“We’re trying to help these young kids become better players,” Del Negro said of the close to 70 combine attendees. “Give them some knowledge and experience. I think the staff is doing a great job.” Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, asked Del Negro to serve as the combine director this year. The job involves overseeing coaches, helping assemble teams and formulating strategies.
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Rod Beard: #Kentucky forward P.J. Washington said he met with the #Pistons at the #NBACombine
A sprained calf kept Jordan Nwora from participating in drills or 5-on-5 games at the combine. Instead of playing, Nwora is meeting with teams at the combine in advance of setting up individual workouts in the 10 days between the end of the combine and the NCAA’s May 29 deadline to make a decision on whether to stay in the draft. The injury has only added to the uncertainty about his final decision.
“I’m still 50-50,” Nwora said. “Just going to be the feedback I’m getting. Obviously, I wasn’t able to play this week, I wanted to play really badly. It happens. I should be good to start doing stuff next week, work out a little. If I hear what I want to hear, I’ll stay and if not I’ll go back to school.”
Eric Woodyard: Kentucky’s Tyler Herro and Louisville’s Jordan Nwora both confirmed that they interviewed with Utah Jazz brass during the combine. Brewster Academy’s Jalen Lecque didn’t compete today, but did speak to the Jazz earlier.
Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has a “small injury” that could affect his performance at the NBA draft combine this week, Cardinals coach Chris Mack told the Courier Journal.
Jeremy Woo: Source: after a strong first day, Luka Samanic will sit out scrimmages today at the combine.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Jalen Lecque of Brewster Academy (NH) has decided against playing today at the NBA Combine based on feedback to his family, per source. Lecque’s athleticism was certainly evident for NBA executives on Thursday.
Ira Winderman: Turns out Kevin Porter Jr. and Cam Reddish misspoke, neither with a Heat interview at the Combine. Not unusual for players to presume such sessions.
Shams Charania: Projected high lottery pick Coby White of UNC has left the NBA Draft Combine, interviewing for some teams before departing, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
While dozens of NBA hopefuls were showcasing their on-court talents Thursday afternoon at the Draft Combine in Chicago, Kendrick Perkins was exhibiting his skills on the sideline in his first coaching gig. The former Boston Celtics center spent the day dishing out advice to the prospects, encouraging them during drills, and providing assistance from the sideline during one of the two 5-on-5 scrimmages that took place on the center court at Quest Multisport Complex.
Coaching is an avenue that Perkins has been considering since retiring from the NBA one year ago, and Thursday’s experience only reinforced his desire. “Whenever you’re able to drop knowledge on young kids that are trying to fulfill a lifelong dream, it’s always a pleasure,” Perkins said Thursday evening after wrapping up Day 1 of the Combine. “But I’m just trying to get my feet wet as far as with the coaching and trying to get as much experience as I can, and I think it’s turning out well.”
Scott Agness: People you run into at the draft combine: coach Roy Hibbert.
Eric Woodyard: The Utah Jazz conducted 10 pre-draft interviews yesterday in Chicago during the first day of the NBA Combine, according to a Deseret News source. Utah will pick 23 and 53 in the draft.
Chase Hughes: The Wizards will meet with forward Brandon Clarke of Gonzaga at this week’s NBA Combine, NBC Sports has learned. Clarke is 6-8 and averaged 16.9 ppg and 8.6 rpg as a junior this past season.
Tim Reynolds: Zion Williamson will not be the NBA Combine events that start tomorrow. He’s already met with teams in Chicago. (By the way, this is not uncommon for top guys to not take part in the on-court portions.)
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.
Oshae Brissett is staying in Chicago to compete in the NBA draft combine, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
The entire list of advancing players: Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Ole Miss’s Terence Davis, Tulsa’s Dequan Jeffries, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, UCF’s Tacko Fall, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Brissett.
Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie won’t be attending the NBA Draft Combine after all. Tillie, Auburn’s Chuma Okeke and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter withdrew from the combine, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony tweeted Monday afternoon. Okeke has opted to stay in the draft, according to Givony, but no reason was given for Tillie’s and Hunter’s absences.
Washington star guard Matisse Thybulle received an invitation to the NBA draft combine, but is opting not to attend next week’s workouts in Chicago. “Matisse will not be attending the NBA Combine next week,” Thybulle’s agent Eric Goodwin said. “He was invited, but we decided to pass. We believe Matisse brings a unique basketball skillset to an NBA team and our focus will be on organizations that are interested and we believe are a good fit.”
Sam Vecenie: FWIW, Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura not being on this list is not a mistake. A source tells me he’s not going to the combine. Will follow up with more when I get it. (Hachimura was obviously invited. His choice not to attend. Don’t really think this is a big deal, FWIW.)
Jeremy Woo: The NBA has released the official draft combine list: pic.twitter.com/wzA9groJ3O
North Carolina’s Nassir Little, Coby White, and Cameron Johnson all received NBA Combine Invites. The NBA Combine will take place over May 14-19 in Chicago, Ill.
Jim Meehan: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19 in Chicago). He sprained his ankle Friday at workout for the Atlanta Hawks, but it didn’t sound too serious. Previously reported that Norvell, Hachimura and Clarke received combine invites.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Daniel Gafford will attend the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, per source. He projected as a first-rounder on the latest aggregate mock draft we ran on HoopsHype. The 6-foot-11 prospect was one of the most accurate scorers at the rim in college basketball last season. #ElDoradoToTheDraft pic.twitter.com/dr74KrhGay
Kentucky will have a presence in the upcoming NBA Combine, which will be held in Chicago the week after next. PJ Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson have accepted invitations to participate in the annual pre-draft event. Neither Washington, Herro nor Johnson plan to play in the five-on-five games staged at the Combine, their fathers said Saturday. Each will do athletic and medical testing, plus be interviewed by NBA teams.
A fourth UK player, EJ Montgomery, has reportedly accepted an invitation to participate in the Combine and plans to play in the five-on-five games. There’s no word yet on an invitation for Kentucky forward Reid Travis, who has exhausted his collegiate eligibility.
Bryan Kalbrosky: Brian Bowen will be in Chicago for the combine, source tells HoopsHype. He also participated last season before withdrawing from the draft and playing overseas in Australia. NBA personnel will be eager to see the year-over-year development from the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic MVP. pic.twitter.com/opLyEd5e4C
AJ Lawson respectfully declined an invitation to the NBA’s G-League Elite Camp and will focus on individual workouts for NBA teams, a USC spokesperson confirmed. That means that Lawson had a chance to advance to the NBA Combine and didn’t take it.
Zach Braziller: Villanova’s Eric Paschall announces he has signed with CAA. Has been invited to NBA Combine.
Alex Halsted: Iowa State’s Talen Horton-Tucker has been invited to the NBA Combine, per a source. That’s a big step in the process for him to go in front of the top talent in the 2019 NBA Draft. The NBA Combine runs from May 14-19 in Chicago.
Sagaba Konate’s path toward professional basketball continues. The West Virginia big man has received his invite to the NBA Combine, a team official told EerSports Tuesday morning.
Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon received an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 15-19.
Charles Matthews and his Michigan teammates Ignas Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole will attend the pre-draft showcase, per their respective agents.
Devon Dotson, Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson received full combine invitations and Silvio De Sousa was invited to the G League combine, which also will be held in Chicago May 12-14, during the three days leading up to the main event.
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.
Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby is one of 60 players invited to the NBA Combine. Roby confirmed the news via text late on Saturday night. He received the invite via e-mail on Friday.
Approximately 60 players receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine each season. This year, three of them will be from Tennessee. Jordan Bone, Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams all received invites to the scouting event, which takes place from May 15-19.
Darren Wolfson: Even further proof that it isn’t easy to get an invite to the #NBA Draft Combine: Ethan Happ and Jordan Murphy didn’t get one. But like Travis, both will have workouts with individual teams in May and June. #Gophers #Badgers
Mark Ennis: Jordan Nwora has been invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on May 14-19.
St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds and Yale guard Miye Oni both received invitations to the NBA Combine May 15-19 in Chicago, they told ZAGSBLOG Friday night.
Zach Braziller: Owens has been invited to the G League Elite Camp in Chicago and is an alternative at moment for NBA Combine. #sjubb
Adam Zagoria: Villanova’s Eric Paschall earned an NBA Combine invite, coach Jay Wright tells me. They’re waiting on word on Phil Booth.
Jeremy Woo: Boston College’s Ky Bowman has received an NBA combine invitation, per source. Tough-minded, stat-stuffing guard has intrigued teams with his athleticism and defensive potential.
Jordan Bone’s NBA future got even brighter as it appears he has been invited to participate in the league’s draft combine, which is set to being on May 14. Bone made the announcement via Twitter:
Tennessee’s own Grant Williams has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine. The junior forward made the announcement on Twitter:
Adam Johnson: In minor NBA Draft Combine news, multiple league sources tell @2ways10days that the NBA is changing its handshake agreement with the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to invite the top 5 players to the combine.
Cole is the second notable player from a historically black school to declare for the draft, as Shaw’s Amir Hinton made the announcement on March 7. While Hinton has hired representation, Cole will wait to see if he will be invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago in May to gauge his future prospects. “I want to get a chance to make it to the NBA combine in Chicago, to show off my skills and catch a team’s eye,” he said.
That swish from the left corner was Huerter’s first of 15 straight made three-pointers in an individual drill. Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton, Starbucks coffee in hand, stopped mid-stride to watch Huerter move around the arc. Peja Stojakovic, one of the best shooters in NBA history and now the director of player personnel for the Sacramento Kings, paused a conversation to do the same. A Western Conference scout tracked Huerter’s shots on a chart, and when it was only makes and no misses he picked up his pencil and mouthed a single word: Wow.
The Cavaliers interviewed 20 players at the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, a team source said, including most of the consensus lottery picks who attended the event. The Cavs, who have the No. 8 pick in the June draft, sat with marquee players including Trae Young of Oklahoma, Mo Bamba of Texas, and Mikal Bridges of Villanova, according to sources and media reports.
Isaiah Thomas: Oh yeah. That combine shit doesn’t mean anything!!! I remember preparing myself and killing every drill & being at the top in every category. Still picked last! Don’t get discouraged. They can’t HIDE out forever. At some point the “top” guys gotta compete
“They obviously had a really good year this year, surprised a lot of people,” Young said of the Sixers. “Really didn’t surprise me just because I know how talented Ben [Simmons] and Joel [Embiid] are. So they are looking for a playmaker all-around. I know they are interested in me. But you never know how things will fall.”
Bryan Kalbrosky: Lonnie Walker has already met with five teams with a Top 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, source tells me. The list includes Knicks, Magic, Bulls and Sixers. Clippers have also expressed interest. Draft stock definitely rising.
This week at the combine, teams are allowed to interview up to 20 prospects. The Heat used up all 20 of those interviews, and six of the players confirmed to the Palm Beach Post they met with the Heat this week: Miami guard Bruce Brown, West Virginia guard Jevon Carter, Texas-Arlington forward Kevin Hervey, Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, Nevada forward Cody Martin and Southern Cal forward Chimezie Metu
Ian Begley: Regarding the NBA Draft Combine, several teams have been surprised that Arizona big man Dusan Ristic and Rhode Island guard EC Matthews weren’t among the group of players to get an invite.
By far, the big hit of the predraft combine was the interview setup for the Pistons, who turned to virtual reality to challenge the potential draftees with 12 game-type decision questions. Players were required to don VR goggles, which transported them to the team’s practice facility and presented them with plays unfolding around them. Using a remote control, the players would answer the questions.
On the flip side, the Trail Blazers had a much more stripped-down session, featuring only a psychiatrist who handed players a written set of questions, then read back the answers. No coaches or front-office personnel required.
Keith Pompey: #Oklahoma PG Trae Young thinks he’s the best overall player in this draft. He interviewed with the #Sixers here at the #NBACombine.
Josh Robbins: Oklahoma point guard Trae Young said he interviewed with the Magic this week at the NBA Draft Combine.
Jason Quick: Miami shooting guard Lonnie Walker interviewed with Blazers’ psychologist, but he will not workout in Portland according to agent Happy Walters because at No. 24 the Blazers are selecting too low for Walker’s expected draft position.
Jonathan Wasserman: Lakers GM Rob Pelinka watching Donte DiVincezo and De’Anthony Melton shooting jumpers. Both could be options for LA at 25. pic.twitter.com/lYseUvd2xI
KC Johnson: Wendell Carter Jr. on Bagley’s eligibility: “My role changed a little bit. But I do whatever I have to do to win.” And on NBA: “For the most part, I think college does put a limitation on a lot of players. The NBA, I think that’s more my realm where I can show what I can do.”
The Suns met with 6-foot-11 Duke forward Marvin Bagley III in Chicago, and McDonough also mentioned several other top contenders
Bruno Fernando is one of three Maryland players participating in the combine this week — along with guard Kevin Huerter and forward Justin Jackson — and he and Huerter have yet to sign agents. That means they have until May 30 to decide whether they will return to Maryland or forego the rest of their college eligibility and enter the draft. A few people with knowledge of Fernando’s situation believe he is closer to declaring for the draft than he is to returning for a sophomore season in College Park. His highest mock-draft projections are as a late first-round pick; some predict he won’t be selected at all.
It has been primarily held in Chicago, although at various venues, with an occasional pit-stop in Orlando. While Chicago seems like the ideal geographic location for all 30 NBA teams as none of them have to travel overly far, the future of the camp in the Windy City is murky. There are whispers the camp could be moved to the East Coast and specifically to Baltimore, which is the headquarters for Under Armour, the major sponsor of the NBA pre-draft camp.
On Wednesday, Boise State wing and projected first-round pick Chandler Hutchison surprisingly pulled out of the draft combine behind the first reported draft promise to surface, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express/ESPN:
Keith Langlois: Add Penn State’s Tony Carr to list of players who’ve interviewed with the Pistons. Lots of point guards on their list, it appears.
Harrison Wind: Michigan State forward Miles Bridges says he met with the Nuggets at the draft combine today. He says he also met with CHI, SAC, IND, CLE, SAS, CHA, PHI, NYK and LAC. Bridges is a versatile combo forward who’s projected to go in the late-lottery
Tania Ganguli: Donte DiVincenzo said he interviewed with the Lakers.
Jason Quick: Players who today confirmed they have met, or plan to meet with Blazers at NBA Combine: Donte DeVincenzo, PG/SG, Villanova Khyri Thomas, PG/SG, Creighton Jerome Robinson, PG/SG, Boston College Shake Milton, PG/SG, SMU Bruce Brown, SG, Miami Jacob Evans, SF, Cincinnati
Porter Jr., like most projected lottery picks, did not participate in the five-on-five scrimmages here during the first day of action at the combine, which ends Friday. Jontay Porter, who has declared for the draft but has not signed with an agent — which leaves open the possibility of a return to MU — surprisingly opted not to participate in the scrimmages either. “We were advised not to have him do five-on-five,” Porter Sr. told The Star.
Jontay Porter must decide whether to stay in the NBA Draft or return to school by May 30. The father said he would not need a first-round guarantee from an individual NBA franchise in order to feel comfortable with Jontay going pro, but he would like “the majority of the feedback to be like: Oh yeah, he’s definitely first-round material.”
Chris Iseman: Alabama PG Collin Sexton says he has met with the Knicks.
Mark Strotman: Michigan State SF Miles Bridges says he met with the Bulls. Mentions liking Fred Hoiberg and respecting the tradition of the organization.
Jon Nyatawa: Khyri Thomas said he’s met with about 10 teams already. More interviews to come tomorrow too. Mentioned the Jazz, Suns, Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, Hawks & Wizards
Keith Langlois: West Virginia senior PG Jevon Carter said he’s already interviewed with the Pistons
John Denton: .@DukeMBB G Grayson Allen on comparisons to former @OrlandoMagic G JJ Redick, a mentor of his: “I don’t think JJ jumped 40 inches.” Allen hails from Jacksonville and attended Magic preseason games there.
Peter Socotch: Cincinnati shooting guard Jacob Evans and Boston College shooting guard Jerome Robinson say they will meet with the Blazers tomorrow. #ripcity
J. Michael: The #Pacers have met with Kris Wilkes (UCLA) #NBACombine
“I see myself as a first-round talent. If the teams don’t think so, I’ll go back to school, I’ll kill it and there won’t be (any) option about it next year,” said Kris Wilkes, 2017 IndyStar Mr. Basketball from North Central High School.
Donovan Mitchell: For all the guys in the combine… just remember you may jump the highest run the fastest or score the most… but you can mess everything up with how you behave off the floor! Eyes everywhere 💯 my little PSA for the day 🙏🏾
Interesting: @BobbyMarks42 says on ESPN2 that Michael Porter Jr. won’t go through his physical at the NBA combine, which means it’ll be up to agent Mark Bartelstein to distribute info.
J. Michael Falgoust: Jalen Brunson now will NOT be talking today #NBACombine
DiVincenzo, a 6-foot-5 guard, plans to participate in the NBA draft combine’s five-on-five games on Thursday and Friday. He hasn’t made a final decision on staying in the June NBA draft, but tells ESPN that he expects to leave Villanova should he emerge before the May 30 deadline with the belief that he has firmed a spot in the late first-round.
Scott Agness: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Isaac Haas are scheduled to go through interviews at the #NBADraftCombine this week in Chicago.
Shams Charania: Sources: Along with Mitchell Robinson, Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison has withdrawn from the NBA draft combine this week in Chicago.
Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt will not attend the NBA draft combine, he tweeted on Tuesday. “I’ve decided not to attend the NBA combine,” Vanderbilt wrote. “I’m still weighing my options and working my way through the decision process. Appreciate the continued support!”
Gery Woelfel: Texas A&M center-power forward Robert Williams, whom the Bucks have interest in, has opted not to attend this week’s NBA Combine in Chicago. Williams is projected a mid-first rounder; the Bucks pick 17.
Shams Charania: Late addition to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, league sources say: North Carolina’s Theo Pinson. The 6-foot-6 guard has ability to play and defend multiple positions and had standout career at UNC that included 2017 NCAA title.
Shams Charania: Late addition to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, league sources say: North Carolina’s Theo Pinson. The 6-foot-6 guard has ability to play and defend multiple positions and had standout career at UNC that included 2017 NCAA title.
Shams Charania: Sources: Another late addition to NBA Draft Combine this week: Louisville’s Ray Spalding.
Former Michigan big man Moritz Wagner went through the NBA combine last year and that has given him an added level of comfort as he approaches this year’s combine, which begins Wednesday in Chicago.
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Shams Charania: Undrafted Boston College guard Ky Bowman has signed a two-way NBA contract with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
The N.B.A. has begun an investigation into how teams handled free agency this summer, focusing on whether improper inducements were offered to players to circumvent the salary cap, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
The issue was raised by multiple team owners at a meeting of the league’s board of governors this month in Las Vegas, according to the person, who requested anonymity because of a lack of authorization to speak publicly on the subject.
It is unclear what the scope of the investigation is, or whether the league, which declined to comment, is acting on information other than reports in the news media. The investigation follows one of the most tumultuous off-seasons in N.B.A. history, with many high-profile players switching teams. The N.B.A. is also exploring whether it needs to change its rules against tampering. Several players committed to signing with a team as soon as free agency negotiations officially opened at 6 p.m. on June 30 — even though teams were not allowed to begin recruiting before then. League rules prohibit players, coaches and front office executives from enticing an athlete under contract with another team to come play for their franchise.
Kyle Ratke: Jordan Bell said he thinks he’ll be able to show more of his versatility & skillset in Minnesota. Per 36 minutes in his two-year career, Bell has averaged 10.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.4 BPG & 1.2 SPG
July 23, 2019 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Dane Moore: Asked Ryan Saunders today about Robert Covington starting at the 4. Saunders said “there is a strong possibility of that.” Saunders also said, “I have liked Andrew Wiggins playing the 2.” Sounds like the other wing spot is up for grabs — w/ Layman and Culver as frontrunners.
Dane Moore: Today, when Ryan Saunders was asked what his biggest focus for Andrew Wiggins is this summer, he nodded to the shot chart below and said: “Shot selection. Shot values. I think that’s really important. And it’s not something that’s just a suggestion in the NBA anymore.” pic.twitter.com/uaJoPuqJ9f