NBA rumors: Isaac Okoro staying in draft

“I’ll be officially in the draft,” Isaac Okoro said. “I haven’t posted it on social media, but I feel like it will be the best move for me. It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to have a chance to make it to the NBA. It feels so surreal right now, but I also know once draft day comes, I’m just gonna be ready for the moment.”

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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.
A month after making a decision about his immediate future, freshman guard Jordyn Adams has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Austin Peay for the 2020-21 season, according to the university's athletics department.
It’s only a matter of time now until it becomes a reality for the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony. Friday afternoon, the Upper West Side native decided he would not return to North Carolina for his sophomore year, telling The Post he was going pro and signing with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management.
“It’s really one of the best feelings you can have, knowing all your hard work is coming together to live your dream,” Anthony said in an exclusive phone interview. “It’s still a ways away, not knowing when the draft is going to be, but an opportunity to pretty much call myself a pro soon is surreal. It’s really one of the best feelings ever.”
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.
Junior forward Romello White was one of three Arizona State basketball players to declare for the draft, but a message on social media indicated that he hadn't closed the door on his college career. If he does return to college basketball, it won't be to Tempe. The Atlanta native plans to enter the transfer portal. He will be the fifth Sun Devil to do so.
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.
UCLA redshirt sophomore forward Jalen Hill has withdrawn his name from NBA draft consideration and plans to remain a Bruin next season, significantly enhancing his team’s frontcourt depth.
Shams Charania: Sources: Potential top pick LaMelo Ball has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball was under “professional” category of early-entry candidates distributed to teams Tuesday night. Virtual pre-draft process can now begin with teams.
Eurohopes: Senegalese guard Brancou Badio 'Papi' ('99) from FC Barcelona has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft, sources told Eurohopes. Papi signed last summer from a regional league in Spain and had an outbreaking first pro season with Barcelona second team, averaging 13.4 ppg.
Aaron Henry has entered his name into the 2020 NBA Draft, according to ESPN. He did so on Sunday, the last day for players to declare for this year’s draft. Henry will “maintain his eligibility while testing the waters,” according to the report.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express passes along several international prospects who will declare for the 2020 draft. Miguel Gonzalez (Baskonia), Sander Raieste (BC Kalev), Osas Ehigiator (Fuenlabrada), Njegos Sikiras (Fuenlabrada) have all entered their names.
Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson put his name into the pool as an early entrant into the 2020 NBA Draft, sources confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive. The 6-foot-5 Thompson, who has one year of eligibility remaining, entered his name into the draft by Sunday’s deadline. He has not hired an agent.
LSU guard Javonte Smart announced via instagram that he is declaring for the NBA draft, but retaining the option to return for his junior season.
Nebraska transfer Cam Mack has withdrawn his name from the upcoming NBA draft, he announced Monday. Mack announced he was testing the NBA draft process earlier in April but has changed his mind, noting the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as one reason.
For the second time in his career, Nojel Eastern is putting his name into the NBA Draft, the Journal & Courier has learned. The deadline to enter the draft was 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The Purdue senior-to-be can remove his name before midnight on June 3 and return to school.
Donatas Urbonas: 19-year old PG Rokas Jokubaitis declared for the NBA Draft, according to sources. Very intelligent and skilled 1.93m PG, had some big Euroleague games this year with Zalgiris Kaunas (11pt 4ast vs ALBA & 7pt 6ast vs Olympiacos). Jokubaitis had 7pt 6ast NT debut vs Czech Republic.
Donatas Urbonas: 19-year old PG Rokas Jokubaitis declared for the NBA Draft, according to sources. Very intelligent and skilled 1.93m PG, had some big Euroleague games this year with Zalgiris Kaunas (11pt 4ast vs ALBA & 7pt 6ast vs Olympiacos). Jokubaitis had 7pt 6ast NT debut vs Czech Republic.
South Carolina leading scorer A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin confirmed Sunday that Lawson would not hire an agent, meaning he could return to the team for his junior season.
TCU center Kevin Samuel is returning for his junior season. Samuel was evaluated by the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC) and decided not to test the NBA Draft waters.
Matt Babcock: Sources: Landers Nolley II has had a change of heart and will not be entering his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. He intends to honor his commitment and enroll at the University of Memphis.
Oscar Tshiebwe announced in a social media post that he is returning to Morgantown for his sophomore season. The forward submitted paperwork for an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee earlier this month, opening up the possibility of entering the NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Florida’s Tre Mann has declared for the NBA Draft, an NBA source told @stadium. Averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game this past season.
Jeff Goodman: Deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is tonight at 11:59 pm ET. June 3: NCAA deadline to withdraw from the draft. Underclassmen can sign with an NCAA-certified agent (there are about 25 of them) and still withdraw from the NBA Draft while maintaining their eligibility.
Filip Petrusev has become the third Gonzaga Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Petrusev made it official on Sunday, the deadline for players to submit their names. He joins wing Corey Kispert and guard Joel Ayayi on the early-entry list.
Gonzaga sophomore Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft on Saturday but said he will not hire an agent. The 6-foot-5 guard from France said his top option remains returning for his junior season.
Matt Babcock: Landers Nolley II has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. He will test the waters without signing with an agent, sources told @Matt Babcock. pic.twitter.com/OlpAQGwg5U
Raúl Barrigón: Guard Caio Pacheco will enter the NBA draft, his agent Alex Saratsis of Octagon told HoopsHype. The 21-year-old Brazilian plays in Argentina for Bahía Blanca Basket.
Makur Maker -- a 6-foot-11 Kenyan-born Australian living in the United States -- is entering the 2020 NBA draft, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Agile at nearly 7-foot, Maker has caught the attention of NBA teams with his ability to handle the ball in the open court and create shots for himself. The NBA agreed to allow Maker, 19, to be eligible for the 2020 draft class after he had been only two credits short of graduating with his original 2019 high school class in California.
Memphis freshman forward Precious Achiuwa will declare for the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-8 freshman is the projected No. 8 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com. “I’ve decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft and hire an agent,” Achiuwa told ESPN.com. “This is the next step in my journey and career as a basketball player. I’m really excited for it.”
Partizan Belgrade forward Uros Trifunovic has entered the 2020 NBA Draft, a source told Sportando.
Olympiacos forward Aleksej Pokusevski has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, the player announced on Twitter.
Achiuwa emerged as the Tigers' leader after the abrupt departure of James Wiseman. The 6-foot-9 freshman averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 boards, and 1.9 blocks en route to earning ACC Player of the Year honors. He's an active defender with the length to contest shots from the perimeter and interior. However, Achiuwa experienced issues taking care of the ball in 2019-20, committing the fourth-most turnovers in the AAC.
David Hein: Have been told that Arnas Velička, Lithuanian 1999-born PG, has declared for the 2020 @NBA Draft. Will never forget this buzzer-beater at #FIBAU18Europe but he's done quite a bit so far in his career ... dare I say under the radar ... more to come
Mississippi State center Abdul Ado has entered the National Basketball Association Draft, the Starkville Daily News confirmed Thursday. However Ado isn’t signing with an agent so he’ll maintain his college eligibility and a source indicated Ado will most likely still be a Bulldog for what would be his senior season in 2020-21.
Last week, Obe Noel decided to test the waters of the 2020 NBA draft, entering his name in the draft while retaining his college eligibility.
19-year-old Estonian national basketball team wing Henri Drell has made himself eligible for the 2020 NBA draft.
Karim Mane has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but will keep his college eligibility, Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports. According to Mane, "I am not planning on hiring an agent right now. I want to hear directly from teams. If I can get a guarantee I'll be drafted, I will probably need to think about staying in."
Crimson Tide point guard Kira Lewis officially declared his intention to enter the NBA draft on Tuesday, ending his career in Tuscaloosa after two seasons.
Crimson Tide point guard Kira Lewis officially declared his intention to enter the NBA draft on Tuesday, ending his career in Tuscaloosa after two seasons.
Dachon Burke, an incoming basketball graduate transfer for South Alabama, announced Tuesday night that he is entering his name in the 2020 NBA draft. Burke, who played last season at Nebraska, signed with the Jaguars last week. However, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will test the NBA waters, but will not sign with an agent.
When forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a freshman at Villanova, announced last week that he would pull out of the N.B.A. draft and return for his sophomore season, he kept alive a streak that has been running for nearly 25 years. Villanova has not had a one-and-done player under Coach Jay Wright, and the program will not have one this year, either.
Jeff Goodman: Tulane’s Teshaun Hightower is expected to declare for the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 15.9 points per game this past season.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Deandre Williams (@MbkDmann) just officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He is also in the NCAA transfer portal, leaving all options open. The 6-foot-9 prospect told @hoopshype how he will make his decision and what he can provide whatever team that he plays for next season.

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Marquette sophomore forward Brendan Bailey announced on Instagram on Monday he was entering the 2020 NBA draft. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Bailey said he isn't closing the door on returning to the Golden Eagles next season.
Jared Butler entered the 2020 NBA Draft while keeping open his option to return to Baylor for his junior season. "To my teammates, this season was a special one, though it got cut short. There is no other group of men I would've taken this journey with. We are brothers for life," tweeted Butler.
Razorback guard Isaiah Joe has submitted his paperwork for the 2020 NBA draft according to head coach Eric Musselman. He has not signed with an agent, leaving the door open for a return to Arkansas. Musselman revealed the news during a teleconference put on by the University of Arkansas on Monday afternoon.
Razorback guard Isaiah Joe has submitted his paperwork for the 2020 NBA draft according to head coach Eric Musselman. He has not signed with an agent, leaving the door open for a return to Arkansas. Musselman revealed the news during a teleconference put on by the University of Arkansas on Monday afternoon.
19-year-old Argentinian forward Leandro Bolmaro has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft per AS.com. Bolmaro has spent the last two seasons with Barcelona in Spain. He played for Barcelona’s second club, Barcelona II, in 2018-19 and split time between the main club and second club this season.
University of Houston guard DeJon Jarreau said Saturday he will enter the NBA Draft but plans to maintain his college eligibility. Jarreau, a 6-5 redshirt senior, has one year of eligibility remaining.
Washington State forward CJ Elleby declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Elleby averaged 18.4 points per game while getting recognized on the first-team All-Pac 12. Elleby has not signed with an agent, maintaining his eligibility.
18-year old Lithuanian big man Marek Blazevic has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, his agent Tadas Bulotas told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn has decided to enter the 2020 NBA draft and forgo his senior season, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Toledo men’s basketball guard Marreon Jackson announced that he will be removing his name from the NBA Draft and will be returning for his senior season.
The Czech Republic will also have a representative as Vit Krejci has declared for the Draft, according to Jonathan Givony. The 19-year-old guard has played 32 games with Casademont Zaragoza this season split between the Spanish League and Basketball Champions League.
This was expected, but on Thursday it became official, Deni Avdija has put his name in the NBA Draft. Projected as a top-10, possibly top-5 pick, the 6’9″ forward who played this past season for European power Maccabi Tel Aviv, made it official on ESPN’s “Get Up” show Thursday. Via Jonathan Givony of ESPN: “First of all, the NBA is the best league in the world. There is a lot to learn over there and a lot of experience there,” Avdija said. “It’s going to be great to take my game to the next level.”
This was expected, but on Thursday it became official, Deni Avdija has put his name in the NBA Draft. Projected as a top-10, possibly top-5 pick, the 6’9″ forward who played this past season for European power Maccabi Tel Aviv, made it official on ESPN’s “Get Up” show Thursday. Via Jonathan Givony of ESPN: “First of all, the NBA is the best league in the world. There is a lot to learn over there and a lot of experience there,” Avdija said. “It’s going to be great to take my game to the next level.”
Chaundee Brown is leaving Wake Forest’s basketball team to enter the NBA draft process and, if he maintains his eligibility and returns to college, he plans to enter the transfer portal and play his final season elsewhere, a source said Wednesday.
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Jaylen Brown: I think Jayson Tatum and I are probably the best two-way players in the league

Are you and Jayson Tatum the best duo in the league right now? Jaylen Brown: I don’t subscribe to what’s being said. I try to stay as even-keeled as I possibly can. Right now, things are going well. Tomorrow can flip just like that. So I just want to stay balanced and continue to move forward and continue to win games. I think me and JT are probably the best two-way players in the league. I’m excited to be able to continue to get better, excited to be able to win games, and that’s not a knock on anybody else. But I’m hungry and I’m looking toward the future.
Last question. LeBron James was critical of the media about the lack of criticism for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a photo of Jones surfaced of him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock high school in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. How did you feel about LeBron sharing that the critique of Jones was not as harsh as the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving? Jaylen Brown: I’ve seen LeBron’s comments, and I think it should be looked at. I think he made some good points, and I think that people should pay attention and chime in. And he had an opinion against it before. I think those conversations need to be had.
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Knicks active on trade calls: Immanuel Quickley, Evan Fournier, Derrick Rose and Cam Reddish available

Now, the Knicks are already on the phones. League sources said the most-common players they have discussed with other teams are, in no particular order: Immanuel Quickley, Evan Fournier, Rose and Reddish. They fielded calls on Fournier leading into last winter’s trade deadline and then again over the summer. He has two seasons, including this one, remaining on his contract and hasn’t touched the court in three weeks. But it’s not like they’re desperate to send him out of town.
The Knicks have not shown any interest in attaching draft picks to Fournier just to move him, league sources said. Still, that doesn’t mean a Fournier trade is impossible. They have expressed to other teams that they would consider dealing him for a less desirable contract if it meant bringing back an asset. The Knicks owe Fournier $18 million this season and $18.9 million next season. There is a team option for 2024-25, the final season of his contract, for $19 million.
They also have communicated that they are willing to attach Quickley or Reddish to Fournier to make a trade work, league sources said. The Knicks have discussed with other teams various types of Quickley-related deals. In discussions where the 23-year-old is the standalone piece going out, New York has targeted a future first-round pick, league sources said. The team is overflowing with guys who could justify playing time. Moving on from one of the guards could free up space.
As Eurohoops reported, he already received an offer from a EuroLeague team, and Sportski Zurnal revealed that Crvena Zvezda made contact with the Argentinian player. As Eurohoops can confirm, the offer that the former Real Madrid player has on the table came from the Serbian champions, and so far is the only one available at the moment. However, it’s more than enough for the player who will get 1,8M euros net until the end of the season, plus Zvezda will cover a big percentage of the 2,6M euros the player still owes to Real Madrid from the total 6M euros NBA buyout he had to pay in order to leave for the States.