The Cavaliers worked out potential draft choice Collin Sexton on Saturday, and owner Dan Gilbert called him a "very interesting prospect" in a Tweet. One day after being swept out of the Finals by the Warriors, the Cavs' front office and personnel staff were back at the organization's training facility in Independence, running the Alabama point guard Sexton through drills, sources told cleveland.com.
Dan Gilbert: #Next - Koby and team right back at em early this morning evaluating a very interesting draft prospect. Grinding forward...
Darren Wolfson: Former Columbia Heights HS and San Jacinto JC/Illinois St./#Gophers/Texas Southern/New Mexico St. star Zach Lofton has either worked out or will workout for the Lakers, Bucks, Kings, Thunder, and Raptors. He also shot it well at Wasserman's Pro Day.
Dave McMenamin: No rest for the weary: With the Cavs’ season ending in a Finals sweep on Friday, the front office hosted a draft workout for Alabama guard Collin Sexton on Saturday, league sources tell ESPN.
Steve Kyler: So word on Porter Jr workout was he shot the ball really well and looked solid. Few doubt his talent, still biggest question is the medical. Porter Jr's camp to pick which teams they will meet with and share details with, in the coming days.
Josh Robbins: Combo guard draft prospect Anfernee Simons said he has workouts upcoming with the Knicks, Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Bucks. He said he already has worked out for the Bulls, Suns, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Jazz. He worked out for the Magic today.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks draft workouts for Sun: Allen (Duke), Foster (Creighton), Mahmoud (Louisville), Matthews (Rhode Island), McCoy (UNLV), Robinson (BC)
Zach Oliver: The Magic will work out guard Anfernee Simons today. Simons went to local Edgewater high school, before finishing at IMG academy. He’s the first player to enter directly out of high school since 2005.
Michael Scotto: Mikal Bridges (Villanova) is scheduled to have an individual workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, June 12, league sources told The Athletic. He is projected to be selected No. 9 overall by the New York Knicks in our latest mock draft. theathletic.com/384331/2018/06…
Nets Daily: Dzazan Musa is working out in New York, according to his Twitter account, and I have to assume for the Nets. Earlier today he tweeted he was going from the plane to the court.
Bagley, on the other hand, said he will work out for the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks, the teams with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively. "Deandre, he's going to do what he's going to do. That's his plan," Bagley said. "All I can do is control what I can control and do what I love to do and just show different teams what I'm capable of doing. I can't really worry about what other people are doing at this point. This is an important time in my life right now, something I've been working toward my whole basketball career."
Adam Zagoria: Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie is getting a lot of interest in the teens & 20s for the NBA Draft, per league source. Has worked out for Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Lakers, Denver, San Antonio and the Bulls. Has more workouts coming with San Antonio (again), Portland & Golden State.
Sources tell me the Dallas Mavericks were among the teams present this week for Porter Jr.'s private workout in Chicago, that they found his session to be "extremely impressive,'' and that they are part of a growing movement of teams who believe he is a "top-three prospect'' if healthy.
Darren Wolfson: Mahtomedi HS alum and former Baylor forward Nuni Omot has workouts in the next week with the Hornets, 76ers, and Warriors. He also performed well today in front of some scouts at a showcase in Chicago.
Jake Fischer: The Dallas Mavericks will workout prized big men Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, per team source.
Mike Vorkunov: Found it interesting that Wendell Carter Jr. said he spent a lot of his Knicks workout today working "on defense, help-side defense" with Fizdale. Wonder if that's revelatory about questions Knicks have about him or if that's routine for bigs in these types of workouts.
Tom Westerholm: TCU's Kenrich Williams said the Celtics’ workout was different from other workouts he has experienced. "This was more based on defense and how tough you are."
Ryan Ward: Next round of pre-draft workouts for the #Lakers include: Wenyen Gabriel – Kentucky Theo Pinson – North Carolina Tra Holder – Arizona State Nick King – Middle Tennessee Jacob Evans – Cincinnatti Brian Bowen II – South Carolina
Ian Begley: Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. answers questions about how he’d fit next to Kristaps Porzingis. Asked why he wanted to work out for NYK, which has the lowest pick among teams he’s visited, Carter says he believes that the club is ‘trying to become that old Knicks team’ again: pic.twitter.com/nWebnRVsHd
Ian Begley: The Knicks have representation at the Priority Sports Pro Day in Chicago, where Michael Porter Jr. is working out, per sources. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry were not there but the Knicks have a pre-draft meeting scheduled with Porter Jr., per ESPN sources.
Ian Begley: Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Saturday, per ESPN sources. The 6-4 guard showed elite athleticism in his lone college season. Miles Bridges, Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallou are also expected to work out for the Knicks on Saturday. It's unclear if it's a group workout or if there are individual workouts. For information on draft prospects, check ESPN's draft coverage page.
Most teams will have players stay at a 4-star hotel: Hyatt, Marriott, Westin, etc. But again, every team is different. Some teams will have players stay at a 5-star hotel while others will have players stay at a 3-star hotel due to the proximity to their practice facility. Typically a team’s front office staff will take players to dinner the night before a workout or an early breakfast the morning of the workout. If not, teams will give per diem or a certain amount of credit for room service at the hotel. Everything is a test during this time; players need to be prepared for anything. A player does not want to give an impression of being a prima donna. He needs to go with the flow. The player’s goal is to play in the NBA and all of these teams have their golden ticket.
Generally, a team workout day will look something like this: On-Court Workout: Teams can have a maximum of six NBA draft prospects on the floor at a time. Players will be put through drills to show their skills. Ball handling, shooting, and offensive footwork are usually the main points of interest. This will also include competitive play: 1-on-1, 2-on-2, and 3-on-3. - Athletic Testing and Measurements. - Medical Testing. - Psychological Testing: A lengthy multiple choice test. This test is to examine a player’s intelligence and personality. - Interviews: This could be with the general manager, the head coach, or others in the front office and/or coaching staff. Occasionally, a team psychologist will be included in these interviews, as well.
In preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets will host their fourth draft workout on Saturday, June 9: Joe Chealey, Allerik Freeman, Dakota Mathias, Doral Moore, Jeff Roberson and Robert Williams.
Wherever the athletic, 6-foot-9 big man with the 7-6 wingspan winds up after the June 21 NBA draft, he hopes to shut down such performances. Unless he’s Markkanen’s teammate, of course. “I feel like I have the best defensive presence when I’m on the court,” Williams said. “As far as guarding (positions) one through five, I feel like I’m capable. And I’m going to improve to make that one of my best attributes.”
Young dreamed about what life would be like if his career path eventually took him along this route. “You definitely envision it,’’ Young said on Thursday following his individual workout with the Magic. “When you put on this (black, sleeveless Magic) shirt or step on this court, you have to envision yourself being here every day and working out. Nighttime and when you are alone on those early mornings, you have to envision all of that if you want to be great.’’
Scott Agness: #Pacers pre-draft workout No. 2 - on Friday: Keita Bates-Diop Gary Clark A.J. Davis** Donte DiVincenzo Alize Johnson Shake Milton **A.J. is former Pacer Antonio Davis’ son.
Jason Jones: The Kings will see Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. workout tomorrow in Chicago. They will also attend a second workout in Chicago next week when Porter works out for teams selecting in the top-10. Vlade Divac and Co. recently returned from seeing Luka Doncic again in Europe.
Adam Zagoria: Collin Sexton works out this afternoon for the #Knicks and Wendell Carter tomorrow, league source confirm.
Ian Begley: Villanova's Mikal Bridges believes he can compliment Kristaps Porzingis well. Asked to list his attributes, Bridges mentions defense first.
Adam Zagoria: Wendell Carter Jr. will work out Friday for the #Knicks, per league source. twitter.com/AdamZagoria/st…
Ian Begley: Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. will meet with Knicks management and workout for the club this week, league sources told ESPN. Some in the Knicks organization are high on Carter Jr. but he is unlikely to be available when the Knicks select at No. 9.
The Nuggets worked out two players Wednesday who could be in the mix for Denver if it stays at No. 14 or somewhere in that vicinity: Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith and Oregon swingman Troy Brown. Both are the first “one-and-done” players in the respective history of their schools, though both traveled far different paths to that stage.
Bill Landis: Former Ohio State forward Jae'Sean Tate will be working out for some NBA teams in the next few days. Utah on Thursday, Chicago next week
Ryan McDonald: Another pretty loaded workout for the Jazz tomorrow. Frazier, Okobo and Simons are likely all in play at 21. Alkins has potential. Okobo worked out for the Jazz last year but has seen his stock soar
Vincent Goodwill: Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo, and Miami's Lonnie Walker among players at a group workout for the Bulls at the Advocate Center today, per the team
Scott Agness: #Pacers hosting their first pre-draft workout Thursday. Jaylen Adams Marcus Foster Nick King Yante Maten Brandon McCoy Landry Shamet
Michael Scotto: Former Miami guard Lonnie Walker (@lonniewalker_4) will participate in a group workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, June 11, league sources told The Athletic.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers and their embattled general manager Bryan Colangelo had a predraft workout at the team’s practice facility today that included Duke guard Grayson Allen, according to league sources. It was not open to the media. pic.twitter.com/rkJ3sB7X9h
Mikal Bridges, the Wildcats’ premier small forward, will work out Thursday for the Knicks in Tarrytown, according to an industry source, after being linked to the franchise since February.
Tony Jones: Anfernee Simons will work out for the Utah Jazz on Thursday, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Adrian Wojnarowski: Texas A&M forward Robert Williams will finally start his team workout schedule with Chicago on Thursday, league sources tell ESPN. Charlotte and New York on deck. His talent commands close inspection in that 7-13 lottery range.
Kellan Olson: Deandre Ayton will be in for a solo draft workout tomorrow with the Phoenix Suns. There will be media availability.
Scott Bordow: Ayton working out tomorrow for Suns. He and Ryan McDonough will speak to media after workout
Michael Cunningham: Mohamed Bamba tentatively scheduled to work out for Hawks June 14. Also expected to work out for ATL next week: Grayson Allen, Trae Young, Jaren Jackson, Marvin Bagley.
TJ McBride: Couple updates for the #Nuggets pre-draft workouts tomorrow: Khyri Thomas will no longer attend and Bryant Crawford of Wake Forest has been added.
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
January 19, 2022 | 8:56 am EST Update
The Kings were not willing to entertain the thought of trading De’Aaron Fox last summer when they started surveying the market for a transformational move to alter the course of the franchise, but the situation in Sacramento has changed. A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings have stepped up their pursuit of Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis and they are including Fox in those discussions. Fox was so far off the table he wasn’t discussed when the Kings approached the Philadelphia 76ers about Ben Simmons last summer, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Bee, but now Fox is reportedly part of those conversations as well.
Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes have been the subject of trade speculation dating back to last season. This is new terrain for Fox, who is in the first year of a five-year, $163 million max contract, but he told ABC10’s Sean Cunningham he was not surprised to hear his name in trade rumors. “In most sports, most players come up in trade talks,” Fox said after practice Tuesday as the Kings prepared to face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. “Obviously, you don’t have too many people who are really untouchable, so you always know something can happen.”
Could Fox be better? Yes. Could he be more engaged this season? Very specifically, yes. Things I hear behind the scenes… he’s not as engaged in the team, as he has been in the past. And that’s a problem.
As for which scenario is looking the most likely, I’ll say this much: While I’m fairly confident that Atlanta has zero interest in taking on both Simmons and Harris in a John Collins-centric deal, the Kings appear to be considering the idea more seriously.
Make no mistake, sources close to Simmons continue to insist that he’ll sit out the entire season if a deal isn’t done by the deadline. To DA’s point, that means the postseason would be unnecessarily brutal on Embiid when it comes to the load he’s asked to carry. There is, not surprisingly, serious skepticism from Simmons’ side as to the authenticity of Embiid’s messaging. “Joel is Daryl, and Daryl is Joel,” as one source put it.
Longtime Trail Blazers executive Joe Cronin was elevated to the interim general manager role after Neil Olshey’s firing in early December. With Lillard’s future still uncertain, he needs to upgrade this roster to calm those waters. Sources say Detroit’s Jerami Grant and Boston’s Jaylen Brown are the types of talents that would achieve that goal, but it remains to be seen if Cronin can pull something like that off.
Beal has made it clear he doesn’t plan to sign an extension and likely will skip his player option. That would make some teams nervous, but to this point there has been no real discussion of Beal on the trade market, league executives said.
As for sellers, keep an eye on Houston as we get closer to the deadline. There’s lots of chatter about the Rockets being even more open for business than we may have previously thought, with one rival executive indicating that Houston is still on the lookout for a franchise centerpiece-worthy player and thus open to all sorts of possibilities