The Celtics, Suns, and Timberwolves hold the third through fifth picks in the draft, and Bender figures to fall somewhere in that range. But league executives have been traveling to see Bender play in Europe for several years. “The feedback has been really positive, and with any of these guys, it’s ‘What is he going to be in three or four years?’ ” agent Doug Neustadt said. “I think that’s what people are trying to figure out. But they see his skill level and what he can do and his IQ on the court, and being able to mesh with guys who have been playing basketball at the pro level for 10-plus years.”
Bender is currently working out privately in Washington before he auditions for NBA teams selecting in the Nos. 3-5 range in the upcoming draft, according to Nikola Vujcic. His first NBA audition starts Thursday in Minnesota for the Timberwolves, who own the fifth pick. He'll then head to Phoenix (picking fourth) to work out on Saturday for the Suns. His last workout is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, for the Celtics in Boston (owner of the 3rd pick). All three teams scouted Bender multiple times in person in Israel.
David Locke: Deyonta Davis coming into SLC to workout for Jazz on Wednesday. As likely as anyone to be taken #12 right now
Jessica Camerato: Stephen Zimmerman (@Stephen Zimmerman) worked out with the Sixers today. He still has to work out for the Bulls, Clippers and Celtics.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers are still trying to schedule a workout with former #Syracuse & #TeamFinal G Malachi Richardson. It could happen next week.
Alex Kennedy: In addition to today's announced Pacers workout, Diamond Stone worked out for the Hawks, Hornets, Suns, Raptors, Nuggets, Magic and Pistons.
Michael Hart: Former MTSU 6'6 G/F Perrin Buford will return for a 2nd workout with the Boston Celtics June 20th. @hoopshype @dnj_sports
Alex Kennedy: Elgin Cook has worked out for Raptors, Nets, Hawks, Warriors. He’ll also work out for Jazz, Mavs, Kings, Pistons. https://t.co/09EyesPBMw
Brian Seltzer: VP Player Personnel Marc Eversley made clear Sixers were keeping eye on Jaylen Brown's shooting ability; they thought he shot it very well.
Jessica Camerato: Tomorrow the Sixers will work out Bryn Forbes, Grandy Glaze, Stefan Jankovic, Retin Obasohan, David Walker, Stephen Zimmerman.
Michael Scotto: Bucks brought in Kyle Wiltjer, Derrick Jones Jr, Tyrone Wallace, Kyle Collinsworth, Max Landis and Carrington Love for a group workout today
Payton II could be selected by the Pelicans, who have the 39th and 40th picks in the second round. He was among 12 potential second-round prospects the Pelicans worked out on Monday in front of Coach Alvin Gentry and his assistants, General Manager Dell Demps and recently hired special adviser Danny Ferry. ''I see myself coming in here helping, backing up for whoever and you know just trying to get that energy and defensive surge to the team,'' Payton II said.
Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard, didn't mind responding, saying he has strived to be his own person and his game is much different than his father's because he is still trying to develop a consistent shot. ''There's not one place that I go where it's not mentioned or asked about, but I'm used to it,'' Payton II said. ''Growing up young, it was difficult. I didn't know how to handle the pressure or what not, the critics and everybody saying you're never going to be as good as your father. But getting older and wiser, being my own person and comfortable in the way I play basketball. As I got older, it got easier.''
Unless something changes, the 76ers won’t work out out Ben Simmons during the NBA predraft process – at least not at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They are expected to use the first overall on the former Louisiana State University power forward. However, Simmons doesn't plan on working out for NBA teams leading up to the June 23 NBA draft.
The Sixers are still trying to get Simmons in for a workout. The Australia native is represented by Klutch Sports Group, which is based in Cleveland. Simmons has been training there throughout the pre-draft process. The team hasn’t ruled out going to Ohio to meet with Simmons and watch him work out.
Keith Pompey: Bryan Colangelo said the #Sixers aren't concerned that Ben Simmons won't come in for a workout. https://t.co/snfu1xa42I
Chad Ford: Kris Dunn hasn't done a team workout with a little more than a week to go before the draft. He's refusing to do 1-on-none workouts with teams. Will only workout for teams if it's against Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram or Jamal Murray source says. Dunn is currently projected in the 3 to 8 range.
Jeff Goodman: Boston Celtics worked out both Buddy Hield and also Marquese Chriss today in California, source told ESPN. Both Rob Pelinka clients.
Jeff Goodman: Jamal Murray hit 79 of 100 3’s in Boston last week. Buddy Hield, per source, hit 85 of 100 in front of Celtics brass today in California.
There isn’t an NBA team more familiar with Henry Ellenson than the Milwaukee Bucks. Ellenson played one season at Marquette University in Milwaukee and the Golden Eagles played their home games at the Bradley Center, the same facility in which the Bucks do. But the Bucks apparently want to know even more about Ellenson before the June 23 draft, and that’s why team officials have arranged to meet with the 6-foot-11 power forward-center on Tuesday.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Dragan Bender has workouts scheduled in Minnesota on June 16, Phoenix June 18, and Boston June 21.
Adam Himmelsbach: Dragan Bender is scheduled to come to Boston for a workout on June 21, according to a league source.
Jessica Camerato: Brandon Ingram is currently working out for the Sixers. Before he speaks to the media, here's a profile story: bit.ly/1WJGx5O
Tom Moore: #Sixers Bryan Colangelo on Ingram: 'I call him a silky smooth scorer. He's everything we thought he would be.'
Tom Moore: B Colangelo: 'We're still working on final information' for meeting with Simmons. Not coming here for workout as of now. #Sixers
Tom Moore: B Colangelo: Most important thing 'is getting the medical information from physicals' with Ingram, Simmons.
Brett Dawson: Alvin Gentry and Darren Erman both spoke to Yabusele afterward. He said they told him he had a good workout and talked some about defense.
Michael Scotto: Oklahoma City Thunder will bring in James Farr (Xavier) as part of a group workout on Tuesday, per league sources. #NBADraft
Michael Scotto: The Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls will bring in guard Wes Washpun for workouts this week, per league sources.
Adam Zagoria: Former Manhattan/Cincy F Jermaine Lawrence was 'a little rusty' in Warriors workout Saturday, source says. Overseas/free agent type guy.
Michael Scotto: Sacramento Kings will bring in Antwan Scott (Colorado State) as part of a group workout on Wednesday, per league sources.
Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell continues to impress in workouts around the league. He shot the ball well in sessions last week with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, per several people familiar with the workouts. Ferrell, a 6-foot PG, worked out for the Knicks on Friday alongside Kansas' Perry Ellis and for Brooklyn earlier in the week. The Knicks don't have a draft pick but are expected to acquire one.
Jake Fischer: Grizzlies worked out Ben Bentil, Isaiah Cousins, Gary Payton II Malachi Richardson, Wayne Selden and Nathan Boothe today, not Bryce Johnson.
Darren Wolfson: Another #Twolves note: Cal's Jaylen Brown will workout here next week. Will stop here before heading to NYC. Layden saw Brown already.
Alex Kennedy: Skal Labissière will work out with the Timberwolves and Celtics next week. He worked out for the Suns and Lakers this past week.
During his first three North Carolina seasons, Johnson showed glimpses of the player NBA teams like for his scoring and rebounding instincts, mid-range shooting touch and tall, agile frame. Johnson evolved from efficient sophomore backup to junior starter before breaking through in his senior season to wind up with eye-popping lines like a 39-point, 23-rebound output against Florida State. “It will definitely translate but, at the same time, I want to be able to expand my game just because, not only am I not going to be posting as much, but I have to do be able to step out and shoot 3-pointers sometimes,” Johnson said. “In college, I was a back-to-the-basket type of player because that was the system Coach Williams had. Nowadays, everybody just wants to see me shoot the ball. They just want to know if I can shoot. They know I’m very athletic. I can dunk the ball very well. I think about 85 percent of my shots were dunks this year.”
Jimmy Butler and Henry Ellenson went 1 on 1 after Ellenson's 2016 NBA Draft Workout. Henry came out of the gate strong, but Jimmy showed why he is considered one of the top guards in the NBA. More coverage of Henry Ellenson's draft preparation are coming soon from CLHTV including the HORSE game and Henry's Draft Workout.
The Bucks are still attempting to bring in Wade Baldwin for a workout. Baldwin, a talented 6-foot-4 combo guard from Vanderbilt, has been sidelined in recent weeks with an injury but is expected to return to the court soon. Baldwin is one of the X-factors in the draft, with some teams projecting him as a mid-first round selection and others tabbing him as an early second-round choice.
There are rumors Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere will not work out anymore for teams picking after 10, which is where the Bucks currently reside. Does Labissiere and his agents have a “promise’’ to be taken in the top 10? Or, as some NBA officials point out, are they concerned about some possible Labissiere back and knee issues?
Shams Charania: Georgios Papagiannis, 18, 7-foot-1: Papagiannis is an early-entry candidate who played for Panathinaikos in Greece this season, bypassing collegiate basketball in the U.S.A. He’s had several workouts for NBA teams – including Phoenix, Boston and Chicago – and will have a live showcase workout on Sunday at Temple University. He has yet to reach a final decision whether to remain in the draft and will wait on the conclusion of workouts. Papagiannis attended Westtown School in Pennsylvania.
Keith Pompey: Former #Syracuse G Malachi Richardson decided to work out for #Phoenix [Wed.], #Denver [Thurs]. He'll be in #Orlando on Sat.
Alex Kennedy: Interesting pre-draft workout for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday: Jaylen Brown and Skal Labissiere will be in the building.
Steve Kyler: Heard Dragan Bender will be stateside this weekend and working out for NBA teams next week. Has a full dance card at the top of the draft
Baxter Holmes: Jaylen Brown and Skal Labissière will have closed workouts for the Lakers tomorrow but will meet with the media after, the team announces.
Brad Turner: D'Angelo Russell back from China working out after Brandon Ingram works out for Lakers https://t.co/bvWyLDjJyZ
Chris Forsberg: 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye checks out Shaq's size 22 shoes inside the Celtics' Hall of Fame room after his workout. https://t.co/V5Bs5ALyeW
Serena Winters: Brandon Ingram will work out with the Lakers tomorrow. Though the workout itself will be closed to media - we’ll have interviews after.
Marc J. Spears: Greek 7-2 center Georgios Papagiannis is working out on Sunday for NBA teams at McGonigle Hall at Temple University.
Ian Begley: The Wizards will work out St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley next week, per league sources.
Chris Dempsey: Marquette F Henry Ellenson will workout with the #Nuggets individually in the afternoon on Thursday
Ron Baker, a shooting guard from Wichita State, will work out for the Hawks in advance on the NBA Draft on Friday. Baker, 6-foot-4, worked out for the Jazz on Sunday and told reporters that he had a session scheduled with the Hawks. The senior averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 31.6 minutes in 34 games for the Shockers in a season that included a run in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Also, the Hawks had Thon Maker in for a workout recently. The Sudanese-Australian is a 7-1 power forward/center who finished his high school career in Canada. He projects as a second-round pick.
May 15, 2022 | 11:05 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul on this possibly being his best shot at a title: “They said that last year. They probably said it back in ’08. Every time you lose, they’re gonna say it’s your best chance…but we’ll be back next year. I ain’t retiring tomorrow, thank God.”
Marc J. Spears: Suns point guard Chris Paul limped out of the arena with a very slow walk. @andscape learned that Paul had a left quad injury. When asked about his quad injury, Paul declined comment.
Gerald Bourguet: “His contract situation is between him and the front office. I care about him as a brother. Just making sure his mental is right…whatever happens, happens. Kind of hard to look so far in the future.” – Devin Booker on Deandre Ayton’s contract situation
“Giannis is the best player in the world. You can see why a lot of people say that,” Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said. “He’s just relentless in his approach. He is aggressive all the time. He’s not going to be denied. And that was tough for us in the series.” Antetokounmpo finished the semifinals with back-to-back 20-point, 20-rebound games. He had 44 points and 20 rebounds in Game 6, and 25 points and 20 rebounds with 9 assists in Game 7. And they were both losses. Antetokounmpo joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to lose consecutive postseason games with a 20-20, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Antetokounmpo started off hot on Sunday, going 6-for-10 in the first half for 17 points before he appeared to get fatigued while struggling down the stretch. He shot just 4 of 16 in the second half with 8 points as the Celtics pulled away after halftime. “Legs heavy. Body heavy. Mind heavy. Everything was heavy,” Antetokounmpo said with a smile after the game. “I was just trying to be aggressive. At the end of the day, it’s Game 7 and I’m not going to hold the ball and not look at the rim, I’d rather miss a bunch of shots and keep playing and keep coming and keep being aggressive. Keep looking for my teammates and keep making the right plays then go in passive mode. I can live with that.”