Basketball Wiretap

Kevon Looney Closes Agent Decision With Plan To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 12:13 PM

UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is closing a representation agreement, sources told RealGM.

An active athlete at 6-foot-9, Looney, 19, had been considering several top representation firms and will be in strong contention to become a lottery pick in June.

UCLA's coaching staff admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the NBA could be too tantalizing for Looney to return should he believe in being a top 12 selection.

As the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year and member of the conference all-first team, Looney scored 11.6 points and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game. He helped lead UCLA to the Sweet Sixteen where the Bruins lost to Gonzaga.

Looney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and chose the Bruins as his collegiate team after an extensive recruitment process.

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Tags: Kevon Looney, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Kings To Sign Sim Bhullar To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:13 PM

The Sacramento Kings will sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract.

Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent in league history.

Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings.

 

Bhullar is a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sim Bhullar, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Shabazz Napier Out For Season Following Sports Hernia Surgery

Apr 1, 2015 5:49 PM

Shabazz Napier underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Edelman at Doctors Hospital in Miami this morning. He will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Napier has appeared in 51 games (10 starts) this season for the Miami Heat averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.

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Tags: Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:44 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract.

McNeal has averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 27 games with the Bakersfield Jam this season. The 6-3 guard scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-23 shooting for the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate on March 7 at Austin.

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Tags: Jerel McNeal, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Kelly Oubre To Leave Kansas For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 11:01 AM

Kelly Oubre intends to leave Kansas to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Oubre is an expected lottery pick.

Oubre averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in 20.9 minutes for Kansas.

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Tags: Kelly Oubre, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Scotty Hopson Named D-League Player Of The Month For March

Apr 1, 2015 5:51 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Scotty Hopson has been named D-League Player of the Month for the month of March. 

Hopson averaged 22.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while helping lead the Skyforce to a 9-2 record in March. He shot 58.4% from the field during March, his best field goal shooting percentage in any month this season. During the month, Hopson led the team in scoring on five different occasions.

On the season, Hopson is averaging 19.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 40 games (32 starts) for the Skyforce.

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Tags: Scotty Hopson, Sioux Falls Skyforce, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Geno Auriemma: We're Fighting For The Entertainment Dollar

Apr 1, 2015 3:35 PM

Geno Auriemma believes the men's college basketball game is difficult to watch for fans because of their struggles on offense.

"The bottom line is that nobody can score, and they'll tell you it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work," said Auriemma. "Nonsense, nonsense. College men's basketball is so far behind the times, it's unbelievable. I mean women's basketball is behind the times. Men's basketball is even further behind the times. Every other major sport in the world has taken steps to help people be better on the offensive end of the floor. They've moved in the fences in baseball, they lowered the mound. They made the strike zone so you need a straw to put through it. And in the NFL you touch a guy it's a penalty. You hit the quarterback, you're out for life. You know, in the NBA, you touch somebody in the perimeter, you whack guys like they used to do when scores were 90 to 75, they changed the rules.

"This is entertainment we're talking about. People have to decide, do I want to play 25 bucks, 30 bucks to go see a college scrum where everybody misses six out of every 10 shots they take, or do I want to go to a movie?  We're fighting for the entertainment dollar, here, and I have to tell you it's not entertainment from a fan's standpoint. That's just, I'm talking as a fan, not as GenoAuriemma, the basketball coach."

Ratings for the current men's NCAA Tournament has been at its highest mark in 22 years.

Richard Deitsch/Sports Illustrated

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Kevin Durant: I Would Love To Stick It Out With One Team My Whole Career

Mar 31, 2015 11:22 PM

Kevin Durant can become a free agent in 2016, but he continues to imply that his future will be with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.

"Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That's awesome," he said. "But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while, but I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here."

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tyler Harvey Leaves Eastern Washington For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 1:31 PM

Tyler Harvey will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Eastern Washington after his junior season.

Harvey led the nation in scoring in 2014-15, averaging 23.1 points per game. He shot 46.9 percent from the field overall and 43.1 percent on 3-pointers, leading the country in made 3-pointers.

Harvey is expected to be drafted in the 25-40 range.

 

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington Eagles, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Lakers Waive Steve Nash, Sign Jabari Brown To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 1, 2015 1:56 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Steve Nash and have signed Jabari Brown to a multi-year contract.

Nash announced his retirement last month.

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Tags: Jabari Brown, Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Nerlens Noel Enjoying Playing With 'First True PG' Ish Smith
In the 20 games since Ish Smith's arrival, Nerlens Noel has averaged 11.1 shots per game, up from 7.8.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Leaving Arizona For NBA Draft
Draft Express currently has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as the No. 24 pick in their 2015 Mock Draft.

Evan Daniels/Scout.com

Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award
Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Giannis Expects Shooting Range To All Make Sense Next Season
Giannis Antetokounmpo attempted 118 three-pointers as a rookie (converting 41) but has tried only 40 this season, making just seven.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade
LeBron James reportedly loves the Cavaliers' top-7 players.

Bill Simmons/Grantland

Top NBA Draft Prospects (March Stats)
Justise Winslow and Karl-Anthony Towns had increased production in the month of March.

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Leaving Georgetown For NBA Draft
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was a First-Team All-Big East selection in 2015 in his junior season at Georgetown.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jordan Mickey Declares For NBA Draft
Jordan Mickey was a First Team All-SEC selection in his sophomore season at LSU.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Westbrook's Adjusted Stat Line For 1962: 47-15-12
In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists to become the first and only player to put up a triple-double season.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Bucks To Introduce New Color Scheme
The current color scheme of forest green, red, silver and white has been in effect since the 2006-'07 season, when it replaced a purple and green theme.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Nikola Pekovic Out For Season With Ankle Soreness
Nikola Pekovic has played in just 51.8 percent of the Wolves' games since signing a new contract.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Celtics Received 1st Round Pick Trade Offers At Deadline For Avery Bradley
The Celtics received offers from multiple teams at the trade deadline of low first round picks and expiring contracts for Avery Bradley.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot
Kevin Durant is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season
Tim Frazier is coming off a win as D-League Player of the Week.

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Nemanja Bjelica Named Euroleague Player Of The Month For March
Nemanja Bjelica finished the month with a stream of stats - 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block per game.

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Chris Mullin Agrees To Become Head Coach Of St. John's
Chris Mullin is leaving a position as an advisor for the Kings.

Roger Rubin, Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier Declare For NBA Draft
Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier have decided to leave Louisville early to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Derrick Rose Returns To Full Contact Practice
Derrick Rose is on track for his four-to-six week recovery from a knee injury.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Rick Barnes Finalizing Deal To Become Head Coach At Tennessee
The Longhorns made a trip to the Final Four in 2003, but Rick Barnes' last Sweet 16 appearance came in 2008.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Georges Niang Staying At Iowa State For Senior Season
Georges Niang has decided to remain at Iowa State for his senior season.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN