Gerald Bourguet: #Suns draft workouts today: Joel Berry II – UNC Jevon Carter – West Virginia Wenyen Gabriel – Kentucky Elie Okobo – France Ajdin Penava – Marshall Thomas Welsh – UCLA
Darren Wolfson: Rest of today’s #Twolves draft workout: Arizona’s Rawle Alkins, Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll, Texas A&M’s DJ Hogg, + Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie. My bad on mixing up dates in May saying Okogie was here then. Told this is his 1st workout here. Intriguing names in today, surely. pic.twitter.com/OChFCB3YZ0
Ian Begley: Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., who likely won’t be available when the Knicks pick, will workout for New York. Several people in the Knicks’ front office are enamored with Carter Jr.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace says he will attend Michael Porter Jr.'s draft workout in Chicago this coming weekend. Grizz hold No. 4 pick in June 21 Draft. Wallace also said he's hopeful of being among teams that get results of Porter's latest physical.
The Denver Nuggets will hold pre-draft workouts on both Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th on the UCHealth Practice Court at Pepsi Center. Monday’s Participants (6/4): Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State – F / 6-7 / 235. Marcus Foster, Creighton – G / 6-3 / 205. George King, Colorado – G-F / 6-6 / 225. Chimezie Metu, USC – F / 6-11 / 215. Kendrick Nunn, Oakland – G / 6-3 / 193 Tuesday’s Participants (6/5): Tony Carr, Penn State – G / 6-5 / 204. Matt Farrell, Notre Dame – G / 6-1 / 175. Aaron Holiday, UCLA – G / 6-1 / 185. Elie Okobo, Pau-Orthez – G / 6-2 / 180. Kenrich Williams, TCU – F / 6-7 / 210
Michael Wallace: Apparently, UNC's Theo Pinson is out and Samford's Demetrius Dyson is in on @Memphis Grizzlies updated list for Monday's pre-draft workout at @FedExForum. Dyson is a Memphis-area product who played HS ball at Covington, and also on Team Thad and Mike Miller's AAU program.
Marc Berman: Source says Trae Young will work out in Tarrytown for Knicks Tuesday. May meet with Knicks as soon as Monday. Trae has instagram noting he’s flying in.
Here’s a look at the six players who will be trying to impress the Lakers’ brass on Sunday: Alize Johnson – 6-7, 217 – Missouri State. Terry Larrier – 6-8, 185 – Connecticut. Jared Terrell – 6-3, 215 – Rhode Island. Moritz Wagner – 6-11, 241 – Michigan. Thomas Wilder – 6-3, 190 – Western Michigan. Kenrich Williams – 6-6, 200 – TCU.
Rick Bonnell: Dayton forward Kostas Antetokounmpo (brother of Giannis) suffered a groin injury during his workout with @hornets. He couldn’t complete the workout, but said this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury.
In preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets will host their third draft workout on Sunday, June 3: Kostas Antetokounmpo, Rodney Bullock, Chris Chiozza, Marcus Foster, Jairus Lyles, Lonnie Walker are the participants.
Michael Scotto: Texas A&M center Tyler Davis is scheduled to work out for the Brooklyn Nets on June 5, a league source told @TheAthleticNYC. Davis averaged 14.9 points on 59 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.
Wendell Carter has workouts lined up with teams picking 4-9 in the draft, a league source told The Athletic.
Chris Dempsey: The #Nuggets are having two more days of pre-draft workouts, starting Monday. @CUBuffsMBB standout George King is one of the athletes expected to participate.
Harrison Wind: Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop will work out for the Nuggets on Monday. UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday will work out for the team Tuesday. Here’s the full list of participants for both days. Denver currently holds the 14th pick in the draft.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers will work out the following prospects on Sunday: Kevin Hervey – Texas-Arlington, Alize Johnson – Missouri State, Terry Larrier – Connecticut, Moritz Wagner – Michigan, Thomas Wilder – Western Michigan, Jared Terrell – Rhode Island
Malika Andrews: Mo Bamba working out for the Bulls. John Paxson and Gar Forman are watching from the sidelines. pic.twitter.com/jVKdbdkehR
Rick Bonnell: UNC's @tpinsonn gets a workout with the @Charlotte Hornets tomorrow. I spoke with him in Chicago about the last-minute break he got, being included in the draft combine: charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/cha…
Michael Wallace: Some top-10 lottery projected players starting to move around for publicly confirmed, on-site team visits/workouts. Mo Bamba scheduled to be in Chicago (No. 7 pick) today, while Mikal Bridges working out for Charlotte (No. 11).
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns draft workouts for today: Rawle Alkins - Arizona E.C. Matthews - Rhode Island De'Anthony Melton - USC Landry Shamet - Wichita St. Allonzo Trier - Arizona Usama Zaid - Vancouver Island
Ian Begley: The Knicks have scheduled a private workout with Oklahoma's Trae Young, league sources confirm. The Knicks gave the ninth pick in the draft. It's unclear if Young will be available when the Knicks pick. ESPN's latest mock draft, the Orlando Magic take Young with the No. 6 overall pick. The Knicks will work out several top prospects at their practice facility in Westchester County in the coming weeks. Many in the organization remain high on Villanova wing Mikal Bridges, per sources. The New York Post was first to report the Knicks' scheduled workout with Young.
Adam Zagoria: Former Notre Dame G Matt Farrell is going to work out for the Lakers Monday and then Denver Wednesday, per league source.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks were one of the teams at the Roc Nation pro day yesterday in LA to watch Zhaire Smith, Mo Wagner, and Angel Delgado. Delgado, a Seton Hall product, has had workouts with the Rockets and Lakers so far.
Adam Zagoria: Following his Pro Day today, former Arizona G @Iam_RawleAlkins heads to the Phoenix Suns for a workout tomorrow zagsblog.com/2018/05/23/ari…
Despite the Knicks picking ninth in the June 21 NBA Draft, Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young has decided to give them a private workout at the team facility in Tarrytown, according to an NBA source.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source: Landry Shamet, who is working out with the Lakers today and had an impressive pro day yesterday, has another NBA draft workout with the Suns tomorrow. He led his conference in assists + TS%. More info on the former Wichita State star: usat.ly/2rFgMrW #SunsAt50 pic.twitter.com/1F7QCnj6nY
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns draft workouts for today: Keita Bates-Diop - Ohio State Devon Hall - Virginia George King - Colorado J.P. Macura - Xavier Chimezie Metu - USC Malik Newman - Kansas
Sean Cunningham: Kings draft workout for Friday: Marcus Foster (G – 6’3” Creighton) Daxter Miles (G – 6’3”) West Virginia Ben Emelogu (F – 6’6”) SMU Desi Rodriguez (F – 6’6”) Seton Hall Alize Johnson (F – 6’9”) Missouri St. Jordan Barnett (F – 6’7”) Missouri
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.
May 26, 2022 | 12:37 pm EDT Update
And the Rivers rumors? Seems the players, and perhaps general manager Rob Pelinka, too, would rather see an experienced, win-now coach on the sidelines. “If LeBron could pick,” the executive said, “it’s pretty certain he’d pick Doc.” The exec was quick to point out that the Lakers had hoed to be united on the coaching front, considering their last foray into a coaching hire, in 2019, was bungled. The team pursued Ty Lue then but would not meet his contract request, and lost out on Monty Williams to Phoenix almost at the same time. Recently fired coach Frank Vogel was the Lakers’ third choice.
Most of the front office, it seems, has zeroed in on Darvin Ham, with former head coaches Terry Stotts (Portland) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn) also in the mix. Ham was briefly an assistant with the Lakers, and according to league sources, he is the favorite of the Phil Jackson-Kurt Rambis layer of Lakers decision-makers. “I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. “I do not think Darvin is a pushover by any means. I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way.”
“A lot of teams would rather have that Detroit pick than the Dallas pick, you have more flexibility with second-rounders and they won’t be that far apart,” one GM told Heavy.com. “If they can make a pick swap only, and it costs them the Dallas pick next year and the Detroit second-rounder, it is a lot to give up, but that could land them in the Top 4. It is a significant move for them.”
Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice reported this week that the Nets are expected to defer their right to the Sixers’ first-round pick (No. 23 this year) to instead register in next year’s draft, and sources around the league confirmed that with Heavy.com. That does not mean it’s likely that the Nets will make that pick next season, though. It could be a valuable trade chip.
“There is too much for them to figure out to be able to make that pick this year,” one NBA source told Heavy.com. “They want young players to bring into the mix, Sean Marks wants to draft guys. But he’s got to think about winning a championship while he can. If you can put off that decision, it’s the right thing.”
During an interview Wednesday on the Stoney & Jansen Show, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer James Worthy, a three-time NBA champ, was asked what he thinks of today’s game and its heavy reliance on the three. And Worthy said the NBA has been diminished by “the rush of guys not going to college” — or at least not going for more than a year. “I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah (Thomas) had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals,” Worthy said. “Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there’s a lot of things. When you don’t get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet and go on social media. That’s it.
“So you don’t have that sound player; you have an athletic player. And that’s what’s happening to the game. It’s a lot of ISO and looking for mismatches. Bill Russell told me one time, they had five options off of one play. You don’t see that anymore.”
Worthy was also asked what’s wrong with his former team after LeBron James and the high-priced Lakers missed the playoffs two years removed from winning it all. “The Lakers, I think they have refused to build over the years,” Worthy said. “We’ve had some good players: (Brandon) Ingram, (Julius) Randle, (Lonzo) Ball. We have tried to win quickly. In Kobe’s last few years, we brought in (Steve) Nash who was a little bit older, Dwight Howard came in with a back injury. We traded away draft picks to try to win immediately and I think they’re going to have really think about how they need to build.