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Tania Ganguli: The Lakers will have a pre-draft workout tomorrow with Arizona's Allonzo Trier, Nevada's Cody Martin, Texas A&M's DJ Hogg, Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton, SMU's Shake Milton and USC's Chimezie Metu
Brendan F. Quinn: A source tells me Michigan State sophomore Nick Ward has conducted individual workouts for the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, so far. He'll work out for the Detroit Pistons this weekend and has been requested for workouts by at least 8 other teams.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks add Goodwin (Fla Gulf Coast) and Harper (Auburn) to Mon draft workouts. Also scheduled: T. Davis (Ole Miss), T. Davis (TAMU), Okogie (GaTech), Maye (UNC),
Gelo, though, won’t be laying low the rest of the spring. Instead, he will attend the Pro Basketball Combine at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-23. Per the unnamed source, LiAngelo also plans to work out for NBA teams individually during his pre-draft process.
St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds has workouts set up with the Celtics (today and tomorrow), Nets (May 10-11), Cavaliers (May 11-12), and Pistons (May 24), per his father. Nothing has changed in terms of decision. Gong through evaluation process. #sjubb
That’s an issue for any team hoping to draft Doncic, though. His commitment to Real Madrid will keep him busy through the NBA Draft. He won’t be able to work out on an individual basis, even for a team that has the top overall pick. “I don’t think that will be an issue,” Bill Duffy, Doncic’s agent, told Sporting News on Tuesday. “Playing in the Euroleague speaks for itself. What he has been able to do, it speaks to both the talent and preparedness for Luka. He has had a different level of experience than most of his peers. Euroleague is the next step to playing in the NBA.”
As one general manager told Sporting News, “With the video we have these days, I know what I need to know from looking at (Doncic) against other top players. Anyone who wants to pick him is going to want to talk to him, but the workout is not something that is going to keep you from picking him. I am not sure I need reels and reels more tape here.”
The real fun begins later this week for Happ, who has workouts scheduled with two NBA teams. He’ll visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is expected to work out for the Knicks once NBA Draft workouts begin, his father told SNY.tv. "Of course," Rayford Young said from Los Angeles, where Trae is working out, adding that it's "too early" to set any dates.
“A top-15 draft pick told me the other day, because we were involved in this conversation about Phil Jackson and the Knicks, and he said, ‘Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep during my workout.'” You know Williams just dropped an outrageous nugget when even Bob Ley, who has seen just about every sports story possible as host of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” since 1990, exclaims, “What?!?!”
Jayson Tatum worked out for the 76ers, after all. Tatum, the Duke forward projected to go in the top six picks during Thursday night's NBA Draft, said during Wednesday's media availability in New York that a private session for the Sixers was his first workout.
Taylor: What are some things you’re hearing from teams during workouts? Jaron Blossomgame: I’m very aware of my game and who I am as a player and my role. Everything that I know I need to work on is really consistent with what teams are telling me. I think the two areas I really want to improve on is just continuing to work on my ball handling and continuing to shoot at a high level. My shooting was a little inconsistent last season. I shot 45 percent from three my junior year and 25 percent my senior year. Just finding a balance. I’m somewhere in between that but I’m trying to find out where it is. Just staying in the gym, getting up shots and continuing to work on my ball handling is the two things I really want to get better at.
J. Michael‏: Revised final #Wizards predraft workout list for Thurs. No Isaiah Hicks or LJ Peak.

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Dave McMenamin: Josh Jackson did not work out for the Celtics on Tues, multiple sources tell ESPN. Two days before the draft, BOS still hasn't seen him
While the Celtics awaited league approval of their reported swap for the No. 3 pick, the franchise privately worked out a new prospect for the first time: Jayson Tatum, according to a source. A league source told ESPN that Tatum -- a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in his lone season at Duke -- worked out for the Celtics at their practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Derek Bodner: #sixers draft workout tomorrow: Kadeem Allen Youssoupha Fall Kris Jenkins Michael Ojo Michael Young

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While the Celtics await league approval of their reported swap for the No. 3 pick, the franchise evaluated a new prospect for the first time: Jayson Tatum, according to a source.
Ian Begley: Louisville's Donovan Mitchell will not meet with the Knicks on Monday, as has been reported. He is working out for the Dallas Mavericks on Monday in front of Donnie Nelson and his staff and is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Tuesday and meet with Phil Jackson and his staff, according to sources familiar with the Knicks' workout schedule. Mitchell has drawn strong interest from the Knicks and his workout could be the last one for the club before it makes its final decisions on the eighth pick. Also under consideration are French guard Frank Ntilikina, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. and Kentucky guard Malik Monk, among others. Mitchell, who prefers to work out in a group setting to show teams his defensive skill set, will workout in a group setting along with Villanova's Josh Hart – a potential second-round pick for NYK – and others, per sources.
Michael Eaves: Received some surprising info on Markelle Fultz and the #Celtics today. Some within the organization were not impressed with his workout. The most glaring critique was that he was not as explosive as they expected/hoped. Afterwards, team felt as if he was NOT the best prospect.
Mike Fisher: Sources tell me #Mavs plan to host @GoCards G Donovan Mitchell on Monday. Story coming to Dallasbasketball.com
Adam Zagoria: First post- Markelle Fultz Sixers workout. They have multiple 2nd-round picks.
Ryan Ward: More pre-draft workouts for the Lakers on Monday: Zach Collins, Avry Holmes, Cole Huff, Luke Nelson, Luke Petrasek, Seab Webster
Rick Bonnell: Duke's Luke Kennard had his 9th NBA workout with the @Charlotte Hornets today. He goes to Orlando from here. @Josh Robbins alert.
Adam Himmelsbach: Danny Ainge earlier on Josh Jackson: "We’re trying to get to see him & Lonzo Ball, are two guys we haven’t seen that we’d like to see."
Adam Himmelsbach: Markelle Fultz canceled his 2nd workout with the Celtics for Lakers/76ers visits, but Boston is attempting to get him to come in once more.
Joel Embiid: This should be legendary if it happens #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/234a42aoZW

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Adam Himmelsbach: The Celtics had Lauri Markkanen & Dennis Smith in for workouts today. Still trying to get Josh Jackson to come but have been unsuccessful.
If mock drafts are on target, the most marquee prospect at Zions Bank Basketball Center was Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, who many project will be taken in the early to mid-second round. Motley was joined by Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, Houston wing Damyean Dotson, North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks, La Salle guard Jordan Price and Southeast Missouri State wing Antonius Cleveland. "It was great," Motley said of how he felt the workout went. "Played with a lot of energy, played good defensively and shot the ball well during the workout. I think I did pretty good."
Bubbling, flammable speculation that the Philadelphia 76ers will trade for Boston’s No. 1 overall pick and use it on Markelle Fultz was scheduled to spill out of control this afternoon as the former Washington star arrives for a workout. Sixers big man Joel Embiid just lit a match and tossed it on the intrigue by posing with Dario Saric next to a customized Fultz locker.
Joel Embiid‏: Trust The Process

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Mark Montieth: James Blackmon had last pre-draft workout today for @Indiana Pacers. Six in a row and 14-15 by his count. Needed to prove ballhandling, defense.
Mike Bresnahan: Magic + Pelinka were only Lakers at Lonzo Ball's workout. A chance for final face-to-face while checking out Lonzo's daily workout regimen.
Ramona Shelburne: Lonzo's second workout with the Lakers went from 8 am until noon today. He went through his whole daily routine with them
Darren Wolfson: Former FSU big Michael Ojo was also part of today's #Twolves workout, I'm told. It was him, and local guys Marshall, Hooker, and Lumpkin.
Denver Nuggets: Monday’s workout (June 19th) will begin at 9:00 am and feature the following players: Jaron Blossomgame, 6-7, 220, Clemson, F; Damyean Dotson, 6-5, 210, Houston, G; PJ Dozier, 6-6, 205, South Carolina, G; Andrew White, 6-7, 210, Syracuse, G; Derrick White, 6-5, 193, Colorado, G; Matt Williams, 6-5, 220, Central Florida, G
The Heat wanted a second look and summoned Bacon to team headquarters Thursday for a workout also featuring one potential Heat first-round pick at No. 14 (T.J. Leaf) and several other prospects projected to go lower.
Tom Moore: #NBA source: Josh Jackson working out for #Sixers today in Sacramento. B Colangelo, B Brown, M Eversley attending.
Rick Bonnell: Cho said today Sunday is their last scheduled workout. If Kennard, Jackson and Adebayo are all there, figures Michael Jordan will attend.
Wisconsin star Bronson Koenig will finish up his pre-draft workouts with a visit to Golden State. Koenig, per people around the league, has impressed teams with his shooting and athleticism in workouts. Multiple team decision-makers have said that he's rising on their draft boards after workouts.
Ball will work out for the Lakers a second time on Friday at an undisclosed location in Los Angles county. He is hopeful the Lakers will give him some indication whether he's "separated himself" throughout the draft process. Ball continues to have no plans to speak with or workout for the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick. After Friday's workout he will consider talking to other lottery teams who have asked to speak with him, according to the source.
While Lonzo Ball has worked out only for the Los Angeles Lakers, the former UCLA Bruins star is considering talking to teams who have lottery picks below the Lakers, a source close to Ball told ESPN.
Harrison Faigen: I'm told Columbia senior Luke Petrasek will work out for the Lakers on Monday. He has previously worked out for the Nets, Kings and Knicks
Ryan Ward: Next group for Lakers' pre-draft workouts: Jabari Bird, James Blackmon Jr., Tyler Cavanaugh, Isaiah Hicks, Devin Robinson, Michael Smith
The Denver Nuggets will hold a pre-draft workout on Friday, June 16th at 9:00 am at the UCHealth Practice Court at Pepsi Center. Friday, June 16th: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, 6-10, 250, Kentucky, C Ismael Bako, 6-10, 210, Belgium, C Ike Iroegbu, 6-2, 195, Washington State, G Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, 305, Gonzaga, C Kennedy Meeks, 6-10, 260, North Carolina, C Jaren Sina, 6-2, 187, George Washington, G
The Kentucky guard has worked out for four teams: the Knicks, Sixers, Suns, and Magic. Phoenix has the No. 4 pick and Orlando No. 6. “I think I fit great everywhere I worked out at,” Monk said. “That’s why I picked the workouts.”
Q: On if he could see himself being a Laker: Fultz: For sure. I could see myself playing here. It’s a great city, a great team. A lot history behind this team. Q: On playing alongside a young core: Fultz: I thought about both. Being a young team, would pretty much feel like college again. But either/or. Coming to a young team or an old team, I’m just blessed to play the game.
Q: On why he came to workout for the Lakers given that most mock drafts have him going No. 1: Fultz: I think it was a family decision, just going through it. Giving everybody the opportunity. Never know where I might land, so just wanted to see how it is out here. Q: On if he has other workouts planned: Fultz: Not that I’m sure of. Still have to talk to my family after this one just like I did after the last workout and see what we’re going to do.
The ultimate goal, however, is to earn a spot on an NBA roster. For some prospects, like Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, it's starting to set in that that childhood dream will soon become a reality. On Wednesday, Mitchell, a probable first-round pick, received an invitation to attend the 2017 NBA Draft and sit in the green room at the Barclays Center on June 22. "I kind of went off the wall yesterday just screaming and yelling in my pillow," Mitchell said after Thursday's pre-draft workout for the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I'm excited, but I've still got a few workouts to go."
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the Sacramento Kings tenth Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on June 16, 2017: Kobi Simmons, Derrick Walton, Troy Caupain, TJ Cline, Jacob Wiley, Reggie Upshaw, Ivan Rabb.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are among the teams who are expected to attend Dennis Smith Jr.'s private workout on Thursday, league sources confirm. Smith Jr. met with the Knicks earlier this month and was scheduled to work out but did not. It is unclear why he didn't work out for the Knicks while in New York. The Knicks will be among several teams to watch Smith Jr. at his workout, as first reported by Basketball Insiders. The Knicks have the eighth pick in the draft. Some members of the Sixers organization are fans of Smith Jr., per league sources. Philadelphia owns the No. 3 pick and would presumably trade back to acquire Smith Jr. Boston and Smith Jr.'s camp have also been discussing getting together for a meeting or workout before the draft next Thursday, per sources.
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