Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
Adelaide 36ers forward Majok Deng has arrived in the United States to participate in NBA mini camps with the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. Deng will be looking to impress during the workouts in an attempt to secure a spot on a roster for next month’s NBA Summer League. Known for their extensive international scouting, the Mavericks have also invited Deng’s former Adelaide teammate Mitch Creek, New Zealand Breakers point guard Shea Ili and reigning NBL Rookie of the Year Isaac Humphries to their camp.
Josh Robbins: Combo guard draft prospect Anfernee Simons said he has workouts upcoming with the Knicks, Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Bucks. He said he already has worked out for the Bulls, Suns, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Jazz. He worked out for the Magic today.
After graduating from Fresno State at age 27, Haynes had found his way into basketball writing by cold-pitching online publications, then packing up for Portland when Slam Magazine suggested he move to an NBA city. For a year, he worked security during the day and covered Trail Blazers games at night, writing for free even as he began to break news around the team. “In the meantime,” Haynes recalled this week. “I’m struggling with the fact that I’m a college graduate, the first college graduate in my family, and the only job I can get is a security job.” Then Comcast SportsNet Northwest (now NBC Sports Northwest) hired him as a full-time Blazers beat writer, and soon everything changed. “I think [the job] paid like $32,000,” Haynes said. “I was the happiest man in Portland. I’d never made that much money. I was on welfare prior to that, man. I felt like I’d made it.”
Adam Zagoria: Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie is getting a lot of interest in the teens & 20s for the NBA Draft, per league source. Has worked out for Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Lakers, Denver, San Antonio and the Bulls. Has more workouts coming with San Antonio (again), Portland & Golden State.
Miami is expected to explore trade options for Whiteside, but the number of teams who could have interest – and have much to offer in return – are limited. Sacramento, Portland, Dallas and Milwaukee are among teams that might be a fit.