Jason Quick: Possible target for Blazers: Duke 6-foot-6 wing Gary Trent Jr., who said he interviewed with team at combine and has workout scheduled in Portland in June. Trent’s father, of course, played with Blazers from 1995-1998.
St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds has workouts set with the Lakers (20-21), Nuggets (21-22), Jazz (22-23), Pistons (23-24), and potentially the Knicks, though that has yet to be finalized, per his father. Will likely not announce decision until deadline on May 30. #sjubb
Quinton Rose said he has had workouts with two NBA teams, with more planned for next week. Because he hasn’t signed with an agent, Rose may return to Temple if he withdraws from the draft by 11:59 p.m. on May 30.
Jason Quick: Blazers and guard Landry Shamet (Wichita State) are working to organize a workout before the NBA Draft according to agent Happy Walters.
Gery Woelfel: The Bucks will interview several draft prospects today at NBA Combine in Chicago, one of the first being Zhaire Smith of Texas Tech. Smith shot a scorching 45% on 3s this season. Bucks have 17th pick.
Former Virginia guard Devon Hall is generating buzz ahead of the NBA Draft. On Saturday, the Virginia Beach native had his fourth workout. This time with the Utah Jazz. “This is my fourth one,” said Hall to reporters assembled in Utah following the workout. “I was in Brooklyn, Detroit, Minnesota, and now I'm here. It’s been straight through trips. It’s been good though. These experiences are great and the opportunities, of course, is great.”
Adam Zagoria: Former Notre Dame guard @MattyFarr3 has workouts with Detroit on Tuesday and Brooklyn Wednesday, per a league source.
Adam Zagoria: Former Notre Dame guard @Matt Farrell has workouts with Detroit on Tuesday and Brooklyn Wednesday, per a league source.
Bryan Fonseca: I'm told that #Nets group workout from last week included: 6'3 G Barry Brown: Kansas State 6'9 F Nuni Omot: Baylor 6'8 F Sagaba Konate: West Virginia 6'5 G E.C. Matthews: Rhode Island 6'7 F Jordan Caroline: Nevada 7'0 C Dusan Ristic: Arizona
Zach Brasiler: Former Seton Hall star Desi Rodriguez has worked out for the Nets and Celtics so far. More to come. #shbb
Elijah Bryant's path to a professional career — preferably the NBA, of course — included an opportunity to work out for the Utah Jazz on Saturday morning along with Virginia guard Devon Hall, South Carolina wing Brian Bowen, Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, Kentucky big Wenyen Gabriel and San Diego State big Jalen McDaniels.
This was the second pre-draft tryout session for Bryant, an All-WCC first-team talent who also worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks this past week. He's got another audition lined up with the Boston Celtics and is hopeful that more chances will come his way before the June 21 draft.
“I feel I did great, I got some great feedback,” Shamorie Ponds said after landing back home in New York following the Cavs workout on Saturday. The Cavs workout also included Auburn’s Mustapha Heron (who also had the Nets on Friday), Villanova’s Omari Spellman and USC’s De’Anthony Melton.
Jody Genessy: BYU’s Elijah Bryant speaks after pre-draft workout with Utah Jazz. pic.twitter.com/0h4I2EKVlD
Darren Wolfson: North Carolina's Theo Pinson was another draft prospect to workout for the #Twolves this week. They are certainly doing a ton of homework on wings and will continue to do so in Chicago at the Combine next week.
Barry Jackson: Atlanta Hawks announce they're working out UM's Dewan Huell (among others) on Friday. UM remains hopeful - but certainly not certain - that Huell will withdraw from draft and return to school.
The Nets have started to hold pre-draft workouts for a number of prospects. Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound Auburn wing who is 80th on NBADraft.net’s big board, worked out Thursday. Heron averaged a team-high 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their first SEC crown since 1999. The 20-year-old is from Meriden, Conn.
Abudushalamu Abudurexiti – pronounced Ah-BOO-Doo-Shah-LAH-Moo Ah-BOO-Doo-Rex-EE-Tee – has a chance to be the only NBA prospect from China drafted in June. Abudurexiti, a forward who turns 22 this month, worked out for eight teams in 14 days, including the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz, league sources told The Athletic.
Darren Wolfson: Cincinnati's Gary Clark, one of the best draft-eligible defenders, is among prospects working out for the #Twolves Friday, I hear. Reminder: Adel, Hall, Bluiett, and Okogie are among a group working out today here. #AllEyesNorth
Jake Winderman: Jalen Hudson was at Brooklyn Nets practice facility per his Instagram. Another workout could be coming up tomorrow or the next day. #Gators @InsideTheGators
Ian Begley: University of Texas teammates Eric Davis Jr. and Kerwin Roach II participated in a pre-draft work out for the Knicks on Monday, per league sources. Rhode Island’s E.C. Matthews also participated in the group workout, sources say.
On Monday, Jalen McDaniels had his last final exam of the spring semester at San Diego State. On Tuesday, the real test began. McDaniels participated in a group workout for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, one of nearly a dozen he has scheduled this month — a month that likely will determine his, and the SDSU basketball team’s, immediate future.
McDaniels reportedly held an individual workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers before Game 3 of their playoff series against Toronto. Now that he has finished the semester, he is free to participate in as many group sessions with NBA teams as he wants. The Clippers were Tuesday. The Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz are up next.
Tyus Battle worked out for the Los Angeles Clippers this week and could also work out for other NBA teams before leaving for Chicago next week.
Luke Maye completed his second NBA work out this week, and he hopes teams can see what he brings to the table. The UNC forward worked out with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, after working out with the Oklahoma Thunder last week. Maye said both workouts had their strengths and weaknesses, though he did not elaborate on what those were.
Grant Ramsey: Rick Barnes says Admiral Schofield has had three workouts with NBA teams: Brooklyn, Milwaukee, OKC. Sounds like Charlotte is next.
Here in STL for the #Mizzou Coaches Caravan, Cuonzo Martin said Jontay Porter worked out for the San Antonio Spurs today, Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.
Zach Braziller: 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
Michael Scotto: Houston Rockets brought in De'Anthony Melton (USC), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), Ky Bowman (Boston College), A.J. Davis (UCF), Tyler Davis and Admon Gilder (Texas A&M) for a group workout today, league sources told The Athletic.
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.
John Martin: Several local prospects working out for the Grizzlies tomorrow, per release. CJ Anderson (Massachusetts); Leron Black (Illinois); Terence Davis (Ole Miss); Rob Gray (Houston); Jemerrio Jones (New Mexico State); Nick King (Middle Tennessee State).
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),
Michael Scotto: The Cleveland Cavaliers brought in Jalen McDaniels from San Diego State for a private 1-on-0 workout before Game 3, a league source told The Athletic.
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
Bill Oram: Draft workouts are underway for the Lakers. Today they are bringing in a group of six players, including Louisville forward Deng Adel. Lakers own 25th and 47th picks.
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.
Zach Braziller: As far as his future, Shamorie Ponds said he was unsure about returning to St. John's. Said he has workouts with Celtics and Cavaliers on horizon. “It’s hard decision right now." #sjubb
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.
One top player the Sixers didn't work out or talk to was UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, according to Ball on Wednesday, though the Sixers were interested in having him. He appears headed to the Lakers with the No. 2 selection.
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.
Chad Ford: Celtics finally received Josh Jackson's medicals, but he still won't workout for Boston. C's still debating but appear to be leaning Tatum
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
Jason Quick: Blazers on Monday interviewed Texas C Jarrett Allen but did not work him out because of a groin pull. Considered one of top centers in draft
Scott Souza: #Celtics president Danny Ainge: Josh Jackson is in NYC today, hope to have him in town for workout tomorrow.
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.
With the 2017 NBA Draft set to take place this Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Portland Trail Blazers are hosting Oregon forward Jordan Bell, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu, Žalgiris Kaunas forward Isaiah Hartenstein, North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, Cal forward Ivan Rabb and University of New Orleans guard Erik Thomas for their sixth and final pre-draft workout.
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.
Oliver Maroney: Dillon Brooks (@dbrookz8) will have a 2nd pre-draft meeting/workout with the Phoenix Suns sources tell @thepositionless.
Mike Fisher: DallasBasketball.com has been told bigs Zack Collins and Lauri Markkanen - have made pre #NBADraft visits to Dallas #Mavs
Mike Fisher: Sources tell me #Mavs plan to host @GoCards G Donovan Mitchell on Monday. Story coming to Dallasbasketball.com
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: The Celtics have yet to see Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson during pre-draft process, as both have declined. They saw Jayson Tatum in L.A.
Michael Scotto: Jamel Artis (Pittsburgh) has workouts lined up with the Pistons on Sunday and the Thunder on Monday, league sources told Basketball Insiders
David Pick: Belgium 6-11 center Ismael Bako is gaining steam ahead of the NBA draft. He auditioned for Bucks and Nuggets - Thunder and Nets are next.
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.
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."
Marc J. Spears: Sixers announce that heralded draft prospect Markelle Fultz will be working out for them at 6 pm tonight and plans to speak to media after.
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.
Keith Pompey: The #sixers are tentatively scheduled to work out @AmileJefferson on Monday, according to a source.
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.
In preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets hosted their seventh draft workout on June 18: Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Troy Caupain, Justin Jackson, Tim Kempton, Luke Kennard, Rodney Purvis.
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For now, Harrison Barnes believes he is right where he belongs, but he joked that he follows the latest trade news from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, just in case. “You know how the NBA is,” Barnes said. “I check Woj. I check Shams. They’ve still got me here, so as far as I’m concerned, this is where I’m supposed to be and I’m going to give it my best effort.”
Barnes has been the frequent subject of trade speculation over the past two seasons. He has heard the rumors, but he said it doesn’t cause a distraction for him at this stage in his career. “That’s just part of the business,” Barnes said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to that. The biggest thing is just getting ready for opening night. That’s my focus. The guys on this court, the coaching staff, us building that trust now so, when things get going and adversity hits, you have a base of relationships that you draw on.”
Rod Boone: Steve Clifford said Gordon Hayward banged his knee in practice and has been limited. Hayward isn’t happy they’re sitting him. “He wants to play. He’s actually a little upset about it, but it doesn’t make any sense to me and it doesn’t make any sense to (trainer) Joe (Sharpe).”