the franchise evaluated a new prospect for the first time: Jayson Tatum, according to a source.
With the 2017 NBA Draft set to take place this Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Portland Trail Blazers are hosting Oregon forward Jordan Bell, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu, Žalgiris Kaunas forward Isaiah Hartenstein, North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, Cal forward Ivan Rabb and University of New Orleans guard Erik Thomas for their sixth and final pre-draft workout.
Ian Begley: Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell will not meet with the Knicks on Monday, as has been reported. He is working out for the Dallas Mavericks on Monday in front of Donnie Nelson and his staff and is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Tuesday and meet with Phil Jackson and his staff, according to sources familiar with the Knicks’ workout schedule. Mitchell has drawn strong interest from the Knicks and his workout could be the last one for the club before it makes its final decisions on the eighth pick. Also under consideration are French guard Frank Ntilikina, North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr. and Kentucky guard Malik Monk, among others. Mitchell, who prefers to work out in a group setting to show teams his defensive skill set, will workout in a group setting along with Villanova’s Josh Hart – a potential second-round pick for NYK – and others, per sources.
Michael Eaves: Received some surprising info on Markelle Fultz and the #Celtics today. Some within the organization were not impressed with his workout. The most glaring critique was that he was not as explosive as they expected/hoped. Afterwards, team felt as if he was NOT the best prospect.
Oliver Maroney: Dillon Brooks (@dbrookz8) will have a 2nd pre-draft meeting/workout with the Phoenix Suns sources tell @thepositionless.
Mike Fisher: DallasBasketball.com has been told bigs Zack Collins and Lauri Markkanen – have made pre #NBADraft visits to Dallas #Mavs
Mike Fisher: Sources tell me #Mavs plan to host @GoCards G Donovan Mitchell on Monday. Story coming to Dallasbasketball.com
Adam Zagoria: First post- Markelle Fultz Sixers workout. They have multiple 2nd-round picks.
Ryan Ward: More pre-draft workouts for the Lakers on Monday: Zach Collins, Avry Holmes, Cole Huff, Luke Nelson, Luke Petrasek, Seab Webster
Rick Bonnell: Duke’s Luke Kennard had his 9th NBA workout with the @Charlotte Hornets today. He goes to Orlando from here. @Josh Robbins alert.
Adam Himmelsbach: The Celtics have yet to see Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson during pre-draft process, as both have declined. They saw Jayson Tatum in L.A.
Michael Scotto: Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh) has workouts lined up with the Pistons on Sunday and the Thunder on Monday, league sources told Basketball Insiders
David Pick: Belgium 6-11 center Ismael Bako is gaining steam ahead of the NBA draft. He auditioned for Bucks and Nuggets – Thunder and Nets are next.
Adam Himmelsbach: Danny Ainge earlier on Josh Jackson: “We’re trying to get to see him & Lonzo Ball, are two guys we haven’t seen that we’d like to see.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Markelle Fultz canceled his 2nd workout with the Celtics for Lakers/76ers visits, but Boston is attempting to get him to come in once more.
Joel Embiid: This should be legendary if it happens #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/234a42aoZW
Adam Himmelsbach: The Celtics had Lauri Markkanen & Dennis Smith in for workouts today. Still trying to get Josh Jackson to come but have been unsuccessful.
If mock drafts are on target, the most marquee prospect at Zions Bank Basketball Center was Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, who many project will be taken in the early to mid-second round. Motley was joined by Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, Houston wing Damyean Dotson, North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks, La Salle guard Jordan Price and Southeast Missouri State wing Antonius Cleveland. “It was great,” Motley said of how he felt the workout went. “Played with a lot of energy, played good defensively and shot the ball well during the workout. I think I did pretty good.”
Marc J. Spears: Sixers announce that heralded draft prospect Markelle Fultz will be working out for them at 6 pm tonight and plans to speak to media after.
Bubbling, flammable speculation that the Philadelphia 76ers will trade for Boston’s No. 1 overall pick and use it on Markelle Fultz was scheduled to spill out of control this afternoon as the former Washington star arrives for a workout. Sixers big man Joel Embiid just lit a match and tossed it on the intrigue by posing with Dario Saric next to a customized Fultz locker.
Joel Embiid: Trust The Process
Keith Pompey: The #sixers are tentatively scheduled to work out @AmileJefferson on Monday, according to a source.
Mark Montieth: James Blackmon had last pre-draft workout today for @Indiana Pacers. Six in a row and 14-15 by his count. Needed to prove ballhandling, defense.
In preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets hosted their seventh draft workout on June 18: Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Troy Caupain, Justin Jackson, Tim Kempton, Luke Kennard, Rodney Purvis.
Mike Bresnahan: Magic + Pelinka were only Lakers at Lonzo Ball’s workout. A chance for final face-to-face while checking out Lonzo’s daily workout regimen.
Ramona Shelburne: Lonzo’s second workout with the Lakers went from 8 am until noon today. He went through his whole daily routine with them
Darren Wolfson: Former FSU big Michael Ojo was also part of today’s #Twolves workout, I’m told. It was him, and local guys Marshall, Hooker, and Lumpkin.
Fultz has widely been considered the best prospect in the draft for some time now, but Givony reports that the team’s thought process changed because Fultz “murdered” his workout and that it might have been “the best one” the team saw throughout the pre-draft process.
Denver Nuggets: Monday’s workout (June 19th) will begin at 9:00 am and feature the following players: Jaron Blossomgame, 6-7, 220, Clemson, F; Damyean Dotson, 6-5, 210, Houston, G; PJ Dozier, 6-6, 205, South Carolina, G; Andrew White, 6-7, 210, Syracuse, G; Derrick White, 6-5, 193, Colorado, G; Matt Williams, 6-5, 220, Central Florida, G
The Heat wanted a second look and summoned Bacon to team headquarters Thursday for a workout also featuring one potential Heat first-round pick at No. 14 (T.J. Leaf) and several other prospects projected to go lower.
Tom Moore: #NBA source: Josh Jackson working out for #Sixers today in Sacramento. B Colangelo, B Brown, M Eversley attending.
Rick Bonnell: Cho said today Sunday is their last scheduled workout. If Kennard, Jackson and Adebayo are all there, figures Michael Jordan will attend.
Wisconsin star Bronson Koenig will finish up his pre-draft workouts with a visit to Golden State. Koenig, per people around the league, has impressed teams with his shooting and athleticism in workouts. Multiple team decision-makers have said that he’s rising on their draft boards after workouts.
The Knicks had Xavier guard Edmond Sumner in for a visit on Friday, per league sources.
Doug Haller: Barring last-second changes, the Suns will hold their final draft workout Monday morning.
Sean Cunningham: Source: Kansas star Josh Jackson will hold private workout in Sacramento with the Sixers today. Will meet with Celtics in Boston days later
Tom Moore: #NBA source: Josh Jackson has not worked out for the #Sixers
Ball will work out for the Lakers a second time on Friday at an undisclosed location in Los Angles county. He is hopeful the Lakers will give him some indication whether he’s “separated himself” throughout the draft process. Ball continues to have no plans to speak with or workout for the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick. After Friday’s workout he will consider talking to other lottery teams who have asked to speak with him, according to the source.
While Lonzo Ball has worked out only for the Los Angeles Lakers, the former UCLA Bruins star is considering talking to teams who have lottery picks below the Lakers, a source close to Ball told ESPN.
Harrison Faigen: I’m told Columbia senior Luke Petrasek will work out for the Lakers on Monday. He has previously worked out for the Nets, Kings and Knicks
Ryan Ward: Next group for Lakers’ pre-draft workouts: Jabari Bird, James Blackmon Jr., Tyler Cavanaugh, Isaiah Hicks, Devin Robinson, Michael Smith
The Denver Nuggets will hold a pre-draft workout on Friday, June 16th at 9:00 am at the UCHealth Practice Court at Pepsi Center. Friday, June 16th: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, 6-10, 250, Kentucky, C Ismael Bako, 6-10, 210, Belgium, C Ike Iroegbu, 6-2, 195, Washington State, G Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, 305, Gonzaga, C Kennedy Meeks, 6-10, 260, North Carolina, C Jaren Sina, 6-2, 187, George Washington, G
The Kentucky guard has worked out for four teams: the Knicks, Sixers, Suns, and Magic. Phoenix has the No. 4 pick and Orlando No. 6. “I think I fit great everywhere I worked out at,” Monk said. “That’s why I picked the workouts.”
Q: On if he could see himself being a Laker: Fultz: For sure. I could see myself playing here. It’s a great city, a great team. A lot history behind this team. Q: On playing alongside a young core: Fultz: I thought about both. Being a young team, would pretty much feel like college again. But either/or. Coming to a young team or an old team, I’m just blessed to play the game.
Q: On why he came to workout for the Lakers given that most mock drafts have him going No. 1: Fultz: I think it was a family decision, just going through it. Giving everybody the opportunity. Never know where I might land, so just wanted to see how it is out here. Q: On if he has other workouts planned: Fultz: Not that I’m sure of. Still have to talk to my family after this one just like I did after the last workout and see what we’re going to do.
The ultimate goal, however, is to earn a spot on an NBA roster. For some prospects, like Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, it’s starting to set in that that childhood dream will soon become a reality. On Wednesday, Mitchell, a probable first-round pick, received an invitation to attend the 2017 NBA Draft and sit in the green room at the Barclays Center on June 22. “I kind of went off the wall yesterday just screaming and yelling in my pillow,” Mitchell said after Thursday’s pre-draft workout for the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “I’m excited, but I’ve still got a few workouts to go.”
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the Sacramento Kings tenth Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on June 16, 2017: Kobi Simmons, Derrick Walton, Troy Caupain, TJ Cline, Jacob Wiley, Reggie Upshaw, Ivan Rabb.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are among the teams who are expected to attend Dennis Smith Jr.’s private workout on Thursday, league sources confirm. Smith Jr. met with the Knicks earlier this month and was scheduled to work out but did not. It is unclear why he didn’t work out for the Knicks while in New York. The Knicks will be among several teams to watch Smith Jr. at his workout, as first reported by Basketball Insiders. The Knicks have the eighth pick in the draft. Some members of the Sixers organization are fans of Smith Jr., per league sources. Philadelphia owns the No. 3 pick and would presumably trade back to acquire Smith Jr. Boston and Smith Jr.’s camp have also been discussing getting together for a meeting or workout before the draft next Thursday, per sources.
Adam Zagoria: Josh Hart has had 11 workouts, including the Nets, Lakers,Blazers, Pacers and OKC. Has 3 left.
Adam Zagoria: Josh Hart still has Atlanta, Spurs and Phoenix workouts. At Sixers now. Didn’t shoot well.
Adam Zagoria: The Denver Nuggets are flying former GW and Seton Hall G @JarenSina in for a workout tomorrow, per source.
Ailene Voisin: While Josh Jackson visited w/Kings today at G1C practice facility, projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz has decided not to make a visit.
Shams Charania: Sources: Meeting will consist of Lakers brass spending time w/ Ball during his full daily training regimen of conditioning/on-court drills. twitter.com/ShamsCharania/…
To his credit, Jeremy Senglin, the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer and the Big Sky Conference’s most prolific 3-point shooter in history, made the most of his opportunity to audition for the team he’s cheered on for years. “He looked good,” Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said. “He shot it pretty well like we knew he did. He competed really hard, played pretty good defense. I thought he had a pretty good workout.”
That’s Senglin’s attitude, too. He’s determined to persevere and push his way into an opportunity to play at the highest level as Lillard, Bolomboy, Eddie Gill and Harold Arceneaux have been able to do from Utah’s oft-overlooked NBA pipeline. “If I don’t hear my name on draft night, that’s not the end of the road. You still have summer camp, mini-camps, a lot of other things as well,” Senglin said. “Everybody wants to hear their name called, but it’s not the breaking point or the end if you don’t. I’m ready for it. I’m never going to get anything handed to me, so I’m ready to just fight for everything.”
Mike Fisher: Source: #Mavs will go East Coast for agent-hosted workout w high-flying G Dennis Smith Jr. on Thursday @1053thefan pic.twitter.com/90c0eI5qum
Serena Winters: Lakers officially schedule Markelle Fultz workout for tomorrow morning. Workout closed to media, but will be there to chat with him after.
Darren Wolfson: Need to do another podcast 😄… Told Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, elite shooter in this draft, has been in for #Twolves workout. No on Isaac. pic.twitter.com/mYZOmFQeHh
Mike Bresnahan: Markelle Fultz will work out for the Lakers on Thursday. No official date yet for Lonzo Ball but there will be a second workout.
Keith Pompey: Former #Kentucky PG De’Aaron Fox will work out for the #Sixers this weekend, tentatively Saturday, according to a league source.
In other predraft news, a source said the Sixers will work out former Miami shooting guard Davon Reed on Friday. Reed could be a solid pickup for the team in the second round.
Mike Fisher: I’m told #Mavs want Dennis Smith Jr to accept pre-Draft invite to Dallas. … But Smith reps wana bring teams to him. (not unusual nowadays)
Michael Scotto: Charlotte Hornets will also be in attendance for Dennis Smith’s Pro Day on June 15, source told Basketball Insiders.
Although the Suns likely won’t target Zach Collins with their No. 4 pick, the big man would be an option if they decide to trade down in the June 22 draft. Most experts have Collins going off the board somewhere between 10 and 15.
In addition to Collins, the Suns recently worked out Duke small forward Jayson Tatum and met with Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac. Both players are candidates for their No. 4 slot.
North Carolina’s championship-winning junior swingman Justin Jackson had participated in six NBA workouts prior to Tuesday’s visit to the Knicks’ Tarrytown compound. This one — off the bat — felt different. “It was more teaching than all the other ones,’’ Jackson told The Post in a phone interview. “With the triangle and the other types of offenses they run, I would say it was a little more mental than physical.”
Justin Jackson: “Phil [Jackson] stepped in a few times to say what he wanted to see, but it was mostly coach [Jeff] Hornacek running the workout.’’
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Gary Washburn: Kyrie Irving offers his take on the Michael Porter situation and some advice: “It’s tough for any young kid to go through that, especially if they haven’t been through any real injury in his life…. I’m pretty sure NBA scouts have enough on him–or have seen enough of him–to know whether he’s gonna be in the top 3 or 2 [of the draft]…. He’s a 3/4-man who’s able to handle, crazy athletic and can shoot from the outside. He’s a talent.”