Sep 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
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."
Jul 30, 2014 10:15 AM EDT
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.
Jul 24, 2014 1:07 PM EDT
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.
Jul 22, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
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.
Jul 21, 2014 1:12 AM EDT
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.
Jul 16, 2014 3:40 PM EDT
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.
Jun 27, 2014 9:01 PM EDT
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.
Jun 27, 2014 10:59 AM EDT
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.
Jun 27, 2014 12:54 AM EDT
The Charlotte Hornets have traded the draft rights to Dwight Powell and Brendan Haywood to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The move saves the Hornets $2.2 million.
Powell played collegiately at Stanford.
Jun 27, 2014 12:23 AM EDT
Marcus Smart had a feeling the Boston Celtics were leaning towards taking him with the sixth pick if he was still available.
“Actually, I did,” Smart admitted when asked if he felt the Celtics liked him. “I worked out for Boston twice. So I’ve talked with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens a lot. They told me they were very interested in me, and if I was still on the board, there’s a chance they might pick me.”
The Celtics already have a point guard in Rajon Rondo, but Smart feels he can play alongside Rondo and also learn from him.
“Rondo is a wonderful point guard, a wonderful player. He reminds me a little bit of me. He plays defense. He’s long, his wing span, and he has big hands,” Smart said. "Just being able to learn from a guy who’s been in the league and been in my seat and my situation. It’s an amazing feeling and a great opportunity.”
Stevens and his coaching staff have decisions to make, especially with Avery Bradley in the mix as well, but Smart isn’t bothered by the fact that he may no step into a starting role.
“No, not at all,” Smart said. “I understand that you got to come in, you’ve got to earn your spot and earn your keep. That’s who I am. I like to earn things, and I work hard to get where I’m at. That’s what I’m going to continue doing."
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