Though plenty of teams are looking to add a wing player or two in this year’s draft, there are some valuable big men to consider, with Villanova University Omari Spellman in the mix. League sources told the Express-News the Spurs are targeting Spellman for a second workout before next Thursday’s NBA Draft. The freshman forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his only season at Villanova, helping the Wildcats capture their second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years while also being named Big East Rookie of the Year.
Kevin O'Connor: Michael Porter Jr.’s group canceled a workout scheduled on Friday, per league sources. The Knicks, Suns, Kings and other lottery teams had planned to attend in Chicago.
Sam Amick: There’s a very real chance the Kings would take Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2, but it’s unclear how the canceling of the Friday workout in Chicago might impact the process. They want more intel on medical and another look. Teams are being told that the workout will be rescheduled.
Eddie Sefko: Mavericks have seen workouts from Wendell Carter Jr. and everybody else slotted from 2 to 11. Or will see them work out individually if haven’t already. Moving up or down still not out of the question. Memphis, Orlando and Chicago also in the move market. 1 week to sort it out.
He's seen and experienced a lot of basketball, and sees big time stardom for Young. "His instincts are incredible," says Strickland. "He can shoot the ball, has range, but doesn't always have to be on the ball with the way the game is now with the spacing. He's going to space the court, has a quick release, can shoot off ball screens, spot up and shoot it, big time range. The court opens up after you leave college and I think he has the talent and skill level."
Michael Cunningham: There was a report that you had a great workout with the Suns. How do you think this workout compares? Jaren Jackson Jr.: I think this was a great workout. It was probably different. We just did different things. I thought I shot well. Got up and down a little bit. It wasn’t nothing too taxing but it was an hour and we focused ona lot of things, like more intricate parts of he game, like where I would get shots instead of a normal camp-type workout.
Malika Andrews: The Bulls will host Trae Young for a pre-draft workout tomorrow, the team announced. He will speak with media afterwards.
Spencer Percy: #Hornets holding two workouts tomorrow. First one is headlined by Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech), Gary Clark (Cincinnati) and Deng Adel (Louisville). The second is Collin Sexton (Alabama) - looks like it might be an individual workout. #BuzzCity
Chase Hughes: Wizards' pre-draft workout prospects for tomorrow includes: Keita Bates-Diop, OSU; Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall; Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest; Brandon McCoy, UNLV; Doral Moore, Wake Forest; Jonathan Stark, Murray State. This is Moore's second workout with the Wizards.
Gina Mizell: Bosnian Dzanan Musa after his #Nuggets workout: "I think I’m a lottery pick, for sure…but the players here are more exposed than (Europeans) are. I think we can show one year, two years from now where we belong." Also called himself a point guard (he's 6-foot-8, 190 pounds)
Tania Ganguli: Arizona’s Rawle Alkins had a workout with the Warriors yesterday, post parade. He ran into Jordan Bell, who he knew from playing against him in college. “He’s different now. He’s turning up now. But he’s a champ so he can do that.” Alkins worked out for the Lakers today.
Harrison Wind: Some great interviews today at the Nuggets latest pre-draft workout. Dzanan Musa says he’s a sure-fire lottery pick and can play all three backcourt positions. Jacob Evans from Cincinnati noted that today’s workout was full of high-IQ players.
Darren Wolfson: Loyola-Chicago swingman Donte Ingram is among prospects in with the #Twolves tomorrow. I love this photo of the game-winner he hit in the tourney vs. Miami. Ingram has previously worked out for the Grizzlies, 76ers, Bulls, others. Feedback has been good. pic.twitter.com/bdcJwpfWuf
Wednesday will mark the third straight day of working out prospects for the June 21 draft and possible candidates for their summer-league team and NBA G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. “I don’t think it’s going to change much, to be honest with you,” said Marc Eversley, the Sixers vice president for player personnel. “All of our scouts have been on staff here for the past two years. I’ve been here for the last two years. “You know, we’re in a position where we feel we are going to be able … to select somebody who’s going to be able to come in and help us contribute.”
Eversley said no specific person will have the final decision on draft night. “It will be a group decision,” he said. “Whether that’s the owners – Josh [Harris] and David [Blitzer], Coach Brown; the scouts have been a big part of that the last two years. It’s really going to be a collaborative effort.”
League sources told the Express-News the Spurs worked out 6-foot-5 senior guard Elijah Stewart from USC and 6-foot-6 senior guard-forward Trevon Bluiett from Xavier University.
Darren Wolfson: Former Lakeville North HS and Xavier star J.P. Macura has workouts coming up on Thursday with the Kings & next Monday with the Pistons. Has previously worked out for the #Celtics, #Twolves, Spurs, Clippers, & Suns. Also met with the Pacers, Bucks, Magic at the @ProBBallCombine.
Sean Deveney: Texas A&M center Robert Williams worked out for @Chicago Bulls , @Charlotte Hornets and @New York Knicks. Also coming: @Washington Wizards . In the next week, too, he works out for the Clippers and @nuggets He will have, essentially, worked out for every team in No. 7-15 range, except Philadelphia.
Scott Agness: #Pacers pre-draft workout No. 4, on Wednesday: Jordan Barnett Marcus Foster Robert Johnson Quentin Snider Jae'Sean Tate Yuta Watanabe
The Knicks will host a workout with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday next Monday, according to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.
Kyle Neubeck: Zhaire Smith mentioned wanting to show he fits in the up-tempo style of the Sixers and working in the screen-and-roll game today. When asked why: “Because that’s how they roll.” pic.twitter.com/LKRvnWhJqR
Adam Zagoria: TCU G @williamskenrich is part of a group workout with the #Knicks on Wednesday, a league source tells @SNYtv . Talented G is a projected second-rounder and the Knicks pick at 36. pic.twitter.com/ifXIjsK9It
Michael Wallace: Oklahoma's Trae Young scheduled to work out for Hawks on Tuesday. Atlanta holds the No. 3 pick as well as two others in the first round. Can't see the Hawks taking Young there, but they are indeed the true wildcard among the top lottery picks.
Darren Wolfson: Former McDonald's All-American Billy Preston was also in town today for a workout with the #Twolves (h/t @Mar_Shaunny). He played briefly in Bosnia last season after an eligibility issue at Kansas. #AllEyesNorth
Spencer Percy: Add Miles Bridges to the list of notable (lottery possible) names that workout for the #Hornets: Lonnie Walker, Mikal Bridges, Robert Williams, Kevin Knox pro-day (Kupchak in attendance)
Michael Wallace: Grizz GM Chris Wallace, who attended Michael Porter Jr.'s workout in Chicago last Friday, said Porter "passed his first test." Wallace on Porter, as Grizzlies ponder options at No. 4 pick: "It's part one (and) he showed he was alive, well and moving. He passed that first test."
Peter Edmiston: Another workout tomorrow at FedExForum [for the Grizzlies]: A.J. Davis (UCF), Wenyen Gabriel (Kentucky), Brandon Goodwin (Florida Gulf Coast), Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), Terry Larrier (Connecticut), Ray Spalding (Louisville)
Michael Wallace: So Phoenix, Sacramento and Altanta were all the confirmed public workouts for Marvin Bagley ... so far.
Michael Scotto: The Magic worked out Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), Devonte Graham (Kansas), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Joe Chealey (College of Charleston), and George King (Colorado), sources told The Athletic. Diallo is projected to go No. 35 to Orlando in my mock draft.
Lakers Nation: Lakers pre-draft workout tomorrow: Matt Mobley – St. Bonaventure Manu Lecomte – Baylor Abdul-Malik Abu – NC State Marcus Lee – Cal Trevon Bluiett – Xavier Kameron Chatman – Detroit
Adam Zagoria: Former Louisville/South Carolina wing Brian Bowen works out for OKC today and was at the Lakers over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/Ml6cu9GRPJ
Nets Daily: Landry Shamet, a 6'5" combo guard out of Wichita, is latest draft prospect to work out for the Nets, according to the Wichita Eagle reporter @tayloreldridge. Shamet projected late first/early second.
Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace says they had a private workout with Wendell Carter today.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Purdue's Dakota Mathias worked out for the Lakers. The Lakers are looking for perimeter shooting and the 6-4 guard shot 46.6% from 3 this season and made the most 3's (250) in school history over his career.
Jessica Camerato: Miles Bridges worked out with the Sixers today. He's also slated to work out with the Clippers and Hornets.
Harrison Wind: UNLV big man Brandon McCoy called himself the best center in the draft following his workout with the Nuggets this morning. Most mock draft have him pegged as a second-round prospect. pic.twitter.com/590uynbYEV
Ian Begley: The Knicks have an individual workout scheduled with Miami's Lonnie Walker IV this week, per ESPN sources. New York interviewed Walker in Chicago at the Draft Combine and attended his Pro Day. Opposing executives believe that Walker is one of several players in consideration to be selected at No. 9 by the Knicks. He is currently projected to be taken 13th by the Clippers in ESPN's latest mock draft. Walker has a 6-10 wingspan, which has intrigued NBA evaluators. For more on Walker, check out ESPN's draft coverage.
Michael Scotto: The Los Angeles Clippers are scheduled to bring in Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Kevin Knox (Kentucky), Aaron Holiday (UCLA), and Mitchell Robinson for a group workout on Wednesday, June 13, league sources told The Athletic.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have a workout scheduled with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday, per ESPN sources. The workout is expected to take place close to draft night, sources say. Holiday, the younger brother of Jrue and Justin Holiday, was a prolific scorer last season as a Bruin. The idea that the Knicks would like to work Holiday out close to the draft is an indication that they'd really like to get a first-hand look at him. The guard, who averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists last season, is currently projected as the 19th pick in ESPN's latest mock draft. The Knicks, who have the 9th pick, have already worked out point guards Trae Young and Collin Sexton.
Peter Edmiston: Grizzlies announce a workout tomorrow afternoon with the following dudes: Elijah Bryant (BYU) Demetrius Denzel-Dyson (Samford) Donte Ingram (Loyola (IL)) Yante Maten (Georgia) Terrell Miller (Murray State) Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas)
At least one member of the Cavaliers' front office attended Michael Porter Jr.'s pro day workout in Chicago on Friday, a league source told cleveland.com. The workout took place on the same day the Cavs lost Game 4 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors and were swept out of the series.
The Cavs have the eighth pick, and are excited about the possibility of using that slot to maybe draft someone who was supposed to be No. 1, sources said, but he is not the only player under consideration. For instance, Collin Sexton, the point guard from Alabama, worked out with the Cavs Saturday and owner Dan Gilbert tweeted that he was a "very intriguing draft prospect."
Tony Jones: NBA first round prospect Troy Brown will work out for the Charlotte Hornets next Sunday, I'm told. His stock continues to rise
Top-level Knicks brass will head to Chicago on Friday to work out Missouri small forward Michael Porter Jr., according to an NBA source.
The Knicks interviewed Porter at the combine and will do so again Friday. Porter said at the combine being drafted by the Knicks would be “awesome.’’ “I loved meeting with them, they knew everything about me,’’ Porter said. “It was cool meeting with those guys.”
Chase Hughes: The Wizards will host six more players in a pre-draft workout tomorrow: Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Troy Brown (Oregon), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall), Alan Herndon (Wyoming), Elie Okobo (France), Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech). Smith is a likely first round pick.
In preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets will host their sixth draft workout on Monday, June 11: Jordan Capps (Southeastern Louisiana), Matt Farrell (Notre Dame), Ria'n Holland (Mercer), JP Macura (Xavier), Tai Odiase (Illinois-Chicago), Todd Winter (Queens College)
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.
Yossi Gozlan: Turner’s cap hit for next season will be roughly 15 percent of next year’s cap and smaller than that in 2024-25. This could help keep the Pacers in the cap space derby in 2024 when Tyrese Haliburton’s next deal would kick in, presumably a maximum contract. By then, the Pacers could be ready to take the next step and pursue veterans to help make a playoff run.
Alberto De Roa: While this development could surprise those who are bullish on Hyland’s potential, trading him is really Denver’s only way to improve the roster this season. As mentioned in HoopsHype’s trade guide, they have all but two second-round picks and one conditional 2029 first-round pick to trade this season. Further complicating a potential trade is their lack of large tradeable salaries outside of their rotation for salary matching, which could mean they’ll have to use one of their trade exceptions to facilitate a deal. The Nuggets also don’t want to give up draft compensation in any trade involving Hyland, league sources told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
The Nuggets are gauging the value for Bones Hyland ahead of next week’s trade deadline, including both canvassing the league and taking calls on the second-year guard, two league sources told The Denver Post. Ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline, the Nuggets are seeking players with two-way skills on similar, cost-controlled contracts as Hyland has in addition to pick compensation. The Nuggets believe they have traction on potentially acquiring a first-round pick, sources said. Hyland has two years left on his rookie deal wor
The CBA changes geared at favoring contract extensions are also a big factor. The quality of free agent talent decreases each year, and the blockbuster moves are trades. Valuable veterans in mediocre teams like Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner, who in other times would be waiting to free agency to flee to contenders, now prefer to sign lucrative extensions knowing there’s a strong trade market for them. The best chance to improve every aspect of the roster with proven talent is now via trade, and teams are looking forward to giving us the craziest and spiciest time of the year very soon.
Kyle Lowry’s performance has taken a bit of a dip this season. As the Miami Heat point star gets older, he has seen his production take a significant downturn. Part of that is him getting less touches and minutes overall, leading to trade speculation around him. When asked about the trade rumors, Lowry reiterated that he’d love to stay, but he recognizes that his contract is a tradeable one, per Barry Jackson. “I’ve been in trade rumors before,” Kyle Lowry said. “I have a very nice contract that can be moved. The organization (Heat) believes in me and I’m glad to be here… I want to stay. I enjoy this place. I picked this place. I feel we have a chance to always compete for a title. With Jimmy, Bam, Tyler and Spo as a coach we always have an opportunity.”
Markelle Fultz on if he believes he needed the trade to Orlando to be productive “Not necessarily. I just think it was a matter of timing just getting healthy really. Again, everything happens for a reason and I feel like I can bring value to any team that I’m on. It just happened to be that I got traded from Philly and got a new opportunity. So of course, I’m thankful for the opportunity. It definitely opened up a new pathway and new people and new every day. I think it was just a matter of me getting healthy when I was there, but I’m definitely grateful for the new opportunity and I’m thankful.”
Markelle Fultz on if he still talks to Embiid: “We talk every once in a while. It’s not like an everyday basis, but we have a lot of love for each other. Since I got here, I jumped on FaceTime and we were just talking a little bit of trash to each other and just talking a little bit, but I still talk to most of the guys here and there. Some of the staff too as well. Every time we see each other we always talk so again, we have those relationships that last a lifetime that I made here in Philly and throughout the seasons of me being here. I definitely have a number of people that I talk to.”