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Jeremy Woo: I’m told LaMelo Ball is currently scheduled for team interviews and a media session via the combine this week. Unclear if he’ll take part in any other portion (logic suggests no). With Edwards, Wiseman and other skipping out, Ball is the highest-profile prospect participating.
Adam Zagoria: Nathan Knight from William and Mary received an invite to the NBA combine, per source.
Hard at work in Santa Barbara preparing for this year’s NBA Draft, ex-Gophers star Daniel Oturu has spent the month of July honing his skills and building up his body for the next level. Oturu hasn’t started the process of talking with NBA teams. But the 6-foot-10 Woodbury product learned recently he would be invited to the NBA Draft Combine when it takes place this summer.
Oturu and ex-Duke point guard and Apple Valley product Tre Jones received emails from the NBA in the last week informing them they were selected to the combine, sources told the Star Tribune. The NBA told invitees the combine’s date, location and format were not known at this time.
Adam Zagoria: Baylor’s Jared Butler was invited to the NBA Combine, per source
NBA GM’s voted on a list of 105 players for invitations to the NBA Draft Combine. The top 60-70 vote-getters received invites to the Combine, although it remains unclear at this point if the Combine will actually happen. It could be virtual, sources said. The official invite list has yet to be released, but sources said Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, Marquette’s Markus Howard and Xavier’s Naji Marshall were invited from the Big East. The NBA Draft withdrawal deadline is Aug. 3. The Draft is set for Oct. 16.
Adam Zagoria: Isaac Okoro of @AuburnMBB received an NBA Combine invite, per source.
Adam Zagoria: Villanova’s Saddiq Bey has received an NBA Combine invite, per source. Nova has 8 dudes in the NBA and not a single one and done.
Adam Zagoria: Iowa State’s Tyrese Halliburton received an invite to the NBA Combine, per source.
Adam Zagoria: Former @APlayersProgram F @ZekeNnaji_Hoopz received an invite to the NBA Combine, per source.
Adam Zagoria: Illinois freshman big man @kxng_alpha received an NBA Combine Invite, per source. Former @OHACoachSmith and @ctkcoachjarbs guy.
Adam Zagoria: .@Trendon_2 of LSU received a Combine invite, per source.
Former Ohio State center Kaleb Wesson is among the prospects to have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 NBA Draft Combine, though an official date has not been set for the annual scouting event. According to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke with USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s Rookie Wire because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, Wesson joins Penn State forward Lamar Stevens, TCU forward Desmond Bane and Stanford guard Tyrell Terry as those prospects invited to the NBA Draft Combine.
Sam Vecenie: Got told similar stuff about this today, particularly about evaluating different options for what the Combine could look like this year. Seems like the league does want to try and have some version of one.
The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the NBA draft combine that starts Thursday. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited Wednesday to stay.
Jonathan Wasserman: I’m told Jalen Lecque received an invite to the NBA Combine. Potential to go straight from Brewster Academy to NBA, turning 19 in June. Will be a priority/ big draw for teams in Chicago.
The invites to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine continue to trickle out. And while a full list is expected sometime around May 4th, another Virginia Cavaliers standout has been reported as being on the list. As reported earlier, courtesy of NBA Draft God on Twitter, both Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter have received invites to the combine. Now, NBA Draft God is reporting that Ty Jerome has also been added to the list of invites.
Jeremy Woo: Two potential first-rounders receiving NBA Combine invitations, per sources: Georgia’s Nic Claxton and Utah State’s Neemias Queta, both late-season risers generating buzz around the league.
Adam Zagoria: Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell of Washington received an NBA Combine invite, per source.
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Anthony Slater: Kelly Oubre said he appreciated the transparent post-trade rumor conversation he had with Steve Kerr and told him: “At the end of the day, I’m a Warrior. Let’s go get this fucking win.”
“I think it’s a really good team that they’ve put together,” James said of the 76ers. “Give a lot of credit to [general manager] Elton Brand and the things that they’re doing here. Obviously, Doc has always won pretty much wherever he’s been. We’ll see as the season goes on. There’s going to be a lot of teams in the Eastern Conference playing championship basketball down the stretch. I know they believe that they’re one of those teams.”
In an effort to combat the piling up of games due to postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA on Wednesday said it will adjust the existing schedule to avoid having to fill in too many games during the second half of the season. To do so, the NBA will do two things: reschedule games that have already been postponed, where possible, between now and the league’s scheduled midseason break in early March; and reschedule games to the second half of the season — which has yet to be announced — in order to squeeze in more games where possible in the first half.
John Clark: Sixers president Daryl Morey on @espn on Sixers expectations 👀 “I think we’re pretty championship or bust” “Doc Rivers has won a title. I haven’t gotten there yet. I think we have a very good chance”
Tegna wants a bigger piece of the podcast action: The TV station group announced the acquisition of Locked On Podcast Network, which produces some 160 daily shows for teams across the U.S.’s four major pro sports leagues and more than 30 colleges. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tegna said it will finance the acquisition through cash on hand, noting that the acquisition is not expected to materially affect its 2021 financial results. Park City, Utah-based Locked On will remain a standalone business within Tegna, expanding its podcast footprint alongside digital content studio Vault Studios and individual Tegna stations’ podcasting efforts.
Locked On Podcast Network was founded in June 2016 by David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz. In its only outside funding, the company announced in November 2019 that it raised $750,000 from investors including Bruce Gordon, former Disney Interactive Media Group CFO; podcast investor Podfund; and Utah-based private-equity firm Summit Capital.