No point in waiting for Furkan Korkmaz. The Turkish hot prospect, who is currently taking part in pre-Draft workouts with the Denver Nuggets, expressed his will to play in the NBA next year. “I want to come right away here”, said the 18-year old player, as reported by BSN Denver. “If I come here right away next year, it’s going to help me a lot. For example, if I reach my potential after three years in Europe, it’s going to take less time if I come here right away”.
Croatian 7-footer Dragan Bender and Washington’s 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss had unannounced, individual workouts with the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns also held their draft preparation’s most talent-loaded group workout Saturday, featuring three candidates for the Suns’ No. 13 pick in Michigan State power forward Deyonta Davis, Michigan State shooting guard Denzel Valentine and French small forward Timothe Luwawu. The workout also included Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku and help from Arizona State center Eric Jabobsen for a second time.
Hield and Bryant share the same agent, Rob Pelinka, and because of that, they were able to work out together recently. Hield said the session with his idol lasted about two hours. “I learned a lot of footwork stuff,” Hield said. “It was a blessing. Not many kids can say they learned something from Kobe Bryant.”
Darren Wolfson: Buddy Hield told Lakers media today that he had an individual workout w/ the #Twolves. They also saw him in a group workout.
There have been callbacks where the guy was banged up or tired and so we said, ‘Alright, let’s look at you again.’ Or sometimes it’s as much as we found some things out in their background check and we want to talk to them about it. Or our doctor wants to take another look. All of these are reasons to have a guy come back.” How different did Smart look the second time around? “Significantly. He made shots. He was the Marcus that — he had more fire, just was the Marcus we had seen all season,” Ainge added. “Both of Marcus’ workouts were competitive workouts. “It’s just case by case. Some guys are just really scheduled all the way up and some guys have room to come back and it just depends on everybody.”
Adam Zagoria: After the Rockets today, Isaiah Whitehead has the Bucks Monday and the Pelicans Tuesday, source confirms to @SNYtv. Nets TBD.
Jay King: "No update" on whether the Celtics will get to work out Kris Dunn, according to Austin Ainge.
Most of those participating in the Hornets’ workouts aren’t projected in the first round. Cho said it’s increasingly difficult to get prospects to audition if you have a pick in the bottom 10 of the first round. “According to the agents there are about 35 guys who will be picked before No. 22. We know there are going to be only 21,” Cho said.
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Chicago Bulls brought in Diamond Stone, Stephen Zimmerman, Nathan Boothe and Wes Washpun for a group workout today. #NBADraft
James Ham: Saturday draft workout in Sac: Jaleel Cousins (brother of DeMarcus), Quincy Ford, Alex Hamilton, Angel Rodriguez, Josh Scott, Ryan Spangler
Michael Scotto: Sources: Boston Celtics will bring in Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Cat Barber (NC State) and Gary Payton II (Oregon State) for a workout Saturday
Jessica Camerato: Can confirm @Marc Stein Sixers had dinner w Simmons in CLE last night. He has not done a workout, team was looking to meet before draft.
Chris Vivlamore: North Carolina's Marcus Paige worked out for the Hawks yesterday. He is in Charlotte today.
Brad Turner: Lakers to workout guard Buddy Hield Saturday. Waiting to hear if workout us open to media. Lakers saw Hield workout about 3 weeks ago
Alex Kennedy: The Wizards are looking at former Seton Hall/UConn guard Sterling Gibbs for a second time on Monday. Knicks and Suns have taken a look too.
The Denver Nuggets will conduct a solo pre-draft workout with Timothe Luwawu on Thursday, June 16. This will be the 11th workout at Pepsi Center for pre-draft hopefuls.
Adam Zagoria: Former Providence and Auburn F Tyler Harris works out for Toronto on Sunday. Has already had Lakers, Chicago, Utah, Sac, Det, Orl, Wash, GSW
Michael Scotto: Washington Wizards bringing in D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, James Webb III, Tyler Harris & James Robinson for a workout today, per league sources
Ian Begley: In addition to Louisiana-Lafayette's Shawn Long, the Knicks also worked out Central Michigan's Chris Fowler and NC State's Anthony "Cat" Barber yesterday, according to league sources. The Knicks don't have a pick in June's draft but plan on acquiring one. The most likely scenario has them acquiring a second-rounder. They have worked out several players in recent weeks at the training facility with an emphasis on the triangle offense, per sources. Both Fowler and Barber are point guards and Long is a 6-10 big man, who has worked out for a dozen teams and impressed the Knicks.
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
May 19, 2022 | 8:48 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: J. Cole is signing contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars (@sss_cebl) in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the rap star’s second consecutive year playing professionally. CEBL training camp began this week, with season opener on May 26.