HoopsHype Dante Exum rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: adidas today announced a partnership with Australian NBA Draft prospect Danté Exum. “I’m really excited to join the adidas family,” said Exum. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in adidas Nations in the past. I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and adidas,” Exum said. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

April 9, 2014 Updates

There are what-ifs that appear to be in play that involve D'Antoni returning, specifically the notion that the Lakers might need a coach who's known as the "point guard whisperer" if they land 18-year-old Australian point guard Dante Exum in the June draft and need D'Antoni's help in speeding up his learning curve. Exum, who signed with Kobe Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, and seems to have the Black Mamba's strong backing, has only increased speculation that he's targeting the Lakers as his hoped-for team by becoming a regular at home games this season. USA Today Sports

April 2, 2014 Updates

Q: Could Dante Exum work as 2 alongside somebody like MCW at the next level? Chad Ford: Yes, he can play both positions. But I know he really wants to be a NBA point guard and I don't think teams that have a young point guard will get a visit from Exum for workouts. I can't see his agent, Rob Pelinka, sending him to Philly for example. That obviously doesn't preclude the Sixers from taking him, but given how little teams really know about the kid, it could scare them away. I think he'd really like to play for the Lakers. ESPN.com

March 29, 2014 Updates

Exum has been working out in Los Angeles in preparation for the draft. There have been reports that Exum, who is represented by Kobe Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, may be angling for the Lakers to draft him. But two executives from lottery teams said that wouldn't stop them from drafting Exum if he's available. Scouts rave about the Australian's natural talent. Exum can play both guard spots, but his long-term future is likely at shooting guard. SI.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

The Lakers like Embiid and Wiggins, but are also keeping their eye on Exum, who is working out with Kobe Bryant's trainer, Tim Grover, in L.A. Parker probably ranks fourth on their list, followed by Randle. ESPN.com

March 9, 2014 Updates

Basketball Insiders wanted to see what NBA talent evaluators are saying about this draft class and its top prospects, so we caught up with an Eastern Conference scout to get his take on the 2014 NBA Draft. The scout spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. On Dante Exum: “I have seen him play live a limited number of times, but I have to say that he’s really intriguing. He has a legitimate chance to go No. 1 in this draft. He’s that good. His upside is enormous. I won’t be surprised if he goes No. 1 on draft night. If we land the No. 1 pick, he’s a guy who we’re seriously going to look at. Basketball Insiders

February 27, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

But would Exum go so far as to try to angle his way onto the Lakers, who currently have the fifth-worst record in the NBA? That’s the concern among some front-office executives around the league. “When you hear some of what he says, it does make you wonder how the process is going to go as far as workouts and that sort of thing,” one general manager told Sporting News. “We have seen this story before, of course. I am not sure a player can have that kind of control, though.” Sporting News

Back with the Bears, Austin has shown little in terms of improvement this year, his scoring having dropped from 13.0 points to 11.3, and his rebounding sliding to 5.7 per game from 8.3 last year. He did have a heartfelt story about playing despite being blind in one eye, but that was known among NBA executives last year and has had little impact on his stock. “I could still see him going in the first round somewhere, based on his size and potential,” one scout said. “But he does not get the ball enough, he does not hit the post enough, he is not assertive enough. More likely, he will be a second-rounder.” Sporting News

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Exum will soon be making his pilgrimage to L.A. to begin prepping for the draft with renowned trainer Tim Grover. Grover rose to fame training Michael Jordan and currently has both Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant as clients. If Exum is going to get stronger and learn the NBA game, it doesn't get much better than Grover. ESPN.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

Saunders said there is a reluctance to deal around the league because of the perception that this year’s draft class is strong. Buzz has centered on possible top picks being Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Dante Exum of Australia. “Either everyone wants to keep their picks or if you want to trade players, people are trying to get your pick and people aren’t as apt to do something like that — not only this year, but next year, too,” Saunders said. “I think it might be a good draft the next couple of years.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

February 6, 2014 Updates

This past week, Landmark Sports Agency and its agents Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal signed Australian native Dante Exum. Landmark Sports currently represents some of the biggest stars in the NBA, including James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Andre Drummond, and Andre Iguodola. Describing the reason for choosing Landmark Sports, Exum’s family explained, “[t]he Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing business[]. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work.” Pelinka further acknowledged the international branding power of Exum, stating, “[a]s the NBA continues to expand its brand around the world, we feel like Dante’s international story comes at a perfect time. We also believe that, with continued hard work and focus, Dante is destined to be a ‘franchise’ point guard in this next generation of great NBA players.” Sports Agent Blog

February 3, 2014 Updates

Since announcing last week he would skip the US college system to go directly into the NBA, the guard from the Australian Institute of Sport has jumped to fourth on ESPN's influential mock draft board. While there's still months of hard training and workouts with prospective NBA teams ahead of the draft on June 26, Exum wants to be picked up by a club with big plans for him. "I don't want to go to a team, somewhere like the (Los Angeles) Clippers, that have Chris Paul and I'll be kind of stuck behind him," the 1.98m Exum said on Monday. West Australian

Canberra schoolboy Dante Exum plans to sit down with Kobe Bryant to learn the secrets behind the superstar's successful leap from high school to the NBA. LA Laker great Bryant became the first guard in history to bypass college and be drafted straight out of high school in 1996. Exum, who completed high school last year, is preparing for a similarly rapid rise to the big stage after announcing last week he would forego college and nominate for June's NBA Draft. Canberra Times

The point guard has signed with Bryant's manager Rob Pelinka, who has told the 18-year-old that Bryant is willing to give him advice on how to handle the leap. The Lakers, in the midst of a disappointing season, have already contacted Australia basketball great Luc Longley to discuss Exum, who led Canberra's Lake Ginninderra College to last year's national schoolboys title. ''A reason why I signed with the agent I'm with is he has Kobe Bryant, and he's been through this when he came into the NBA,'' Exum said. Canberra Times

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