Rod Boone: #Hornets are holding their second predraft workout today. It includes Dontae Hall (Alabama), Ahmed Hill (Va. Tech), Markis McDuffie (Wichita State), Nick Perkins (Buffalo), Kerwin Roach (Texas) and Kenny Williams (UNC). This is Perkins. He’s intriguing. A 6-8, 250 pound lefty. pic.twitter.com/ZABwlHlNnw
Michael Wallace: The @Memphis Grizzlies holding a series of private pre-draft workouts in Memphis, starting today. Among notable expected today are: Marlon Hunter Jr. (Jacksonville State), Anthony Lawrence (Miami), Skylar Mays (LSU), Matt McQuaid (Michigan St.), Juwan Morgan (Indiana), Josh Reaves (Penn St.)
Andrew Ramspacher: Former #Gamecocks All-SEC forward Chris Silva will work out with the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.
Tres Tinkle was one of six players to work out for the 76ers, a group that included Washington State’s C.J. Elleby. Tinkle has had a previous workout with Utah. Later this week, Tinkle has scheduled workouts with Toronto, Boston and Charlotte, and next week with Atlanta.
Timberwolves: Wasting no time. We welcomed our first round of 2019 draft workout invitees this morning.
Mark Singelais: Siena freshman guard Jalen Pickett worked out for the Spurs on Saturday and the Thunder on Sunday. He has another workout set up with the Nets on Wednesday. Then he takes part in the G League Elite Camp in Chicago next Monday.
929ESPN: Juwan Morgan (Indiana) and Yoeli Childs (BYU) have scheduled draft workouts with the @memgrizz, source tell HoopsHype's @BryanKalbrosky. Morgan ranks No. 78 on the latest big board from CBS Sports. Childs was All-WCC First-Team, averaging 21.2 points per game.
Darren Wolfson: Back to toy department tweets: The #Twolves have some draft workouts this week, including today. Among players in today: Forward Jordan Murphy (#Gophers) and guard Jordan Geist (Mizzou).
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks will work out the following players tomorrow: G Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (App St.) G Aubrey Dawkins (UCF) F Mamadi Diakite (Virginia) C Trey Porter (Nevada) G Marial Shayok (Iowa State) G Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State)
Zach Braziller: Former St Johns guard Justin Simon will have his first NBA workout Wednesday with the Hawks, per source. #sjubb
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga's Killian Tillie received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19 in Chicago). He sprained his ankle Friday at workout for the Atlanta Hawks, but it didn't sound too serious. Previously reported that Norvell, Hachimura and Clarke received combine invites.
Josh Lewenberg: The Raptors will start their pre-draft workouts tomorrow. Their 1st-round pick belongs to San Antonio (via the DeRozan-Leonard trade), but they own their 2nd-rounder (59th pick). Here's the first crop: IMGhttps://twitter.com/JLew1050/status/1125480409590931456
Brian Seltzer: No rest for EB and the front office this time of year. Scrimmage groups for 76ers first predraft workout: Andrew Nembhard, Tres Tinkle, Ronshad Shabazz, CJ Elleby, Justin Wright-Foreman, Oshae Brissett pic.twitter.com/cavP054ISV
Sean Bock: I’m told Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had a workout with the Boston Celtics today and will workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow. Wieskamp has not hired an agent but is going through the draft process.
Robert Barbieri: Former Bonnies G/F @Courtney Stockard has a workout with the @celtics Saturday. #NextLevelBonnies
Sam Blum: Bryce Brown has a workout with the Boston Celtics on Saturday and will be working out with the Minnesota Timberwolves early next week.
Jeremiah Martin: First workout was good today with the San Antonio Spurs. Blessed that they brought me in for a workout
Zach Braziller: Former Hofstra star Justin Wright-Foreman worked out for Celtics today. Is signing with Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports. Also has workouts coming up with 76ers and Timberwolves Monday and Tuesday. He will be going to G-League Elite Camp May 13-14 in Chicago. #hofmbb #nbadraft
A. Sherrod Blakely: The current #Celtics may have had the day off, but potential future #Celtics were in town for workouts leading up to the draft, among them being Ole Miss guard Terence Davis who lit up Kentucky (25 pts, 12 reb) in March.
Brad Rowland: Georgia State’s D’Marcus Simonds says he got “banged up” during his workout with the Hawks today. Says everything is fine but has a bit of a limp. This was his first workout with an NBA team.
Justin Felder: NBA league source tells @FOX5Sports former Georgia State star D'Marcus Simonds will work out with #Hawks on Friday.
Wednesday was his sixth NBA workout, his third this spring (he previously auditioned for the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics). Chris Clemons has workouts scheduled with the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves as he awaits whether that combine invitation will come.
AJ Lawson respectfully declined an invitation to the NBA’s G-League Elite Camp and will focus on individual workouts for NBA teams, a USC spokesperson confirmed. That means that Lawson had a chance to advance to the NBA Combine and didn’t take it.
The Gamecocks’ Chris Silva was also invited to the G-League camp. He worked out for the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
Washington State forward CJ Elleby has hired an agent and plans to work out for a handful of NBA teams in the coming weeks while still preserving his college eligibility, The Spokesman-Review learned Tuesday.
Rod Boone: #Hornets first predraft workout list, scheduled for tomorrow: Nicolas Claxton, F, 6-1, Georgia Chris Clemons, G, 5-9, Campbell Hassani Gravett, G, 6-2, South Carolina Dewan Hernandez, F, 6-11, Miami (FL) Ronshad Shabazz, G, 6-5, App. State LaGerald Vick, G, 6-5, Kansas
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks are bringing in the following for pre-draft workouts on Wednesday: G Ky Bowman (Boston College) G Armoni Brooks (Houston) C Steven Enoch (Louisville) F Caleb Martin (Nevada) G Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb)
Battle did receive an invitation to the G-League Elite Camp, which will be held in Chicago from May 12-14. The G-League camp will include approximately 40 players. Battle’s father, Gary, said he expected that Battle would schedule workouts with 10 to 15 different NBA teams prior to the draft.
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Cameron Oliver, center Chinanu Onuaku and guard Gary Payton II, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
Bobby Marks: The one-year veteran exception for Gerald Green has a “no trade clause” because of the one-year bird restriction. Green can veto any trade.
Bill Oram: One Lakers thing: Jalen Brunson had an individual workout with the Lakers earlier this month. It was not among the workouts the team announced. This doesn't mean they're going to draft him. But it's interesting.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The Lakers brought Arizona's Allonzo Trier in for a second workout this week, according to league sources. The Lakers are looking to improve their shooting and Trier shot better in the second workout than his first according to sources. The 6-5 guard's stock could be rising.
On Tuesday, ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony reported Young worked out privately for the Cavs over the weekend. The team would not confirm the workout, which, assuming the workout did in fact take place is a break from how the team has operated with its pre-draft workouts so far (the Cavs have typically confirmed them afterwards).
The organization hasn't been shy about its affinity for Missouri's Michael Porter Jr (on Tuesday cleveland.com reported the Cavs would likely take him if he's there at No. 8), or about Alabama point guard Collin Sexton -- who so excited Dan Gilbert at his workout that the team owner took to Twitter over him.
Mark Murphy: Among other draft candidates this week, Celtics have worked out a pair of big men - Iceland seven-footer Tryggvi Hlinason and Michigan's Moritz Wagner.
Sean Deveney: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shed zero light on what he's been up to since declaring for the NBA draft. Said he has worked out for teams, but when asked who, he said, "I can't say that." Asked how many teams he worked out for, he said he couldn't tell that either.
Adam Himmelsbach: Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison said he worked out with the Celtics after declaring last year, but not this year.
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.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.
September 18, 2021 | 8:54 am EDT Update
There are reports that Anthony Davis will play center for the Los Angeles Lakers this coming season with LeBron James taking the power forward position. In the past AD said that he does not love playing the five but can do it if needed. Lakers legend James Worthy thinks that the best option is to use the former number one pick in the post. “I think initiating Anthony Davis in the post is the best option,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I’ve never been one of those players to say ‘I don’t wanna play three, I wanna play four. I wanna play.’ I don’t know what the problem is, maybe who he defends or where he is on the floor. I think the five is a good spot for him. Because other fives don’t have a shot at guarding him.
“You want to make opponents make adjustments. Him at the five shooting three is going to pull Gobert out and they’re going to have to put somebody small on him and he can take advantage of that. I think he needs to look at what position best suits the team and what position best suits how they wanna play before he just says ‘Ahh, one or the other.’”