There seems to be some miscommunication between the Big Baller Brand’s camp and the defending world champs regarding LiAngelo Ball. Despite what the 19-year-old Ball told HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, the Warriors deny they’ve scheduled a private, pre-draft workout with the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. In refuting what the younger Ball said, a Warriors spokesman said Thursday the team has no specific plans to meet with LiAngelo, who quit UCLA’s team in his freshman season after being arrested for shoplifting in China on a team trip this past season. LiAngelo told HoopsHype he’s already arranged private meetings with the Warriors, Clippers and Lakers before the NBA Draft on June 21.
Peter Edmiston: Josh Okogie was the most prominent part of the workout group, especially as this was his first workout after a terrific Combine. Good reviews for the length and shooting ability Okogie showed. Certainly very much in the mix for the Grizzlies at 32.
Northwestern point guard Bryant McIntosh is scheduled to be among those who work out for the Lakers on Friday. McIntosh, who is third all-time in the Big Ten in assists, helped lead Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2016-17 and became the first Division 1 player in 13 years to post 16 assists with no turnovers in a game against Minnesota this past season.
Adam Zagoria: Maryland’s Kevin Huerter also has workouts with the Lakers and Jazz before the May 30 deadline, per source. Villanova’s Omari Spellman has Lakers today and then Jazz.
Adaz Zagoria: Celtics President Danny Ainge took @NovaMBB 's Donte DiVincenzo to lunch after their workout this week, source says. Celts pick at No. 27 and are in the hunt for a 2nd-rounder also.
The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that they will be holding a pre-draft workout tomorrow, May 24th, at 10:45 AM. The players attending the Grizzlies workout are Braian Angola (Florida State), Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech), Chris Chiozza (Florida), Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech), Admiral Schofield (Tennessee) and Jonathan Stark (Murray State).
Just like his older brother Thon, Matur Maker is determined to make a splash in America and join the ranks of basketball's elite. The younger sibling of the Milwaukee Bucks star declared earlier this year he was skipping the college route and heading straight to the NBA Draft in June. [...] On Wednesday (AEST) he completed his first pre-Draft workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and according to his guardian and mentor Ed Smith reportedly did his stocks no harm.
Arizona guard and Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins began his NBA team workouts with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. After Sacramento, the 6-foot-5 Alkins will fly to Atlanta to work out for the Hawks, a league source told ZAGSBLOG. He also has a workout with the Phoenix Suns next week. Alkins is expected to have about 10 team workouts and will also have a Pro Day next Thursday at the new Impact Gym in Las Vegas where all 30 teams are expected to attend.
Chase Hughes: Kansas guard Devonte' Graham said after the Wizards he will work out with the Suns, Hawks, Rockets, Grizzlies and 6 or 7 more teams after that. He is a projected 2nd round pick.
Adam Zagoria: Celtics President Danny Ainge took @NovaMBB 's Donte DiVincenzo to lunch after their workout this week, source says. Celts pick at No. 27 and are in the hunt for a 2nd-rounder also. pic.twitter.com/OedEkZnOLy
Adam Zagoria: After working out for the Lakers and Nuggets @StJohnsBBall G @ShamorieP has the Jazz today. pic.twitter.com/v1uRfYuA8l
While Mullin has been featured in The New York Times watching the Golden State Warriors with his fellow “Run TMC” members, St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds is out West working out for several teams. As he continues to test the NBA Draft waters leading up to the May 30 for underclassmen to withdraw and return to school, Ponds has worked out for the Nuggets and Lakers and is slated to be at the Jazz on Wednesday and then the Pistons. The Jazz workout will also include Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Chimezie Metu (USC), P.J. Washington (Kentucky), Mustapha Heron (Auburn) and Matt Mobley (St. Bonaventure).
Ethan Happ, the 6-8 forward from Wisconsin is testing the NBA waters before deciding whether to return to the Badgers for his senior season. And of all of the comparisons of his game he’s heard, the one that’s made the biggest impression? Nikola Jokić. “The Joker, honestly,” said Happ, in reference to being a passing big, who can also shoot. “I’ve gotten comparisons. Obviously, he’s a lot better shooter... He’s a great player. It’s fun watching him.”
Iowa center Tyler Cook is a big, burly 6-9, 255-pound forward that has a famous connection to these NBA playoffs – he played on the same high school team with current Boston Celtics rookie Jason Tatum. “I can’t say that I knew he would be scoring 23 points a night in the playoffs, but I definitely knew he would be a star in this league,” said Cook, who played his high school ball at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers bringing in the next group of players for pre-draft workouts on Wednesday: Jevon Carter – West Virginia Elijah Bryant – BYU Omari Spellman – Villanova Trey Kell – San Diego State Gary Trent Jr. – Duke Kostas Antetokounmpo – Dayton
Chase Hughes: It sounds like GW's Yuta Watanabe will work out with the Wizards as early as Thursday. Watanabe was a terrific defensive player for the Colonials. 6-9 forward.
Duncan Robinson has said he is willing to go overseas to continue his basketball career, but he is giving the NBA his best shot. The Los Angeles Lakers' official Twitter account announced Monday night that Robinson would be among six players brought in for a workout on Tuesday. MLive has learned that Robinson already participated in workouts for Miami and Boston and will have another, with Chicago, on Saturday.
Harrison Wind: Shamorie Ponds, who’s the highest rated player at today’s Nuggets workout, says he’ll decide if he’ll stay in the draft after his workouts are over. He’s got two (Utah and Detroit) scheduled right now. pic.twitter.com/80RLoHb4cc
Ian Begley: The Knicks are one of several teams to have an executive at the Pro Basketball Combine, an event that includes players who did not participate in the NBA Draft Combine. Players there include Deng Adel, LiAngelo Ball and Kendrick Nunn. Full list of players here: pic.twitter.com/RTVJVlZQ4e
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
August 16, 2022 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
“Who’s talking about what kind of pressure?” Doncic joked when asked about the Slovenia national team’s goal and explain that he is aiming for the top again: “We are going to Germany to win gold. In every competition where we compete, the goal must always be the first place. We will do everything for it, but we will see if we make it. In 2017, no one took us seriously when we announced our attack on the gold medal, today is different. It’s nice when you see that everyone will make an extra effort against us to win”.
Stefan Bondy: Re: Brunson tampering investigation, heard at least one Knicks employee had cell confiscated by NBA. Something else I learned: players have never turned in devices and won’t unless it’s CBA bargained. Union won’t stand for that. Rightfully so. Agents also don’t turn them in.
“It was just guys who knew their roles,” Cuban said. “Like an Andrew Wiggins. I think he was the one who beat us, and I told him that after the series. We knew what to expect from Klay and from Steph and from Draymond. We didn’t know what to expect or how Wiggs would step up, and he did.”
Apparently, Cuban was already in deep discussions with then-Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss about a potential blockbuster deal: “I was going back and forth with Dr. Buss, and I forgot who called who, I think he called me, actually, and said, ‘Look, we think we might be parting ways with Kobe,’” Cuban said. As it turns out, however, the deal “all fall apart” when Cuban told a Lakers PR guy named Elvis about it. Word quickly spread and Cuban believes Mitch Kupchak ended up convincing Kobe to stay in LA.
Cuban made it abundantly clear that he believed they were already at the finish line: “I thought it was done,” he reiterated. “I thought it was done, yeah. Done. Done. Done. Like, let’s start talking about putting together the trade call.”
August 16, 2022 | 5:44 pm EDT Update
Another offseason, another summer of trade rumors. That had Tyler Herro offering a resigned smile Tuesday at a Miami Heat back-to-school event at Target at Dadeland Station. “I mean, every summer, that’s just what it is,” Herro said after helping a group of youths fill their back-to-school carts. “I mean, ever since I’ve been here, my name’s been in rumors. So rumors, like I said last summer, they don’t bother me. I’m just getting ready for this season and whether I’m on the Heat or somewhere else, I’m getting ready for the season.”