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Jeff Goodman: Winthrop’s D.J. Burns has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft process, he told @Stadium. Talented big man who helped lead the Eagles to the NCAA tourney last season.

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Jeff Goodman: Stetson’s Christiaan Jones has withdrawn from the NBA draft process and will return to school, he told @Stadium.
Keve Aluma, who entered the NBA Draft in April, is returning to the Virginia Tech men's basketball team. Aluma, who made the All-ACC second team as a fourth-year junior, said Thursday in a phone interview that withdrawing from the draft and rejoining the Hokies was a "pretty simple" decision. "It's not like I was all over the draft boards," he said.
I spoke to Aaron Wiggins’ agent, Austin Walton, earlier this morning, and he mentioned that interest from NBA teams had increased significantly in recent days. He continued to explain to me that Wiggins and his family have decided to preserve his college eligibility in order to keep the door open for a return back to Maryland next season. However, if things keep trending up, and he is provided a certain level of assurance, it is certainly possible that Wiggins stays in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Jon Rothstein: Matthew Mayer is returning to Baylor next season, per @DraftExpress. Was an early entry candidate to the 2021 NBA Draft. Will be a massive breakout guy in 21-22.
Kofi Cockburn, a 7-foot, 285-pound center, has done everything but come right out and say that he's remaining in the 2021 NBA Draft and won't be returning to Champaign. The Jamaica native made a post on Instagram on Tuesday with a heartfelt caption, signaling that his time with the Illini is over. "Extremely happy to have been apart of and represented a program like this, I enjoyed every single day I spent in Champaign and I am proud of the growth I had while I was there, words can't express how much I love the Illini and I wouldn't trade that part of my journey for the world," Cockburn wrote.
Liz Mullen: Mississippi State G D.J. Stewart Jr. has signed with @ISEBasketball for representation in the NBA Draft on- and off-the-court. NBA agent David Bauman is repping on the court. ISE agents Parker Cain & Travis King are repping him for marketing & all other endeavors.
Marc J. Spears: The NBA says 353 players -- 296 players from colleges and other educational institutions and 57 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for NBA Draft 2021. The NBA Draft, which is on July 29, still only has 60 total selections. pic.twitter.com/mWDJWJQudP
Real Madrid’s Carlos Alocen has declared for the 2021 NBA draft, reports ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Another Raznatovic client is declaring for the draft, according to Givony, who tweets that 6’9″ Croatian wing Boris Tisma has entered the draft pool. Tisma, 19, played for Real Betis in the Spanish League this season, though he saw limited action.
Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson has entered the NBA draft while giving himself the option of staying in school. Dickinson made the announcement on social media on Wednesday. Dickinson earned second-team All-America, Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and all-conference honors last season.
Dragan Jankovski: 01 born PG, member of German NT, Justus Hollatz declared for 2021 NBA Draft! #BeoBasket
Texas forward Greg Brown announced Thursday he is turning pro and won't return to the Longhorns for his sophomore season under new coach Chris Beard. Brown, who is ranked No. 29 in ESPN's top 100 draft prospects, was a top-10 recruit when he signed with Texas and former coach Shaka Smart.
Turkish power forward Alperen Sengun has submitted paperwork to make himself eligible for the 2021 NBA draft, as reported by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and later on confirmed by the player himself on his social media.
Khimki Moscow forward Vladislav Odinokov has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft as an early entrant, the player told Eurohoops. The 21-year-old Russian baller is looking to test the waters of the NBA draft and present his capabilities and potential to clubs.
Oral Roberts sophomore Max Abmas will enter the NBA Draft, sources told ESPN on Sunday. Abmas will maintain his college eligibility. "My plan is to enter the draft and get as much feedback as I can. I'm hoping to work my way into the first round or get some type of guaranteed contract to help me decide whether to stay in," said Abmas.
Oral Roberts point guard Max Abmas led the country in scoring (24.2 points per game) and turned in a Stephen Curry circa 2008 NCAA tournament performance (26.6 ppg.) during a Sweet 16 run this season. His stock couldn't be higher. The 6'1" sophomore took a major step toward cashing in, declaring for the NBA Draft on Sunday. “I’m officially declaring, but I plan to retain my eligibility throughout the process,” Abmas told Sports Illustrated.
“I’m not sure whether I will enter the Draft. I want to play in the NBA, if not this year, then at least next year,” Princepal told Firstpost from Ohio, where he is training with Elevate X. “My contract with Ignite ended when the season was done. Maybe I’ll play for another G League team next year. Maybe I’ll play in the Summer League.”
After a high-performing junior season, UB forward Josh Mballa has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. He made the announcement in an Instagram post on Thursday.
FIL-AM guard Remy Martin has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6-foot point guard announced the news on the Arizona State Sun Devils' social media accounts as he gets to pursue his long-awaited NBA dream.
Matt Haarms, the 7-foot-3 center, announced on Instagram Friday that he will not return to BYU, saying, “It is time for me to move into the next chapter of my life. After many conversations with those I trust, I have decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.”
University of Dayton point guard Jalen Crutcher announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will declare for the NBA Draft. He said that he will forgo his extra year of eligibility and hire an agent ending his college career at UD.
Adrian Wojnarowski: University of Michigan sophomore forward Franz Wagner – the ninth-rated draft prospect in ESPN’s Top 100 – is entering the 2021 NBA Draft, he told ESPN. Wagner was the highest-rated player on ESPN’s board still unannounced for the July draft.
Kentucky guard Davion Mintz will test the draft waters and go through the NBA’s evaluation process, but is leaving the door open for a potential return to UK, the school announced this afternoon.
Syracuse small forward Alan Griffin is entering the NBA draft. Griffin made the announcemnt Friday in a video post on Instagram that featured his father, Adrian, who spent a decade in the NBA as a player and now is an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.
Fresno State’s big man Orlando Robinson has declared for the NBA Draft. However, the sophomore forward will not hire an agent, which means he keeps his eligibility if he does decide to return for his junior campaign.
Texas Longhorns guard Matt Coleman has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, as the school announced that he’ll hire an agent and turn professional instead of returning for a fifth season and playing for new head coach Chris Beard.
Brian Davis: Texas G Courtney Ramey announces he’ll go through the NBA Draft process while keeping his eligibility. Remains “fully committed” to the Horns. “Always have been.”
Sophomore guard D.J. Carton of the Marquette University men's basketball team is leaving the program to pursue a career in professional basketball. "I would like to thank Marquette University, Coach Smart and my teammates for their support throughout my decision process," Carton said. "I will be putting my name in for consideration in the 2021 NBA Draft and hiring an agent. I am thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to the next step in my career."
UMass Lowell senior guard Obadiah Noel has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-4 native of Frederick, Md., announced his decision on social media on Sunday night.
The reigning Big West Player of the Year has entered his name in the NBA Draft. UC Santa Barbara's star guard JaQuori McLaughlin announced his plans to enter the draft Wednesday on social media.
Oregon State has its second player in as many days with college eligibility remaining enter the 2021 NBA Draft. Senior center Roman Silva announced on social media Friday that “I will be testing the waters in the NBA draft with my full intention on keeping my eligibility and returning to school.”
Jahvon Blair announced Wednesday evening that he will forgo his additional year of eligibility at Georgetown and enter the NBA draft. The senior guard was an all-Big East honorable mention selection after surpassing 1,000 career points and helping lead the Hoyas to the conference tournament title and the program’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2015.
Loyola senior center Cameron Krutwig will leave the Ramblers and enter the NBA Draft. He made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter and YouTube.
Alabama basketball guard Josh Primo announced Wednesday morning that he will explore his NBA Draft options while retaining an NCAA-certified agent, which would leave open the possibility of returning to UA for the 2021-22 season.
Through his Twitter and Instagram pages, center Kofi Cockburn announced his intention to enter the 2021 NBA Draft. In his statement, however, the center didn’t say that he was hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return to the Illini for the 2021-2022 season.
San Diego State senior Matt Mitchell has hired an agent and officially declared for the 2021 NBA draft, USA TODAY SMG’s Rookie Wire has learned. Mitchell, a lengthy 6-foot-6 senior with a plus wingspan, won the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year behind 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 2020-21. As a defender, he had the second-best steal percentage in the conference and he earned MWC First-Team All-Defense consideration. Mitchell was then honored as the MWC Tournament MVP and he helped his squad make an appearance in March Madness.
Kentucky senior Olivier Sarr declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Tuesday. Sarr, who transferred from Wake Forest last season, averaged 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
San Diego State senior Matt Mitchell has hired an agent and officially declared for the 2021 NBA draft, USA TODAY SMG’s Rookie Wire has learned. Mitchell, a lengthy 6-foot-6 senior with a plus wingspan, won the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year behind 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 2020-21.
On Thursday, the Michigan Wolverines got some big news as senior leader Isaiah Livers announced he would be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. He put together an outstanding career in Ann Arbor and will now take his talents to the next level. This was an anticipated decision, but was made official on Thursday.
Baylor senior Mark Vital declared for the NBA Draft. He posted on social media on Thursday night.
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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) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK