Michael Scotto: Several league executives say Yogi Ferrell has really impressed on the workout trail. His draft range is considered early to mid 2nd round.
Ben Simmons was in Philadelphia Tuesday morning to work out for the 76ers. The former Louisiana State power forward worked out for the Sixers at Philadelphia College of Osepathic Medicine, according to sources close to the player.
The Bucks are holding their final draft workout on Tuesday at the Cousins Center, with the NBA draft scheduled Thursday. No first-round prospects are included in the list. Among the prospects is Rockford, Ill., native and Wichita State senior guard Fred VanVleet, who is ranked No. 83 on the top 100 prospects list by DraftExpress. Earlier the Bucks had VanVleet's teammate Ron Baker in for a pair of workouts.
Also working out are 6-1 senior guard Wes Washpun of Northern Iowa; 6-1 senior guard Retin Obasohan of Alabama; 6-5 forward Marcus Georges-Hunt of Georgia Tech; 6-7 senior forward Cinmeon Bowers of Auburn; and 6-11 center Gracin Bakumanya of the Congo.
Rod Beard: Ivica Zubac worked out for #Pistons today; he said he only had a handful of workouts, based on teams his agent said were most interested.
Alex Kennedy: Markus Kennedy will work out for the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, according to sources.
The Bucks will hold at least one more workout before Thursday’s draft, that being on Monday. Former Whitefish Bay High School and Maryland standout Diamond Stone is expected to audition for the Bucks, as is former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead. Stone is expected to be selected in the middle of the first round, while Whitehead’s stock has increased, with one NBA executive ranking him in “the 20s.’’ The Bucks have picks 10, 36 and 38.
Adam Zagoria: Malachi Richardson works out today for Toronto, which picks at 9 & 27. https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/malachi-richardson-impressses-at-pro-day-has-suns-workout-wednesday/182674608 … @MikeGrimala
Charlotte Hornets: DAY 6! Malcolm Brogdon, John Brown, Michael Carrera, Joel James, Patrick McCaw, Mike Tobey.
Following is a list of scheduled attendees for Sacramento Kings Pre-Draft workouts, which will take place at Kings Practice Facility leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23. Josh Hagins (PG – 6’1” 180 lbs.) Arkansas Little Rock. Gabe York (G – 6’3” 190 lbs.) Arizona. Brannen Greene (SF – 6’7” 215 lbs.) Kansas. Max Hooper (G – 6’6” 201 lbs.) Oakland. Mike Bryson (G – 6’4” 201 lbs.) UC Santa Barbara. Jordan Loveridge (F – 6’6” 222 lbs.) Utah.
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.”
May 27, 2022 | 5:40 pm EDT Update
Sources nonetheless maintain that one option already being weighed by team brass is the prospect of joining the sign-and-trade bidding for the Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine, amid a growing belief around the league that LaVine, as he heads into free agency, has more interest in leaving Chicago than initially presumed. Atlanta, Portland and San Antonio — all of whom possess either the cap space or the trade pieces to more readily chase him — have already been mentioned as likely LaVine suitors.
The word choice there does not appear to be accidental. Sources with knowledge of the Mavericks’ thinking say that the team, for all of Dončić’s individual brilliance, remains intent on finding at least one more All-Star-caliber player to complement him, fearful that it would be too difficult to win another championship without one.
The Mavericks, again, know they must address their shortcomings on the front line, but sources indicate that their oft-reported interest in Gobert is somewhat overstated because of Gobert’s offensive limitations and the offensive success they just had in the playoffs with a 5-out style that left the paint uncluttered.
Sources say Dallas remains hopeful of making a significant upgrade at the first opportunity, after acknowledging with its midseason exile of Porziņģis to Washington that its first attempt to secure a starry sidekick for Dončić was a misfire.
The pick that seems even more certain to be on the move is Portland’s at No. 7, with sources saying the Blazers will push to immediately put a competitive team around Damian Lillard rather than start over. Detroit’s Jerami Grant has been the hot name here, but the Blazers could look at other options.
Callie Caplan: Luka Doncic’s exit interview: On personnel decisions: “I’m involved. Two-way conversations with me, Nico, Fin and J.” On Jalen Brunson’s free agency: “He’s going to deserve all the money he gets.” Favorite moment this season? “I don’t know.” — until he was reminded of Game 7.