Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry started their Monday evening at the formal Bill Bradley tribute gala for the Hospital for Special Surgery, then were heading for a late-night dinner with Oklahoma’s electric point guard prospect Trae Young. “He’s an intriguing player, intriguing talent,’’ Mills said Monday on the eve of Young’s private workout at the Knicks’ Tarrytown headquarters.
“[Trae] is a little bit bigger than he looked on the court,’’ Mills added in his first remarks about any of the 2018 draft prospects. “You look at what he did with the players he had around him and what he did at the start of the season. You have to say this guy has a chance to be a special player.’’
Tony Jones: Hearing Troy Brown had a very good workout with the Los Angeles Clippers today… went against Zhaire Smith
Brad Turner: Have been told that Clippers will workout and spend time with Anfernee Simons Tuesday and Wednesday. After high school, Simons trained all last season at IMG Academy.
TJ McBride: #Nuggets have announced Wednesday's prospects for their predraft workout. Headlined by: Troy Brown Jr. (Oregon) Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech) All of these players are guys Denver could trade back for but most are still first rounders. Big day. pic.twitter.com/BSQ2VUv4VU
TJ McBride: The Denver Nuggets have added Villanova point guard Jalen Brunson to tomorrow’s pre-draft workout.
Tuesday's draft workout. I'm intrigued by how Simons looks in person. William McDowell-White - Australia Khadeen Carrington - Seton Hall William Lee - UAB Anfernee Simons - IMG Academy Gyorgy Goloman - UCLA Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - Kansas
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
May 16, 2022 | 9:00 pm EDT Update
Kyrie Irving — who has a decision to make next month on whether to opt-in to the final year of his Brooklyn contract — sat down for the latest “I Am Athlete” episode. He lifted the lid on a host of topics, including saying the Cavaliers would’ve stayed together longer and won more if he’d been more mature. “If I was in the same maturity line and understanding of who I am, and I look back, we definitely, definitely would’ve won more championships, because there would’ve been a better man-to-man understanding about what I’m going through. I didn’t know how to share my emotions,” Irving said. “I didn’t know how to do that. So instead of sharing, I isolated myself.”
Kyrie Irving: “I just started pouring myself more into the game — I had one of my better seasons but I wasn’t connecting with everybody as much during the championship year. So 2017, it was a different year for us. We went against Golden State, we went against a great team. When you’re not a great team and not clicking on all cylinders and together, you’re easily defeated. You’re defeated before you can get to the arena.”
While Irving has a $36.5 million opt-in decision to make, he’s at a different place in his life than he was when he asked out of Cleveland at 24. In hindsight, he regrets not speaking to LeBron James beforehand. “We didn’t talk during that time,” Irving admitted. “When I look back on what I was going through at that time, I wish I did, because it would’ve been a good understanding of what the future will hold for both of us and we know how much power we both had together. Me and him in the league together running Cleveland, and then being able to put a better team together every single year would’ve definitely been worth it.”
“Frustrating from an organizational standpoint. but even more so from Ben’s,: said Marks. “I had a conversation with Ben. We all did. We saw how he wanted to get out there. To be honest, I’ve got to admire that. He tries to do 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and then you turn around and get an MRI, You see the disc herniation has gotten worse. and you think, well this guy is pushing through something that he shouldn’t be pushing through. Nobody wants to have surgery. It’s the last resort but it’s bygone now and we’ve got to move forward on this, we’ve got to support him and so forth.”
Asked for lessons learned from the Simmons off-again, on-again saga. Marks used the opportunity to critique the critics. “It’s a little bit of a testament that 1) he tried to get back out there and tried to help his teammates and secondly, we have to be careful not judge people. And if you’re outside that medical profession, when you’re chiming in from afar. You just have to be a bit careful of what you’re saying because you really don’t know,” said Marks.
Marks spoke as well about he and Steve Nash have had “honest conversations” both about last season and the upcoming one. He reiterated the need for “high character players” and said he “could see no reason why” both Joe Harris and Seth Curry won’t be back healthy and ready for camp. “The ultimate goal hasn’t changed, that’s to be the last team standing.”
Young LeBron James has been found. Marquis “Mookie” Cook, a high-ranking high school basketball player, has been cast as the NBA superstar in Shooting Stars, Universal and SpringHill Co.’s adaptation of the 2009 book by James and Buzz Bissinger.