Sean Cunningham: Kings draft workouts for Wednesday Kendrick Nunn (G – 6’3”) Oakland Allerik Freeman (G – 6’3”) NC State Elijah Stewart (G – 6’5”) USC Hamidou Diallo (G – 6’5”) Kentucky Kenrich Williams (F – 6’7”) TCU Svi Mykhailiuk (F – 6’8”) Kansas
Anfernee Simons, named by his parents after Penny Hardaway, worked out for the Lakers today and is eager to show teams that he is NBA-ready despite skipping one year of college for the IMG Prep Academy. The 6-4 guard averaged 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 45% from 3 for the post-grad team and he turns 19 on June 8. Simons — who has worked out for Chicago, Phoenix and Portland and has visits scheduled with Utah, Orlando, the Knicks, Philadelphia and Milwaukee — said he made an impression on Lakers president Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka. "They said you played really well and they were impressed by me coming in being so young and playing like I'm older than everybody else," Simons said.
Mike Vorkunov: Hearing that Anfernee Simons has a workout lined up with the Knicks for next week. Simons is only turning 19 Friday and making the jump straight from IMG Academy and skipping college. He's a 6-3 guard with a 6-9 wingspan.
Darren Wolfson: It's another busy stretch of #Twolves workouts over the next 6 days, plus they have Priority Sports Pro Day. Yesterday was an impressive workout too. Among guys coming to town during this stretch is Duke's Grayson Allen. He's been kicking ass since the Combine. #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/0c5UL5UMqz
Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young told reporters in New York on Tuesday that that the Hawks are one of four teams he will work out for prior to the NBA draft. Among those four teams, the Hawks own the highest pick at No. 3 overall pick. The Magic have the No. 6 pick, the Bulls No. 7 and the Knicks No. 9.
John Denton: Former @KentuckyMBB standout Kevin Knox, a Tampa native, working out for the @Orlando Magic today. Magic have the No. 6 pick in 1st round and Nos. 35 & 41 in 2nd round. pic.twitter.com/0gwCn3zmaP
Josh Robbins: The Magic own the No. 6 pick and also are slated to pick 35th & 41st. In addition to Kevin Knox, Orlando today worked out Houston's Rob Gray, UT-Arlington's Kevin Hervey, Missouri State's Alize Johnson, North Carolina's Theo Pinson and Wichita State's Landry Shamet.
Mike Vorkunov: Billy Preston is working out for the Knicks today. He was a top-20 recruit last spring who went to Kansas but left after half a year to play in Europe while he was waiting for NCAA clearance. He's no. 80 on DraftExpress' rankings.
After going through his Knicks workout Tuesday in Tarrytown, Young said the Knicks would be a “cool” franchise to join and doesn’t care a whit they are selecting at No. 9 on June 21. “I just hope I go to the right team, no matter what,’’ Young said. “Whether that’s one, whether that’s nine, it’s not up to me. I just hope I get picked by the right team and the team that really wants me and a team where I can help and take it to the next level.”
Adam Zagoria: Trae Young talks #Knicks workout. Heads to Orlando next. Also has Atlanta and Chicago coming up. @theknicksblog
Ian Begley: Oakland guard Kendrick Nunn, the NCAA's No. 2 scorer (25.9 ppg) last season, has a workout scheduled with the Knicks, per league sources.
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.
May 19, 2022 | 12:59 am EDT Update
Jones told Burns & Gambo on Wednesday that he believes Deandre Ayton will be back with the Suns next season. “Deandre had an amazing season and he’s progressed every year and improved every year,” the GM said. “He’s been here and so he’s a big part of what we do. His future with us is something we will address at the proper time which is in the future. He’s a free agent and I’ve said all along, he’s about the same things we’re about which is winning. We’ll address it at the proper time.”
On possible supermax deal for Devin Booker and rookie extension for Cam Johnson. If Booker makes All-NBA this year, he’ll be eligible for a four-year deal worth $211 million while Johnson is up for a rookie extension heading into his fourth NBA season: James Jones: “That’s a part of the business. As your team improves, typically your payroll increases. We’re focused on improving the team and those guys, they deserve the credit. They deserve the accolades and the financial rewards that come with being good players and productive players. It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. We’re not talking about a luxury tax issues or avoiding those things. That’s not something that’s going to prevent us from continuing to build this team and keep this team together.”
“Had a great year, just one of those nights,” said O’Neal as Ayton finished in Sunday’s Game 7 against Dallas with a career playoff-low five points on 2-of-5 shooting. “Phoenix had a great year, just one of those nights. This is a classy organization. This is a classy team. Can’t say bad things about them. They played hard. Again, even great players have one of those nights.” O’Neal, and fellow TNT NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley discussed Ayton’s future with the Suns after the top overall seed was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7 in Phoenix. “You’ve got to re-sign Ayton,” Barkley said.
“(McGee) played well, he was a great addition to the team, but it all hinges on Deandre Ayton,” Barkley said. “It’s him and Booker. They are the guys going forward. Chris is going to be 38 (years old). He’s going to get the ball to the right person, but it’s time for Booker and Ayton. You can’t have a bad game like they did. Chris, he had a tough night, but Ayton and Booker, they’ve got to play well.”
Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going. Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. “Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half. “A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.” Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.
“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.” Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”