Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder says Donovan Mitchell still has to go through a warmup routine with trainer Mike Elliott. He’s hopeful because Mitchell has improved in the last few days.
DiVincenzo, who is currently testing the waters, has improved his draft stock into the 20s range after entering the combine as a borderline first-round pick. “I told someone at Villanova they need to start cleaning out Donte’s locker,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Athletic. DiVincenzo is a two-way player who does all the little things to win such as diving for a loose ball, crashing the offensive and defensive boards, and hustling on every play as if it’s his last. “He’s a very good athlete,” one Eastern Conference executive told The Athletic. “He can defend and is a pretty good offensive player. He’s got to be able to handle the ball a little better if he wants to be a combo guard. His athleticism, shooting and defense are above average.”
“The Kansas kid [Svi Mykhailiuk] had a good first day and helped himself,” an Eastern Conference executive told The Athletic. “He’s one of the top shooters, I’d say. He’s a decent athlete and can do more than just shoot. The former Jayhawk is currently projected as an early to mid second-round pick.
Mark Berman: Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo) on the tragedy at Santa Fe High School: “I still have tears in my eyes as a father. I questioned myself, why do those parents have to go through what they’re experiencing now? What did they do to deserve that? Why did this happen, why?”
Mark Berman: Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo ) on @JJWatt efforts to help the families of the victims in the Santa Fe High School tragedy: “My heart goes out to my friend JJ Watt for his love, encouragement and his compassion for society.”
May 22, 2018 | 6:19 pm EDT Update
As far as potential trade partners for Whiteside, Dallas — a team that tried to sign Whiteside in the past — appears inclined instead to pursue impending free agent big men. According to The Ringer, Dallas is expected to pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and restricted free agent Julius Randle. From the Heat’s standpoint, there remains sentiment internally toward moving on from Whiteside.