Ian Begley: Aaron Holiday, Ray Spalding and Donte Ingram were among the players who worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday, per sources. Holiday, out of UCLA, is one of the top point guards in the draft. Ingram, from Loyola, has impressed teams in workouts and is seen by some of those teams as a potential second-round pick. Spalding, a 6-10 big, averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season at Louisville. The Knicks have the 9th and 36th picks in Thursday’s draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Texas A & M's Robert Williams had a second visit with the Clippers on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN. This one included a conversation with owner Steve Ballmer. Clippers have done significant study of Williams for its picks at 12 and 13.
Darren Wolfson: Also in yesterday to workout for the #Twolves, I hear: two Cincinnati Bearcats in Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. This was Clark's 2nd workout here. Washington played in high school at Benilde St. Margaret's in St. Louis Park. pic.twitter.com/hInA7qyhYN
Trae Young reportedly conducted a “secret workout” with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 16, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The Cavs reportedly view Michael Porter Jr. as their top choice; however, point guard is a clear need on the roster should Porter not be available. Thirty-two-year-old George Hill is the only point guard currently under contract for the 2018-19 season.
Nets Daily: The Nets have released and tweeted five videos of their Draft prospects. Not one prospect’s face was shown. Not one. Nets are keeping their Draft plans, their strategy even the players they’re working out VERY closely held. Expect the unexpected.
Chase Hughes: The Wizards will hold another individual workout tomorrow, this time with Boston College forward Jerome Robinson. Likely first round pick.
Jason Quick: Simons had a workout with Memphis, but cancelled to accept Blazers' invitation. "I feel like they wanted me more,'' Simons said of Portland.
Jessica Camerato: Zhaire Smith has been very busy during the pre-draft process. Smith said his workouts have included the Suns, Hornets and Lakers since first workout with the Sixers just last week. Today he worked out a second time in Philadelphia before going to New York for the draft.
Jason Quick: Final draft workout for Blazers today features two marquee names: Bosnian wing Dzanan Musa and teenager Anfernee Simons, who is in Portland for his second workout with Blazers. Simons is the only prospect brought in for two looks.
Rod Beard: #Pistons draft workouts today: Elijah Bryant (BYU). Obi Enechionyia (Temple). Zach Lofton (New Mexico St.). Yante Maten (Georgia). E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island). Nuni Omot (Baylor)
Monte Poole: Draft hopefuls working out for Warriors on Tuesday SG Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) SF Gary Clark (Cincinnati) PF Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame) PF MiKyle McIntosh (Oregon) SG Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas) SG Desi Rodriguez (Seton Hall)
Kerem Kanter, the younger brother of former Thunder center Enes Kanter, was in Oklahoma City on Monday as part of a pre-draft workout with the Thunder, according to Kerem's agent, Hadis Fetic, of Maestro Sports.
Kyle Neubeck: Kevin Knox and Zhaire Smith will both be returning for workouts with the #Sixers tomorrow. Knox's is an individual workout.
Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith back tomorrow for another workout with Sixers - Knox’s will be solo session in the afternoon. Smith with: B.J. Johnson (La Salle) De’Anthony Melton (USC) Tyler Nelson (Fairfield) Malik Newman (Kansas) Landry Shamet (Wichita St) pic.twitter.com/dTcdEnlXiv
Scott Agness: #Pacers hosting their sixth (and likely final) pre-draft workout on Tuesday: Rawle Alkins Marcus Derrickson Arnoldas Kulboka (Lithuania) Kelan Martin Elie Okobo (France) Theo Pinson Full list of prospects they’ve brought in: vigilantsports.com/pacers-2018-pr…
John Meyer: Local prospect Gary Trent Jr. back in town for a workout at Target Center today — used see him at games all the time with Tre Jones. Latest ESPN mock has him going 28th to Golden State. He has elite shooting potential. pic.twitter.com/k1CQVZQZVy
Harrison Wind: Mitchell Robinson’s pre-draft workout with the Nuggets was cancelled but the 7-footer is in Denver today. I’m guessing he still met with the team's front office.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have a workout scheduled on Tuesday with Loyola's Donte Ingram, league sources say. Ingram's workout is believed to be in a group setting and will likely be his final workout before the draft: espn.com/espn/now?nowId…
Mike Fisher: BREAKING: source tells me top #NBADraft prospect Jaren Jackson Jr. is working out w #Mavs today.
Gina Mizell: The #Nuggets’ pre-draft workout with Mitchell Robinson has been canceled. He’s one of the draft’s biggest mystery prospects because he did not play college ball/overseas last season and withdrew from NBA combine last month.
Darren Wolfson: Rest of yesterday's #Twolves draft workout that I haven't previously mentioned: Duncan Robinson (Michigan) and Andrew Rowsey (Marquette). Yesterday was also Troy Brown Jr. (Oregon) workout day here. He's a 1st round pick. #AllEyesNorth
Kyle Goon: Jacob Evans from Cincinnati talks about his versatility he’s trying to showcase to NBA teams. While he’s often described as an NBA-ready player, he thinks he has plenty of upside. pic.twitter.com/HXsnO02aAp
Kyle Goon: Dzanan Musa was one of the participants in today’s workouts. He talks about the process and how he appreciates the Jazz’s international friendly approach and playing style. pic.twitter.com/VWadLZwPPr
Darren Wolfson: I hear that another solid draft wing was in today for a #Twolves workout in Tulane's Melvin Frazier. He measures 6-foot-6, with a 7-foot-1 wingspan and 8-foot-9 standing reach. He can defend, has vision, and made shots last year. He probably has flown under the radar too much.
Darren Wolfson: Lithuania's Arnoldas Kulboka, 20, also worked out for the #Twolves today, I hear. He was named best young player in the league he played in overseas last season. He has also worked out for the Lakers and Nuggets. #AllEyesNorth
Ryan McDonald: Another LOADED workout for the Jazz tomorrow (maybe their last one?). Evans, Melton and Musa are in play at 21
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source: Wichita State's Landry Shamet, who'll be at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, will have a workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on June 19. Could be in play when the Sixers are on the clock w/ the No. 26 pick.
Peter Edmiston: Interesting to hear @Adrian Wojnarowski talking in his latest pod about the Grizzlies'struggles to get players in - and also to get some medical information from certain players. Only Wendell Carter among the top prospects has been to Memphis. Pretty mediocre (to be kind) set of workouts...
Tony Jones: Former USC star De'Anthony Melton will work out for the Utah Jazz Sunday morning, League Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Darren Wolfson: Update: While Allen had a nice meal with Thibs and Layden on Wed. night and good conversation into Thursday, he didn't workout for the #Twolves. He's dealing with a minor injury. It also prevented him from doing on-the-court stuff a few days ago with the Hawks. #AllEyesNorth
Tony Jones: Small forward Dzanan Musa will work out for the Utah Jazz Sunday morning, League Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. Another 1st rd prospect
James Ham: Confirming news from this morning - the Sacramento Kings are one of the teams in Chicago meeting with Michael Porter Jr. again today.
Tania Ganguli: De'Anthony Melton worked out for the Lakers today. Here’s my story from the combine about what he’s been through. latimes.com/sports/usc/la-…
Ian Begley: Anfernee Simmons, 19, of IMG Academy is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Monday’s workout is believed to be a group workout. Simmons is currently projected as the No. 34 pick in ESPN's mock draft. The Knicks have the 36th pick.
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“