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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016

Aug 26, 2015 8:46 PM

ESPN has graded out 28 five-star prospects for the incoming freshman class of 2016.

NBA scouts are especially excited for the 2017 draft, while the 2016 class isn't expected to be particularly deep.

Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

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Dunc'd On Pod: Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress On 2016, 2017 Draft Prospects

Aug 14, 2015 8:38 PM

Host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) is joined by Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) of DraftExpress to introduce listeners to key 2016 and 2017 NBA draft prospects, including Skal Labissiere, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles and Dennis Smith.

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Simmons, Labissiere, Jaylen Brown Comprise Ford's Top-3 For 2016

Aug 13, 2015 12:32 PM

Ben Simmons is ranked No. 1 on Chad Ford's first Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ford reports that several general managers claim Simmons would have been their choice for the first overall pick in 2015 had he been eligible.

Skal Labissiere is ranked No. 2 and Jaylen Brown ranks No. 3.

Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Malik Pope, Dragan Bender, Henry Ellenson, Malik Newman and Jakob Poeltl round out the top-10.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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Celtics Were Unsuccessful No. 4-No. 9 On Trading Up For Justise Winslow

Jun 26, 2015 12:22 PM

Danny Ainge said the Boston Celtics were "probably offering too much" to trade into the lottery despite having all of their attempts turned down.

The Celtics were reportedly targeting Justise Winslow as high as No. 4 and tried to grab him again when he was available at No. 9. Winslow was selected at No. 10 by the Miami Heat.

"Our probably biggest plan was to try to use a lot of our assets, a lot of our picks, to try to consolidate picks and to move up in the draft," he told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich. "We spent a few weeks trying to prepare for that and do that, knowing that nothing really gets done until draft day, when people are making their final offers, their best offers and so forth. We were very close to consolidating picks and moving up in the draft on a couple of different occasions, and it just didn't happen.

"In hindsight, the next day, it's probably a good thing. We were probably going to spend too much to do what we needed to do," Ainge said. "This morning I wake up, and I'm refreshed that we got guys that we like but also that we didn't overspend for some of the players that were in the draft -- actually just basically one player we were chasing that we thought we had a realistic chance at."

Ainge hinted his offer might have included at least one of Brooklyn's unprotected future first round picks, but the Charlotte Hornets were set on drafting Frank Kaminsky.

"(The future picks) are worth a lot, (but) I think the draft is probably the time where they're least valuable, simply because people get so caught up in players," Ainge said on the radio. "Without mentioning names, there are some players that were drafted at certain spots (by teams) that turned down lots of draft picks that I just don't think was smart on their part.

"But I think our assets have value. On draft day, typically those are hard deals to move. People get so caught up and get so in love with a specific player that that player in their minds becomes bigger than life."

Jay King/Boston Herald

Tags: Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: 2015 NBA Draft Review

Jun 26, 2015 11:05 AM

Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) review the 2015 NBA Draft, going through the entire first round in order while also discussing trades and their favorite second round selections.

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Mudiay Believes Injury Had More Impact On Draft Stock Than Playing Overseas

Jun 26, 2015 1:09 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay had to wait longer than expected to be drafted. Once considered a potential top overall pick in this draft class, he was rumored to go as high as fourth to the New York Knicks. He ended up going seventh to the Denver Nuggets, who already have an above-average point guard in Ty Lawson.

“They’re definitely up and down,” Mudiay said of his emotions. “You just don’t know, especially after Karl [Anthony-Towns] got picked, nobody really knew where they was going. But we’re definitely excited that I got picked to Denver.”

Mudiay was asked whether he felt his decision to play in China this past year, instead of at SMU, impacted his draft stock. 

“I don’t think it impacted, I just think maybe when I got hurt,” he explained. “You could have got hurt anywhere, so when I got hurt I think that’s what made my stock go down, I guess. But I’m in the NBA, I made it in, so it starts right now.”

Mudiay is open to teaming up with Lawson.

“I can just learn as much as I can from Ty Lawson,” Mudiay said of how he fits with Denver. “He’s been there a while, so I’m just going to try to get as much advice as I can.”

Moments after the Nuggets selected Mudiay, Lawson posted a video of himself on social media stating: “Told you, I’m going to Sacramento.”

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Knicks Trade Tim Hardaway Jr. To Hawks For Jerian Grant

Jun 25, 2015 9:43 PM

The New York Knicks have agreed to trade Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to Jerian Grant out of Notre Dame with the 19th overall pick.

The Hawks traded down from the 15th pick to acquire the Washington Wizards' pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Towns, Russell, Okafor Headline 2015 NBA Draft

Jun 25, 2015 7:49 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves opened the 2015 NBA Draft by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns out of Kentucky.

D'Angelo Russell went second to the Los Angeles Lakers as they went with a small over Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor went third to the Philadelphia 76ers and Adrian Wojnarowski reported that they plan to keep him for good.

The New York Knicks picked Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick.

Mario Hezonja went to the Orlando Magic at No. 5 and Willie Cauley-Stein came off the board at No. 6 to the Sacramento Kings.

The Denver Nuggets picked Emmanuel Mudiay at No. 7, possibly ending the Ty Lawson era in the process.

Stanley Johnson was the pick of the Detroit Pistons at No. 8 ahead of Justise Winslow, while the Charlotte Hornets went with Frank Kaminsky at No. 9.

The Miami Heat drafted Winslow at No. 10 and then Myles Turner went to the Indiana Pacers at No. 11 as they move away from Roy Hibbert.

The Utah Jazz then selected Trey Lyles at No. 12, while another Kentucky player went to the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 in Devin Booker.

Cameron Payne was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 14 and then the Washington Wizards traded up from No. 19 to pick Kelly Oubre at No. 15.

The Boston Celtics selected Terry Rozier at No. 16, followed by Rashad Vaughn to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 17 and Sam Dekker at No. 18.

The Knicks traded back into the first round by sending Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Hawks for No. 19, which became Jerian Grant of Notre Dame.

The Toronto Raptors picked Delon Wright out of Utah to replace Greivis Vasquez at No. 20, while Justin Anderson went to the Dallas Mavericks at 21.

The Chicago Bulls added to their frontcourt depth with Bobby Portis at No. 22, followed by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson going to the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 23.

The Wolves traded picks No. 31 and No. 36 to the Cleveland Cavaliers for No. 24 to pick hometown kid Tyus Jones out of Duke.

Jarell Martin of LSU went to the Memphis Grizzlies at No. 25, while the San Antonio Spurs found a draft-and-stash in Nikola Milutinov.

The Lakers picked Larry Nance Jr. at No. 27 with their second first round selection, while R.J. Hunter went to the Celtics with their second pick at No. 28.

Chris McCullough was picked by the Nets at No. 29 and Kevon Looney of UCLA was the final pick at No. 30 by the Golden State Warriors.

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Lakers Privately Worked Out Karl-Anthony Towns

Jun 25, 2015 2:46 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns worked out privately for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers didn't publicize the workout as they did for other prospects.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly decided to pick Towns at No. 1 ahead of the Lakers at No. 2. 

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Wolves Decide To Select Karl-Anthony Towns At No. 1
The Wolves have long been expected to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and they've made their decision.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers Believed To Be Leaning Towards D'Angelo Russell
Jahlil Okafor's second predraft workout was a drop-off from the first while D'Angelo Russell's perimeter shooting was impressive in his follow-up.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Teams Feel Mario Hezonja's Camp Trying To Get Him To Pistons
Mario Hezonja is represented by Arn Tellem, who recently was hired by the Pistons for an executive position effective on Aug. 1.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Celtics Prepared To Trade Up With 76ers If Jahlil Okafor Slips
The Celtics have a considerable numbers of assets to make trading up to No. 3 viable.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cameron Payne Felt He Proved Enough During Pacers' Workout
Cameron Payne worked out for just four teams, while meeting with another, leading up to the NBA Draft.

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Hornets Aggressively Trying To Trade Cody Zeller
If the Hornets succeed in trading away Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky could be a serious candidate in the draft at No. 9.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Bring In Emmanuel Mudiay For 2nd Workout
The Lakers brought Emmanuel Mudiay in for a second workout last Thursday and had a much better showing.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Pistons Zeroing In On Stanley Johnson At No. 8
The expectation is that Mario Hezonja and Emmanuel Mudiay will not be available to the Pistons at No. 8, so they're pivoting toward Stanley Johnson.

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Pistons Could Move On From Reggie Jackson If Mudiay Slips To No. 8
The Pistons are not reportedly sold on restricted free agent Reggie Jackson.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Bucks Shopping Henson, Carter-Williams To Move Up
The Bucks could also offer the Clippers' 2016 first round pick.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Received Draft Promise From Wolves
The Timberwolves were the only team for which Karl-Anthony Towns held an individual workout.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Celtics Offer Marcus Smart, Two Firsts To 76ers For Nerlens Noel, No. 3
The Celtics have offered Marcus Smart and picks No. 16 and 28 in the first round to the 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Grant, Looney Among Green Room Invites
Jerian Grant, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kevon Looney are three project mid-first rounders invited to the green room.

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Lakers Up To 80-20 On Picking Jahlil Okafor At No. 2
The Lakers appear to be settling into selecting Jahlil Okafor with the second overall pick.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Willie Cauley-Stein Could Slip Due To Medical, Background History
Willie Cauley-Stein is considered the most versatile defensive player in the draft and has been projected as going high as fourth overall at various points.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Kevon Looney Could Have Odom-Type Role In Triangle
Kevon Looney grew up as a fan of the Lakers while Phil Jackson was head coach running the triangle offense.

Ian Begley/ESPN

D'Angelo Russell Believes He Can Thrive In Triangle
D'Angelo Russell wasn't familiar with the triangle a few weeks ago, but he studied it during a film session with Phil Jackson this month.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Nuggets Open To Deal With Picks No. 7, 57
The Nuggets could decide between several players at No. 7, such as Justise Winslow, Willie Cauley-Stein, Mario Hezonja, Devin Booker, Cameron Payne and Stanley Johnson.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Cameron Payne Suffers Fractures In Hand In Workout
Cameron Payne will sit out the next three weeks as a precautionary measure.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Thon Maker Won't Enter College Mid-Season
Thon Maker will play his entire upcoming high school year and graduate with the class of 2016.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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