G League Rumors
Sean Cunningham: Anjali Ranadive will assist all aspects of basketball ops, including G league player evaluations & development, strategy, among others. She’s been with the organization working in the Social Responsibility dept. & she’s excited to bring her passion for basketball to her new role.
The Timberwolves declined to pick up the option on assistant general manager Gianluca Pascucci’s contract for next season, league sources told The Athletic. Pascucci was one of Rosas’ top lieutenants and oversaw scouting for the draft and the team’s G League affiliate in Iowa. Gupta also hired Steve Senior away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a newly formed position in the front office, sources said. Senior will join the franchise as an assistant general manager in charge of player development. Senior comes from a well-regarded staff in Memphis and has ties to Gupta and Finch when they were all together in Houston. He was also on the New York Knicks staff when Wolves assistant coach Pablo Prigioni played there and has connections to several other Wolves staff members.
Orlando Magic PR: The @OrlandoMagic are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Adreian Payne. Adreian was a two-way player that appeared in five games with Orlando during the 2017-18 season, and also spent time with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Leonard Miller is currently working out in California, preparing for G League Elite Camp (May 13-15) or the NBA Draft Combine (May 16-22). Both events are in Chicago. If he wants to play into the mystique, he may just participate in measurements and interviews with select teams while there. Some of his measurements will help his draft stock. He has massive hands that, at 10.5 inches, are as wide as 7-foot-6 big man Tacko Fall’s. At 9-foot, Miller has the same standing reach that Anthony Davis did before he was selected at No. 1 overall in 2012.
If he opts to go the college route, he’ll pick between Kentucky and Arizona. He has until June 1 to make that decision and thus withdraw his name from the NBA draft if he wants to play at the collegiate level. If that deadline passes, he will still have until June 13 to withdraw from the draft. In such a case, Miller could still use an alternative pathway to the pros like the G League Ignite (with a salary up to $500,000) or Overtime Elite (which pays players at least $100,000 a year) while still maintaining his eligibility for the 2023 NBA draft. Another year of dominance would give Miller a better path to becoming a lottery pick, but the mystique is part of his allure. If he struggles against better competition, it could do more harm than good as he is currently riding high off momentum.