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 12:59 PM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have all but ruled out Joel Embiid with the No. 2 overall pick.
The Bucks will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins depending on who is still available after the first overall pick.
The Bucks also like Dante Exum, but the chances of the Bucks taking him went down after Wiggins' workout on Friday.
There have been several trade calls made about the pick, but the Bucks feel like they need a franchise player and are unlikely to still draft one by trading down.
Jun 23, 2014 12:21 PM EDT
A source says Jabari Parker strongly prefers to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, something that the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be aware of.
Parker worked out for the Cavaliers on Friday and two sources said he seemed indifferent. One source thought Parker "tanked" the workout.
"Jabari wasn't himself," one source said. "It was clear we weren't his first option."
But the Cavaliers are still leaning toward taking Parker over Andrew Wiggins.
Jun 23, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
Dario Saric has agreed upon a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, according to a source.
The deal will have a player option for the third year. Saric is expected to receive and sign a contract in the next 24 hours.
Saric's contract will essentially prohibit him from playing in the NBA for at least two seasons.
Saric was receiving looks from lottery teams as high as No. 10 with the Philadelphia 76ers, No. 11 with the Denver Nuggets and No. 12 with the Orlando Magic. He may slip beyond the lottery, but he becomes an option in the mid to late teens with the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls.
Jun 23, 2014 12:17 AM EDT
Aaron Gordon is receiving consideration from the Orlando Magic with the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft and is not expected to fall past the Sacramento Kings at No. 8.
Gordon displayed a 39-inch vertical leap during the Chicago pre-draft combine.
"If and when I reach my full potential, I think I will be better than everybody [in this draft]," Gordon said. "I think I will have an edge."
Jun 22, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career just days before the NBA Draft.
"This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him," head coach Scott Drew said. "His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program."
Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body. One feature of Marfan syndrome is aortic enlargement, which can be life-threatening. According to The Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome.
Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in 73 games (72 starts) and averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game.
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.
Kristaps Porzingis will return to play for Sevilla in the elite Spanish ACB League this season.
Artem Klimenko presents a draft and stash option for teams at the center position.
The Pelicans are aggressively pursuing a first rounder to select either a small forward or center.
Multiple reports indicate that there is some concern that the bone did not heal properly in Julius Randle's foot.
Julius Randle will likely need six to eight weeks of rehab before he's cleared to play, which would force him to miss Summer League in July.
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Jun 10, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Bulls have had serious talks with the Nuggets about trading up to No. 11 by sending Nos. 16 and 19.
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