HoopsHype Draft rumors

July 25, 2014 Updates

C.J. Fair has fired his agent and signed on with a new agency, both his former agent and his father confirmed on Thursday. Fair, who led Syracuse University in scoring in each of the last two seasons, was not selected in the NBA's draft last June. He played in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks. The summer league ended last weekend. "He terminated me yesterday,'' Torrel Harris, who had been representing Fair, said Thursday. "I like C.J. I wish the best for him.'' The Post-Standard

Harris said the Mavericks and a few other NBA teams had extended invitations to their training camps to Fair, but the invites came with no guarantees. Meanwhile, Harris said he had secured a $200,000 deal with a team in Europe for Fair. "It was a great deal,'' Harris said. "It was a deal with a EuroCup team that he chose not to take.'' Italian sports journalist Guido Guida reported on Twitter that Fair has signed with agent Joel Bell of the Bell Sports Inc. The Post-Standard

This arrangement wasn't the Thunder's call alone. In fact, Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process. "This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone." The prospect's two agents -- Butler and fellow former UCLA player Toby Bailey -- were concerned Huestis wouldn't even be selected. He wasn't receiving much interest in the first round and was at risk of dropping out of the draft entirely given the depth in this year's class. SB Nation

July 23, 2014 Updates

Stephon Marbury talked with Sohu Sports about Mudiay coming to China: "Mudiay came to China and I think it's a great publicity for the Chinese basketball movement. I believe that his arrival could increase the appeal of the league and as a result its competitiveness, attracting new players to this state. We will welcome with open arms all the American players who wish to build a career here". Sportando

"When a deal like this takes a long time, there are going to be more ants circling the picnic," one front-office source told Sporting News. "This is not likely to be a one-to-one trade." Sporting News

Sources told Sporting News that Philadelphia and Denver, again, are interested in participating in whatever deal happens for Love. Denver has interest in acquiring Love themselves, while the Sixers would like to facilitate a trade by including forward Thaddeus Young. Sporting News

July 22, 2014 Updates

In 2003, a then-record 31 international players filed as early-entry candidates. Entries got hot at that point because agents started picking up on the idea that if they put a player in a year before he's draft-eligible, he'll be on the NBA radar. It's still happening at a high number, and sometimes that backfires if not executed properly. Every year, there are only around eight international players drafted. There are usually three or four in the first round, and there are usually five to seven in the second round. Bleacher Report

Ten, 15 years ago, you could go to three and four countries—Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Argentina—and get 90 percent of your work done. But you can't do that any more. If it's a 14-day trip, I'm probably going to hit 12 countries. And let me tell you something: You get tired, and you need a couple days to recoup. The demanding travel is the most challenging thing about being an international scout. Bleacher Report

Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

Emmanuel Mudiay will start his pro career in China with Guandgond, as announced by the CBA team. The 6-foot-5 guard has been projected as a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Sportando

July 21, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of 2014 second round draft pick Cameron Bairstow. Chicago selected Bairstow (BARE-stow) with the 49th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We like Cameron’s combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He is a hard worker who will only get better with time.” NBA.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery this week at competition committee meetings in Las Vegas, pushing aside the Wheel idea in favor of a revised weighting system that shifts each team’s odds of getting the top pick, per several sources who have seen and reviewed the league’s proposal. The proposal, which dominated the lottery-reform discussion in league meetings this week, is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick, per sources familiar with the proposal. Grantland

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