The Hawks have held one pre-draft workout in Atlanta with UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, Utah’s Kyle Kuzma, St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams and Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado. They are expected to resume and ramp up workouts this month.
Now, one year later, the Bucks could still end up with the 6-foot-10 Rabb. They have the 17th overall pick in the June 22 draft and their interest in him is reflected in the fact he’ll be working out for the team on Friday morning in St. Francis. It will be the first of several pre-draft workouts for Rabb, whose next workout is Monday with the Orlando Magic.
Members of the Knicks organization have been in touch with representatives for N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. about scheduling a pre-draft workout, a league source confirms. There has been no workout scheduled yet but the contact between the Knicks and Smith's camp - which was first reported by ZagsBlog - is an indication that the Knicks would like to take a closer look at Smith Jr. as a potential first-round draft pick.
Monk is training in New York and waiting for his agent to set up his workouts with teams. He wouldn’t rule out working out for the Knicks. “If my agent says it, I’m going to have to do it,” Monk said. “I trust him.”
Mike Bresnahan: Among players scheduled to work out for Lakers tomorrow: Wisconsin's own Nigel Hayes (sorry, a little Badger bias there).
Gian Clavell, 23, said scouts from about 15 NBA teams were at the combine in Florida watching him work out Tuesday and Wednesday with 23 other pro prospects. He was scheduled to meet individually Wednesday with the San Antonio Spurs, he said, and he's hoping to participate in pre-draft workouts with several NBA teams.
Adam Zagoria: The Knicks, Sixers, Wolves & Sacramento have called to set up workouts with NC State PG Dennis Smith Jr, source tells ZAGSBLOG. No dates yet
Fall has previously worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston. He has a workout scheduled with Utah and is hoping to meet with Houston prior to making his decision.
Gery Woelfel: Cal PF Ivan Rabb didn't work out for Bucks today as ESPN reported he would. He is expected to work out for Bucks Friday, though. #NBAdraft
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors had UCLA forward T.J. Leaf in today. They'll hold more workouts next week. Monday's features Oregon forward/Canadian Dillon Brooks
Ian Begley: Iowa State forward Deonte Burton begins his East Coast workouts with a visit to the Knicks on Wednesday and the Celtics next Friday, per a league source. Scouts like Burton's wingspan (6-11.5) and view him as a potential Jae Crowder type in that he can defend multiple positions well. The Knicks have two second-round picks. The Celtics have three.
Adam Zagoria: In addition to working out for Milwaukee, Chicago & Nets, UK G @Diallo1Hamidou worked out for Boston before the Combine, per league source.
Chris Haynes: Cal power forward Ivan Rabb to work out for Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, league sources tell ESPN. The Bucks have pick No. 17.
Ian Begley: In addition to UNC's Tony Bradley, the Knicks' workout today included Kobi Simmons, Kasey Hill, Tyler Dorsey and Omer Yurtseven, per ESPN sources. It was the first day of workouts for the Knicks, who have the eighth pick in the draft and two second-round picks.
Once it became clear that no team had leapfrogged the Lakers on Tuesday night — guaranteeing that the Lakers would keep the pick, which would have been sent to Philadelphia if it had fallen out of the top three — the first stages of a Ball-Laker union were underway. That union could yet be derailed by goings-on between now and draft day, including the potential for a Lakers trade. But for now, this pairing carries the odor of inevitability. In fact, some executives around the league have been concerned about their ability to get Ball in for a workout between now and the draft in June. With the Lakers keeping their pick, front offices with the potential to land in the top three have been bracing themselves for the possibility that Ball will simply refuse to work out for any team other than the Lakers.
Lonzo Ball is undecided on whether he'll work out for teams other than the Lakers, a source close to Ball tells ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. "We will make that decision closer to June," the source said.
Gery Woelfel: Colorado's Derrick White, K-State's Wesley Iwundu & Florida's Devin Robinson expected to work out for Bucks Wednesday morning. #NBAdraft
Rod Beard: #Pistons GM Jeff Bower on conference call says they have a few workouts scheduled tentatively, but prospects wanted to await draft order.
Mark Medina: Tab Kansas State senior forward Wesley Iwundu as scheduled to work out for Lakers (June 12).
Jeff Goodman: Bucks workout today: Hamidou Diallo, Deng Adel, L.J. Peak, Nigel Hayes, Sterling Brown and Jalen Moore.
Baxter Holmes: Thursday, Lakers will work out Xavier's Trevon Bluiett, UCLA's Isaac Hamilton, Michigan’s Zak Irvin & Miami's Davon Reed, source tells ESPN.
Ian Begley: Correction: Knicks are scheduled to workout UNC big man Tony Bradley tomorrow. Deleted an earlier tweet stating it was scheduled for today.
Darren Wolfson: Also working out for the #Twolves today, I'm told: former Virginia point guard London Perrantes. Part of some very good teams in college. pic.twitter.com/NxNrBotrk1
The Celtics are loaded with players at every position. The fear is that — much like No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown this year — their clients would have to spend the next few years coming off the bench. That’s not what most top prospects in the draft want. They want a chance to start and lead a franchise right away.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are scheduled to workout North Carolina big man Tony Bradley today, per league sources.
Josh Robbins: The Orlando Magic worked out Dennis Smith Jr. on Monday. Here's a quick story with video: thesent.nl/2qkAPg0.
Nick Kosmider: Derrick White is working out for the Pacers today. He'll be in Milwaukee on Wednesday. twitter.com/Pacers/status/…
Michael Scotto: Celtics will bring in Marcus Keene, Tacko Fall, Michael Ojo and others as part of a group workout today, sources told Basketball Insiders.
Adam Zagoria: Villanova's Josh Hart and Oregon's Tyler Dorsey will work out for the Nets on Thursday, per league sources.
Josh Robbins: The Orlando Magic will work out NC State point guard Dennis Smith Monday morning in Orlando.
Adam Zagoria: Arizona freshman Rawle Atkins will work out Tuesday for the @Brooklyn Nets, per source. Had a great combine.
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.”
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The Sixers could look to get off Matisse Thybulle’s contract to create some wiggle room under the luxury tax, which looms large over the team’s offseason, and one team with known interest, according to league sources, is Chicago. Bulls GM Marc Eversley has had a fondness for Thybulle going back to early in his collegiate career at Washington, and was instrumental in pushing the Sixers to acquire him in the 2019 draft.
The Magic landed the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft thanks to Tuesday’s lottery, and NBA sources say there is virtually no chance they’ll trade off the pick unless it is a package that includes one of the other top-3 picks, as the Celtics did in 2017, trading to No. 3 to take Jason Tatum. That option might be available for the Magic, even if they are unlikely to accept it. “Other than No. 1, I think just about every team is going to be willing to talk about their picks in this draft,” one executive told Heavy. That starts with No. 2 Oklahoma City and No. 3 Houston.
Nuggets president Tim Connelly is heading to Minnesota this weekend as the next step in the Timberwolves’ recruitment of him, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post. Connelly, who’s overseen the Nuggets since 2013, is planning to meet with Wolves owner Glen Taylor. ESPN first reported the development. With a stable organization, a reigning two-time MVP and a place where his family is comfortable, Connelly has no reason to leave the Nuggets. The only X-factor? Compensation. It’s believed the Timberwolves’ offer is more than double his current salary. Minnesota’s interest didn’t come out of nowhere. In fact, it was discussed when Connelly, team governor Josh Kroenke and coach Michael Malone all went to Serbia to surprise Nikola Jokic with his MVP trophy. News of Minnesota’s interest in poaching Connelly from Denver got out on Wednesday. Publicly, it’s been more than 48 hours since Denver’s ownership has had a chance to counter or ensure Connelly doesn’t even listen to Minnesota’s proposal. Privately, they’ve had far longer than that.
Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly is traveling to meet with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor this weekend in the next step in the team’s pursuit to hire Connelly and make him one of the NBA’s highest-compensated executives, sources told ESPN. Connelly has discussed the job extensively with Timberwolves minority owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez in the past week, and meeting with Taylor is next in the process, sources said.
Chris Hine: Connelly and Timberwolves inching closer to a deal. Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez have had significant influence over the process, but Glen Taylor as current controlling owner still has the final sign off on any deal.
Mike Singer: News came out Wednesday night tying Tim to Minnesota. It didn’t come out of nowhere. There’d been interest for a while, & it was discussed while group was in Serbia. The #Nuggets & the Kroenkes have had ample time to address and/or counter. It doesn’t look like they’re going to.