Phoenix Suns: The following players will participate in a Pre-Draft Workout today for the #Suns: Troy Caupain, Josh Hart, Tidjane Keita, Kyle Kuzma, Johnathan Motley and Kobi Simmons.
The Lakers’ front office will be on the clock this Memorial Day, as six more draft prospects audition on Monday: Bryce Alford, Dwayne Bacon, Jordan Bell, Amida Brimah, Kennedy Meeks and Derrick Walton Jr.
Ian Begley: North Carolina's Justin Jackson is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on June 13, a league source confirmed. Some in the Knicks organization are intrigued by Jackson, as ESPN reported earlier this month, due to the 6-8 wing's potential as a player who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. Jackson, who has a 6-11 wingspan, is projected as a mid-first round pick in some mock drafts. So the Knicks, who have the eighth selection, may have to trade for an additional pick to select Jackson in June. Members of the organization had discussed the possibility of acquiring an additional first-round pick earlier this month, per sources. Details of any potential trade for an additional pick have yet to emerge. The New York Post first reported Jackson's scheduled workout with the Knicks.
Serena Winters: Lamar Odom is here at this mornings Lakers draft workouts! pic.twitter.com/qPYXLHJtFm
Dallas Mavericks Pre-Draft Scouting Tour Includes Looks At Malik Monk And Zack Collins, Sources Tell DB.com
North Carolina junior swingman Justin Jackson will bring his championship résumé to the Knicks’ Tarrytown facility next month, The Post has learned. According to an NBA source, Jackson will work out for the Knicks on June 13 ahead of the NBA draft. Jackson interviewed with the Knicks at the the league’s draft combine in Chicago this month. He is projected by most to be a late lottery pick.
With the NBA draft less than a month away, the Suns will hold their first announced workouts Monday and Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Phoenix has the No. 4 pick in the June 22 draft. The Suns – who finished this season with the league's second-worst record – also have two second-round picks, the 32nd and 54th overall selections. Team officials generally don't announce participants until the day of the workout, but over the next few weeks the Suns are expected to host some of the biggest names in the draft.
The Dallas Mavericks sent scouting department representatives on an Eastern swing this week, sources tell DallasBasketball,com, to observe workouts sponsored by some of the most powerful agencies in the business. The locations: Virginia on Wednesday. New York on Thursday. Chicago on Friday. Of even more importance, among the participants: Kentucky guard Malik Monk, Gonzaga center Zack Collins, Texas center Jarrett Allen, Duke center/forward Harry Giles and UCLA power forward T.J. Leaf
Mark Medina: Not surprising: De'Aaron Fox plans to work out for Lakers and Sixers. Lakers' workout likely to happen mid-June (week of 11-17)
Darren Wolfson: Word from two scouts there is Malik Monk looked good yesterday. #Twolves there, no surprise. Today is Priority day (Zach Collins, etc.).
Former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball is considering working out for the Philadelphia 76ers in advance of the 2017 NBA draft on June 22, league sources told ESPN.
A final decision will be made once Ball's agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team, sources told ESPN. That dialogue is expected within the coming weeks.
Mark Murphy: Ainge still not sure of when or where Celtics will work out Markelle Fultz, but the goal is to bring top pick prospect to Waltham.
Although it’s possible the Lakers will be Lonzo Ball’s only workout, he has not yet ruled out working out for other teams, according to a source who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. Ball’s preference is to play for the Lakers.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has communicated with Ball’s agent, but the sides have not scheduled his workout with the Lakers yet.
TANDEM: Tandem Pro Day with Jarrett Allen (@JarrettAllen55), Nate Britt (@brittnate0), Justin Jackson (@JJacks_44) and Luke Kornet (@bigshin32) on the court! 💪💪💪💪 #TeamTandem pic.twitter.com/wQvvvIajaG
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joined a sizable turnout of GM's/execs to watch Jarrett Allen + Justin Jackson workout in Va. Easy to see why Allen's climbed draft boards. - RT: TANDEM: Tandem Pro Day with Jarrett Allen (@JarrettAllen55), Nate Britt (@brittnate0), Justin Jackson (@JJacks_44) and Luke Kornet (@bigshin32) on the court! 💪💪💪💪 #TeamTandem pic.twitter.com/wQvvvIajaG
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers are among the #NBA teams at today's Excel Sports Management workout showcasing #Kentucky SG Malik Monk. pic.twitter.com/KRLz6ECunv
In a radio interview Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said prized point guard Lonzo Ball informed the team he won’t workout for them prior to the Draft. With that in mind, it appears increasingly likely the Celtics will select guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top selection.
"We tried to get [Ball] in. We don't deal with [Ball's camp] all that much. They didn't show up at the combine, which is very common -- many of the top 10 or 15 players don't show up for the [NBA's] combine. ... We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no," Ainge told the "Toucher and Rich" program while Boston's front office staff traveled for a draft workout in New York that included Duke's Harry Giles and Kentucky's Malik Monk.
There have been questions about whether Ball would want to play in Boston, considering his Los Angeles roots. His father, LaVar Ball, hasn’t been shy about his desire to see his boy play for the hometown squad. “I want him to be a Laker. But that’s just my opinion,” he said on Dale & Holley with Keefe in March. “It’s not about me liking [the Celtics] or disliking them. It’s just that we’re west coast guys,” he said. “I’d love for him to stay on the west coast where his brothers can see him all of the time. We’re a real big family. That’s just the only difference.”
Ball's father, LaVar, has previously said that his son would only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers. "That's all we working out for is the Lakers," LaVar Ball told Lakers Nation earlier this month. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for."
During an appearance on FS1's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" last week, LaVar Ball explained his preference for Lonzo to play for the Lakers over the Celtics but said, ultimately, he'd be OK if Boston drafted Lonzo. "If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. ... Lonzo's always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don't need that guy," LaVar Ball said. Later he added: "Here's the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn't care where he goes."
ESPN Los Angeles: "Rob talked to his agent yesterday to schedule a workout. We are looking forward to it." - @Magic Johnson on Lonzo working out with team soon
The Knicks workout today included Iowa State's Deonte Burton, Kentucky's Bam Adebayo, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and LSU's Antonio Blakeney today, ESPN has learned. Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo was supposed to work out but pulled out.
Since announcing on May 3 that he was hiring an agent and would not be returning to the Runnin’ Utes, Kyle Kuzma has received his degree from the U., thrown out the first pitch at a Utes baseball game (very low and outside), turned in one of the better performances of any prospect at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and has worked out for five NBA teams in advance of the draft.
The Pistons met with Anigbogu and worked out five other prospects Tuesday in their first round of pre-draft workouts at their practice facility. Anigbogu didn't get on the court, due to soreness in his right knee, tweaked in his previous workout, but talked with Stan Van Gundy and the coaching staff, received treatment and said he gained something from watching others work out.
Lakers Nation: The Lakers worked out Georgia guard JJ Frazier on Tuesday morning youtube.com/watch?v=AjAdbM…
Adam Zagoria: Maryland's Justin Jackson works out today for the Toronto Raptors, source tells ZAGSBLOG. First by the Baltimore Sun.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets hosted Colorado's George King in a pre-draft workout Monday. Tomorrow they'll welcome in both Xavier Johnson & Wesley Gordon from CU
Ryan Ward: Next group of workouts for the Lakers include: Kadeem Allen, Jamel Artis, Sidy Djitte, J.J. Frazier, Josh Hawkinson, L.J. Peak #NBADraft
Sean Cunningham: Rutgers soph. guard Corey Sanders also worked out for Kings today. He may return to Rutgers - has to decide by Wednesday.
Carlos Douglas Jr.: #Bulls management will soon be holding draft workouts for @NBA prospects at the Advocate Center in Chicago. They hold 16th pick in the Draft
Sean Cunningham: Iowa State's Monte Morris was the headliner of today's Kings draft workout in Sac. He previously met with Kings at combine in Chicago.
Don Markus: Maryland's Justin Jackson scheduled to work out Tuesday for hometown Toronto Raptors, with decision whether to stay in draft due Wednesday
Robert Morales: Nigel Williams-Goss, on working out for Magic Johnson: "It's unbelievable. Best point guard to ever play the game, in my opinion."
Robert Morales: Kyle Kuzma, on Magic Johnson: "That's one of the people I grew up idolizing. He's from Michigan and I'm from Michigan, too." #Lakers
Utah's Kyle Kuzma and David Collette will have their chance to show the Utah Jazz brass what they bring to the court. Kuzma and Colette will join Kansas forward Landon Lucas, Idaho guard Victor Sanders, Chicago State guard Fred Sims Jr. and Croatia forward Nik Slavica for a pre-draft workout Tuesday at the the Zions Bank Basketball Center, the Jazz announced Monday.
Marc Berman: Knicks will work out tomorrow another Iowa Sate senior - SG-SF Deonte Burton. Jae Crowder type, late 2nd rounder. Hornacek close to program.
Darren Wolfson: Hear Quinton Hooker (Park Center HS) will workout for the Rockets tomorrow. He's one of the best players ever from Univ. of North Dakota. pic.twitter.com/HLfeGIcwzI
Adam Zagoria: North Carolina's Tony Bradley and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan will both work out w/ teams up until Wednesday's NBA deadline, per sources.
Philip Rossman-Reich: Swanigan is working out for the #Magic on Tuesday. Will have until Wednesday to decide if he stays in the Draft.
Adam Zagoria: And the #Knicks on Wednesday. - RT: Philip Rossman-Reich: Swanigan is working out for the #Magic on Tuesday. Will have until Wednesday to decide if he stays in the Draft.
Michael Scotto: Former Pittsburgh star Jamel Artis has workouts lined up with the Lakers on Tuesday & Rockets on Wednesday, source told Basketball Insiders.
Josh Robbins: The Magic will host Cal's Ivan Rabb, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and others for workouts on Tuesday: thesent.nl/2qLeXsD.
The Knicks and 76ers are among the teams who’ve reached out to N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr.’scamp to set up workouts ahead of the NBA Draft, a source told ZAGSBLOG. The Sixers pick at No. 3 and the Knicks at No. 8, per DraftExpress.com. The Kings, who pick at Nos. 5 and 10, and the Wolves (No.7) also reached out.
Loyola's Milton Doyle, who is viewed as a mid-major sleeper by teams who've scouted this season, is scheduled to workout for the Houston Rockets on Monday and the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, a league source tells ESPN.
Jody Genessy: Jazz exec Walt Perrin on BYU big Eric Mika: "Eric had a very good workout for us. He really competed, really ran the court well."
Michael Scotto: Michigan guard Zak Irvin, coming off an impressive Lakers workout, is on his way to the Bucks on Tuesday. Bucks pick 48th in the 2nd round.
The Pacers will hold their third pre-draft workout in preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft on Monday, May 22. The six players scheduled to participate in workouts are Bryce Alford (UCLA), Ike Anigbogu (UCLA), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Vince Edwards (Purdue), Davon Reed (Miami, Fla.), and Trevor Thompson (Ohio State).
Tony Jones: Former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma will work out for the Utah Jazz Tuesday, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Tony Jones: Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has pulled out of a workout with the Utah Jazz... wondering if that means he's going back to school?
Nick Kosmider: The Nuggets will begin pre-draft workouts Monday. CU's George King, CSU's Gian Clavell & CSU-Pueblo's Nelson Kahler among the first group.
Seven-foot-six sophomore Tacko Fall of Central Florida headlines a group of six prospects who will audition for Jazz brass at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
The other five who will work out include Arizona freshman guard Rawle Alkins, Louisville sophomore forward Deng Adel, Connecticut senior big man Amida Brimah, Iowa State senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long and Brazilian forward Wesley Alves Da Silva.
Derrick Walton said he had a workout scheduled with the Los Angeles Lakers and was looking to have a few more in the next month.
The Los Angeles Lakers have worked out Cal State Fullerton guard Tre’ Coggins as they continue to prepare for the 2017 NBA Draft. The Lakers are one of several teams to show interest in Coggins, including the Utah Jazz, a source with knowledge of the situation told Silver Screen and Roll.
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.
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.
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.
September 25, 2022 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Russell Westbrook was wearing a bucket hat, flip-flops and a smile inside the conference room in his Avenue of the Stars offices. Trade talks stalled, training camp on the cusp and Westbrook hardly had to consider the question: Do you feel wanted by the Los Angeles Lakers? “I don’t need to,” Westbrook told ESPN recently. “I need to just do my job. Whether I’m wanted or not doesn’t really matter. I think the most important thing is that I show up for work and I do the job like I’ve always done it: Be professional and go out and play my ass off and compete.”
Westbrook spoke of getting back to work in the gym sooner in the past offseason than he has ever done in his career, about a summer full of conversations with Lakers coach Darvin Ham, about a “connection” and “trust” with Ham’s vision to utilize him in a way that impacts winning on these Lakers. Maybe that’s as a starter or maybe it’s off the bench. “I’m all-in on whatever it takes for this team to win,” Westbrook said. “I’m prepared for whatever comes my way.”
He sure isn’t here to tell you that his and the Lakers’ debacle of a season caused him to have to fight to keep his confidence. “No, I didn’t have to fight that,” Westbrook said. “I had to fight my response on how it affects the people close to me. To me, that was the important part. Confidence is not something I lack. Yes, there were times last season that I wanted to play better — that I should’ve played better — but my confidence never wavers. Having bad games is part of the NBA, and I understand that. The only thing it affected for me was the impact that it had on the people closest to me — my mom, dad, wife, brother, close friends. We’ve never had to deal with that as a family. That was the most difficult thing — being booed in the arena and having my kids there.”
Shams Charania: Sources: The Lakers plan to sign G/F Matt Ryan on a non-guaranteed deal. Four-year NBA veteran Dwayne Bacon is also working toward training camp deal with the Lakers. Ryan was with the Celtics on a two-way last season.