Adam Zagoria: Dennis Smith Jr. had dinner with Knicks President @Phil Jackson Monday night, per source. pic.twitter.com/FyxAGqF9pX
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo had dinner with Luke/Rob/Magic last night. Will meet w/ownership today after the workout. It's currently his only workout scheduled.
Mike Trudell: Ball on the personnel on the Lakers: “They’re young, I’m young, they like to run, I like to run…“
Michael Scotto: Projected first round pick Jawun Evans has workouts with Portland June 8, OKC June 9, and Utah June 10, sources told Basketball Insiders.
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets will bring in former UNC center Kennedy Meeks as part of a group workout on June 9, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks' upcoming pre-draft workouts include: North Carolina's Justin Jackson on Friday Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet on Thursday.
Mike Bresnahan: Laker meetings with Lonzo Ball have started. Team execs Magic and Pelinka plus Coach Luke Walton just dined with Ball at Scopa in Venice.
Mike Bresnahan: Ball will come to the Laker training facility Wednesday for an individual workout. The Lakers then see Jackson on Thursday + Fox next week.
The Phoenix Suns are a team who once decided against drafting Kawhi Leonard because he sweated too much in their interview. Which seems bad, but not as bad as it would be to run the workout the team apparently makes every draft prospect go through. According to a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Suns make draft prospects run a drill every season that involves trying to see how many times they can traverse the length of the floor in three minutes.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton joined the Jim Rome Show on Tuesday ahead of the Lonzo workout. He said that while LaVar won’t be allowed at the workout, he’s welcomed to attend the Tuesday night dinner.
Luke Walton: “Absolutely. If he wanted to come to the dinner. I think the workout is something that we’ll keep the doors closed on, but the dinner, I think he would definitely make the dinner more entertaining. He’s definitely welcomed to join us for that one.”
Ira Winderman: For those interested, Hurricanes forward Kamari Murphy worked out Monday for the Rockets and moved on to workouts for the Lakers, Raptors.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers do not have a workout set up yet with Markelle Fultz. Might not get one with Fultz if he looks great in Celtics workout.
Mike Bresnahan: Laker execs plan to see Kansas SG/SF Josh Jackson work out Thursday in Sacramento, where he's conducted a majority of his workouts.
Spencer Percy: Team announces Jack Gibbs, VJ Beachem, Austin Arians, Mangok Mathiang, Kadeem Allen & Przemek Karnowski will work out for #Hornets tomorrow.
Eric Pincus: Lonzo Ball's workout w/Lakers tomorrow will be closed but he'll talk to the media after-Lakers have let us see last few minutes of workouts
North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. is scheduled to work out for the New York Knicks on Wednesday, sources close to Smith confirm. The Knicks have high interest in Smith as the No. 8 pick. Other players on their radar include guards Malik Monk and Frank Ntilikina, per sources. The Knicks haven't yet worked out Ntilikina and Monk, but are expected to. Ntilikina is still with his French team in the playoffs and is expected to come to the United States once his season concludes.
Michael Scotto: Dallas Mavericks will bring in Deonte Burton (Iowa State) as part of a group workout today, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Adam Zagoria: N.C. State PG Dennis Smith Jr. will work out for the #Knicks today, per source. Knicks need a lead guard.
North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, among several players very much in consideration for the Heat’s first-round pick at No. 14 overall, will work out for the Heat on Thursday, according to a source.
The 76ers need to add shooters. Tyler Dorsey will audition for one of those roles Wednesday. That’s when the former Oregon shooting guard will participate in the Sixers predraft workout at the team’s practice facility.
Scott Howard-Cooper: De’Aaron Fox getting into his visits. Sacramento (5) today, scheduled for Phoenix (4) later in week, Lakers (2) and Philly (3) next week.
Vincent Goodwill: Terrance Ferguson is in Chicago for a workout and visit with the Bulls today, according to sources. Bulls picking at #16
Michael Scotto: Chicago Bulls brought in Kobi Simmons (Arizona) and Milton Doyle (Loyola) as part of a group workout today, Basketball Insiders has learned.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Lakers also brought in PG Jawun Evans, but for 28. He is getting interest in the 20s, including the Blazers with two in that range.
Chase Hughes: Oregon G Tyler Dorsey has been through 8 predraft workouts & said the Wizards "tested my conditioning more." Common theme among prospects.
Chris Vivlamore: North Carolina guard Nate Britt will work out for Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday in advance of NBA Draft.
The Pacers will hold their sixth pre-draft workout in anticipation of the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday, June 6. The six players scheduled to participate in Tuesday's workout are Antonio Blakeney (LSU), Isaac Hamilton (UCLA), Zak Irvin (Michigan), Naz Long (Iowa State), Johnathan Motley (Baylor), and Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M-CC).
Jessica Camerato: Isaiah Briscoe has worked out with Sixers, Knicks, Raptors and Rockets. Still has Pistons, Trail Blazers, Bulls, Lakers, and others left.
Michael Scotto: Toronto Raptors will bring in J.J. Frazier (Georgia) as part of a group workout on Tuesday June 6, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Mark Murphy: Source confirms ESPN report that Markelle Fultz begins 2-day Celtics visit today, with interviews followed by physical/workout tomorrow.
Michael Scotto: New York Knicks will bring in former UNC center Kennedy Meeks as part of a group workout on June 7, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Sean Cunningham: After being in Oakland at the #NBAFinals, De'Aaron Fox is in Sacramento to meet with Kings. Got a late night workout at team facility
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will workout for the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at the team's practice facility.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Fultz is expected to undergo a physical and spend time meeting with top Boston officials over Monday and Tuesday too, sources said.
Boston Celtics will meet with potential number one overall pick Markelle Fultz Monday in Boston, source told ESPN. Will be Fultz' first time ever to the city.
The Lakers will host another crew of collegiate talent on Monday as part of their predraft workout process. This upcoming batch includes a First Team All-American, a pair of forwards and three of the nation’s top passers: TJ Cline, Jawun Evans, Josh Hart, Roger Moute a Bidias, Monte Morris and Tyler Roberson.
Kevin O'Connor: #Celtics recently worked out Jonathan Isaac against Louisiana Tech forward Erik McCree in Las Vegas, per source.
TJ McBride: Denver will workout John Collins on Monday for their 3rd round of predraft workouts. twitter.com/keithsmithnba/…
Former Maryland standout Melo Trimble told Washington Wizards beat writers Tuesday that he’ll work out for the 76ers. The Sixers confirmed that the point guard will work out Monday. NBA teams will be on the West Coast this week for agent-run, predraft workouts.
The offseason is in full swing for the Spurs as front office personnel are preparing for this month’s NBA Draft. League sources tell the Express-News South Carolina senior Sindarius Thornwell is scheduled to workout for the Spurs.
Mike Fisher: I'm told #Mavs targeting 6-10 freshman Bradley for an early-week visit to Dallas, along w @UNC_Basketball teammate Justin Jackson
With a new general manager Travis Schlenk in place, the Hawks will resume pre-NBA Draft workouts in Atlanta on Monday. One of the participants in the session will be Texas freshman center Jarrett Allen. Allen, 6-foot-11, 224 pounds, measured a 7-foot-5 1/2 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach at the NBA Scouting Combine last month. Allen led the Big 12 in field-goal percentage (.567) and Texas in rebounds (8.4) and blocks (1.5) last season. He averaged 13.4 points per game.
Vincent Ellis: North Carolina swingman Justin Jackson will workout for the #Pistons next week. I think somebody threatened to drop #Pistons over this
Andy Larsen: Jazz will hold another draft workout Saturday, including Vanderbilt center Luke Kornet. I'll reveal my source: Luke Kornet's PR people.
With reports surfacing that the LA Lakers and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball have finalized the details of a workout and face to face meeting in LA next week, there is a growing sense that unless Lonzo absolutely blows the doors off, he may not be the Lakers’ guy.
Mike Fisher: NBA sources tell me #Mavs to host 'preliminary pre-Draft workouts. Hope to feature @UNC_Basketball Fs Justin Jackson & Tony Bradley
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.
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
October 6, 2022 | 10:34 am EDT Update
Was there a point where you thought about a possible return to the NBA? Have you had offers or contacts with any franchise? Walter Tavares: No, no. I always try to focus where I’m at. Now I’m very comfortable at Real Madrid. I’m developing a lot as a player, enjoying basketball. Whatever comes, it will come later, but now I am focused on helping Real Madrid to the best of my abilities.
How is it possible that the most decisive center on the continent only played 13 games in the NBA? Walter Tavares: I think it was the lack of opportunity. I was practicing and sweating, trying to prove that I could play and have a place there. I haven’t been as lucky as Rudy Gobert, who ended up in the Utah Jazz that trusted him from the beginning. I was unlucky enough to get into a bad team. I was in Atlanta that didn’t compete for the playoffs, and the coach didn’t trust me that much either. It’s not just a question of timing or the time period. I just didn’t have a chance.
Did you feel uncomfortable being there? Walter Tavares: Yes, I did. All the players want to practice, and then look forward to playing. You’re not there to practice all the time and never play. So, you end up getting frustrated and not liking basketball so much because you feel like you can’t take that step further to be able to play, or prove that you can be in this league.
In recent years, the club seems to prefer players who have tried to play in the NBA to those who are eager to leave. By the way, was there something that Luka Doncic wanted to know and asked you before he left? Walter Tavares: Well, he wasn’t asking much. Luka was too calm. I always said that he was born to play basketball. He didn’t need anyone to teach him what to do. He has an incredible talent. I just told him that in the NBA, things are going to be very easy for him with the court vision and the height he has playing as a point guard. Luka has a similar style as LeBron James, who is physically superior than him. But in terms of how they both control and dominate the game, they’re very identical.
Scoot Henderson is the rare American teenager who is not heavily into social media. So when 7-foot-3 basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama boasted Monday that Henderson would be selected No. 1 in the 2023 NBA draft if Wembanyama hadn’t been born, the G League Ignite star missed it for hours. Henderson’s teammates, however, showed him the quote while attending a reception that also included Wembanyama and his Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 team on Monday night, sources at the event said.
Mere moments after Henderson saw the quote, he was scheduled to swap autographed team jerseys with Wembanyama in a ceremony in front of players and coaches from the G League Ignite, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and G League officials. The uber-competitive Henderson was stone-faced, gave a quick smile for the cameras, swapped jerseys, and didn’t shake hands with Wembanyama before departing on the eve of their highly anticipated televised showdown, sources said. “I don’t listen to that. I don’t pay no mind to that,” Henderson told Andscape of Wembanyama’s quote before Tuesday’s exhibition game. “You can talk all you want. That’s it. No added fuel. I’ve had the same fuel. I was going to come out and kill regardless.”
“We know Victor is going to be top pick as he possesses generational talent and skill,” one NBA general manager told Andscape. “He moves like a small forward. Many teams will be positioning themselves all season to have a shot at drafting him. But Scoot is a very talented player who is more score-first point guard at this stage. “I really like his competitive spirit and he appears to be coachable, which is important for that position. He seems to embrace big moments and challenge. Very good athleticism and strength for a young player. I would like to see him improve his one-on-one defensive focus, given his physical tools.”
How will being part of the Ignite help you off the court when you enter the NBA? Scoot Henderson: I don’t know too much about how guys are off the court stepping into their rookie year coming from college. I feel like the Ignite program is perfect for me to get ready for that. I may be alone, have my family away, shopping on my own. Things like that. It forced me to grow up. It’s easier for me this year. I am not going to say it’s always easy having my family away, since I grew up with family. But it’s getting easier. I am cooking. I can cook a good turkey burger. But they got Uber Eats here and they give us meals.