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Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

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.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

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. 

Via ESPN

RealGM Radio: Jonathan Tjarks On Western Conference, Draft Prospects

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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Via RealGM Staff Report

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

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.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

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

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."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

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

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.

Via Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times

Some International Scouts Believe Kristaps Porzingis Is Best 2015 Prospect

Kristaps Porzingis is considered by Chad Ford as having the best shot of trumping Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and Karl Towns to go No. 1 in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Porzingis is playing in Spain for Sevilla and is averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game.

Porzingis is a 6'11 big out of Lavia that won't turn 20 until April.

"A number of international scouts I know swear he's the best prospect in the draft," writes Ford. "Let's see what he does in Spain this year. Those aren't huge numbers, but given the quality of the league and his age, it's not shabby either."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Scout: Freshman Class Weak, Ball Dominant

The incoming freshman class has several talented players, but at least one NBA scout believes it is not terribly strong.

"It's a weak freshman class in terms of skill and basketball talent," the NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "They don't have the ability to make other players better. It's all about them. They're ball dominant."

Jahlil Okafor, Karl Towns, Myles Turner, Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson are considered the strongest NBA prospects.

"(Okafor) has a body ready for the NBA, nimble feet and good hands. He needs to improve on his conditioning and not playing down to the competition."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season

Mike Krzyzewski does not expect Jahlil Okafor to stay at Duke beyond his freshman season.

"We'll have him this year and he'll be one of the top picks," said Krzyzewski.

Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

Via Stephen Wiseman/Herald Sun

13 Teams Vote Against Lottery Reform, Current System Stays In Place

Thirteen teams voted against changes to the NBA draft lottery system, voting down the measure during Wednesday's Board of Governors meeting.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City were the two teams that led the charge against the system.

The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards were two of the bigger market teams that voted against the reform, while the Sacramento Kings voted for it.

The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets also voted against it.

"Several teams started to wonder about unintended consequences and voted no to be able to do further study," said one owner.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

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

Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.

Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs

Players who sign their rookie contracts cannot be traded for 30 days thereafter.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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