The “unknowns” for current NBA prospects could result in another year of college basketball for Iowa star Luka Garza, the projected preseason national player of the year in 2020-21. Garza, who has entered the 2020 NBA draft while retaining his eligibility, told ESPN he’ll make his decision about returning to school or turning pro based on the conversations and interviews he’ll have with NBA executives in the coming weeks and months. He said the inability to meet with the NBA’s power brokers for workouts — if the current situation persists — will play a role in his decision. “I think it all depends on what teams are telling me in these interviews and what they’re seeing on film,” said Garza, the Wooden Award runner-up after averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season. “I’m not leaving for an unknown or an uncertain.
September 27, 2022 | 5:25 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said he hasn’t talked to a bunch of the guys over the summer because he felt they needed a break from him and the gym after G7. Asked if he sees this being a lingering issue with Deandre Ayton, he said, “Not at all.”
Matt George: Keegan Murray shared that one of his focuses in day 1 of training camp was getting comfortable and used to playing with Domantas Sabonis. Sounds like that starting 4 spot is in his mind, even if he won’t say it. pic.twitter.com/YZoLbnCJNx
Michael Singer: Michael Malone says that they’ll have a “flexible” plan when it comes to MPJ’s return. Also says that Porter, Jamal and Nikola deserve a voice in the decision. Said he told the front office that this morning.
September 27, 2022 | 4:31 pm EDT Update
Kellan Olson: Ayton was asked if he is happy here and he said “Yeah, I’m alright. When I’m inbetween those lines now I just work. I’m not playing for myself. I have an organization across my chest and a name on my back I have to represent. I’m just here to work, man.”