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Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the Philadelphia 76ers in opposing the NBA's proposed changes to the draft lottery system, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Milwaukee Bucks will also oppose the proposal.

Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

Uner the proposed new system, the worst four teams have a 12 percent chance at the first pick, No. 5 has an 11.5 percent chance, No. 6, 10 percent, and on down.

The changes have been triggered by a response to the 76ers' pursuit of high draft picks in successive seasons.

Presti's belief is that the changes would give big market teams another advantage.

"Everyone is too focused on Philly, on one team in one situation," said one sympathetic GM. "The only chance for a lot of teams to ever get a transformational player is through the draft, and eventually we are all going to be in the lottery, in that spot. The teams that'll drop from two to eight, or three to nine – that's just going to take the air out of those fan bases and franchises. They'll get little, if any chance, to improve.

"We are going to see more big-market teams who just missed the playoffs jump up and get a great young player at the top of the draft. And people are going to go "What the [expletive] just happened?"

The 76ers and Thunder need six more teams to join them in opposing the rule change before Wednesday's vote.

As one Western Conference GM said, "Then there will be no going back. I hope we know what we're doing with this one."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Board Of Governors To Vote On Lottery Reform

The NBA has sent a memo indicating that the 30 teams could vote on a lottery reform measure at the Board of Governors meeting later this month.

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.

The four lottery teams with the best records would have, in order, a 0.5 percent, 1 percent, 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, while also having an improved chance of moving into the top-6.

A vote for approving this proposal is expected.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel

John Calipari is finalizing plans to host an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine at Kentucky for NBA executives to evaluate his roster of potential prospects.

Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send personnel to Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 11-12 to watch his players do everything from run full-court five-on-five and NBA-style pick-and-roll sets to individual skill work.

The event will also allow Calipari to impress top high school recruits on campus visits.

After the combine, Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

NBA personnel aren't allowed to interact with college undergraduates, but Calipari can simply shape his workouts to be conducive to the NBA's needs.

As one executive laughed, "We're just there as B-roll for his recruiting videos."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

76ers To Fight Proposed Changes To Draft Lottery System

The Philadelphia 76ers will fight changes to the draft lottery system that the NBA is pushing to implement in time for next season.

Though there are several facets and the proposals haven't been finalized, essentially the goal of commissioner Adam Silver is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick, sources said. 

The 76ers are in a multiseason rebuilding project that is depending on a high pick next season.

The 76ers, however, may have a struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams on holding off the changes.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Josh Huestis with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

First round picks typically receive guaranteed contracts for two seasons, but the Thunder and Huestis agreed for him to spend his rookie season with their D-League affiliate. Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000. Huestis can start his rookie scale contract later.

The Thunder are essentially stashing Huestis in the D-League.

Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.

"This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."

 

The move has been criticized by a variety of sources, as it may violate an NBA bylaw that compensation cannot be discussed with draft picks until after the player has been selected. 

Via Mike Prada/SB Nation

Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China

Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association.

Mudiay committed to SMU, but concerns of his eligibilty became an issue this month.

Mudiay is expected to be a top lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Sportando first reported news of the agreement.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign a contract in the coming week.

Sources say the delay in Wiggins signing his deal has nothing to do with the possibilty of being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers, sources say, are merely exploring options for using their estimated $1.4 million in remaining cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5.5 million as a rookie.

Once Wiggins signs, however, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him.

One option under consideration for the Cavs, sources say, is using their leftover salary-cap space to create long-term contracts for recent second-round picks Joe Harris and Dwight Powell. Signing Wiggins first would preclude such moves.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

NBA Proposing New Lottery System To Balance Odds

The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery system, dismissing the Wheel idea in favor a revised weighting system that shifts each team's odds of getting the top pick.

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, per sources familiar with the proposal.

The new proposal will give at least the four worst teams the same odds of winning the no. 1 pick, approximately 11 percent for each club. The odds decline slowly from there.

The proposal also calls for the drawing of the first six picks via the Ping-Pong ball lottery, sources say. 

Via 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.

The league would like to create more space between the end of the Finals and the draft in order to better promote the draft.

Moving the draft back will be difficult because it impacts free agency and the collective bargaining agreement. Also, the league needs to negotiate a change in the draft date with its TV partners.

The NBA season is already turning into a long year with the draft, free agency and summer league taking place shortly after the Finals.

The NHL has a season-ending awards show before its draft.

Via Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

2014 NBA Draft Draws Higher TV Rating Than 2003

The 2014 NBA Draft had a 3.1 overnight rating, which makes it the highest rated telecast since it moved to ESPN.

The rating beat the 2.7 ESPN drew in 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 Los Angeles Lakers.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

NBA Draft Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins With No. 1 Overall Pick

Andrew Wiggins was the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

76ers Give Up Trying To Trade Up With Cavs

The 76ers are widely believed to want to draft Andrew Wiggins.

76ers, Celtics, Lakers Most Likely To Draft Joel Embiid

With concerns about his health, Joel Embiid is expected to fall out of the top two slots of the NBA Draft.

Raptors Discussing Trade For No. 22 With Grizzlies, Targeting Ennis

The Raptors are believed to be interested in Tyler Ennis.

RealGM Radio: Tjarks, Perna Preview NBA Draft

In this NBA Draft preview episode, host Daniel Leroux talks about Thursday's draft with RealGM's Jonathan Tjarks and Andrew Perna.

Vonleh Likes Bosh Comparison, Would Be Comfortable With 76ers

Noah Vonleh said multiple times Wednesday that he likes to be compared to Chris Bosh and that his outside shot has been a point of emphasis since the season ended.

Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Shabazz Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.

LaVine’s Athleticism Is A Relatively New Public Obsession

Mention the name Zach LaVine and some of the words you are most likely to hear are dunk, athleticism and explosiveness.

Smart: Decision Not To Workout For Jazz Came From Agent

Speculation has been that Marcus Smart would prefer to avoid the Jazz because they already have Trey Burke.

Parker Expects To Be Drafted 2nd Overall By Bucks

Jabari Parker said that the Bucks told him they would select him at No. 2 if he remains on the board.

Heat Trying To Move Up To Draft Shabazz Napier

LeBron James is known to be very high on Shabazz Napier, thinking he's the best point guard in the draft.

Gilbert Prefers Cavs To Draft Wiggins, Front Office Likes Parker

Dan Gilbert allowed his previous front office and Mike Brown to take Anthony Bennett, which is giving him pause this time.

Embiid In Play For 76ers, Magic; Unlikely To Fall Past Kings At No. 8

The 76ers are planning a slow rebuild, so selecting Joel Embiid with the possibility he sits out his entire rookie season as Nerlens Noel did in 13-14 is not an issue.

Cavaliers Like Orlando's Offer Of Afflalo, Nos. 4, 12 For No. 1 Pick

The Cavaliers are torn at who to pick at No. 1 if they keep the pick.
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