Fox said the Knicks didn’t specifically address the triangle offense during their meeting, but that he’d love to play with 7-foot-3 star Kristaps Porzingis. “I don’t know too much about the triangle,” he said. “Everyone says it’s hard to learn but if I go in there I’ll have to learn quickly. And Porzingis, he’s amazing, watching the NBA this year. I really paid attention to the NBA this year knowing I’m about to go into this business; I had to stop watching it as a casual fan and start thinking of it as a business aspect. He’s great and if I get to play with him, I feel like we can do something special.”
Thornwell met with at least 14 teams this past week, including San Antonio, Orlando, Miami, Brooklyn, Denver, Golden State, Milwaukee, Detroit, Portland, Atlanta and Dallas. He knew of at least one private workout scheduled with the Trail Blazers.
Jason Quick: Some players confirmed for workouts in Portland: Ivan Rabb (Cal), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Sindarius Thornwell (So. Carolina).
Vincent Ellis: Michigan's D.J. Wilson says he interviewed with the #Pistons. Injured quad on 1st day of workouts with #Spurs. Also worked out for #Jazz.
Chris Haynes: Cal big man Ivan Rabb will work out for Portland at some point after combine, league sources tell ESPN. Trail Blazers owns picks 15, 20, 26.
Jason Quick: Former Oregon standout Dillon Brooks said at the NBA Combine that he has a workout scheduled with the Blazers in June.
Manny Navarro: #FSU shooting guard Dwayne Bacon (6-7, 220) said he has a scheduled workout with the #Heat next week
Adam Zagoria: The Thunder, Pelicans, Cavs and Heat have reached out to the HS coach of Arizona's Rawle Atkins. He worked out Sunday for OKC.
BYU’s Eric Mika will be one of six players participating in a pre-draft for the Utah Jazz on Sunday, the team announced Saturday afternoon. Mika declared for the draft in late March but did not hire an agent. Now the Lone Peak alum will have the chance to work out for the home team.
The other participants in Sunday’s Jazz workout include UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, LSU wing Antonio Blakeney, Georgetown wing L.J. Peak and Michigan big Moritz Wagner.
Adam Zagoria: Arizona freshman and NYC native Rawle Atkins works out for OKC tomorrow. NBA Combine next week.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers have started workouts with draft prospects. Had two on Wednesday one yesterday. Of course, heavy lifting comes in next couple weeks.
George Washington's best scorer and rebounder, Tyler Cavanaugh, has pre-draft workouts lined up with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, among other teams, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com before his agent, Keith Glass, confirmed Friday. Cavanaugh will workout for the Jazz, who are in a first-round playoff series with the L.A. Clippers, this weekend. The Spurs just ended their first-round series in six games with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jeff Goodman: NC State big man Omer Yurtseven will being among those working out for the Celtics on May 8, source told ESPN.
The Hawks held a pre-draft workout on Saturday morning with Aaron Holiday, Kyle Kuzma, Jaylen Adams and Angel Delgado, according to a person familiar with situation. All four are early-entry candidates.
The Utah Jazz still have at least one game remaining in their season Sunday against the LA Clippers, but the team will begin its workout process Saturday in advance of June 22's NBA Draft. Texas' Andrew Jones, Northeastern's T.J. Williams, UConn's Rodney Purvis, Michigan's Zak Irvin and D.J. Wilson and George Washington's Tyler Cavanaugh will audition for the Jazz at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
In the meantime, Seton Hall's Angel Delgado will work out for the Atlanta Hawks on a Saturday, a league source said.
Kyle Draper: The #Celtics worked out Dragan Bender Tuesday. FWIW I'm told he looked good during workouts. Less than 48 hrs away from #NBADraft night.
Jeff Goodman: New Hampshire native and former Arizona big man Kaleb Tarczewski will work out for the Celtics tomorrow, per source.
Brian Windhorst: The Phildelphia 76ers have informed Ben Simmons they will select him with the No. 1 pick Thursday, source says (@Chris Haynes 1st)
Brian Windhorst: The Phildelphia 76ers have informed Ben Simmons they will select him with the No. 1 pick Thursday, source says (@ChrisBHaynes 1st)
Brian Seltzer: Bryan Colangelo confirms Ben Simmons worked out for Sixers this morning. Josh Harris, David Blitzer were on hand. https://t.co/59frDXf5k2
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.
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.
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.
May 16, 2022 | 9:00 pm EDT Update
Kyrie Irving — who has a decision to make next month on whether to opt-in to the final year of his Brooklyn contract — sat down for the latest “I Am Athlete” episode. He lifted the lid on a host of topics, including saying the Cavaliers would’ve stayed together longer and won more if he’d been more mature. “If I was in the same maturity line and understanding of who I am, and I look back, we definitely, definitely would’ve won more championships, because there would’ve been a better man-to-man understanding about what I’m going through. I didn’t know how to share my emotions,” Irving said. “I didn’t know how to do that. So instead of sharing, I isolated myself.”
Kyrie Irving: “I just started pouring myself more into the game — I had one of my better seasons but I wasn’t connecting with everybody as much during the championship year. So 2017, it was a different year for us. We went against Golden State, we went against a great team. When you’re not a great team and not clicking on all cylinders and together, you’re easily defeated. You’re defeated before you can get to the arena.”
While Irving has a $36.5 million opt-in decision to make, he’s at a different place in his life than he was when he asked out of Cleveland at 24. In hindsight, he regrets not speaking to LeBron James beforehand. “We didn’t talk during that time,” Irving admitted. “When I look back on what I was going through at that time, I wish I did, because it would’ve been a good understanding of what the future will hold for both of us and we know how much power we both had together. Me and him in the league together running Cleveland, and then being able to put a better team together every single year would’ve definitely been worth it.”
“Frustrating from an organizational standpoint. but even more so from Ben’s,: said Marks. “I had a conversation with Ben. We all did. We saw how he wanted to get out there. To be honest, I’ve got to admire that. He tries to do 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and then you turn around and get an MRI, You see the disc herniation has gotten worse. and you think, well this guy is pushing through something that he shouldn’t be pushing through. Nobody wants to have surgery. It’s the last resort but it’s bygone now and we’ve got to move forward on this, we’ve got to support him and so forth.”
Asked for lessons learned from the Simmons off-again, on-again saga. Marks used the opportunity to critique the critics. “It’s a little bit of a testament that 1) he tried to get back out there and tried to help his teammates and secondly, we have to be careful not judge people. And if you’re outside that medical profession, when you’re chiming in from afar. You just have to be a bit careful of what you’re saying because you really don’t know,” said Marks.
Marks spoke as well about he and Steve Nash have had “honest conversations” both about last season and the upcoming one. He reiterated the need for “high character players” and said he “could see no reason why” both Joe Harris and Seth Curry won’t be back healthy and ready for camp. “The ultimate goal hasn’t changed, that’s to be the last team standing.”
Young LeBron James has been found. Marquis “Mookie” Cook, a high-ranking high school basketball player, has been cast as the NBA superstar in Shooting Stars, Universal and SpringHill Co.’s adaptation of the 2009 book by James and Buzz Bissinger.