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CAA Sports has signed NBA G League Ignite combo guard Jalen Green, one of the most anticipated NBA draft prospects in years, for representation in all areas. Green could be the most high-profile player to come out of the G League’s enhanced program for elite prospects. A team of agents led by CAA Basketball agents Drew Morrison, Aaron Mintz, Lisa Joseph-Metelus, Erika Ruiz and Lloyd Frischer are representing him. He was formerly reportedly represented by Goodwin Sports Management.
Wasserman has signed several prospects for November’s NBA draft, including Florida State forward Patrick Williams, a projected lottery pick. Williams was ranked No. 11 last week on the nbadraft.net mock draft. He will be represented by Thad Foucher and Joe Smith.
Ranne also recently signed Tristan Vukcevic, a 17-year-old, 6-foot-10 Serbian power forward who plays for Real Madrid who will be eligible for the 2022 NBA draft. Vukcevic participated in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, put on by the NBA and FIBA in Chicago in February.
Isaiah Joe formally ended his Arkansas Razorbacks playing career just over a week ago, and now he’s entrusting a member of the Hogs’ family to help him cement his place among the 60 selections in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. Joe has hired Mike Conley, Sr. — former Arkansas track-and-field great who won a gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics — as his agent in preparation for the draft that is currently scheduled for Oct. 16.
Donatas Urbonas: NBA prospect Yam Madar confirms he has signed with CAA Sports. He’s currently training in Las Vegas for this year’s Draft. Madar has received strong interest from NBA teams following his impressive performance vs Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli League Playoffs, league sources say
Veteran agent Jerome Stanley is joining Independent Sports & Entertainment, where he will co-represent his son, Duke guard Cassius Stanley, for the NBA draft this fall. Jerome Stanley, who ran his own firm and mainly represented NFL players in his career, will co-represent Cassius Stanley with David Bauman, ISE Basketball COO, general counsel of ISE and a veteran NBA player agent.
ISE is also representing Killian Hayes, a France native who plays guard for the Ratiopharm Ulm team in the Basketball Bundesliga league and is a projected lottery pick. Bauman and agent Yann Balikouzou are representing Hayes. The NBA draft will be held Oct. 16, and Cassius Stanley is projected to go anywhere from the middle first round to early second round, based on mock drafts. Bauman thinks Cassius is a first-round pick. “I believe Cassius’ combination of athleticism, dunking ability, basketball IQ and his excellent personality will lead him to become a future NBA All-Star,” Bauman said.
Twenty-four of the NBA’s 30 teams have contacted Cretin-Derham Hall for background checks on Daniel Oturu, the former Raiders star who is leaving the Gophers after his sophomore season to turn professional. The 6-10, 240-pound Oturu will be represented by Bill Duffy, who also will represent point guard Tre Jones from Apple Valley via Duke.
Roc Nation Sports has signed a large class of highly regarded NBA draft prospects, including point guard LaMelo Ball, a projected top-five pick. The agency recently signed Ball’s brother, New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, away from CAA Sports. Roc Nation NBA agent Raymond Brothers is representing both of the Ball brothers. LaMelo Ball, who played last season in Australia on the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League, is ranked No. 3 overall by website nbadraft.net. Brothers is also representing No. 12-ranked Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa.
Roc Nation signed Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, who is ranked No. 24: Washington power forward/center Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 26; and Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley, who is ranked No. 35 by nbadraft.net. Additionally, Roc Nation signed Temple forward Quinton Rose, American University guard Sa’eed Nelson and Indiana guard Devonte Green, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Danny Green. Agents Brothers, Drew Gross and Sam Permut are representing the players.
Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed Northwestern guard Pat Spencer for representation in the NBA draft. Matt Laczkowski, Tandem director of athlete and talent representation, is representing Spencer, who transferred to Northwestern after playing lacrosse for four seasons at Loyola-Maryland. Spencer was drafted No. 1 in the 2019 Premier Lacrosse League draft, but chose to spend the next year pursuing basketball as a graduate transfer at Northwestern.
After two years at the University of Kentucky, Immanuel Quickley has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft and signed with Roc Nation. The 6’3” guard averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Wildcats last season. He evolved as one of the nation’s top scoring threats being named SEC Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team.
Liz Mullen: University of Houston G Nathaniel Hinton has signed with @tallentagency for representation in the NBA Draft. NBA Agent Tallen Todorovich is repping him.
Jeff Goodman: Cal State Northridge sophomore forward Lamine Diane has signed with Richie Felder of CAA, which means he will forgo his final season years in college. Averaged 25.6 points and 10.2 boards this past season.
Tandem: Tandem signed @NUMensBball guard Pat Spencer for representation for his @NBA career. Prior to Northwestern, Pat played 4 seasons of lacrosse at Loyola-Maryland. In 2019, he won the @Tewaaraton Award, which is presented to the top lacrosse player in the country #TeamTandem
Former Kentucky forward Kahlil Whitney has signed with Versus Management Team, he announced Tuesday. Whitney left the program in late January after averaging just 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.
Indiana guard Devonté Green announced via social media that he will be pursuing the NBA and signed with Roc Nation Sports for representation. Green who scored 954 points during his tenure with the Hoosiers, stated that he will begin his preparation for the 2020 NBA Draft. The signing does not come as a surprise as Green’s older brother, Danny Green of the Los Angeles Lakers is also represented by Roc Nation.

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Evan Daniels: Washington forward Jaden McDaniels is bypassing his remaining college eligibility and signing with Nima Namakian of BDA Sports for his professional representation, a source tells @247Sports. Averaged 13 PPG and 5.8 RPG this past season.
Okoro has already signed with Young Money APAA Sports and Lifestyle Sports Agency, and though NCAA rules give him until June 3 to withdraw his name from the draft and retain his college eligibility, Okoro said his mind is already made up.
Jeff Goodman: Michigan State’s Aaron Henry has signed with Aaron Reilly of AMR Agency, one of the 23 NCAA-certified agents, source told @Stadium. This will allow Henry to maintain his college eligibility.
Jeff Goodman: Jared Butler (Baylor), Ryan Daly (St. Joe’s) and Tyrell Terry (Stanford) have all signed with Mike Naiditch of Beyond Athlete Management, per source. Naiditch is one of the 23 NCAA-certified agents, which means that they are all able to return to school if they want.
All-SEC guard Saben Lee will forgo his senior season at Vanderbilt and stay in the 2020 NBA Draft. He has signed with Wasserman Media Group, according to the company’s Twitter account.
Evan Daniels: Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is bypassing his remaining college eligibility and signing with CAA Sports, sources tell @247Sports . Hagans averaged 11.5 PPG and 6.4 APG this past season.
Emiliano Carchia: Prospect Paul Eboua has switched representation and signed with BDA Sports, a source told @sportando. The Cameroonian player, a potential second rounder, will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft soon
Nick DePaula: Jalen Green will sign with agent Aaron Goodwin of @GoodwinSports. The projected 2021 #1 pick will begin the shoe deal process *now*, with several offers expected to top 7-figures per year. Goodwin negotiated massive rookie shoe deals for LeBron, Dwight Howard & Kevin Durant.
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Jeff Goodman: Stanford’s Tyrell Terry has signed with Mike Naiditch of Beyond Athlete Management, source told @Stadium. Naiditch is one of the 24 agents who has been certified by the NCAA, so Terry can return to school if he so chooses to do so.
Bryan Kalbrosky: BYU senior Yoeli Childs will be represented by Keith Kreiter + Sam Cipriano of @Edge_Sports. The big averaged 22.2 PPG and 9.0 RPG per game. He shot 22-for-45 (48.9 percent) on 3-pointers. Among all D1 players who had as many pick-and-pop possessions, only one was more efficient.
JD Shaw: Grant Riller (@G_getsbuckets) has signed with agent Scott Nichols of Rize Management ahead of the NBA Draft. Grant spent four seasons at Charleston, averaging 21.9 points this past year.
“I think I should go number one, no doubt,” Edwards told 247Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.” Edwards signed this week with Octagon agent Omar Wilkes for his professional representation, per multiple sources. Wilkes has represented top 10 picks -- Trae Young and Cam Reddish -- in each of the past two NBA Drafts.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis 7-footer James Wiseman -- a potential No. 1 overall pick -- has signed with @excelsm for his NBA representation, league source tells ESPN. Wiseman will start preparing for the June NBA Draft now.
A league source told Heavy.com that the agent Wiseman is expected to sign with is veteran Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, whose client list includes Blake Griffin, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Kevin Love, C.J. McCollum, Nikola Jokic and Andre Drummond.
Jon Rothstein: Sources: The NCAA has officially added criteria for agents who wish to represent student athletes testing the waters for the NBA Draft. Criteria: Bachelor's Degree; Certified with NBPA for a minimum of three years; Take an in-person exam at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source confirms former Wichita State and Louisiana-Monroe guard Daishon Smith (@Humnbled1_) will be repped by Dan Curtin of 3Eye Sports. Smith had the most steals and 2nd-most points in Sun Belt last season. Only ten D1 players scored more PPG on catch-and-shoot opportunities.
As long as Zion Williamson has an agent in in place by the week of the draft, there will be time for him to hammer out all the details of his NBA transition. Still, it is an odd thing that he is without an agent at this point. Sources told Sporting News that the reason behind the delayed process goes back to Williamson's advisor, former NBA agent Chubby Wells.
Wells had been an Atlanta-area NBA agent going back more than a decade, representing players like Dale Davis and Ramon Sessions. But his certification with the NBPA lapsed. Through his friend Anderson, Wells got involved with Williamson's AAU team, SC Supreme, and the plan had been to have him recertify as an agent and represent Williamson. But when that plan fell through this spring, Williamson did not have an official agent and top agencies across the country piled into the process. Among those were Creative Artists Agency, Roc Nation, Klutch Sports and BDA Sports.
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.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Among the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson is the most notable yet to hire an agent. Others not linked to representation, likely still testing waters: Charles Bassey (Western Kentucky), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Moses Brown (UCLA) + Jalen Lecque (NC State commit)
According to one NBA source, Williamson has yet to select an agent, a decision that seems inevitable before he signs a lucrative shoe deal. For now, Williamson is surrounded by his mother and stepfather, who have deftly guided him through every step of his journey. Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson have quietly helped create the phenomenon, even electing not to do interviews during Williamson’s year at Duke. Most important, Wiggins says, they’ll still be there to help Williamson select an agent. “I’ve got great parents, great siblings, a great circle that care for me and would do anything for me, protect me,” Wiggins says. “That’s the main thing, having a good circle around you.”
Jordan Nwora is the Louisville player who has drawn the most attention and hype as an NBA draft prospect, mostly due to the massive improvement in his sophomore campaign. His father, Alex Nwora, told the Courier Journal that Nwora signed with agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management.
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
Rachel Stein, the communications coordinator for Priority Sports and Entertainment, confirmed Bruno Fernando has signed with the Chicago-based sports management company. Priority Sports also represents former Terps Jake Layman and Kevin Huerter.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Source confirms to @HoopsHype that Mississippi State standout Aric Holman will be represented at FSM (Fundamental Sports Management) by Colin Bryant and Rahul Patel. The 6-foot-10 forward connected on 43.3 percent of his three-pointers (!!) during final two collegiate seasons.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Josh Reaves (Penn State) will be represented by Dan Curtin and Adam Godes of 3Eye Sports, per source. He led his conference in steal % three years in a row + projects as a 3-and-D rotational player. He recently made Portsmouth All-Tournament.
Jared Weiss: NBA Draft prospect Matur Maker has signed with agent Steve McCaskill’s One Legacy Sports, who represent his brother Thon. The 21-year-old currently plays for Zlatorog Laško in Slovenia after playing a post HS season in Canada last year.
Both Barry Brown and Dean Wade have signed with Austin Walton and NEXT Sports, while Kamau Stokes has signed with Adisa P. Bakari and Jeffery A. Whitney at The Sports & Entertainment Group.
West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate has signed with BDA Sports Management, an NBA certified agency that lists DeAndre Ayton — last season’s No. 1 overall pick — as a client.
Myles Powell has signed with agent Sam Permut of Roc Nation Sports — the same agent who represents Angel Delgado and Isaiah Whitehead — to represent him as he tests the NBA draft waters. Under the new rule, he has until May 29 to take his name out of the draft to maintain his college eligibility.
Liz Mullen: Texas C Jaxson Hayes has signed with @BDA_Sports for representation in the NBA Draft. Agents Bill Duffy & Marlon Harrison are representing him.
Bryan Kalbrisky: BYU's Yoeli Childs ( @yochilds22 ) and Loyola Chicago's Marques Townes ( @Marq_Towne5 ) will be represented by Keith Kreiter at @Edge_Sports , source tells @hoopshype . Childs led the WCC with 21.1 points per game; Townes was MVC Player of Year in 2019 + led team to the Final 4 in '18.
Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford, who is among over 200 underclassmen who declared for the 2019 NBA draft, has signed with an agent. In a tweet published Thursday, Catalyst Sports + Media announced the signing of Langford, who is a possible lottery pick in June’s draft.
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Magic interested in Suns assistant coach Willie Green

The Athletic has learned through league sources that the Magic have asked permission to interview Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka. Green, 39, is completing his fifth season as an NBA assistant coach. A former NBA shooting guard, Green worked three seasons as an assistant coach/player development for the Golden State Warriors under Steve Kerr before he joined Monty Williams’ coaching staff in Phoenix in 2019.
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The Magic have begun their interview process, sources said, but their coaching search is expected to be wide-ranging and almost certainly will include candidates in addition to Green, Hammon, Kidd, Lee, Udoka and Unseld. Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel — assistant coaches under Clifford who currently remain under contract with Orlando — could be interviewed, if they haven’t been interviewed already. Many league insiders who work for other teams think the Magic could have interest in as many as three members of the LA Clippers’ coaching staff: associate head coach Dan Craig and assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson and Chauncey Billups.

Penny Hardaway a candidate for Magic coaching job?

Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Penny was receiving interest from NBA teams. On his podcast this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Aaron Torres said that he has heard similar talk. Torres specifically said there is some buzz about Hardaway possibly going to the Magic. There is history between Hardaway and the Magic that makes sense for him to be a candidate.
Later on Thursday, Doncic said Nelson’s exit was “tough” for him. “There are feasible scenarios, where you start looking at, where will Luka want to go and build if it doesn’t work out in Dallas,” Williams continued, noting that “New York isn’t the only option. “But I will say there’s a lot of rumblings, and [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban needs to put water on that fire.”

Bucks force Game 7 with 104-89 win

Playing a desperate team facing elimination, the Nets got off to yet another maddeningly slow start. And it cost them dearly in a 104-89 Eastern Conference semifinal Game 6 loss before a sellout crowd of 16,310 at Fiserv Forum. Kevin Durant, who’d been superhuman in carrying the Nets to a Game 5 comeback two days earlier, was merely brilliant Thursday. He had 32 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden looked more like himself in his second game back from a hamstring injury, with 21 points, eight boards and five assists. But it wasn’t enough.
Brooklyn went big with Jeff Green at power forward next to Durant, Joe Harris sliding down to off-guard and Bruce Brown going to the bench. But the Nets still got beaten on the boards, run off the court 26-4 in fast-break points, and left in an 11-2 early hole that reached 21 and proved too much to overcome. “The biggest thing is just how we start,” Landry Shamet had warned beforehand. “Even going back to the other night in Game 5, slow start, struggled to find our rhythm early, didn’t play with the right physicality. Things really that we can control that we did really, really well in Game 1 and Game 2, jump out to a big lead. “Those are the biggest things that we’re missing in the two road losses. It’s our energy, how we start the game. That’s all we can control, so that’s our plan going forward.”