I hadn’t been able to attend the previous day’s draft workout, which had featured a high-level prospect, so my coworker was filling me in. This prospect had talent but also had numerous flaws — all of which, it sounded like, the workout and interview confirmed. It would have been easy to write the player off and not think about him again, but my coworker wasn’t ready to give up so easily. “You know,” he said to me at one point in the discussion. “I wonder if it’s actually better that you missed the workout. I mean, none of us are going to be able to get this out of our heads now no matter how hard we try. But for you it’s like it never happened. Maybe that gives you a better perspective?” That prospect has since become a very good player. He overcame the negatives in his game and personality that were exposed in the harsh light of his visit to our practice facility and has easily outperformed his draft slot.
Mike Fisher: NBA sources tell me #Mavs to host 'preliminary pre-Draft workouts. Hope to feature @UNC_Basketball Fs Justin Jackson & Tony Bradley
But despite these constraints, draft workouts remain the most control teams have over their scouting of players. All of the other scouting opportunities are run by someone else. In a draft workout the players come into the team’s building and follow an itinerary of the team’s creation.
Anyone who’s worked in the NBA for any significant length of time has heard dramatic stories of workouts that completely threw an organization off. If they weren’t part of a story like that themselves, they’ve at the very least seen first-hand a workout that was not at all representative of the player that prospect would become. The cautionary tales abound. There is no executive, then, that believes a workout is the be-all-and-end-all of a decision. Different decision makers place a different emphasis on how much the workout matters to them and on how much they believe they can learn from the process, but I haven’t met anyone who thinks that it should be anywhere close to the sole basis for their opinions.
By the time Damian Lillard left the facility after his workout, our entire staff was head over heels. We sat in the conference room, giddy and gushing over what we had just seen. One of our executives summarized our thoughts perfectly: “now that is an impressive player — and person.” The athleticism, skill-level, maturity, poise, and composure under pressure that Lillard has exuded throughout his entire career was on display that day in Portland.
Lonzo Ball will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on June 9, the first step toward possibly becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, league sources told The Vertical. Ball, 19, has scheduled his visit with his hometown team to meet with the front office and coaches and participate in an individual workout. Ball had always planned to conduct only a private individual workout because of his success in his lone season at UCLA and never considered a one-on-one workout against another top prospect, league sources said.
The Lakers’ front office worked with Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, to finalize the workout details. The Lakers are the only pre-draft workout scheduled for Ball as of now, but he could add one or two meetings with teams near the top of the draft, league sources said.
Shams Charania: Projected No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball will work out and meet with the Los Angeles Lakers on June 9, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adam Zagoria: Kentucky G Isaiah Briscoe worked out for the Knicks today and a source said it went "really well."
Rabb finished tied for sixth in the Bears record books for career rebounding average (9.5 per game), and the 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward can defend multiple positions. “It’s having a nose for the ball and wanting it,” said Rabb, who also had pre-draft workouts with Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami, Boston and Oklahoma City before training next week in Orlando, Chicago and Toronto.
Chase Hughes: Pitt G/F Jamel Artis has now worked out for the Lakers, Kings, Bucks, Rockets & Wizards. He did LAL/SAC/HOU all within three days.
Chase Hughes: Indiana G James Blackmon Jr. will work out for the Sacramento Kings tomorrow after visiting the Wizards today.
Sean Cunningham: Kings workout tomorrow: Justin Jackson - UNC F Jordan Bell - Oregon F Frank Mason - Kansas G Devin Robinson - Florida F Kyle kuzma- uta F
Sean Cunningham: Kings GROUP 2 (1/2) Tyler Cavanaugh - F Geo. Wash Moses Kingsley - F/C Arkansas Luke Petrasek - F Columbia Jordan Washington - F Iona
Chase Hughes: Maryland PG Melo Trimble will work out for the Sixers on June 4 and the Rockets on June 5.
Jovan Buha: Lamar Odom attended the @lakers draft workouts for the second straight day. Odom, who has a notable sweet tooth, predictably made his way over to the bin with gum and candy.
Serena Winters: The Lakers are working out Cal’s Ivan Rabb right now. Many mocks (i.e. @Jonathan Givony) have him going right around the Lakers range at No. 28 pic.twitter.com/FwHauO2F5z
On Tuesday, six NBA Draft prospects will work out for the Wizards in the first of many workouts leading up to the June 22 Draft: Jamel Artis, James Blackmon, Daniel Dixon, DJ Fenner, Monte Morris and Melo Trimble.
Ben Standig: Wizards hold their first formal pre-draft workout at Verizon Center. Melo Trimble vs. Monte Morris sounds fun. pic.twitter.com/mc8SWA9YJq
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."
August 16, 2022 | 2:22 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert will face the Utah Jazz for the first time on Oct. 21 in Minnesota and will return to Utah for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 9, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Marc Stein: The Knicks are scheduled to be in Dallas for former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s return to Big D on Dec. 27, league sources tell me, two days after New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Sean Cunningham: The Sacramento Kings will be opening the 2022-23 NBA season on the home court of Golden 1 Center against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 19th, according to sources. @CarmichaelDave first to report.
Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”