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Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. “He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

October 14, 2014 Updates

Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. ZagsBlog.com

“He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

Philly will sniff out Michael Carter-Williams deals. They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources. Expect Philly to repeat the exercise. It’s not a shot at Carter-Williams, or even a signal that the Sixers are dying to trade him. He may well end up a long-term cog in Philly. The team knows point guard is the most replaceable position in the league today, and it will seek out any deal that adds to its stockpile of high-value draft picks. Grantland

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Friday at Richard Stockton College, the site of the team's training camp, managing owner Josh Harris told the media the Sixers plan to do what's best for them, though they also want to be “good citizens.” “It's a change that flattens the lottery system,” Harris said. “It would be a little bit worse for Philadelphia in the short run but long run, since we expect to be a consistent playoff or deep-caliber-playoff team, it's actually better for us. “We're certainly in that dialogue. There's 30 people and a league that have a lot of thoughts, so we're trying to build a consensus. My sense is whatever change gets made, it will be an incremental change — it won't change our strategy one way or the other. I generally feel like, when I watch the league in action in these situations, they do a very good job.” The Intelligencer

Hinkie offered few thoughts on lottery reform during Tuesday's media day at the Wells Fargo Center. “We are cognizant of being a good member of the league, but at the same time balancing that with what's the right thing for Philly and the Philadelphia 76ers,” he said. “We're trying to draw that line the best we can. We're going to try very hard to win every game and I hope we win a lot more than we did last year, but we're focused on long-run goals.” The Intelligencer

October 3, 2014 Updates

After considering a proposal from its competition committee, the NBA will bring back 5-on-5 competition for next year's draft combine, league sources told ESPN.com. General managers and scouts have been complaining for years that the lack of competition between prospects at the annual draft showcase lessens the scouting value of the combine. Since 2009, the NBA has had the 60 or so prospects invited to the combine run through various shooting and ballhandling drills with some minor simulated 3-on-2 action. ESPN.com

September 30, 2014 Updates

With some luck, a small-market team can use the draft to balance the advantages that glamour teams have in free agency. There is a fear that evening out the lottery odds would chip away at that advantage; folks raised the same issue right away about the more creative Draft Wheel proposal that would rotate picks around the league. It’s hard to know now if this concern is valid, and there appears to be broad support among the league’s 30 teams for the NBA’s proposal, per several sources. Ownership groups could vote on it as early as this season, and a powerful distaste for Philly’s multiyear tanking adventure is driving the reform movement. Grantland

The cap is at $63 million today. If it leaps to $70 million next summer and approaches $80 million for 2016-17, a team like the Rockets can load more bullets into the free-agency chamber. A big-market team without any visible plan beyond a vague goal of luring stars might suddenly have room beyond two max-level slots — crucial for convincing stars to join an empty venture in Los Angeles or (eventually) Brooklyn. This is one reason the league might introduce new TV revenue in a way that spreads the cap increase over a longer period of time, per several sources familiar with the matter. The union has a seat in that discussion, since it has to sign off on any change to the formula that determines the cap, and it may not want Anthony Davis earning $10 million more per year on his max contract than Kyrie Irving does on his max just because Davis had the dumb luck of entering the league a year later. Grantland

September 21, 2014 Updates

Money is one thing; women are another altogether. “We joke that the moment you sign your contract, you become far more handsome than the day before,” Taylor said. Detlef Schrempf, who was at the program to share his own experience in the N.B.A. in the 1980s and ’90s, agreed. “You’re talking about superstar athletes and male hormones,” he said. “For those who want to partake, it’s easily accessible 24/7.” To deter the rookies from partaking, there was a slide show juxtaposing photographs of beautiful semi-clad women with photographs of hideously diseased genitalia. There was also a handout listing how much child support the rookies would be required to pay in various states, should they find themselves in sudden possession of a child after a one- night stand. “It was disturbing,” said Tyler Ennis, 20, a freshman star at Syracuse University who was drafted to play for the Phoenix Suns. New York Times

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