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A sprained calf kept Jordan Nwora from participating in drills or 5-on-5 games at the combine. Instead of playing, Nwora is meeting with teams at the combine in advance of setting up individual workouts in the 10 days between the end of the combine and the NCAA's May 29 deadline to make a decision on whether to stay in the draft. The injury has only added to the uncertainty about his final decision.
"I’m still 50-50," Nwora said. "Just going to be the feedback I’m getting. Obviously, I wasn’t able to play this week, I wanted to play really badly. It happens. I should be good to start doing stuff next week, work out a little. If I hear what I want to hear, I’ll stay and if not I’ll go back to school."
Gary Woelfel: Michigan SG Jordan Poole (Milw Rufus King) will stay in draft and be repped by CAA, whose many clients include Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Shams Charania: Tennessee star junior Grant Williams is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft, as he announces in exclusive @Stadium sit-down:
Sources have told that Kerry Blackshear seems to be leaning toward keeping his name in the NBA Draft. While he may go undrafted, the feeling is that he would be OK spending a year in the G-League instead of spending next year at a new college program.
Jeff Goodman: LSU’s Naz Reid told @Stadium there is no chance he returns to school. No shock. Tigers PG Tremont Waters also headed to the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. Still four other LSU players still in in the mix who declared: Skylar Mays, Ja'Vonte Smart, Emmitt Williams, Marlon Taylor.
Brissett has until May 29 to withdraw from the draft and return to campus. But he’s not leaning any way as of now. “I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m just really trying to gather all the information I can, honestly. I think I’ll take it to the last day and just weigh all my options.”
Jeff Goodman: Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort told @Stadium he is “100 percent” gone to the NBA Draft and won’t be returning to college.
Jontay Porter is staying in the NBA draft and won’t return to school. Jeremiah Tilmon is not going through the NBA draft evaluation process and will stay at MU for his junior season.
Jeff Goodman: UCF coach Johnny Dawkins told @Stadium that Aubrey Dawkins is definitely staying in the NBA Draft.
According to Andy Katz of, Grant Williams told him and Allie LaForce of TNT that he plans to make his decision about his basketball future on Saturday after going through the combine and getting feedback from NBA teams.
Brandon Marcello: I can confirm Auburn forward Chuma Okeke has opted to remain in the NBA Draft, according to a source. His Auburn career is over. (First reported by @DraftExpress)
University of Arkansas Little Rock graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker was torn between staying in college for another season or going to the NBA, but he chose to stay in college and play for coach Penny Hardaway and his staff. Tucker chose Memphis over Auburn, Kansas, West Virinia and Iowa State.
Tucker previously declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and followed his transfer decision with a series of tweets clarifying that the NBA is still his main focus. “Not pulling my name out the draft for everyone that’s wondering,” Tucker tweeted. “NBA first, college if NBA doesn’t work out.”
Edgar Thompson: As he decides whether to return to #Gators, PG Andrew Nembhard invited to the NBA G-League Combine. If he does well there, could earn invite to main combine. #Gators
Forward V.J. King will not return to Louisville basketball next season, coach Chris Mack told the Courier Journal on Thursday.
Everett graduate Trevor Manuel is among more than 200 underclassmen currently declared for the NBA draft. The Lansing native, who starred at Division III Olivet College this winter, filed as a candidate earlier this month with the NBA and can retain his final year of college eligibility if he withdraws from the draft by May 29.
UNM and Vance Jackson last month filled out the paperwork Jackson was required to submit to the NBA by 11:59 ET on Sunday (8:59 PT where Jackson has been living and training). But, when the league’s list was distributed to media and NBA teams informing them which players can now be involved in workouts, Jackson’s was missing. It’s not clear why, and Jackson has not said anything publicly himself. UNM is only saying it will continue to support Jackson through the process.
On Tuesday evening, the NBA announced the list of early entrants into the 2019 NBA Draft with six LSU Tigers testing out their professional options. On the list was junior guard Marlon Taylor, who told Geaux247 on Wednesday that he was exploring his professional opportunities while entering his name in the NBA Draft.
Georgia Tech center James Banks has withdrawn from the NBA draft. Banks, who announced Monday that he was applying to be eligible for the draft, withdrew Tuesday, according to a team spokesman.
Even though the Washington sophomore has until the NCAA’s deadline of May 29 to decide if he’s going to remain in the draft or return to school, Jaylen Nowell has essentially closed the door on the Huskies. “I’m really all in at this point,” he said. “I never go into anything half heartedly. That’s just how I’ve been as a person. When I said I was going to enter the draft, that’s what I meant and that was final.”
Creighton juniors Martin Krampelj and Davion Mintz were both included on the NBA draft’s early entry list, which was released Tuesday by the NBA communications office.
SFA could soon be saying goodbye to another basketball player that has been a key player for the squad. Junior Kevon Harris has decided to declare for the 2019 NBA draft.
When Cameron Lard announced in March that he was leaving the Iowa State men's basketball program, there was still one giant question left to be answered: What's next for the big man? Lard announced Monday that he is hiring an agent and intends to enter the NBA draft. Lard made the announcement via social media, writing that he came to the decision after consulting with his mom, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm and his staff.
Brandon Shrider: BGSU guard Justin Turner has declared for the NBA draft; will maintain his college eligibility. Statement from Michael Huger: "We fully support Justin Turner's decision to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. This process will allow Justin to learn more about future opportunities."
Gary Parrish: Virginia will now be losing three starters from its national championship team. Kyle Guy is entering (and will remain in) the NBA Draft.
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga freshman forward Filip Petrusev submitted his name for the NBA Draft, GU spokesperson confirmed. Sounds like Petrusev wants to go through the process, but is planning on returning for sophomore season.
Nico Carvacho is going to dip his toes into the the NBA draft process, but it doesn't mean he won't be a Ram next season. The Colorado State University men's basketball center tweeted Monday that he has decided to enter his name into the 2019 NBA draft.
Zach Klein: Georgia Tech's James Banks is entering the NBA draft. Banks led that ACC is blocked shots and averaged 10.5 PPG & 7.7 REB Going through the evaluation process and has until June 10 to withdraw his name
Alex Halsted: Cameron Lard is entering the NBA Draft. It sounded like pursuing professional opportunities was the plan from the time he left the Iowa State program back in March.
West Virginia University men's basketball forward Sagaba Konate has submitted his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. Konate plans to sign with an agent.
Jon Rothstein: Ben Howland told reporters that Lamar Peters will not return to Mississippi State next season after entering the NBA Draft. Also stated that he expects Nick Weatherspoon to be the Bulldogs' starting PG in 19-20.
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will test the NBA waters. The school said Sunday that Tillie will submit his name for the NBA draft, but the junior could return to school.
Arturs Kalnitis: 1998 born future star of Spanish basketball, Aleix Font, has declared for the upcoming 2019 NBA draft!
Siena freshman point guard Jalen Pickett is declaring for the NBA draft, Saints head coach Carmen Maciariello confirmed today.
Jeff Goodman: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards has signed with Zach Kurtin of Priority Sports, source told @Stadium. Edwards has full intention of keeping his name in for NBA Draft.
Kellis Robinett: K-State junior Xavier Sneed has officially declared for the NBA Draft, according to a team spokesman. He likely will return to college as a senior, but he first wants to test the pro waters and experience workouts the same way Barry Brown did a year ago.
As reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Cameroonian wing Paul Eboua has entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Glenville State junior Phil Bledsoe has declared for the NBA Draft, and signed an agent. He averaged 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in his first season with the Pioneers.
Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva announced Friday he will declare for the NBA Draft, however he will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.
The 20-year-old Brazilian point guard Yago Mateus declared for the next NBA draft.
Alexander Raskovic: .@Zoran Paunovic has entered 2019 NBA DRAFT. @kkcrvenazvezda @Wasserman #TeamWass
Auburn sophomore forward Chuma Okeke has entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, he announced on his Instagram on Saturday afternoon. ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported the news earlier in the day.
Gonzaga redshirt sophomore Zach Norvell Jr. will submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft, he announced Saturday.
North Carolina State commit Jalen Lecque has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. In a video posted to his Twitter page on Saturday, Lecque thanked his family and school before announcing his decision to forgo playing time at the college level.
French wing Digue Diawara has officially declared for 2019 NBA Draft, as his agent revealed to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. In this season, Diawara is averaging 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game with Pau-Orthez.
Ryerson Rams centre Tanor Ngom has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Brad Stephens: Western Kentucky announces that center Charles Bassey will enter the NBA Draft but will not sign with an agent. Bassey will receive evaluation while retaining his eligibility and has the option to return as a sophomore.
Lithuanian wing Tadas Sedekerskis has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Sigma Sports: OFFICIAL: Estonian guard Henri Drell of @brosebamberg has entered his name in the Nba Draft 2019. #SigmaSportsFamily #DreamBIG
Kentucky men's basketball freshman forward EJ Montgomery announced Friday that he plans to submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. Under new NCAA rules, Montgomery can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to school.
Russian 18-year-old wing Nikita Mikhailovskii has declared for the NBA Draft, his agent Arturs Kalnitis told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Mikhailovskii has played 38 games with Avtodor Saratov in the FIBA Europe Cup and VTB League, averaging 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds over 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 44% for three.
Virginia junior power forward Mamadi Diakite announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft, becoming the fourth member of the NCAA championship team to pursue a professional career. The 6-foot-9 Diakite initially made his announcement on his Instagram page. He is keeping his options open per a possible return to school. "I would like to announce my intentions to declare for the NBA Draft," Diakite said in a school news release. "This process will allow me to test the waters, get valuable feedback and participate in the pre-draft process. Regardless, I know that UVA will always hold a special place in my heart."
After hitting one of the biggest shots in Virginia basketball history, forward Mamadi Diakite is ready to see if he is ready for the next level. The junior declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday on his Instagram page.
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga junior forward Brandon Clarke declares for the NBA Draft. Frontcourt teammate Rui Hachimura declared Monday.
Jon Rothstein: Michigan's Charles Matthews is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft, per release. College career is over.
Obi Toppin is testing the NBA draft waters. The Dayton forward, who had a standout redshirt freshman season for the Flyers, announced Wednesday he plans to do so — while maintaining his eligibility.
A.J. Lawson will test the NBA waters. The South Carolina guard has announced he’ll submit his name for the NBA draft. He hasn’t hired an agent and can return to USC.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”

Dwyane Wade on Heat Big 3: 'The hate was because of our skin color'

It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd)