HoopsHype Draft rumors

September 13, 2014 Updates

Every team had advanced scouts who'd dutifully jot down the plays that the next opponent was running, but few, if any, had pro personnel departments dedicated to gathering every last tidbit of information about NBA veterans they might acquire via trade or sign as free agents. Now, most teams have numerous people doing this dirty but necessary work. The proliferation of pro scouting came at a time when less information about college players was available than ever before, as players stayed in school for at most one or two years. The draft was becoming a much riskier way to build your team. With this trend came the realization that the financial investment in draft picks was minimal compared to a big-ticket free-agent signing or franchise-shaping trade, either of which could make or break your franchise. CBSSports.com

Scouts and personnel men quickly learned that the real scoop would come from ball boys, equipment guys, teammates, various members of a player's entourage and even other scouts. (In case you're wondering, yes, media reporting on the NBA has evolved in much the same way.) "All the GMs have their guys out there, and their job is to go get information," said another person who is an executive with a team. "It's really extreme, but it's what is going on right now. That is the norm, it has to be done, and every team does it." CBSSports.com

September 10, 2014 Updates
September 9, 2014 Updates

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari is putting the finishing touches on a two-day scouting combine for NBA teams, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The event will allow the Wildcats to showcase their roster stacked with potential draft picks, eliminate the distractions of NBA scouts visiting throughout the season and will inevitably be a recruiting tool for Calipari for future classes. ESPN.com

September 4, 2014 Updates

¡Saludos desde España! The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand. "I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting. "As a group we are committed to getting this right." NBA.com

September 3, 2014 Updates

Is the NBA something you look in the near future? Cedi Osman: I want to play in the NBA early, but first of all I need a good year with Efes. I want to to be some titles – Euroleague, Turkish League, Turkish Cup... Then I want to go to the NBA. But having played against NBA guys Sunday, I can see that I must work a lot, a lot, a lot. I though that I could do something, but you see Rose, Irving or Stephen Curry, I can see that I'm behind them and I have to work a lot. So probably not something for next year? Cedi Osman: I would go to draft this year and we'll see what happens. I can't say nothing now. I have 4+1 contract with Efes. You can't know. HoopsHype

September 2, 2014 Updates

Why did you decide to play college basketball? Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: I like U.S. basketball and I want to try myself in the NCAA. It was my dream to play in the NCAA and I think it's a good opportunity to show what I can do and go to the NBA. My parents told me that it was my choice and my life. They gave me some advice, but in the end I just made my choice. HoopsHype

August 30, 2014 Updates

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic is listed at 6-6, but appears to be a bit shorter. He played neither great nor poorly on Saturday. He dished out four assists and was a game-high plus-23, but took just three shots (all 3-pointers). And it would have been hard to tell how NBA-ready he really is against this opponent anyway. France (Sunday), Brazil (Wednesday) and Spain (Thursday) will provide better tests. NBA.com

August 25, 2014 Updates

C.J. Fair, the former Syracuse University forward, has accepted an offer to work out with the Indiana Pacers, his father said Sunday. Fair, who was not selected in the NBA's draft back in June, had been looking for an invitation to an NBA team's preseason training camp. The workout with the Pacers could be a precursor to a camp invitation. The Post-Standard

August 23, 2014 Updates
August 22, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins when they complete their long-anticipated trade that sends Kevin Love to the Cavaliers this weekend, NBA front-office sources said. ESPN.com

August 17, 2014 Updates

One veteran NBA scout who has watched the games told SNY.tv that freshman big man Karl Anthony-Towns of New Jersey could be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and that Kentucky’s second five is better than a lot of teams’ first five. “They are loaded,” the scout said of Kentucky. “It will be hard not to see them playing in the [NCAA] championship game in April of 2015. Their second five may be better than most of the teams they have on their schedule.” ZagsBlog.com

“Towns has a chance to go No. 1 but not out of the top five,” the NBA scout said. “Poythress has gotten better but he’s still a 4 more than a 3. The twins are better but not lottery picks. Ulis is a nice college guard. Booker is a prospect in a few years.” ZagsBlog.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement. Yahoo! Sports

August 6, 2014 Updates

Baloncesto Sevilla, a top team in the Spanish League, has announced that it's signed Nets draft pick Xavier Thames. The 6'3" Thames, taken with the 59th pick in the 2014 Draft, was not signed by the Nets, the only one of their three picks to go unsigned. Brooklyn will retain his NBA rights. NetsDaily

August 5, 2014 Updates

Tofas Bursa announced the signing of Lamar Patterson. The rookie has been selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Bucks and then traded to the Hawks. Sportando

August 4, 2014 Updates

1. Jahlil Okafor. 76ers' odds of winning lottery: 25 percent. The Sixers finished with the second-worst record in the league last year and have done little to help their cause in 2014-15. They drafted two players who likely won't play for them this season (Joel Embiid is expected to miss much of the year recovering from injury and Dario Saric is playing in Europe) and have done little in free agency. Nerlens Noel will be the big addition to the team. So while the odds are heavily in the Sixers' favor to land the No. 1 pick, this draft will do little to help their team needs. The team has two young centers in Noel and Embiid. But Okafor is the consensus No. 1 pick right now and with the exception of Emmanuel Mudiay, all of the other top prospects are bigs as well. While Okafor is different than Noel and Embiid -- the Duke freshman is an old-school, back-to-the-basket, below-the-rim post beast -- he could create a log jam considering Philly's roster. But for GM Sam Hinkie, assets are the key right now and Okafor appears to be the most valuable asset in the draft. ESPN.com

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