During a 25-minute gathering with writers who cover the team, Jackson revealed buzzworthy 7-foot-1 European project Kristaps Porzingas failed to complete his workout Monday with the Knicks because of cramps. With the 76ers leaning toward taking Russell at No. 3, there’s been speculation Jackson would consider Porzingis — despite the notion he could be two years away from making an impact because of his skinny frame. “We had to change the workout,’’ Jackson said. “He had a cramp in the middle of it. He did go through the workup with the medical staff that was impressive.’’
Ben Standig: NBA pre-draft workouts windng down. Talk about a grind. BC guard Olivier Hanlan said today with Wizards was his 18th workout. Man.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Oklahoma City Thunder brought in Jerian Grant, Justin Anderson, Ryan Boatright and Josh Richardson for a workout today. #NBADraft
Ailene Voisin: Divac sticks to plan during Monday workouts featuring Frank Kaminsky. Reiterates not trading DMC, wants playmakers, could trade back.: 19 more rumors
Bill Herenda: #Kings predraft workout with Kaminsky, McConnell, Booker & Waldow #NBA instagram.com/p/4Paogfljzk/
Former Menomonee Falls standout and North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto also will be in the workout, along with Georgetown center Joshua Smith, South Dakota State forward Cody Larson and center Mouhammadou Jaiteh of France.
Rashad Vaughn, an 18-year-old guard who left Nevada-Las Vegas after one season, is shooting up draft boards. On Monday Vaughn is working out for the Bucks as part of their final session before Thursday’s NBA draft. The workout has a true UNLV flavor to it with Runnin’ Rebels sophomore forward Christian Wood also taking part.
Jabari Young: Today’s #Blazers pre-draft workout participants:Charles Jackson, Jordan Railey, Satnam Singh, Sarion Atkins, Gary Bell, Javonte Green. Notice Gonzaga’s Gary Bell, Jr. is back for a 2nd workout
Adam Zagoria: Cliff Alexander is recovering from a minor sprain of his knee and his camp is holding him out until he’s 100 percent, source tells @SNYtv
Michael Scotto: Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse) is part of a group workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers today, league sources tell Sheridan Hoops. #NBADraft
Michael Scotto: The New York Knicks are meeting with Kristaps Porzingis today, league sources confirm. The news was first reported by @Frank Isola. #NBADraft
Frank Isola: While Phil Jackson continues his promotional tour, the Latvian legend. Kristaps Porzingis, is working out for the Knicks right now.
George Karl talked about the Kings options with the number six pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and about Sacramento’s needs after Sunday’s predraft workout featuring Mike Caffey, Sam Dekker, Duje Dukan and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Gery Woelfel: Only 4 days before the draft, Bucks have at the last minute decided to bring in UNLV F Christian Wood for a workout Monday. Interesting.
One Eastern Conference scout believes the 6-9 forward would be a strong fit in the team’s triangle offense. “He could be an [Lamar] Odom-type,” the scout said. “He can shoot it and score from the interior, pass and make plays off of the dribble. I like him there.” Two separate scouts said recently that feel as if Looney is one of the most underrated players in the draft. “We could be having a different conversation about Kevon Looney in five years,” one said.
Looney has worked out for more than 10 NBA teams but said his workout with New York was the most detailed. The workout started with a 20-30 minute film session with Jackson and Fisher. The Knicks’ coach and team president showed the assembled big men a few basic actions in the triangle offense. From there, the players took the floor to run through some sets and play 2-on-2, among other activities. “The competition was pretty good,” Looney said.
Payne, 6-foot-2, 183 pounds, averaged 20.3 points, six assists, 1.8 steals and 2.5 made 3-pointers per game as a sophomore at Murray State this past season. The 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers (second and 27th overall picks), Sacramento Kings (sixth), Denver Nuggets (seventh), Indiana Pacers (11th) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (14th) and met with the Boston Celtics (16). The southpaw sharpshooter ranked in the top 15 among NCAA Division I players last season in points and assists per game. Draftexpress.com currently projects Payne to be drafted by the Thunder with the 14th pick.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Clippers will bring in Ryan Boatright, DJ Newbill, Chris Walker, Royce O’Neale and Damontre Harris for a workout today. #NBADraft