Eddie Sefko: Mavericks are sending a crew to Chicago for Michael Porter Jr.’s second workout. Medical staffs from teams in the lottery are converging for the look-see this afternoon. With Porter’s back, trusting the docs and athletic trainers is critical. He’s a wild card.
Gery Woelfel: The Bucks resume pre-draft workouts today, with the headliner being Aaron Holiday, the standout point guard from UCLA.
Josh Robbins: Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. is completing an individual workout now with the Orlando Magic here at Amway Center.
Keith Pompey: New #Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams is at the predraft workout. He arrived in town last night.
Young was scheduled for an individual workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, but canceled that workout earlier in the week, league sources told The Athletic. The move could signal a belief from Young’s camp that he won’t be on the board when Philadelphia picks at No. 10 overall.
Jonathan Wasserman: Heard Lonnie Walker had 3-hour dinner with Knicks brass Tuesday night before his solo workout yesterday. Remains in the mix at 9 even if Mikal is there.
Kevin O'Connor: Anfernee Simons is getting some first round buzz: The Blazers and Lakers are interested in the late first, per sources. Heard Simons also impressed at a workout on Wednesday with the Cavs. Simons is raw but projects as an athletic scoring guard with size:
Tony Jones: Former Cincinnati star Jacob Evans will work out for the Utah Jazz Sunday morning, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Dan Gelston: 76ers workouts on Friday : F Jordan Barnett (Missouri) G-F Jacob Evans (Cincinnati) F Wenyen Gabriel (Kentucky) G Tra Holder (Arizona State) F Kevin Knox (Kentucky) G E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island)
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers are working out these players tomorrow De'Anthony Melton – USC Justin Tillman – VCU Yante Maten – Georgia Peyton Aldridge – Davidson Kyle Washington – Cincinnati Gabe DeVoe – Clemson
Trae Young was scheduled for an individual workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, but canceled that workout earlier in the week, league sources told The Athletic. The move could signal a belief from Young’s camp that he won’t be on the board when Philadelphia picks at No. 10 overall.
In a workout for the Lakers, he recorded a 34.5” one-step vertical. At the conclusion of Raptors workouts, Toronto puts 2:30 on the clock, instructing players to shoot threes off the catch following full-court sprints and pull-up triples from the wings and the top of the key. After launching, players inch out as many full-court layups for the remainder of the time frame. Dakota Mathias drained 13–of–16 long balls en route to setting the all-time Raptors workout record with 53 points.
Jason Quick: Creighton's Khyri Thomas was in Portland today for a workout, but did not participate for an undisclosed reason.
Adam Zagoria: Former @KentuckyMBB F @Wenyen Gabriel worked out for Toronto today and has Philly, Detroit and Charlotte coming up, per league source.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source: Hayden Dalton will have a pre-draft workout with the Warriors. He averaged 17.7 points with 2.6 three-pointers and 7.8 rebounds per game for Wyoming last year. He has also worked out with the Lakers, Kings, Nuggets and the Raptors. #DubNation pic.twitter.com/2FKD4jEuWU
Jay Allen: Former Duck Troy Brown among the prospects working out for the @Portland Trail Blazers today. @RipCityRadio620
Gerald Bourguet: Today's #Suns draft workouts: Jaylen Adams - St. Bonaventure Trevon Duval - Duke Jordan McLaughlin - USC Jeff Roberson - Vanderbilt Elijah Stewart - USC Yuta Watanabe - George Washington
Chase Hughes: UNLV’s Brandon McCoy said he will work out for the Dallas Mavericks next and has 4-5 workouts planned before draft night, one week from today.
Darren Wolfson: Guard Elie Okobo is in town this weekend to workout for the #Twolves. He’s 20 and has already played three seasons professionally. Has also worked out for the Jazz, Nuggets, Wizards, etc. pic.twitter.com/wkgJN0m00j
Mark Medina: I'm told forward/center Tai Odiase (UIC-Tai) and forward Nuni Omot (Baylor) are among the prospects that plan to work out for the Warriors tomorrow.
Adam Zagoria: Nuni Omot and Tai Odiase work out with Golden State tomorrow, per league source. Possibly LiAngelo Ball as well.
Scott Agness: Jalen Brunson completed an individual workout with the #Pacers in front of team execs. It was his seventh total, with San Antonio and Boston up next. pic.twitter.com/7mSVVITDv7
Michael Scotto: The Sacramento Kings will bring in Wendell Carter (Duke) for an individual workout on Saturday, June 16, league sources told The Athletic. theathletic.com/380854/2018/06…
Adam Zagoria: Purdue's Dakota Mathias works out for Sacramento today and has the Sixers coming up, per league source. Have been hearing good things about Mathias and his shot in workouts. pic.twitter.com/2NMD89ELuu
Adam Zagoria: Seton Hall's @AngelDelgado works out for Sacramento today and has the Warriors and Sixers coming up, per league source. pic.twitter.com/rEPM6JgBlG
Keith Pompey: All signs point toward the #Sixers hosting #Kentucky SF Kevin Knox for a predraft workout, possibly as early as Friday, according to a league source. #NBADraft #BigBlueNation #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/UkQRoXCbqL
Rick Bonnell: Today the @Charlotte Hornets work out Collin Sexton and Zhaire Smith. What @JayBilas said about those two and a handful of other possibilities for the 11th pick, with the @NBA draft a week away. charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/cha…
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.
October 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The Sixers have stopped fining Ben Simmons for missed games and practices given that he is now out for personal reasons, one source close to the situation says, confirming a report this afternoon from @Ramona Shelburne on the NBA Today. More from me: marcstein.substack.com
I had the Hawks at No. 6 in my Power Rankings heading into training camp, which I think was higher than most preseason prognostications. Then I got some grief from a reader saying that I should have had you guys lower because the new rules designed to cut down on free throws awarded to players who initiate contact would affect your game greatly. How are you adjusting so far to the way games are being called?
Trae Young: I think it’s a more an adjustment on both sides, but also just me playing my game. I’ve been in a lot of meetings with [NBA head of referee training and development] Monty [McCutchen], trying to make sure of what’s a foul and what’s not. A lot of the [contract I draw] is a foul. Me going in front and stopping on a dime and defenders continuing to run into me, that’s still a foul. The league is good at that — being open to communicating about anything. Especially if a guy has questions. It’s not just me. I’m sure a lot of other guys have called and just tried to get more clarification on what’s a foul and what’s not.
So you’re not worried about a different sort of whistle this season affecting your game? Trae Young: Nah. I’m not, to be honest with you, even thinking about the refs and the foul calls. I can score without the free throws. But I’m a smaller guy, so a lot of guys like to be physical with me. I like using their aggression to my advantage. That’s really what it is.