Kyle Goon: Kenneth Ogbe replacing George King in today’s Jazz workout. @Utebuntu should be over the moon.
Brown has piqued the interest of the Blazers because of his size (6-foot-5), and his defensive skills on the perimeter, which were shelved the final two months of this season after he broke his left foot. He says the foot has been fully cleared for the past two weeks.
TJ McBride: Shamorie Ponds, the 6'1 St Johns lefty PG getting threes up in the #Nuggets workout. Lots of push on his shot and his lower body fades to the right when shooting off the catch. Still needs mechanics work. Slow-ish release too. pic.twitter.com/xq9INtWG5O
TJ McBride: Jon Elmore, the #Marshall guard, is looking strong in shooting drills. He's a bit of a palmer, but his release is quick and the ball never drops below his hips off the catch. pic.twitter.com/neSbBFwyiV
David Scott: Hearing Jon Davis worked out for Celtics today, has also had workouts with OKC and Brooklyn. @charlotte49ers
Harrison Wind: Nuggets hosting six more prospects today. Among them are Ethan Happ (Wisconsin) and Shamorie Ponds (St. Johns). Ponds, who’s rated 61st on ESPN’s big board, is the highest ranked prospect Denver has brought in so far. pic.twitter.com/1Ai0az7R3Y
As the deadline approaches for college basketball players entered in the NBA Draft to decide whether to turn pro or remain in college, Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel is a busy man. The sophomore from Sudan was not invited to last week's pre-draft Combine in Chicago like five of his UK teammates, but that doesn't mean Gabriel hasn't been seen by NBA teams. During a pre-draft workout at Sacramento's facility on Monday, Gabriel said the Kings were his fifth NBA visit. The 6-foot-9 forward said he previously stopped in Oklahoma City, Utah, Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
Lakers Nation: Lakers are bringing in more prospects tomorrow for a pre-draft workout. Emmett Naar - Saint Mary's, Barry Brown Jr. - Kansas State, Fletcher Magee - Wofford, Gabe DeVoe - Clemson, Duncan Robinson - Michigan, Obi Enechionyia - Temple
Adam Zagoria: PG @Anfernee Simons of @IMGAcademy worked out for the Chicago Bulls today, per source. He also had a Pro Day before the Combine and 20 NBA teams attended. Projected No. 21 to Utah by @Jonathan Givony
Nets Daily: Nets have now worked out both Martin twins, in separate sessions. Caleb and Cody Martin played together at Nevada. Nets have worked out 30+ prospects for their three picks at 29, 40 and 45. Interviewed others at Combine.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma watched Laker pre-draft workouts today at the team training facility. Players included St. Mary’s center Jock Landale and St. John’s point guard Shamorie Ponds. Draft is a month from today.
Adam Johnson: Gabe Vincent, Stockton native, is working out today for the Sacramento Kings as part of a pre-draft workout. Possible he joins the newly formed Stockton Kings?
Adam Zagoria: Brian Bowen will work out for the Bulls Monday and the Pistons on Tuesday, per league source.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers holding another pre-draft workout on Monday with the following players: Shamorie Ponds - St. John’s Jordan Caroline - Nevada Jordan Barnett - Missouri Drew Eubanks - Oregon State Jock Landale - Saint Mary’s Daryl Macon - Arkansas
Harrison Wind: University of Denver’s Daniel Amigo is replacing Tyler Davis (Texas A&M) at the Nuggets’ pre-draft workout Monday morning.
Adam Zagoria: The Celtics on Monday will work out Purdue's Dakota Mathias and Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo in an intriguing matchup, per source. Mathias averaged 12 ppg and shot 47 percent from three. DiVincenzo went for 31 and 5-of-7 from deep in the NCAA title game.
Huerter’s next stop will be a workout with the Nets on Tuesday. He worked out with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics before the combine and is hoping to make a West Coast trip after passing through Brooklyn. He is expected to work out for the Utah Jazz on May 28, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, and then fly home to Clifton Park, N.Y., to make a decision with his family.
Adam Mares: The Nuggets just issued their first announcement for upcoming workouts. Monday: Tyler Davis Cody Martin William McDowell-White Isaiah Reese Admiral Schofield Reid Travis
After meeting with the Knicks on Friday, Trae Young said he can fit with the team's glut of guards – which includes last year's eighth overall pick, Frank Ntilikina. "I think they all bring something different. We all have something different," Young said. "I feel my overall skillset, my ability to make players around me better and my ability to help my team win is unique. The guys that are there are good point guards."
“I feel like any team within the draft range is a great fit for me,” the 6-foot-6 sophomore forward said Thursday at the NBA draft combine “Philly is great team. Obviously, they made the playoffs. They have Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.” Miles Bridges will interview with the Sixers on Friday.
Carsen Edwards, a shooting guard who averaged 18.5 points and shot 40.6 percent from 3, has generated at least enough interest to get workouts with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. He has upcoming sessions scheduled with the Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks.
Jason Quick: Miami shooting guard Lonnie Walker interviewed with Blazers' psychologist, but he will not workout in Portland according to agent Happy Walters because at No. 24 the Blazers are selecting too low for Walker's expected draft position.
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.
August 9, 2022 | 6:25 pm EDT Update
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the meeting took place this past Saturday, and Kevin Durant indicated that he could stay with Brooklyn if general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash were no longer there. Understandably, peers of Marks and Nash were not happy. “I get that players have more power these days, but I think it’s a little too far if he’s out here trying to get Steve fired,” said one coach, who was quickly reminded of Magic Johnson’s fingerprints on Paul Westhead’s firing back in November of 1981 and other power plays, some of which may well have been justified.
The head of basketball ops from another club was similarly displeased. “Livid,” he said. “Livid. He and Kyrie (Irving) basically told Sean they were coming (as free agents in 2019), and Sean did pretty much everything they wanted after that. Signing DeAndre Jordan for four years? That’s something Kyrie and KD wanted. Getting James Harden? Then getting a guy who should be a perfect complement to them (Ben Simmons) when Harden wanted out? Sean did all that.”
However, when asked if he would welcome Durant to his own club should he be attainable at a fair price, the exec paused and laughed. “Well … ” he said. “OK, you got me there. But, see, that’s the part of this that will always be hard for some people to grasp. I’m talking about the fans who just see the players as employees. These guys are not interchangeable parts. You can’t just plug in someone else to do what KD does.”
Detroit Pistons center Kelly Olynyk is a married man! The basketball star, 31, wed his longtime love Jackie McNulty, 31, in a traditional, yet playful, outdoor ceremony at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California Saturday, as personal guests of the winery’s owners.
Nick DePaula: Stephen Curry & Snoop Dogg donated a new gym court to the Boys & Girls Club at MLK Park in Long Beach today — the gym where Snoop “shot my first layup”
August 9, 2022 | 3:12 pm EDT Update
RTG Features (Alaskan Nets) and MSM (The Last Dance) have tapped David Charles Rodrigues (Neymar: The Perfect Chao) to direct a new feature doc about the high-scoring NBA trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin —collectively known as Run TMC— and how they set the stage for the present-day dynasty of the world-champion Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.