Don’t count on LiAngelo Ball following in his brother’s footsteps. While the Los Angeles Lakers held a workout Tuesday that included the younger brother of starting point guard Lonzo Ball, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports team officials have no interest in drafting or signing the 19-year-old – for the NBA team or even the G-League team, the South Bay Lakers.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers bringing in another crop of players for pre-draft workouts on Thursday: Devonte’ Graham – Kansas Landry Shamet – Wichita State Billy Preston – Kansas Tony Carr – Penn State Josh Okogie – Georgia Tech Johnathan Williams – Gonzaga
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks have a workout lined up with Billy Preston at some point in the next two weeks. Preston is the No. 80 ranked prospect in this draft, according to Draft Express. He was a top-20 recruit in 2017 but left Kansas (w/out playing) for Europe while awaiting NCAA clearance.
Vincent Goodwill: Texas center Mo Bamba will be at the Advocate Center for a workout with the Bulls. He'll have media availability late tomorrow morning
Sean Cunningham: Kings pre-draft workout for Thursday: Shake Milton (G – 6’6 SMU) Allonzo Trier (G – 6’5” Arizona) Jeff Roberson (F – 6’6” Vanderbilt) EC Matthews (G – 6’5” Rhode Island) Gary Clark (F – 6’8” Cincinnati) Jordan Barnett (F – 6’7” Missouri)
Charlotte 49ers point guard Jon Davis is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season. Davis didn't hire an agent when he declared for the draft, meaning he was able to withdraw by Wednesday's deadline after getting feedback from the four NBA teams with which he worked out -- Charlotte, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City and Boston.
Darren Wolfson: Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo will workout for the #Twolves on Monday, I hear. They also met with him in Chicago. Thibs and other front office folks are busy the rest of this week at Pro Days in Los Angeles. Just today there's four.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball watched the entire two-hour workout today involving his brother, LiAngelo, at the Lakers’ training facility. Ball’s former UCLA teammate, Thomas Welsh, was also among the six players who worked out.
Ryan Ward: At #Lakers pre-draft workouts, LiAngelo Ball is one of six players here today pic.twitter.com/qWyl0g66OS
Ryan Ward: Here’s three other players working out for the #Lakers today: Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Thomas Welch (UCLA), Devon Hall (Virginia) pic.twitter.com/s1n9Wm1TkB
Gery Woelfel: For the draft geeks: Loyola Chicago forward Donte Ingram posted solid back-to-back workouts with the Bulls and Bucks last week. The Bucks also auditioned UCLA center Thomas Welsh and Nevada forward Caleb Martin last week.
Darren Wolfson: Former Apple Valley HS and Duke star Gary Trent Jr. has upcoming plans to workout for the #Twolves, Blazers, Nets, Nuggets, Spurs, and Bucks. He previously has worked out for the Lakers. There's some other teams too seeing if they can match schedules to get him in. pic.twitter.com/y7Bcrl0oyh
Doug Haller: Arizona State's Shannon Evans and Kodi Justice among those working out for the Suns today. Tra Holder did so last week.
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns draft workouts today: Jacob Evans - Cincinnati Obi Enechionyia - Temple Shannon Evans II - ASU Alan Herndon - Wyoming Kodi Justice - ASU William McDowell-White - Australia
Darren Wolfson: Former Lakeville North HS and Xavier star @jpmacura works out for the Suns on Thursday and the Clippers next Monday, I hear. Worked out for the Spurs over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/bM09hv7PLp
Alec Lewis: Former #Mizzou SG Jordan Barnett will work out with the Boston Celtics on Friday, per a league source.
Arturs Kalnitis: After officially declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, Rodions Kurucs also got the permission from Barcelona Lassa to participate in the NBA pre-draft workout, his agent announced on Twitter. The workout will be held on 30th of May at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
Tony Jones: The workout for the Utah Jazz on Monday will be a big one. I'm told there will be multiple players in attendance that could be in play at #21, when the Jazz select....
Bryan Kalbrosky: Sources: NBA prospect Landry Shamet (@Landry Shamet) will have a predraft workout with the Golden State Warriors tomorrow (May 27). The former Wichita State guard was 44.2 percent from three-point range last year.
James Palmer, Nebraska’s first-team All-Big Ten guard, will return to the Huskers for his senior season, he confirmed by text to The World-Herald on Friday evening. Palmer declared for the NBA draft but didn’t hire an agent, leaving him eligible to return as long as he withdrew by next Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 senior from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, had workouts with three franchises : Boston, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ryan Ward: Next group of players for #Lakers pre-draft workouts on Tuesday: Jaylen Adams – St. Bonaventure LiAngelo Ball – BC Vytautas Thomas Welsh – UCLA Devon Hall – Virginia Tyus Battle – Syracuse Dusan Ristic – Arizona
Ohm Youngmisuk: Grayson Allen and Maryland’s Kevin Huerter also said they worked out for the Nets. twitter.com/notoriousohm/s…
Ian Begley: Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez had a pre-draft workout with the Knicks, per his Instagram account. pic.twitter.com/t3t3TrmzM5
Ian Begley: Michigan guard Charles Matthews had a pre-draft workout for the Knicks, per his Instagram account.
Mike Bresnahan: Duke’s Grayson Allen taking some threes in around-the-world portion of Lakers pre-draft workout. pic.twitter.com/l8RVdQMjVf
Scott Agness: Appears Indy product Kris Wilkes worked out for the Brooklyn Nets today, per his Instagram.
Darren Wolfson: Other intriguing names that worked out for the #Twolves today, I hear: Colorado's George King, Kentucky's PJ Washington, and Nevada's Cody Martin. King improved his stock at the Combine. pic.twitter.com/ev88Tb2g21
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns draft workouts today: Trevon Bluiett - Xavier, Devonte’ Graham - Kansas, Tra Holder - ASU, Shake Milton - SMU, Kendrick Nunn - Oakland, Lindell Wigginton - Iowa State
After testing the NBA Draft waters for the past two months, Kansas State guard Barry Brown has decided to return to college for his senior season. Brown announced Friday that he has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft process, ending an informative experience during which he worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.
Several times during Loyola’s magical and unexpected run to the Final Four, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg commented on how great a story it was. The storybook nature of it continued Thursday, when two key pieces to the Ramblers’ ride worked out for the Bulls at the Advocate Center. Neither Simeon alumnus Donte Ingram nor Ben Richardson fall in either round of any mock draft. And the Bulls don’t even own a second-round pick.
Matur Maker, the younger brother of Bucks center Thon Maker, will work out for the L.A. Lakers on Friday and then the Cleveland Cavaliers two days later. Maker is expected to work out for the Bucks, although a date hasn’t been established.
Spencer Percy: #Hornets have a pre-draft workout today in Charlotte. Safe to say this crop is late 2nd-round or summer league candidates. Highlighted by Connor Birchfield (W&M - led nation in 3P%) and Jon Davis (Charlotte - local product). #BuzzCity
Gery Woelfel: Loyola Chicago standout Donte Ingram, who was a prep teammate of Jabari Parker's at Simeon in Chicago, is among those who'll audition for the Bucks today.
Adam Zagoria: .@GoRhodyRams G EC Matthews has worked out for the #Knicks, Nets and Celtics, per source.
James Ham: A change to tomorrow’s workout in Sacramento. Billy Preston is out of the workout and Hayden Dalton out of Wyoming is in.
Ryan Ward: Next crop of players the #Lakers are bringing in for pre-draft workouts on Friday: Allerik Freeman – NC State Grayson Allen – Duke Kevin Huerter – Maryland Arnoldas Kulboka – Capo D’Orlando Matur Maker – Mississauga Prep Bryant McIntosh - Northwestern
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
June 24, 2022 | 9:16 pm EDT Update
JD Shaw: The Memphis Grizzlies are adding shooting guard Dakota Mathias (@DMathias31) to their summer league roster, his agency Edge Sports tells @HoopsRumors. Mathias holds two-way experience with the Sixers.
Law Murray: Source to @theathletic: Nebraska shooting guard Trey McGowens will join LA Clippers for summer league in Las Vegas next month. McGowens tied for team lead with 1.6 steals per game last season to go with 4.1 rebounds and 36.8% 3-point shooting. Played at Pitt before Nebraska.
JD Shaw: The Dallas Mavericks are adding swingman Isaiah Brown to their summer league roster, his agent Andre Buck tells @HoopsRumors. Brown, 24, attended a free-agent mini-camp with the team earlier this week.
June 24, 2022 | 7:39 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today the team has named Steve Clifford head coach. Clifford, who previously served the team’s head coach from 2013-2018, returns to Charlotte, where his 196 wins ranks second in franchise history, sitting just 11 behind Allan Bristow.
Damichael Cole: David Roddy said he got a text message from Tyus Jones before the NBA Draft. He called Jones one of his mentors growing up in Minnesota. He played AAU basketball with Tyus’ younger brother, Tre Jones.