Jaden Hardy Rumors
As part of their extensive pre-draft search, the Cleveland Cavaliers met with alluring point guard prospect Dyson Daniels. Sources tell cleveland.com the interview took place on Thursday in Chicago — the site of the Draft Combine — and Daniels came across “mature and confident.” Daniels, the 19-year-old supersized guard who grew up in Australia idolizing Matthew Dellavedova, played with G League Ignite this past season. While initially overshadowed by more hyped draft-eligible teammates Jaden Hardy and MarJon Beauchamp, Daniels will likely be the first one selected on June 23.
Jonathan Wasserman: Peyton Watson, Jaden Hardy, JD Davison, Max Christie NOT expected to scrimmage. Had seemingly more to gain than lose here. Maybe promises have been made but highly unlikely this early. There will be teams are who totally turned off by these decisions to not compete. Always are.
Generation Z has a reputation for experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out). The teenagers playing for the G League Ignite certainly could be at risk of FOMO as they are missing out on playing for big colleges and enjoying the college life and a brighter spotlight. But with an eye on the NBA, the young men of the Ignite collectively say there is no such issue among them. “It’s been a good environment, learning every day and learning from the vets,” Ignite guard Jaden Hardy, 19, told The Undefeated. “Am I having FOMO about college? Not really. I’m a pro now. I approach the game different now. I’m here to work, get better every day and be the best version of myself. “I’m not really focused on those guys in college. I’m playing against guys who have been in the NBA that are coming down to the G League and going back up. I’d rather watch the NBA because I’m going to be playing against them very soon.” Said Ignite guard Sterling “Scoot” Henderson: “I wouldn’t say I’m happy. I’m ecstatic. I can see myself developing every day.”