NBA Draft Wiretap

Robert Upshaw Considering Playing In D-League

Jan 27, 2015 3:07 PM

Robert Upshaw is giving serious thought to playing in the D-League this season following his dismissal from the University of Washington's basketball program.

After his dismissal from Washington, Upshaw’s inner-circle has begun the agent selection process, sources told Yahoo Sports. 

 

The NBA does not allow players enrolled at the beginning of a school year to make the immediate move into the D-League unless there’s corroboration that the NCAA or university has declared them ineligible. 

 

Upshaw, 21, is rated as the NBA’s No. 20 prospect on Draft Express.com’s Top 100 list. Playing in the D-League would allow Upshaw to improve his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Tyler Harris Plans Draft Entry Despite Unexpected Role Cut In Providence Junior Season

Jan 22, 2015 12:41 PM

Providence junior forward Tyler Harris has plans to enter the NBA Draft in June in spite of a puzzling role reduction that has fueled a belief that he’s being regressed to stay in school for his senior season of eligibility, sources told RealGM.

One season after starting in all 35 games of Providence’s run to the NCAA Big East tournament championship, Harris has started 11 of 19 games. Harris – the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris – has seen his minutes reduced by an average of 3.7 compared to a season ago when he played 32.2 per game.

Harris, 21, is scheduled to graduate this year with enough credit hours for his college degree, but he’s long planned to forgo his senior eligibility. Nevertheless, the glaring decrease in his starting position and minutes has signaled that Providence coach Ed Cooley is testing Harris’ resolve and gauging whether he could return for another season.

For personnel at the NBA level, Harris (6-foot-9) is perceived in between the small and power forward positions as a mid-tier prospect. He spent last summer training in camps held by LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

In a season that includes a 17-point performance in a win over Notre Dame and strong play early, Harris is averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Those numbers are down from his 11.6 points and 5.1 boards a game as a sophomore.

Harris began his college career at North Carolina State, playing 19 games in 2011-12.

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Michigan Loses Caris LeVert For Remainder Of Season

Jan 18, 2015 4:15 PM

Caris LeVert will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a left foot injury on Saturday.

LeVert, who had surgery on the same foot in May, will have surgery again this week.

LeVert has started the past 55 games for Michigan and was the Wolverines' leading scorer at 14.9 points per game. The versatile wing was also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
 
LeVert was previously considered a likely first round pick.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5

Jan 6, 2015 4:34 PM

DraftExpress has updated their Top-100 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft with Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprising the top-5.

Justise Winslow, Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and D'angelo Russell round out the top-10.

Frank Kaminsky (14) and Jerian Grant (27) are the only seniors in the top-30.

Other notables include Myles Turner at 12 and Cliff Alexander at 17.

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General

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Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

Dec 18, 2014 9:36 PM

The Dallas Mavericks' pick in the Rajon Rondo trade is likely to be conveyed to the Boston Celtics in 2016.

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14. If the pick falls between eight and 30 in 2016, it will go to the Celtics.

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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Dec 12, 2014 10:58 AM

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."

 

Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 

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RealGM Radio: Jonathan Tjarks On Western Conference, Draft Prospects

Dec 10, 2014 12:12 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks) about the start to the basketball season, 

The two focus on the early dominance of the Golden State Warriors, the Western Conference playoff picture, MVP candidates and an early look at some notable 2015 NBA Draft prospects.

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft

Dec 2, 2014 3:57 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the Big Board of every NBA executive Chad Ford has spoken to after the start of the college basketball season.

Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

Okafor is a supremely polished low-post scorer.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

Nov 19, 2014 1:43 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season.

Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

"I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game," wrote Ford. "They love him. He's big and physical, however he was quick feet and a soft touch around the basket. He's a legit, old school big man who is just so poised right now. Emmanuel Mudiay and possibly Karl Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will make a run, but it's Okafor's to lose. Of the 30 guys I spoke with last night and polled, all of them had Okafor atop their board."

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Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length

Nov 19, 2014 11:35 AM

Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Alexander had just eight points and eight rebounds as he struggled against the length of Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles.

According to Bill Self, Alexander must learn to put himself in better position to score before he receives the ball.

“He’s not tall enough, and it was very evident tonight, to score over that length,” Self said.

Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times

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Some International Scouts Believe Kristaps Porzingis Is Best 2015 Prospect
Kristaps Porzingis is a 6'11 big out of Lavia that won't turn 20 until April.

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Scout: Freshman Class Weak, Ball Dominant
Jahlil Okafor, Karl Towns, Myles Turner, Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson are considered the strongest NBA prospects.

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Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season
Jahlil Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

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13 Teams Vote Against Lottery Reform, Current System Stays In Place
The 76ers and Thunder led the charge against changing the draft lottery system.

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Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform
Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

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Board Of Governors To Vote On Lottery Reform
The tweaks will include the four worst teams having an equal 12 percent chance to win the No. 1 overall pick and the worst team could fall no lower than No. 7.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel
After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season.

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76ers To Fight Proposed Changes To Draft Lottery System
The NBA is attempting to balance out the odds of the draft lottery to discourage tanking.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League
Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

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Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs
Players who sign their rookie contracts cannot be traded for 30 days thereafter.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

NBA Proposing New Lottery System To Balance Odds
The proposal is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

NBA Considering Moving Back Draft, Adding Awards Show
The NBA is "very interested" in moving the draft after July 1 and packaging it with a season-ending awards show, possibly on consecutive nights.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

2014 NBA Draft Draws Higher TV Rating Than 2003
The NBA Lottery also drew a similarly high rating, which is believed to be helped by a good draft class and the presence of the Lakers.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Hornets Unload Haywood's Contract In Trading Powell To Cavs
The Hornets have traded the draft rights to Dwight Powell and Brendan Haywood to the Cavaliers.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Smart Feels He Fits Alongside Rondo, Ready To Learn From Him
The Celtics already have a point guard in Rajon Rondo, but Marcus Smart feels he can play alongside Rondo and also learn from him.

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Jabari Parker Happy With Bucks, Wants To ‘Stick With One Team’
It was no secret that Bucks and Jabari Parker shared mutual interest and the relationship became official on Thursday when the club drafted him with the No. 2 pick.

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Noah Vonleh Ready To Play In Pick-And-Roll With Walker
Noah Vonleh has been working on extending his range as an adjustment to the NBA and he believes he fits in very well with Charlotte’s current roster.

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Dante Exum, Agent Didn’t Think He’d Fall To Jazz At No. 5
Dante Exum touts his experience in Australia's two-point guard system in going to the Jazz.

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Aaron Gordon Excited To Go To Magic, Ready To Grow With Oladipo, Harris
Aaron Gordon felt that he worked out well for teams selecting four-to-eight, the range he felt he’d be selected.

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