HoopsHype Draft rumors

November 22, 2014 Updates

According to a tweet from Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the Brooklyn Nets have had preliminary talks with the Sixers about a trade involving Andrei Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. The tweet also states that the Sixers would likely waive Kirilenko if such a deal were completed. The Sixers would likely require a future draft pick in addition to acquiring the Nets' pair of Russian-born players. It's unclear what the Sixers would send the Nets in return. CSNPhilly.com

Andrei Kirilenko will be without the Nets for the team’s two-game road trip, and most likely forever. Though the team cited “personal reasons” for Kirilenko’s absence, a team source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game that Kirilenko’s lack of minutes and boot from the rotation played a factor in him leaving the team indefinitely. When asked if Kirilenko had played his last game for the Nets, one high-ranking Nets source said, “If I were a betting man, I’d say probably.” The Brooklyn Game

November 21, 2014 Updates

Emmanuel Mudiay denied reports he might leave China before their season ends in order to boost his NBA stock. “This is all rumors, it’s completely false,” Mudiay told reporters in China, according to this report which was translated. “The media are the ones that like to come out with these things, but it’s not the reality.” ZagsBlog.com

Asked if he would play the full season, the 6-foot-5 Mudiay said: ” I will, without question. Right now I’m playing in Guangdong, and will definitely be with the team until the end, through the end of the season.” ZagsBlog.com

Aldridge said he doesn't think about the Bulls trading him on draft day as much as he did early in his career. "I think early in my career I might have used it for motivation," he said. "But now I'm too old to be still holding that grudge." He added that draft day motivation stayed with him until about "three or four years" ago. "For a while that was my favorite team to play against," he said "Just to show them that they missed out. Just to show them that I'm better than they thought I was going to be. Now I'm over that. I have other goals to worry about." Oregonian

November 20, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Shane Battier said Jahlil Okafor reminds him of Tim Duncan. Back in high school, @BigJah15 told me he studies Duncan and Hakeem Olajuwon. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

November 19, 2014 Updates

But in terms of their games and skillsets, Okafor is increasingly drawing comparisons to the future Hall of Famer with five NBA rings. “Yes,” one veteran NBA scout in attendance said of the Duncan/Okafor comparison. “He has an old-school game. He really knows how to play around the basket. Sets his man up leaning one way, then goes the other.” “Okafor’s got some pretty good size and he doesn’t know how big he is yet,” ESPN college basketball analyst Shane Battier, a two-time NBA champion, told SNY.tv. “But he’s got tremendous skill…He does a great job of passing out of the post, which is a lost art. He reminds me of Tim Duncan, who I think is the best post passer in the NBA right now.” ZagsBlog.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

“I like the way he plays,” Walker, the Charlotte Bobcats point guard out of New York City, told SNY.tv. “So far he gets great position on the offensive end. He has great pace, nice touch, nice hands. I think he will be good. Of course, he has to get a lot stronger and adjust to the NBA game.” NCAA Basketball: Champions Classic-Michigan State vs DukeAsked if he sees Okafor as the potential No. 1 pick, Walker said, “Yeah, I can see that. I still think he has some developing to do but he’s young. I think he has a lot of potential.” ZagsBlog.com

But in terms of their games and skillsets, Okafor is increasingly drawing comparisons to the future Hall of Famer with five NBA rings. “Yes,” one veteran NBA scout in attendance said of the Duncan/Okafor comparison. “He has an old-school game. He really knows how to play around the basket. Sets his man up leaning one way, then goes the other.” ZagsBlog.com

“Okafor’s got some pretty good size and he doesn’t know how big he is yet. But he’s got tremendous skill… He does a great job of passing out of the post, which is a lost art. He reminds me of Tim Duncan, who I think is the best post passer in the NBA right now,” ESPN college basketball analyst Shane Battier, a two-time NBA champion, told SNY.tv. ZagsBlog.com

“He’ll be a player,” Battier said. “He’ll be an offensive force to be reckoned with. He needs to learn how to play defense. And in college the rules are really disadvantageous toward big guys. You’re not really allowed to be physical as a big defender. Any physical play you’re going to foul out. You’re allowed to be a lot more physical in the NBA, but he’ll figure that out. What you can’t teach is the soft hands and the touch and the ambidextrous nature of his game. So he’ll be a good player for a long time.” ZagsBlog.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Keeping Saric was never a consideration. Philly knew Orlando wanted and needed Payton, so they basically held him hostage. By the time Orlando drafted Saric they had the deal done with Philly, so that pick was always Philly’s guy, he was never on Orlando’s board. This was sort of like when Charlotte drafted Kobe Bryant — they never considered Kobe for themselves. The trade was done well before the draft and the Lakers told Charlotte who they wanted. The pick was long gone to LA before Kobe was drafted. The same with Saric, Orlando drafted him for Philly. Basketball Insiders

November 15, 2014 Updates

Fast forward two years and English has become an NBA prospect. A dozen NBA teams have been through Iona this fall to watch English, a junior who averaged 17.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season. A native of Wilmington, Del., English is the leading returning scorer on a Gaels team that opens the 2014-15 college season at home on Friday night against Cleveland State and will face Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C., at 7 a.m. on Tuesday on ESPN2. “[The NBA scouts] have all been very excited about how A.J.’s been playing,” Iona head coach Tim Cluess said. “They liked his size for a point guard, being 6-foot-4 and the fact that he can attack the rim the way he does, shoot it the way he does and he’s passing the ball very well. He’s rangy on defense, he’s got like a 6-9 1/2 wingspan, so he’s definitely got an NBA body and a possibility, if he keeps developing, of an NBA game.” ZagsBlog.com

The elder English said he’s not surprised that NBA teams are looking at his son. “I think people don’t really understand how good A.J. is yet,” the father said in a phone interview. “I think he’s still scratching the surface of how good he’s going to be.” ZagsBlog.com

He has started well for Guangdong, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association with a long history of players from the United States, including Aaron Brooks, James Singleton, Fred Jones, Lester Hudson, Lamond Murray and Smush Parker. His fast start is enough to spark speculation from front offices that Mudiay will leave before the regular season ends in mid-February to keep him healthy and keep his Draft standing high -- and keep him from the prying eyes of NBA scouts. "They could," an executive said of the decision to shut down that Mudiay's inner-circle may face. "They could for sure." NBA.com

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