The Utah Jazz are bringing in 11 players in their next round of pre-draft workouts on Sunday. Headlining the pair of workouts is UCLA big TJ Leaf, who averaged 16.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season and is projected as a first-round pick in the June 22 NBA Draft.
The six players participating in Sunday’s first Jazz workout include Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, Oregon guard Dylan Ennis, South Carolina wing PJ Dozier, Kansas State wing Wesley Iwundu, Indiana big Thomas Bryant and North Carolina big Tony Bradley.
The second group working out for the Jazz includes Leaf, Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins, Central Michigan guard Marcus Keene, Louisiana Tech big Erik McCree and Virginia Tech big Zach LeDay.
The Hawks had a couple of big men in for workouts on Friday with Indiana center Thomas Bryant and BYU center Eric Mika visiting Atlanta. The two were part of a workout group that included North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Kansas guard Frank Mason, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu and Notre Dame small forward V.J. Beachem.
Bryant already has worked out with the Heat, Celtics, Magic, Nets and Sixers. He will meet with the Hawks, Jazz, Trail Blazers, Bulls, Kings and Pacers before the draft.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have a workout scheduled with Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes this coming week, league sources told ESPN. The Knicks have two second-rounders (44 and 58) and have worked out several potential second rounders like Hayes recently. Hayes measured at 6-8 at the NBA Draft Combine with a 7-3 wingspan and some college observers see him as having the potential to be a versatile defender at the next level with a strong outside shot – something the Knicks certainly could use…. In addition to working out for the Knicks, UNC's Kennedy Meeks also worked out for the Brooklyn Nets last week and some people familiar with the workout said the big man excelled in the workout. Meeks is projected by some as a late second-round pick.
Tony Jones: Utah forward Kyle Kuzma will workout for the Philadelphia 76ers Monday, a source tells The Tribune
James Ham: Hearing that Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins will be in Sacramento Sunday for a workout with the Kings.
The New York Knicks are expected to get a first-hand look at two of the top shooters in the NBA draft in the coming days. The club has scheduled private workouts with Kentucky’s Malik Monk and Duke’s Luke Kennard, sources with knowledge of the Knicks’ workout schedule told ESPN.
Ian Begley: Wisconsin star Bronson Koenig is scheduled to work out for the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, per league sources. Koenig heads to a workout for the Houston Rockets after the Clippers' workout, sources say. Koenig is Wisconsin's all-time leader in made 3-pointers and the 6-4 combo guard may be on the radar for teams with a late second-round pick. He's had workouts for several NBA teams leading up to the draft.
As they continue to prepare for the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22, the Portland Trail Blazers are hosting Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo, Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon, Oregon guard/forward Dillon Brooks, Adelaide 36ers guard/forward Terrance Ferguson, Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes and Maryland guard Melo Trimble for a pre-draft workout at their practice facility in Tualatin. Saturday's workout is the fourth of six scheduled workouts. The Trail Blazers currently own the 15th, 20th and 26th picks.
Vincent Ellis: Three potential lottery picks in today for #Pistons. Duke's Luke Kennard is likely headliner. pic.twitter.com/mX1zpHfMTW
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the Sacramento Kings sixth Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on June 10, 2017: Joe Rahon, Milton Doyle, Semi Ojeleye, Rashawn Thomas, Eric Mika and Matt Williams.
Jefferson, a senior, averaged 10.9 points for the Blue Devils last season and just under 30 minutes. Others auditioning for the Hornets Saturday: Antonio Blakeney from Louisiana State; Torian Graham from Arizona State; Kyle Kuzma from Utah; Derrick Walton, Jr. from Michigan; and Nigel Williams-Goss from Gonzaga.
“Teams have seen me play 40 games in college,” Bell said. “They know what kind of player I am. I’m not looking to score most of the time.” That attitude – along with freakish athletic ability – is why the 6-foot-9 Bell is a viable candidate for the Suns with the first of their two second-round picks (No. 32 overall). The Suns have scorers. But they ranked last in opponents’ points allowed last year (113.3) and 26th in opponents’ field-goal percentage (46.9)
Among the five other players who worked out: Former Phoenix Brophy Prep star Tim Kempton Jr., a Lehigh product and son of Suns radio color analyst Tim Kempton. Also working out: French guard Mathias Lessort, Miami guard Davon Reed, New Mexico forward Tim Williams and Syracuse guard Andrew White III.
Tom Moore: Josh Jackson agent BJ Armstrong on visiting #Sixers: 'We clearly have interest. I would venture 2 say we'll get something there.'
Jackson worked out for the Lakers in Sacramento on Thursday, but has no other visits scheduled yet. Armstrong expects more details to be firmed up in the next three to five days.
The Kings will host two groups on Saturday, starting with the following six players: Joe Rahon (G – 6’2” 195 lbs.) Saint Mary’s Milton Doyle (G – 6’3” 178 lbs.) Loyola Semi Ojeleye (F – 6’5” 241 lbs.) SMU Matt Williams (G – 6’5” 220 lbs.) Central Florida RaShawn Thomas (F – 6’6” 233 lbs.) Texas A&M Corpus Christi Eric Mika (C – 6’10” 233 lbs.) BYU
Sacramento will host 6-foot-11 Jarrett Allen in the team’s second workout of the day. The freshman out of Texas boasts a 7-foot-5 wingspan and is expected to go somewhere between 10 and 20 in the first round
The Knicks have scheduled a workout with Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, sources with knowledge the team's workout schedule told ESPN.
Ailene Voisin: Projected overall No.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz still visiting Sacramento soon to meet with Kings officials, but no workout is planned.
Mike Bresnahan: NC State PG Dennis Smith among the six players working out Sunday for Lakers. Syracuse PF Tyler Lydon will also be there.
Brad Turner: Lakers predraft workouts for Sunday: Wesley Alves da Silva, Milton Doyle, Jeremy Hollowell, Tyler Lydon, Dennis Smith Jr., Matt Thomas
The Knicks are scheduled to workout Kentucky's Malik Monk early next week, sources with the knowledge of the team's workout schedule told ESPN. Monk, one of the top guards in the draft, also has worked out for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic.
Tyler Dorsey on Friday completed his eighth predraft workout with four more still ahead of him. He also went through two days of athletic testing and scrimmaging at the draft combine in Chicago in May. By the time the draft rolls around, Dorsey will have met with more than half the teams in the league.
He worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers at their practice facility in Tualatin on Friday. Two days earlier he was in New Jersey, working out for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brett Dawson: According to his Instagram, Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans worked out for the Thunder.
Lonzo Ball was fine. He was humble and respectful in conversation over meals. He shot the ball well on the court. He very well might be the Los Angeles Lakers’ draft pick in two weeks’ time. Yet Ball also didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources.
Jason Jones: I'm told my multiple sources Markelle Fultz will not visit the Kings on Sunday. A visit is possible, but it's not this weekend.
Adam Zagoria: Former Kentucky and @rc_basketball G Isaiah Briscoe works out today for the Blazers, who have a slew of picks pic.twitter.com/fWUuj8F5oO
Ailene Voisin: Hearing late tonight that possible overall No.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz is working out for Kings on Sunday. Media availability unclear ...
Joe Freeman: Harry Giles says he will work out for Detroit, Chicago, Miami & Indiana before draft. He's already worked out for Sacramento and Portland.
Jessica Camerato: Thomas Bryant (Indiana) worked out w Heat Celtics Magic Nets Sixers. As of yest, still had Hawks Jazz Trail Blazers Bulls Kings Pacers.
Tony Jones: Purdue forward and Salt Lake City native Caleb Swanigan will work out for the Utah Jazz Saturday, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
The Denver Nuggets will hold two separate pre-draft workouts on Friday, June 9th at the UCHealth Practice Court at Pepsi Center. Friday, June 9th (two separate workouts) – First - 9:00 am Jarrett Allen, 6-11, 225, Texas, C Nate Britt, 6-1, 175, North Carolina, G John Gillon, 6-0, 180, Syracuse, G Justin Patton, 7-0, 230, Creighton, C Friday, June 9th (two separate workouts) – Second 11:00 am T.J. Leaf, 6-10, 225, UCLA, F Emmanuel Omogbo, 6-8, 210, Colorado State, F Dallas Moore, 6-1, 180, North Florida, G Jack Gibbs, 6-1, 195, Davidson, G
Vincent Goodwill: Hearing Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell had impressive workout with Bulls. Seems unlikely he's around at 16, though
Michael Scotto: Sources: Atlanta Hawks brought in Kyle Kuzma (Utah), Deonte Burton (Iowa State), & Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin) as part of a group workout today.
Ian Begley: UCLA's Isaac Hamilton was among a group of players working out for the Knicks on Wednesday, per league sources. Hamilton, a 6-5 shooting guard, averaged 14.1 points in 30 minutes per game as a senior for the Bruins. The Knicks have two second-round picks (44 and 58) and have been working out several potential second rounders. Hamilton certainly fits the mold of the tall guard that Phil Jackson has shown a preference for in the past. New York also worked out Washington State senior guard Ike Iroegbu on Tuesday, a source confirmed. Iroegbu is an athletic 6-2 guard who is known as a strong defender, something the Knicks need. His workout was first reported by the New York Post.
Gary Washburn: Hearing the Markelle Fultz workout with the #Celtics went very well -- as expected. #NBAdraft2017
North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. was expected to work out for the Knicks on Wednesday but the workout did not take place, per sources familiar with the matter. It is unclear why Smith Jr. did not work out for the Knicks but he was in New York and, according to a report published by ZagsBlog, met with team president Phil Jackson while in town. It's a bit odd for Smith Jr. not to work out for the Knicks while in New York.
The Lakers plan to host an individual workout for former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox on June 13, according to league sources familiar with the situation. After working out last week with the Sacramento Kings, Fox also plans to work out with the Philadelphia 76ers at some point the following weekend (June 16-18).
Lonzo Ball on what feedback he received after his workout: Ball: Just positive vibes. Like I said, I had a lot of fun. It was great meeting everybody here and very welcoming.
Marc Berman: Sources say Washington State PG Ike Iroegbu worked out for Knicks yesterday & Ohio State junior center Trevor Thompson did so Monday.
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…“
Adam Zagoria: Dennis Smith Jr. had dinner with Knicks President @Phil Jackson Monday night, per source. pic.twitter.com/FyxAGqF9pX
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.
August 13, 2022 | 1:15 pm EDT Update
After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player.
“I feel like Jaylen Brown is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua’s connections to the Los Angeles Lakers are via his hometown of Pittsburgh. Norm Nixon played college basketball at Duquesne University before becoming a first-round pick of the Lakers in 1977, and Fuqua was a fan of his play at point guard. But doesn’t every fan have a story of loyalty to a favorite team? That doesn’t make Fuqua unique, but he was charged with directing a project on the Lakers and creating something unique, which isn’t easy given the proliferation of Laker-related content on and off the court just in 2022. “The goal was to really keep the focus on the family,” Fuqua said.
That meant a heavy emphasis on the late Dr. Jerry Buss and his children in “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers,” a 10-part docuseries that premieres Monday on Hulu. Buss, who died in February 2013, earned the reputation as perhaps the best team owner in modern-day sports. Long before the likes of Mark Cuban were seen as blurring the line between ownership and players, Buss was befriending a young Magic Johnson, which did not go over well for some accustomed to a different player/team owner dynamic.
Jim Buss had his turn being in charge, and the Lakers struggled. Jeanie Buss, now team president and controlling owner, became the first woman in the NBA to be the owner of a championship team in 2020. Who is in charge, how they became in charge and the stories of the siblings trying to figure out where they fit in sports — or if they even wanted to be in sports — are layers to the story told. “Obviously, the family drama that happened in the process of success, that was important, as well,” Fuqua said. “But the most important thing to me was the family aspect of it. That’s the part I don’t believe I’ve ever seen from the mouths of the family.”
August 13, 2022 | 2:04 am EDT Update
ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.
After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”