LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, and Killian Hayes have generated the most buzz among point guards. But Kira Lewis Jr. has seemingly entered the conversation as a potential riser and option for lottery teams. After a workout with the Orlando Magic last Thursday, sources tell Bleacher Report that Lewis worked out for the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls this week. “Lewis has great speed, creates for himself and others and should thrive in today’s game,” one scout told B/R. “He’s still young [he turned 19 in April] after two years in college. He has upside.”
Ian Begley: From earlier: Kira Lewis Jr.'s workout is one of 10 in-person workouts NYK has attended/will attend, sources confirm. Several teams project Lewis Jr. much higher than he's been in some mock drafts; top CHA decision-makers watched James Wiseman in person: sny.tv/articles/knick…
Another draft note: top-ranking Charlotte Hornets officials recently watched former Memphis center James Wiseman work out in person, per SNY sources. The Charlotte Observer previously reported that the club had strong interest in Wiseman. The Hornets, per sources, aren't the only team with a top-10 pick who are enamored with Wiseman.
A note on the Knicks and the 2020 NBA Draft: New York recently saw former Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr. work out in person, SNY sources confirm. Lewis, one of the top point guards in the draft, had previously interviewed with the Knicks over a Zoom call, as SNY reported.
Chris Grenham: The Celtics have met with RJ Hampton and are looking to have an in-person workout with him soon, per sources. More info in here, plus my conversation with Hampton on his refined jumper, strengths and pre-draft routine with Mike Miller and Penny Hardaway: https://t.co/qSPrqUDVbL
Jonathan Wasserman: Per source, Kira Lewis Jr. has worked out for the Magic, Knicks and Pistons over the past week, works out for the Bulls today
Less than a month before the NBA Draft, the Heat has ramped up contact with draft prospects, working out Arizona power forward/center Zeke Nnaji on Sunday and interviewing San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn, according to a source. Under the NBA’s new COVID-19 pre-draft rules, teams can make 10 pre-draft visits to work out prospects. Those visits are not required to be at the player’s college campus.
Darren Wolfson: A few #NBA teams will head to Santa Barbara this week to see Minnesota natives and draft prospects Tre Jones and Daniel Oturu workout. No on the #Timberwolves being there this week. They're expected to be elsewhere. Limit of being able to see 10 guys in person.
Sources say the Cavs contingent will be general manager Koby Altman, assistant GM Mike Gansey and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The Cavs are also planning to dine with Toppin as part of their visit, allowing them to get to know him better on a personal level. According to sources, the Cavs began that introductory process on Thursday with a virtual interview. “He’s a great kid. Came across really well,” a source said.
Marc J. Spears: Arizona forward Zeke Nnaji, PAC-12 Freshman of the Year, worked out for the Heat today, a source said. San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn also worked out for the Raptors today.
Chris Grenham: JUCO Player of the Year Jay Scrubb has now had in-person workouts with the Blazers, Hornets and Clippers, according to sources. The Celtics have continued to express interest as well.
By all accounts, it was a positive get together, one in which the 19-year-old Israeli impressed observers. Not only did Avdija perform well in the workouts, but Warriors officials were blown away after meeting with him. The universal takeaway was that he’s a “great kid” with an immense work ethic.
With the 2020 NBA Draft less than a month away, the Warriors are still in their information-gathering phase. While it is not clear whether they are considering taking Avdija at pick No. 2 or to trade down to take him later, the meeting itself reveals something. If the Warriors were dead set on trading the No. 2 pick for veteran help, they would not schlep out all the way to Atlanta, where Avdija is based right now. The option of getting and developing a young player is clearly on the table.
Toppin is 22 and appears to be the most NBA-ready in this class. However, his ceiling doesn’t appear to scream “multiyear All-Star.” People I’ve talked to believe Toppin will be a solid player for many years, but choosing him doesn’t necessarily point toward an emphasis on the future. Almost any other selection does.
Key for Makur Maker is ensuring he is a first-round draft pick. If it appears teams will not draft him in the first round he will take up a college scholarship, build up his draft stock and take another shot at the NBA next year. Maker and his guardian Ed Smith are hoping the NBA allows face-to-face workouts with teams before next month's draft. "If Makur gets workouts with NBA teams he feels he will be a first-round pick," Smith said.
The same goes for Ball, who played a dozen games this winter in Australia's National Basketball League before a foot injury prompted him to return to the United States. His statistics were impressive—17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 31.2 minutes per game—but again, NBA executives say they'd feel more comfortable selecting him if they could study him in person when he talks about the anticipated involvement of his father, LaVar Ball, who became persona non grata with the Lakers after they drafted one of his other sons, Lonzo, three years ago.
Adrian Wojnarowski: UNC guard Coby White -- perhaps the fastest rising prospect on the board -- had a private workout with the Knicks at team's facility today, league sources tell ESPN. Knicks have been locked on RJ Barrett at No. 3, but summoned White after Darius Garland's workout yesterday.
Jeremy Woo: League sources tell me and @Jake Fischer that the Celtics had the following players in today for a last-minute workout: Darius Bazley, Jalen Lecque, Tremont Waters, Jordan Bone, Chris Clemons and Jared Harper. Boston has picks 14, 20, 22 and 51 and is expected to be active.
Mark Medina: The Warriors had a pre-draft workout today for some prospects, and I'm told that Jarrell Brantley and Isaiah Roby were part of that group. Looks like Warriors were evaluating prospects today to consider for their No. 58 pick.
Chris Grenham: In other news... Brewster Academy’s Jalen Lecque and Campbell’s Chris Clemons will each have their second workout with the Celtics tomorrow in Boston.
Jordan Schultz: Purdue-FW SG John Konchar recently had workouts with the #Warriors, #Kings and #Rockets, per source. Keep in mind his stellar 64 percent TS percentage as well.
The New Orleans Pelicans exercised its team option on Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s contract for the After Garland pulled out of the NBA draft combine in Chicago last month and sat out his agency's (Klutch Sports) pro day in Los Angeles, draft pundits wondered whether he had received a promise from a lottery team. Garland and his agent, Rich Paul, lifted the smoke screen this week, however, as the guard granted private workouts to both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers in L.A., sources told ESPN.
Both workouts occurred prior to the Lakers' blockbuster trade Saturday for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, which included Los Angeles sending the No. 4 overall pick to the Pelicans, sources said. Garland impressed with his shot-making ability and deep range, according to sources present for the Lakers' workout.
Tom Withers: Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis worked out for #Cavs today. He averaged 14.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and was B1G freshman of year in one season for new Cleveland coach John Beilein.
Brian Lewis: Terry Harris – brother of #Sixers free agent Tobias Harris – worked out for the #OKCThunder today. He worked out for the #Jazz before that, and for both the #Knicks and #Nets last week. He shot well for Brooklyn. @TerryHarris115
Gery Woelfel: With the NBA draft set for Thursday night, the Bucks conducted a pair of important six-player workouts on Monday. Arkansas center Daniel Gafford was in attendance but didn't participate in drills.
Rod Boone: #Hornets final pre-draft workout: Morning session: Tyus Battle, Syracuse; Goga Bitadze, Mega Vizura; Matur Maker, Zlatorog; Jeremiah Martin, Memphis; Matt Mooney, Texas Tech; Brandon Randolph, Arizona
Kyle Neubeck: Tomorrow's (presumed final) #Sixers workout: Darius Bazley (Princeton HS, Ohio), Armoni Brooks (Houston), Charlie Brown, Jr. (St. Joseph’s), Kyle Guy (Virginia), James Palmer, Jr. (Nebraska), Yovel Zoosman (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
James Edwards III: Keldon Johnson is here doing an individual workout with the Pistons, per team. Can only have six in one workouts -- seven on today's sheet.
Anthony Puccio: I’m told Terence Davis (Mississippi) is set for a workout with the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow. Sources say he’s due for a 2nd workout with Boston and Golden State. #Nets
James Ham: Kings announce change to Monday’s final workout. Shamorie Ponds out, Kyle Guy in. pic.twitter.com/ttJ0ALg5SK
Chase Hughes: The Wizards are working out two players tomorrow, Coby White and Nassir Little. Both are options for the 9th pick and both are from UNC. No Kevin Porter Jr. of USC anymore.
Chris Fedor: Sources: #Cavs will conduct workout with Virginia's De'Andre Hunter early next week cleveland.com/cavs/2019/06/d…
Chris Kirschner: The Hawks will work out the following players tomorrow: Nic Claxton, C, Georgia; Sekou Doumbouya, F, Limoges; Aric Holman, F, Miss. St.; Mfiondu Kabengele, F, FSU; Romeo Langford, G, Indiana (won't workout); Naz Reid, F, LSU; Luka Samanic, F, Olympia
Jordan Schultz: UCF center Tacko Fall has an upcoming workout for the #Lakers, a source tells ESPN. The 7-6 Fall averaged 11 PPG and 8 RPG, while also ranking in the top 10 nationally with his 2.6 blocks. Fall broke the all-time NCAA FG percentage record as well. @UCF_MBB @tackofall99
James Edwards III: Pistons pre-draft participants today: Bryce Brown, G, Auburn. Jon Elmore, G, Marshall. Donta Hall, F, Alabama. Juwan Morgan, F, Indiana. Matur Maker, F, Australia. Nick Ward, F, Michigan State.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks will work out Miami center Dewan Hernandez Friday, according to league sources, and worked out Shaw guard Amir Hinton earlier. Hernandez sat out this yr bc of the NCAA but did well enough at G League Elite camp to get combine invite. Heard Hinton's workout went well.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks worked out Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman, Eastern Michigan big man James Thompson IV, and North Carolina A&T wing Terry Harris today, according to league sources. Wright-Foreman averaged 27.1 ppg this year. Harris shot 41% from 3, and is Tobias Harris' brother.
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the 16th Sacramento Kings Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on Friday, June 14. Jalen Adams (G – 6’3” 197 lbs.) UConn Quinndary Weatherspoon (G – 6’4” 207 lbs.) Mississippi State Shaqquan Aaron (F – 6’7” 175 lbs.) USC Markis McDuffie (F – 6’8” 202 lbs.) Wichita State Jordan Caroline (F – 6’6” 240 lbs.) Nevada Dylan Osetkowski (C – 6’9” 261 lbs.) Texas
Eager to become more familiar with an interesting prospects in its draft range, the Heat plans to bring Indiana swingman Romeo Langford to AmericanAirlines Arena for a visit in the coming days, according to a league source.
Jordan Schultz: Source: Jordan Caroline worked out for the #Lakers today. The former @NevadaHoops standout (17 PPG on 37 percent 3s, 10 RPG, 2 APG) will workout for the #Kings tomorrow.
Scott Agness: Pacers pre-draft workout No. 8 — scheduled for June 14. Devin Cannady (Princeton) JaKeenan Gant (Louisiana-Lafayette) Tyler Herro (Kentucky) Cameron Jackson (Wofford) Christian James (Oklahoma) Lamar Peters (Mississippi State)
Rod Boone: Tomorrow's #Hornets pre-draft workout: Louis King, Oregon James Palmer Jr., Nebraska Trey Phills, Yale Rayjon Tucker, Arkansas-Little Rock Jared Harper, Auburn Amir Hinton, Shaw
Jamie Hudson: Today’s pre-draft workout participants for the Trail Blazers are: David Crisp Matur Maker KZ Okpala Samir Sehic Jaylin Walker Cameron Young
Kyle Neubeck: Tomorrow’s #Sixers draft workout participants Kyle Alexander (Tennessee) Daulton Hommes (Point Loma Nazarene) Mahir Johnson (Goldey-Beacom College) Nick Mayo (Eastern Kentucky) Jordan Poole (Michigan) Isaiah Roby (Nebraska)
Keith Langlois: Today's Pistons draft workout: Jordan Bone, Tennessee Charlie Brown, St. Joseph's Jalek Felton, Uniion Olimpija (Slovenia) Trevor Manuel, Olivet Zach Norvell, Gonzaga Derek Pardon, Northwestern
Chase Hughes: Tomorrow’s Wizards pre-draft workout will include another option at No. 9, Sekou Doumbouya (visit only): Corey Davis (Houston) Sekou Doumbouya (France) Jessie Govan (Georgetown) Jaylen Hands (UCLA) Lyle Hexom (Peru State) Jonathan Kasibabu (Fairfield) V.J. King (Louisville)
LaGerald Vick, a guard from Kansas who worked out for the Knicks, also had a strong shooting performance in a recent workout for the Pelicans. The Knicks have the No. 55 pick in the draft and have worked out several players who could fall into that real estate.
Chris Haynes: Yale guard Trey Phills — son of the late Bobby Phills — has a workout scheduled with the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, the franchise that retired his father’s No. 13 jersey, his agent @kengestevenson tells Yahoo Sports.
Gery Woelfel: Sharpshooter Cameron Johnson (N. Carolina) appears on the rise in NBA draft. Johnson, who auditioned for Bucks (30th pick) last month, works out today for Minnesota (11th pick). Boston (14, 20, 22), Orlando (16), OKC (21), Philly (24) & Golden State (28) have also worked him out
Kevin Chouinard: Goga Bitadze said that he has already worked out for the Spurs and will also go on to work out for Boston, Detroit and Charlotte. Will attend draft in NY afterward.
Rod Beard: #Gonzaga G Zach Norvell said he's had 15 predraft workouts, including today with the #Pistons.
The following is a list of scheduled attendees for the 15th Sacramento Kings Pre-Draft workout, which will take place at the Kings Practice Facility on Thursday, June 13. Rickey McGill (G – 6’2” 185 lbs.) Iona Jeremiah Martin (G – 6’3” 186 lbs.) Memphis Ar’Mond Davis (G – 6’6” 190 lbs.) UC Santa Barbara Jalen McDaniels (F – 6’10” 192 lbs.) San Diego State Simisola Shittu (F – 6’10” 227 lbs.) Vanderbilt Christ Koumadje (C – 7’4” 274 lbs.) Florida State
Sam Vecenie: According to a source, Georgia forward Nic Claxton has canceled and shut down all workouts for non-lottery teams. Feels good about where he’ll be picked based off of feedback during the pre-draft process.
Scott Agness: Pacers pre-draft workout No. 7 — scheduled for June 13: Sandy Cohen III (Wisconsin-Green Bay) Bruno Fernando (Maryland) Daniel Gafford (Arkansas) Paul Jorgensen (Butler) Terance Mann (Florida State) Jaylen Nowell (Washington) Tremont Waters (LSU) - visit only, no workout
Besides bringing in Southern California guard Kevin Porter Jr. for a workout, the Heat also has scheduled North Carolina small forward Nassir Little for that same workout on Thursday, according to a league source.
Trey Mourning, son of Heat executive Alonzo Mourning, worked out for Heat officials on Wednesday at AA Arena, according to a source. Mourning, a 6-9 forward, averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 26 games for Georgetown last season (including 11 starts). He played entirely off the bench his first three seasons with the Hoyas.
Among under-the-radar prospects the Heat summoned for a workout this week is Division II Shaw (Raleigh, North Carolina) guard Amir Hinton, an explosive scorer who averaged 29.4 points last season and shot 48.8 percent from the field.
Chris Vivlamore: The Hawks will work out the following players Thursday. Hawks will hold final workouts Friday and Saturday before next week’s NBA draft. C Goga Bitadze (Mega Bemax) F Jonathan Galloway (UC Irvine) G Rayjon Tucker (Arkansas Little Rock) G Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State)
Kyle Neubeck: Tomorrow’s Sixers workout participants: Jon Davis (UNC Charlotte), Dewan Hernandez (Miami), Ahmed Hill (Virginia Tech), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Marcquise Reed (Clemson), Luka Samanic (KK Olimpija Ljubljana)
Keith Pompey: Croatian basketball standout @SamanicLuka is expected to work out for the #Sixers, as early as Thursday. He also has upcoming workouts with #Hawks and #Bucks before the June 20 #NBADraft. The 6-11 PF has already worked out for the #Spurs, #Warriors, #Jazz and #Pacers. pic.twitter.com/9atfu0qPB2
Darren Wolfson: The #Twolves have a bunch of draft prospects in today, including Kentucky's PJ Washington. He also worked out here last year, & interviewed w/ #AllEyesNorth at the Combine this year. He's a solid first rounder: pic.twitter.com/2GhnYAkndR
Kevin Chouinard: Tomorrow's sixth workout participant is Jordon Varnado from Troy University, brother of former MSU shot-blocker Jarvis Varnado.
Casey Holdahl: Blazers will hold their third predraft workout in Tualatin on Thursday and their final workout on Sunday. Draft is June 20, Portland owns the 25th overall pick.
Darnell Mayberry: More Bulls pre-draft workouts this week. Monday's six-man group: Amir Coffey (Minnesota) Jaylen Hands (UCLA) Jaylen Hoard (Wake Forest) Louis King (Oregon) Marial Shayok (Iowa State) Ty Cockfield (Arkansas State)
Darnell Mayberry: Tuesday's six-man group: Chris Clemons (Campbell) Daniel Gafford (Arkansas) Jessie Govan (Georgetown) Tyler Hall (Montana State) William McDowell-White (Brose Bamberg) Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech)
December 2, 2020 | 1:06 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million maximum contract extension with the franchise, CEO of Klutch Sports, Rich Paul, told @The Athletic @Stadium.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James’ two-year, $85 million extension – as confirmed to ESPN by his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports – will take him through the 2022-23 season, giving him 20 in the NBA. His oldest son, Bronny, is slated to graduate high school in 2023. The Athletic first w/ extension
Dane Moore: A source within the league told me a suspension for Malik Beasley is “likely” in response to his arrest this fall. Asked today about whether Beasley might be facing a suspension, Gersson Rosas said “it’s an ongoing process” that Beasley and the team have fully cooperated with.
Unfortunately, Gordon’s tenure in Detroit would be nothing like Chicago, his numbers dropped and they never made a playoff appearance. He was traded to Charlotte along with a future first rounder for Corey Maggette in 2012. Back in 2018, Ben sat down to discuss his move to the sign with the Pistons. (Via Streets First Podcast) “I went to Detroit. That was the worst decision that I’ve ever made in my life, I said it. I loved Detroit. I loved it, but it was the worst decision I’ve ever made.”
December 2, 2020 | 12:04 pm EST Update
Concerning Harden, the Nets and 76ers were strong suitors weeks ago but Houston is refusing to talk turkey with anyone — and they don’t have to. With Westbrook, the problem for imagining a trade with him as the centerpiece is there just isn’t that robust of a market for him right now. The teams that might have made sense have all seemingly gone in other directions — Detroit drafting Kilian Hayes, Charlotte drafting LaMelo Ball, New York signing Austin Rivers (kidding).