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Joseph Duarte: Former Houston All-American guard Quentin Grimes says he has gone through private workouts with Celtics and Pelicans. #NBADraftCombine
Zach Braziller: St John’s star Julian Champagnie has added a workout with the Pacers for July 7, per source. #sjubb
According to his agent, Jelani Floyd of Beyond Athlete Management, Tyler Etienne has already worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics and has workouts scheduled with the Golden State Warriors (June 30), Brooklyn Nets (July 2) and the Phoenix Suns (July 6). He is also receiving interest from the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
Justin Grasso: #Alabama guard Josh Primo says he only worked out for the #Bulls but spoke to about 10 other teams. The #Sixers weren't one of them, but he said he believes he'll be speaking to Philly soon.
David Morrow: Bones Hyland says he has worked out with the Knicks, Jazz and Celtics. Says his workout with Boston was one of his best workouts.
Perhaps more of a longshot, Barnes, a 6-foot-9 forward with a still-developing outside shot, will receive consideration at No. 3, sources say. Same with intriguing teenage swingman Jonathan Kuminga, who played for G League Ignite alongside Jalen Green. Kuminga is scheduled to workout for the Cavaliers at some point before July 29.
Chris Grenham: VCU's Bones Hyland is showing out in the first NBA Draft Combine scrimmage of the day, which is a continuation of the last month. He's had a tremendous pre-draft process so far. Was told Hyland was the best player on the floor at his workout with the Celtics last week.
Zach Braziller: St John’s Julian Champagnie also has a workout with the 76ers on July 6 per source. #sjubb
James Edwards III: The Pistons are bringing in Toledo’s Spencer Littleson for a pre-draft workout today, per source. Littleson made an NCAA-best 103 3s and shot 47.2 percent from 3 on 7.3 attempts per game, which was second-best % in D1.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have spent parts of the last week conducting pre-draft workouts with a dozen players projected as either late second-round picks or undrafted free agents -- Jordan Hall, Aaron Wiggins, A.J. Lawson, McKinley Wright, Tyson Etienne, Derek Culver, JaQuori McLaughlin, Zaccheus Darko-Kelly and Ansu Sesay, among others.
Darren Wolfson: Former Marquette & Ohio St. guard DJ Carton was in town for a workout with the #Timberwolves earlier this week. Next up is the G League Elite Camp in Chicago starting tomorrow. A good performance there can earn him an invite to the official Draft Combine.
It has been a busy week for Geo Baker. The Rutgers senior guard underwent a workout for the New York Knicks at their G-League facilities in White Plains, New York, on Thursday, a source told NJ Advance Media.
Josh Newman: Sources: Utah Valley big man Fardaws Aimaq will work out for the Knicks tomorrow. First pre-draft workout for Aimaq, who led the nation in rebounding last season.
Jake Weingarten: Nebraska forward Dalano Banton will workout with the Houston Rockets tomorrow afternoon, a source told @stockrisers. With good size and upside, Banton is a sneaky underrated draft prospect.
The Hornets are hosting six players Thursday at Spectrum Center for pre-draft workouts as they try to find the missing pieces that can help them make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. This past season, Charlotte played its first postseason game since 2015-16, losing to the Indiana Pacers in the playoff’s play-in tournament. Players attending the Hornets’ Thursday workout are Armando Bacot (UNC), Jalen Crutcher (Dayton), Chandler Vaudrin (Winthrop), Yves Pons (Tennessee), Naziah Carter (Washington) and Marcus Carr (Minnesota).
Chris Grenham: The Celtics are hosting a noteworthy group of prospects for today’s pre-draft workout, per sources: Sharife Cooper, Auburn Jordan Hall, Texas A&M Miles McBride, West Virginia Kofi Cockburn, Illinois Nah’Shon Hyland, VCU Balsa Koprivica, Florida State
Matt L. Stephens: Former Dayton star Jalen Crutcher will be at the Hornets' pre-draft workout tomorrow in Charlotte. The 6-2 guard was a four-year starter and averaged 17.6 points and 4.8 assists as a senior. #AllyFly
Chris Grenham: Today’s Celtics pre-draft workout will include the following players, per sources: Derrick Alston Jr., Boise State Julian Champagnie, St. John’s AJ Lawson, South Carolina Tyson Etienne, Wichita State LJ Figueroa, Oregon
Adam Zagoria: Former @StJohnsBBall and @OregonMBB wing LJ Figueroa will work out for the Celtics tomorrow, per source
Adam Zagoria: St. John's F @JulianChampagn2 was invited to the NBA Combine and will work out for Boston tomorrow, per source. Has a couple other NBA team workouts scheduled. Will decide by July 7 whether to return to school or not.
Chris Grenham: Texas A&M’s Jordan Hall will work out with the Celtics on Thursday, per source. Hall recently transferred from St. Joseph’s to A&M.
Chris Grenham: Wichita State guard Tyson Etienne will go through a pre-draft workout with the Celtics tomorrow, per source. He’ll visit with the Knicks today.
Keith Smith: The Atlanta Hawks recently held a guard-heavy draft workout, per sources. Atlanta had in: -JaQuori McLaughlin (UC Santa Barbara) -Colbey Ross (Pepperdine) -Ethan Thompson (Oregon State) -Duane Washington Jr. (Ohio State)
Zach Padmore: Per his Instagram story, Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland had a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz. One of the best three-point shooters in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Austin Peay swingman Terry Taylor has worked out for Golden State and Sacramento. The 6-foot-6 senior has workouts scheduled with the Grizzlies and Knicks next week and is expected to work out for 10-12 teams ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Darren Wolfson: Former Texas guard Matt Coleman was also among the draft prospects to workout for the #Timberwolves this week. The former 5-star recruit had a solid 4 year run in Austin.
Chris Grenham: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. participated in the Celtics’ pre-draft workout on Thursday, per source. He has received a G League Elite Camp invite, which begins next weekend in Chicago prior to the NBA Draft Combine.
Chris Grenham: Houston’s Quentin Grimes participated in the Celtics pre-draft workout today, per source. Grimes played his freshman year at Kansas before heading to Houston.
Erik Fawcett: Colin Castleton worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves today, one of a number of NBA pre-draft workouts he has scheduled.
Darren Wolfson: Ex-Cristo Rey HS stud & Mpls native Jericho Sims works out tomorrow for GSW, Kings next week, then will play in front of scouts at the Combine. He signed w/ Nate Daniels of @OneLegacySports, who is certified by NCAA. So he maintains college eligibility.
Chris Grenham: NAIA All-American EJ Onu is among the prospects working out for the Celtics this week, according to a source. At 6’11” with a 7’6” wingspan, Onu led Shawnee State to a National Championship this past season. His athleticism will intrigue NBA front offices.
Eric Walden: Texas Tech’s Jahmi’us Ramsey said he has not done a workout specifically for the Jazz. He did a Zoom workout that drew 22 times; not sure if the Jazz were on it. Said other than that, he’s not had any contact with the team.
Ian Begley: Stanford’s Tyrell Terry said he worked out in person for Brooklyn. He says he also worked out for Grizzlies. He’s had Zoom interviews with Knicks and Nets. @Mike Vorkunov reported there had been a possibility of a second Zoom w/NYK & Terry. That hasn’t taken place yet, Terry says.
Eric Walden: Stanford guard Tyrell Terry has done multiple Zoom interviews with the Utah Jazz; said his agent has been in contact: "I know there’s interest there. My camp has been in close contact." No workout with Utah; said he's only done 2 workouts because of COVID restrictions in Indy.
Ok, some real draft scuttle: the Bulls continue to stump the remainder of the NBA with their intentions at No. 4. Although Deni Avdija is a common match with Chicago, there are a number of conflicting rumors circulating around the league, the latest (and most fascinating) item being that the Bulls are interested in Patrick Williams. Per sources, Williams has worked out for Chicago. Beyond that, it’s still unclear what the actual interest level level is there. At this point, it’s worth naming every other player linked to Chicago, which includes Obi Toppin, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes and, in the event he’s on the board, LaMelo Ball.
Teams are permitted to conduct at their facilities group workouts of up to eight players in the leadup to training camp. Under HIPAA laws, the Knicks did not announce the identities of those who tested positive but sources indicated it was not any players. The staffers were under quarantine and reportedly asymptomatic. According to a source, the Knicks canceled a workout with point guard Killian Hayes last week because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Eric Walden: Arizona’s Josh Green confirms he worked out for the Utah Jazz last week. Says he spoke with Joe Ingles around the time of the workout to get a sense of the org. After going out to dinner with front office, he came away impressed with the structure of the organization.
Ian Begley: Arizona's Nico Mannion says he's had a Zoom interview with Brooklyn. No in-person workout for BKN or NYK. Mannion said the Raptors, Lakers and Jazz are among the teams he's had in-person workouts with.
LaMelo Ball‘s private workouts with teams last week were strong, according to Givony, who suggests that the Warriors were among the teams impressed by what they saw from Ball. Still, Givony and other draft experts view James Wiseman as Golden State’s most likely pick at No. 2.
Josh Robbins: Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. said on a Zoom call with reporters he worked out individually for the Magic. "Another great workout," Lewis said. "A lot of teaching points they showed me for my game: how to maybe block off a defender going to the rim."
Ben Anderson: Dennis Lindsey indicated the @UtahJazz haven't used all of their predraft workouts yet (they get 10.) Said they were saving some in case they got a late opportunity to workout someone unexpected.
KC Johnson: Kira Lewis Jr.'s workout and visit with the Bulls took place in Florida, where Lewis was based until recently returning home. Speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, Lewis said he enjoyed getting to know Bulls' brass and felt he showed his speed during his workout.
Chase Hughes: UNC guard Cole Anthony has worked out for the Wizards. Also, the Heat and Magic. He said he thought the Wizards workout went "really, really well."
“I talked to [Thibodeau] — he’s a great coach,’’ Vassell said when asked by The Post about his Knicks workout. “We talked about defense. We talked about what their team is looking for. I feel like I can help that team and fill that void. I just think everything went extremely well with the Knicks and the coach. It would be a blessing if I can be part of that team.’’
An alarming workout video recently surfaced online of Vassell heaving long jumpers with what appeared to be an awkwardly new shooting motion. Teams actually quizzed him about the video. “I’ve seen the video,’’ Vassell said. “I haven’t changed my jump shot. I feel there’s no reason to change my jump shot. It was end of the workout, and we were shooting it a lot deeper from the regular NBA 3-point line. It was the angle she took it. I caught the ball a lot further than I normally do. “But I’ve never attempted to change my jump shot and won’t change it because I’ve had a lot of success with the jump shot I have right now.’’
The Wizards held a workout with Precious Achiuwa last week, the Memphis big man revealed Thursday while meeting with the media ahead of next week's 2020 NBA Draft. Achiuwa has worked out for three teams, he says, with the Celtics and Heat being the others. He has also interviewed with many more teams over Zoom, including the Wizards earlier in the draft process.
The Knicks have also worked out Villanova wing Saddiq Bey, according to league sources. He could slide into the back end of the lottery, but presents an intriguing option at the position with his physical profile and after shooting 45 percent on 5.6 3s per game his sophomore season. He could be an option if the Knicks trade down from No. 8.
Chase Hughes: Possible No. 1 NBA Draft pick Anthony Edwards (Georgia) says he has worked out for the Timberwolves, Warriors and Hornets. That's it, and those are the teams with the top three picks. Not surprising. He's going to go very high, if not first.
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Russell Westbrook: I don't need to feel wanted by the Lakers

Russell Westbrook was wearing a bucket hat, flip-flops and a smile inside the conference room in his Avenue of the Stars offices. Trade talks stalled, training camp on the cusp and Westbrook hardly had to consider the question: Do you feel wanted by the Los Angeles Lakers? “I don’t need to,” Westbrook told ESPN recently. “I need to just do my job. Whether I’m wanted or not doesn’t really matter. I think the most important thing is that I show up for work and I do the job like I’ve always done it: Be professional and go out and play my ass off and compete.”
Westbrook spoke of getting back to work in the gym sooner in the past offseason than he has ever done in his career, about a summer full of conversations with Lakers coach Darvin Ham, about a “connection” and “trust” with Ham’s vision to utilize him in a way that impacts winning on these Lakers. Maybe that’s as a starter or maybe it’s off the bench. “I’m all-in on whatever it takes for this team to win,” Westbrook said. “I’m prepared for whatever comes my way.”
He sure isn’t here to tell you that his and the Lakers’ debacle of a season caused him to have to fight to keep his confidence. “No, I didn’t have to fight that,” Westbrook said. “I had to fight my response on how it affects the people close to me. To me, that was the important part. Confidence is not something I lack. Yes, there were times last season that I wanted to play better — that I should’ve played better — but my confidence never wavers. Having bad games is part of the NBA, and I understand that. The only thing it affected for me was the impact that it had on the people closest to me — my mom, dad, wife, brother, close friends. We’ve never had to deal with that as a family. That was the most difficult thing — being booed in the arena and having my kids there.”