Jun 25, 2014 6:38 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz did background work on Marcus Smart and have interest in taking him with the fifth overall pick on Thursday night, but the team was never able to get him in for a workout.
Reports have indicated that Smart and his agent, Lee Melchionni, have been trying to make sure he doesn’t fall past the Orlando Magic at No. 4.
"It was my agent, you've got to talk to my agent about that," Smart said Wednesday when asked about the decision not to work out for Utah. Smart added that he met with some representatives from the Jazz in Chicago during the combine.
"It was a great experience," he said. "We had a great talk, a great conversation. I got to know the coaching staff, the owners and everybody else."
Speculation has been that Smart would prefer to avoid the Jazz because they already have Trey Burke. Burke, also a lead guard, finished third in the voting for the 2014 Rookie of the Year.
“It'd be fine with me,” Smart said of potential playing alongside Burke, "but my agent just told me that we weren’t going to workout for [the Jazz] and that was the end of it.”
Jun 25, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
Jabari Parker expects to be selected second overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in Thursday's draft.
Parker said that the Bucks told him they would select him at No. 2 if he remains on the board. Parker grew up less than 100 miles away from Milwaukee in Chicago.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are considering Parker with the first overall pick and said he wouldn't be opposed to being selected by the franchise.
Jun 25, 2014 12:11 PM EDT
The Miami Heat are aggressively trying to move in Thursday's draft with Shabazz Napier as the target.
LeBron James is known to be very high on Napier, thinking he's the best point guard in the draft.
The Heat need an upgrade at point guard following the disappointing play of Mario Chalmers.
The Heat own the 26th overall pick and could package that along with Norris Cole and second rounders to move up.
Jun 25, 2014 10:26 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers are torn on who to select with the top overall pick, deciding between Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
The front office, including David Griffin, would prefer to select Parker. Gilbert would like the Cavaliers to take Wiggins following his excellent workout for the team last week.
It is unclear if Gilbert is prepared to overrule his front office on the pick.
Gilbert allowed his previous front office and Mike Brown to take Anthony Bennett.
"After what happened last year, he may choose to make the call himself," one source close to the situation told ESPN.com.
The Cavaliers could also trade down to improve their roster immediately in an attempt to improve their chances of signing LeBron James.
Jun 24, 2014 7:37 PM EDT
Joel Embiid is currently slotted to go third overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in the most recent mock draft by Jonathan Givony at Draft Express.
The 76ers are planning a slow rebuild, so selecting Embiid with the possibility he sits out his entire rookie season as Nerlens Noel did in 13-14 is not an issue.
Draft Express reports that the Orlando Magic also represent a viable option to select Embiid with the No. 4 pick and the worst case scenario are the Sacramento Kings at No. 8.
Jun 24, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz have all offered their high lottery picks plus a veteran to move up to No. 1 in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers aren't enamored by offers from the 76ers (Thad Young and the No. 3 pick) and Jazz (Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick).
But the Magic offer of Arron Afflalo, along with the No. 4 and No. 12 pick is attractive to the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers have strong interest in signing LeBron James and acquiring Afflalo would be seen as a strong move.
Jun 24, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to be unsure what they will do with the first overall pick.
Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are the two options the Cavaliers are considering.
"They are torn," one source close to the situation told ESPN.com. "They met for three hours and all they talked about was those two guys."
Added another industry source: "They haven't come to a decision yet."
David Griffin had decided to take Joel Embiid before it was learned he needed to undergo surgery on his foot.
The Cavaliers have since been leaning toward Parker, but he had a bad workout for the team in which he appeared disinterested at times.
Jun 23, 2014 10:44 PM EDT
Leading into the NBA Draft, Danté Exum went through a mental and physical evaluation with the Red Bull High Performance team. As part of the testing in the laboratory and on the basketball court, Exum was graded in the areas of aerobic capacity, blood pressure, core power, mental sharpness via brain mapping, mobility and reaction to on-court adversity.
During the assessment, Exum sat in a chair wearing a cap with brain-monitoring sensors. Exum’s brain activity was measured at rest; with minimal engagement; and then while playing a video game. This was all done to benchmark Exum at different states of activity. The next phase of testing put Exum on the basketball court, wearing specialized headphones equipped with brain monitoring technology. He was asked to shoot free throws with crowd noise pumped into his ears. There was screaming, booing and cheering, all at different volumes and intensities. Strobe lights pulsed at irregular rhythms and flashed from behind the backboard. Turns out, as the distractions built up, Exum grew more focused and his shot became more precise.
The assembled team for Exum included experts in sports psychology, nutrition, athletic training, and exercise physiology. The Red Bull High Performance Program launched in 2007 and it supports athletes through individually tailored fitness, nutritional, and mental training.
“Athletes sit down with us and tell us their goals and dreams, and we set up a program to support that in the best way possible,” says Andy Walshe, Director, Red Bull High Performance.
"They know me as an Australian," says Exum in the video. "When they see me, they just know me as a mystery. No one knew who I was a year and a half ago. I'm sure they'll know who I am."
Click here to watch the video.
Jun 23, 2014 7:57 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade involving the first overall pick.
The Jazz are offering Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and the No. 5 pick to the Cavaliers for the No. 1 selection and Jarrett Jack.
The Cavaliers wanted a future unprotected pick, but the Jazz countered with the No. 23 pick. The Jazz are split on whether or not to include Burks.
The Jazz presumably would pick between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
Jun 23, 2014 1:25 PM EDT
Joel Embiid has undergone surgery on his injured foot and entered the draft process with back issues, and sources say that there are several other issues with his physical that need to be addressed.
Embiid could go as high as No. 3, but could certainly drop to the second half of the top-10.
Embiid was widely considered the top overall prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft before his foot injury.
Jun 23, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Bucks will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins depending on who is still available after the first overall pick.
Jun 23, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
One source thought Jabari Parker "tanked" his workout with the Cavaliers.
Jun 23, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Dario Saric's contract will essentially prohibit him from playing in the NBA for at least two seasons.
Aaron Gordon is not expected to fall past the Kings at No. 8.
Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career just days before the NBA Draft.
The Knicks are attempting to purchase a first round pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
The Suns also own the 14th and 18th overall picks, which would create a roster spot challenge if they kept all picks.
Jun 19, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Cavalier will likely pick between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker following Joel Embiid's foot injury.
The Cavaliers would like to bring in Dante Exum for a workout following news of Joel Embiid's foot injury.
Joel Embiid has suffered a right foot injury with one source fearing it may be broken.
The Bulls currently own the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Jun 18, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
LeBron James, Greg Oden, Yao Ming, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis were the five most highly touted prospects to enter the NBA Draft since 2000.
Noah Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds this past season at the power forward position.
Jun 17, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Two separate sources indicated after the workout that Joel Embiid is now the strong favorite to be drafted by the Cavaliers.
The Lakers have the No. 7 overall pick in this month's NBA draft.
Andrew Wiggins is meeting with the 76ers this week.
Jun 17, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Celtics continue to pursue a trade for Kevin Love, offering the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in this year's draft, along with future No. 1's and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk.
Jun 16, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Dario Saric has decided to keep his name in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Eleftherios Bochoridis has withdrawn from this month’s NBA Draft and will continue his development overseas, a source told RealGM.
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