A team first calls a player’s agent to set up a visit. Agents will determine when a player will visit and often what other players will compete against him. It is not uncommon for an agent to give teams a list of players with whom his client would like to work out. In the case of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, each player will make team visits but will likely not compete in a three-on-three setting.
Teams will have agents on speed dial when it comes to finalizing the draft workout. Starting in early May and leading up to the day of the draft, teams will operate on seven-day workweeks based on the availability of prospects. The first piece of the puzzle is getting a prospect to commit. The second piece is filling out the workout with prospects within the same skill level. Because players have been scouted heavily in five-on-five settings, the goal for the team is to get a player in their gym to get to know him better
Teams that put a lot of stock into the draft workout are often the ones that miss out on top prospects in the draft. It’s just not as important as the other parts of the evaluation process. The workout is more for the benefit of the coaching staff. Players will go through a one-hour, practice-like setting that will combine agility, shell drills, shooting and three-on-three. The true test of the prospect is not how skilled they are; it's their conditioning. Unlike a practice setting where there are 15 players, the draft workout is built on repetition with less rest.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers, led by own Josh Harris, were well represented at today's Excel Sports workout featuring Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray in NY. Coach Brett Brown and vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley were also among the large Sixers' contingent at the Excel workout.
Jeff Goodman: Denver Nuggets workout tomorrow: Wade Baldwin, Ben Bentil, Ty Wallace, Derrick Jones, Anthony Gill and Ryan Stephan (Colorado-Mesa).
A. Sherrod Blakely: Per sources, Weber State's Joel Bolomboy, one of the standouts at the #NBA combine, will be in town for a workout w/the Celtics on June 1.
Adam Zagoria: Was told former Kansas F Cheick Diallo was very impressive in workout today with Atlanta. They pick at No. 21.
Darren Wolfson: Reminder: #Twolves closed workout today = F. VanVleet, Isaiah Briscoe, Kyle Collinsworth, D. Finney-Smith, Majok Deng, + Michael Carrera.
Adam Zagoria: Former Kansas F Cheick Diallo works out tomorrow for Atlanta, source tells @SNYtv. Hawks have the No. 21 pick.
Adam Zagoria: Ben Bentil works out for Indiana on Monday and also has Orlando this week, source tells @SNYtv
Even so, several sources told The Undefeated that Philadelphia expects to also work out ex-California forward Jaylen Brown, ex-Providence point guard Kris Dunn and ex-Kentucky combo guard Jamal Murray. The Sixers are also considering offering workout invitations to ex-Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Dragan Bender, too. The Sixers have yet to schedule any workouts with any of the aforementioned NBA prospects. Philadelphia has the top pick as well as the 24th and 26th selections in the first round, but no second-round picks. The NBA draft will be held June 23 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He said he would like to work out against Ingram and Simmons, but posed a question. “Do they want to work out [against] me?” Brown asked. “I think that’s the question.”
Chris Dempsey: #CUBuffs star Josh Scott worked out for the #Nuggets today. He said he has workouts with Dallas and the L.A. Clippers next week.
Adam Zagoria: Melo Trimble: "If I'm not ready for the next level, then I go back" to school twitter.com/Bucks/status/7…
The Sixers are scheduled to look at St. Joseph's Isaiah Miles, Baylor's Taurean Prince, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, Columbia Maodo Lo, San Diego State's Winston Shepard and Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame during Friday's predraft workout.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves are in the process of finalizing workouts w/ Skal Labissiere + Henry Ellenson, among many. They'll do their due-diligence, surely.
Isaiah Whitehead didn't work out on Wednesday for the Indiana Pacers as originally planned, and pushed back his announcement plans until March 24. Whitehead had initially Tweeted he would announce on Thursday whether he would remain in the NBA Draft or return to Seton Hall. He has until May 25 to decide.
Sean Cunningham: New Kings head coach Dave Joerger oversees draft workout today while Corliss Williamson and Nancy Lieberman work players
Adam Zagoria: After working out yesterday for the Clippers, Providence F Ben Bentil works out today for the Lakers.
Blake Ellington: First pre-draft workout set for tomorrow for the Kings: Josh Hagins, Gabe York, Brannen Greene, Max Hooper, Mike Bryson, Jordan Loveridge https://t.co/pYCTSQVUpi
Michael Scotto: Sources: Los Angeles Lakers will bring in Andrew Andrews for a workout Friday. He led the Pac-12 in scoring averaging 20.9 points per game.
Andy Katz: Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes worked out for the Celtics today. He has three more workouts (Phoenix, Utah, NY) and then he will wait to hear "and if it's not (what he wants) then I will go back to college and be the best player in college basketball."
Michael Scotto: Celtics will bring in Taurean Prince, Jake Layman, DeAndre Bembry, Josh Hart, Malcolm Brogdon and Abdel Nader for Boston's 2nd workout today
Adam Zagoria: Former Oklahoma PG Isaiah Cousins was impressive yesterday in Pacers workout, sources told @SNYtv. Has New Orleans tomorrow.
Troy Williams, 21, just completed his junior year at Indiana University and says he has an internship and “a class or two left” to earn his undergraduate degree. He has not yet decided whether he will remain in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he has until May 25th to decide. He says he’ll lean heavily on his support system: uncle Boo Williams, aunt Terri Williams-Flournoy, and basketball trainer John Lucas. For now, he’s “50-50.” He has workouts scheduled with the Clippers (Wednesday), Lakers (Thursday), and Pelicans (May 23rd).
Marcus Lee has cancelled at least three workouts with NBA teams, including one scheduled for Tuesday, a league source told SNY.tv. It is unclear how many workouts the 6-foot-10 Lee had originally scheduled.
Lee said Friday he was still weighing his options regarding the NBA Draft and was unconcerned about a possible logjam in the Kentucky frontcourt should he return to campus. "I'm definitely weighing my options, it's definitely a process," Lee said on Friday at the NBA Draft Combine. "Once I get back home I'll be able to talk it through with my family and we'll figure it out from there. We'll kind of weigh the options and go from there knowing that there is a risk there in not knowing what might happen."
Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe will work out for the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, his father told SNY.tv. Briscoe has had several other workouts, most recently with the Lakers. He has not hired an agent and has until May 25 to opt to return to campus or remain in the Draft.
The Pacers will hold their second pre-draft workout on Wednesday, May 18 in preparation for the 2016 NBA Draft. The six players scheduled to participate in workouts are Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), Wade Baldwin IV (Vanderbilt), Matt Costello (Michigan State), Max Landis (IPFW), Patrick McCaw (UNLV), Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona).
Adam Zagoria: Thon Maker has been invited to tonight's Draft Lottery and won't work out tomorrow for Pacers b/c of scheduling. Still has Pacers & Bulls.
Adam Zagoria: Former Michigan State F Matt Costello is currently working out for the @Brooklyn Nets , league source tells @SNYtv
Chad Ford: Great workout this morning in NY with Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Thon Maker & Anthony Gill https://t.co/owYSxbhe5X
Michael Scotto: Nets and Pistons will bring in Nathan Boothe (Toledo) for workouts this week, per sources. He averaged 19.3 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Michael Scotto: Cleveland Cavaliers will bring in Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland) and Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona) as part of a workout today, per league sources.
After playing in the NBA Draft Combine last week, former Oklahoma point guard Isaiah Cousins is hoping to impress during individual NBA workouts beginning this week. The 6-foot-4 Mount Vernon, N.Y., native begins workouts on Tuesday with the Indiana Pacers. He was supposed to go against Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, but Trimble is no longer in the workout. Cousins will then work out this week for New Orleans and Denver before heading to San Antonio on Sunday. After that come workouts with Houston and Phoenix. "I'm definitely looking forward to that," Cousins, who led the Sooners to the Final Four in Houston, told me at the Combine. "[I'm looking to show] that I can play at the position as a point guard and just make plays and just go hard. "I just keep working hard and being humble."
Gery Woelfel: Ex-Marquette star Henry Ellenson hasn't decided which teams he'll work out for before June 23 draft but Bucks would likely be one of them.
Jessica Camerato: Seton Hall G Isaiah Whitehead worked out with Sixers Monday. Has workout scheduled with Pacers Wednesday. Undecided on staying in draft.
Jessica Camerato: Louisiana-Lafayette PF Shawn Long worked out with Sixers today. Up next, Bucks Wednesday, Nuggets Saturday, next week Rockets and Mavericks.
Jessica Camerato: Update on Sixers pre-draft workouts today: Jaylen Bond will participate, Dedric Lawson will not
Melo Trimble knows he didn't perform as well as he could have at the NBA Draft Combine, and will now try to impress during individual workouts beginning next week. The 6-foot-2 1/2 Maryland point guard met at the Combine with the Knicks, Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Denver and the Lakers.
Derek Bodner: Looks like Bryan Colangelo is open to have media availability for pre-draft workouts. He knows how to play the game.
Adam Zagoria: The Celtics, who have as many as 8 picks, will work out Cheick Diallo, source tells @SNYtv. Now projected No. 25 by @Jonathan Givony.
Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble met with the Sixers and will work out with them on May 25 as he contemplates his decision to stay in the draft. During his team interview, he emphasized how he feels he could impact a turnaround. “When I got there, we went to the tournament, which hadn’t been done in a while,” Trimble said. “I feel like wherever I go, I bring a winning culture.”
It remains to be seen where Maker gets drafted and what his future holds, but he is preparing to become the first player since 2005 to go directly from high school to the NBA. He will work out next week for the Indiana Pacers (likely on Wednesday), while Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Detroit and Minnesota are expected to bring him in for workouts, a source told SNY.tv. He met here with Minnesota, Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Detroit, Orlando and the Lakers.
Jeff Rabjohns: Indiana F Troy Williams, Maryland PG Melo Trimble, Oklahoma PG Isaiah Cousins among players scheduled to work out for the Pacers Tuesday. Adam Zagoria: Thon Maker on Wednesday.
Louisiana-Lafayette post player Shawn Long will work out for the 76ers on Monday. The 6-foot-10, 256-pounder averaged 18.9 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this past season for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
David Mayo: #Pistons could begin hosting players for pre-draft workouts as early as late next week, and certainly following week, per GM Jeff Bower.
Adam Zagoria: Former Oklahoma PG Isaiah Cousins has workouts with Indiana, Denver, SA, Houston, and Phoenix as his first five. Indiana Tuesday.
Jeff Goodman: Expect Villanova's Josh Hart to also take his decision right to the 25th. Said he has a workout scheduled for 24th.
Keith Pompey: #Baylor forward Taurean Prince will work out for #Sixers on May 20. https://t.co/5FoI5dMTQ4
October 5, 2022 | 12:55 pm EDT Update
“It would mean everything in the world to me to be back in the NBA,” DeMarcus Cousins told Yahoo Sports. “I know I belong in this league. I feel like I’ve paid my dues and earned my stripes. I’ve hit some bumps in the road with injuries and I’ve always worked my way back to be 100 percent healthy. I’ve worked my tail off to get back to this point. I just want the opportunity to show the work I’ve put in and continue to put in. I also just want an opportunity to also earn my keep and that’s all I really want. I have a lot left in the tank. A whole lot. I feel like I’ve actually become an even better player, just sharpening all my skills. I’ve had nothing but time in the gym. I’ve gotten better in all aspects of my game.
But NBA executives continue to have questions about his character and what he brings to a locker room. In a phone interview with Yahoo Sports from his home in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-10 center sought to provide answers to those questions. “Have I made mistakes? Absolutely,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports. “Have I done things the wrong way? Absolutely. For that, I’m very apologetic. But I’ve done even more things the correct way and I’ve done even more positive things compared to my negatives. I just don’t want those positives to be overlooked. And obviously, whenever it gets to the point where the negatives outweigh the positives, you should probably move away from him. That’s just how life goes. But I don’t believe I’m in that boat. I’m just asking for a chance to show my growth as a man and a player.”
Cousins said he’s working out every day from basketball drill sessions, conditioning, weight lifting and body maintenance. He’s doing it all without a guarantee of ever touching an NBA court again. But that’s his motivation. “I’m just trying to control what I can control,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports. “This process can get repetitive and get to the point where it can kind of drive you crazy, but you just have to fall in love with the process. Every day I’m working out to make sure I’m better than I was the previous day. So whenever the opportunity does come about and my name is called upon, I’ll be prepared.”
Christos Tsaltas: Wizards guard/forward Corey Kispert will miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Kispert suffered the injury after stepping on an opponent’s foot during the first quarter of Sunday’s preseason game in Japan vs. the Golden State Warriors. #DCAboveAll
October 5, 2022 | 12:40 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ ongoing battle for the starting small forward spot will be one player short in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Sources tell cleveland.com Dylan Windler did not make the trip for the preseason opener against the 76ers because of an injured right ankle suffered near the end of practice Tuesday. Windler stayed back in Cleveland for treatment. A source says the right ankle injury is considered “minor.”
Shaquille O’Neal brought up the topic of James and him closing in on Abdul-Jabbar’s record on the show “IMPAULSIVE” (at the 26:42 mark) and said that James passing Abdul-Jabbar’s record actually has him jealous. “LeBron’s about to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time and I think he will put his move up there,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “To pass up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I can truthfully say I’m jealous of that feat.” Although he said that Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever in his eyes, he had plenty of praise for LeBron James and the record he is about to break.