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Jazz Deny Giving D.J. Wilson First Round Promise

May 28, 2017 10:44 AM

The Utah Jazz have denied a report they have promised to select D.J. Wilson with the 30th overall pick.

"Did not happen," vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said. "Did not happen at all. I don’t know where he got that from."

Perrin said it is rare for the Jazz to make a draft promise.

"If we tell a guy we’re going to take him guaranteed, which we don’t do very often if at all, we will follow through on that honor and our word," he said. "It does put you at somewhat of a disadvantage because if someone comes to you with a great trade, you’ve made your commitment to that player, so you can’t trade. … We try to keep our flexibility."

Perrin says the Jazz have never made a promise in his 16 years with the franchise.

Aaron Falk, Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: D.J. Wilson, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Lonzo Ball Considering Workout For 76ers

May 26, 2017 9:28 AM

Lonzo Ball is considering working out for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia owns the third overall pick, directly behind the Los Angeles Lakers, who are Ball's preferred choice.

A final decision will be made once Ball's agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team.

Ben Simmons is expected to play the role of primary ballhandler for the 76ers, which is a concern for Ball as a point guard.

Danny Ainge recently said Ball had declined to work out for them for a chance to be selected No. 1 overall by the Boston Celtics.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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73 Early Entry Candidates Pull Out Of 2017 Draft

May 25, 2017 7:40 PM

Seventy-three players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 12, 2017, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The following 73 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft:

Player, School, Height, Status
Shaqquan Aaron USC 6-7 Sophomore
Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure 6-2 Junior
Deng Adel Louisville 6-7 Sophomore
Jashaun Agosto LIU 5-11 Freshman
Bashir Ahmed St. John’s 6-7 Junior
Rawle Alkins Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Mark Alstork Wright State 6-5 Junior
Jaylen Barford Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Trae Bell-Haynes Vermont 6-2 Junior
Joel Berry II North Carolina 6-0 Junior
Trevon Bluiett Xavier 6-6 Junior
Bennie Boatwright USC 6-10 Sophomore
Jacobi Boykins Louisiana Tech 6-6 Junior
Rodney Bullock Providence 6-8 Junior
Jevon Carter West Virginia 6-2 Junior
Joseph Chartouny Fordham 6-3 Sophomore
Donte Clark Massachusetts 6-4 Junior
Chris Clemons Campbell 5-9 Sophomore
David Collette Utah 6-10 Junior
Angel Delgado Seton Hall 6-10 Junior
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky 6-6 Freshman
Vince Edwards Purdue 6-8 Junior
John Egbunu Florida 6-11 Junior
Jon Elmore Marshall 6-3 Junior
Obi Enechionyia Temple 6-10 Junior
Drew Eubanks Oregon State 6-10 Sophomore
Tacko Fall Central Florida 7-6 Sophomore
Brandon Goodwin FGCU 6-2 Junior
Donte Grantham Clemson 6-8 Junior
Isaac Haas Purdue 7-2 Junior
Aaron Holiday UCLA 6-1 Sophomore
Chandler Hutchison Boise State 6-7 Junior
Justin Jackson Maryland 6-7 Freshman
Alize Johnson Missouri State 6-9 Junior
B.J. Johnson La Salle 6-7 Junior
Robert Johnson Indiana 6-3 Junior
Andrew Jones Texas 6-4 Freshman
Kerem Kanter Green Bay 6-10 Junior
Braxton Key Alabama 6-8 Freshman
George King Colorado 6-6 Junior
Khadeem Lattin Oklahoma 6-9 Junior
William Lee UAB 6-9 Junior
Zach Lofton Texas Southern 6-3 Junior
Daryl Macon Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Marin Maric Northern Illinois 6-11 Junior
Yante Maten Georgia 6-8 Junior
Markis McDuffie Wichita State 6-8 Sophomore
MiKyle McIntosh Illinois State 6-7 Junior
Matthew Morgan Cornell 6-3 Sophomore
Shaquille Morris Wichita State 6-8 Junior
Svi Mykhailiuk Kansas 6-8 Junior
Divine Myles Stetson 5-11 Junior
Derick Newton Stetson 6-6 Sophomore
Randy Onwuasor Southern Utah 6-3 Junior
Theo Pinson North Carolina 6-6 Junior
Martavius Robinson Lewis & Clark CC (Illinois) 6-10 Sophomore
Corey Sanders Rutgers 6-2 Sophomore
Victor Sanders Idaho 6-5 Junior
Jaaron Simmons Ohio 6-1 Junior
Fred Sims Jr. Chicago State 6-4 Sophomore
Zach Smith Texas Tech 6-8 Junior
Kamau Stokes Kansas State 6-0 Sophomore
James Thompson IV Eastern Michigan 6-10 Sophomore
Stephen Thompson Jr. Oregon State 6-4 Sophomore
Moritz Wagner Michigan 6-11 Sophomore
Tevonn Walker Valparaiso 6-2 Junior
Thomas Welsh UCLA 7-0 Junior
Thomas Wilder Western Michigan 6-3 Junior
Cecil Williams Central Michigan 6-6 Junior
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga 6-9 Junior
Kam Williams Ohio State 6-2 Junior
Christian Wilson UTSA 6-2 Junior
Omer Yurtseven North Carolina State 7-0 Freshman

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Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals

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Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman

May 25, 2017 2:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors will acquire a second round pick in 2018 from the Orlando Magic as compensation for Jeff Weltman.

Weltman was hired by the Magic this week as president of basketball operations.

Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018. The Magic have their own second round pick in 2018 along with the second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Danny Ainge Confirms Lonzo Ball Won't Work Out For Celtics

May 25, 2017 10:54 AM

Danny Ainge has confirmed that Lonzo Ball will not work out for the Boston Celtics despite the team owning the first overall pick.

With the Los Angeles Lakers selecting second overall, Ball hopes to be picked by his hometown team.

"We don't deal with [Ball's camp] all that much," said Ainge. "They didn't show up at the combine, which is very common -- many of the top 10 or 15 players don't show up for the [NBA's] combine. ... We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no."

The Celtics are widely expected to select Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick if they keep it.

Toucher and Rich

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Hamidou Diallo Withdraws From 2017 NBA Draft

May 25, 2017 10:51 AM

Hamidou Diallo has decided to withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to Kentucky.

Diallo graduated from high school and enrolled at Kentucky in January. Diallo didn't play in any games and redshirted the spring semester.

Diallo participated in the combine, posting the second highest vertical lead in history.

Several teams in twenties of the first round were serious about selecting Diallo but he didn't receive a guarantee high enough to stay in the draft.

"Just isn't enough of a body of work to make a commitment on him now," said one general manager high on Diallo.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals

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De'Aaron Fox: I Feel Like I'm The Best Player In This Draft

May 24, 2017 1:38 PM

De'Aaron Fox increased his draft stock as his freshman season at Kentucky progressed. Fox has received consideration at the top of the draft.

"I feel like I’m the best player in this draft no matter what," said Fox. "But seeing the lottery and how things fell, I feel like I wouldn’t slot past five. And I feel like if I perform well in my workouts I could move up."

Fox is one of many talented point guards in the class. Fox was asked how he stands out compared to Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith.

"In college, I got to the basket whenever I wanted. I felt like I created better. Defensively, I feel like that really separated me. Those guys—Markelle is a great scorer, he’s able to distribute; Lonzo is a great passer; Dennis [Smith], his athleticism and being able to score is phenomenal. But I feel like defensively, that’s what sets me apart. But I can also create and I feel like I can create better than those guys and they’re all phenomenal players."

Fox was asked if he cares where he gets drafted.

"Honestly, no. For me, I look at the fit. Not the city or the culture of the city because I can adapt to that. But I feel like it has to be a good spot for me to play."

While Fox played well in his head-to-head matchups against Ball, he realizes there's a lot more to the decision-making of teams than those two games.

"People bring up the head-to-head a lot. If you were to go based off the head-to-head then why wouldn’t you pick me? But people don’t go off of two games. He had a hell of a season, I had a hell of a season. We’ll see where the chips fall."

Adam Caparell/Complex

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Isaiah Thomas Talks To Markelle Fultz About Playing Together With Celtics

May 19, 2017 1:02 AM

Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz about the possibility of sharing a backcourt with the Boston Celtics.

Fultz is expected to be the Celtics' pick at No. 1 if they don't trade it for an established star.

"He's excited," Thomas said. "I mean, he obviously doesn't know where he's going, but ... he's excited about the opportunity."

Thomas said Fultz inquired about the culture of the Celtics organization, to which Thomas has offered insight into how things work.

"He asks questions; I answer them," Thomas said. "He's a good friend of mine. If it happens, we'll figure out how to play together. If not, we'll go from there."

Both Thomas and Fultz attended the University of Washington.

While Fultz will likely be the top pick of the 2017 draft, Thomas was the last pick in 2011.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Markelle Fultz, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Lonzo Ball May Only Work Out For Lakers

May 17, 2017 3:13 AM

Lonzo Ball may decide to work out for only the Los Angeles Lakers during the lead up to the draft.

"We will make that decision closer to June," the source said.

The source added that it's been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles."

The Lakers own the No. 2 overall pick with the Boston Celtics winning the first overall selection. The Celtics are expected to select Markelle Fultz if they keep the pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers select third overall, which is considered the lowest spot Ball would be drafted.

The Lakers also have interest in Fultz, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

"The harder call may be the first one," he said. "Sometimes having the second pick is better than the first. We're sitting in a fantastic position.

"I think there are four, five guys that are well suited to be [drafted] at the top."

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Mavs Have Scouted Frank Ntilkina More Than Any Other Team

May 16, 2017 9:35 PM

The Dallas Mavericks will pick No. 9 in this year's draft, which could put them in position to select Frank Ntilkina.

Dallas has scouted Ntilkina more than any other team in the league.

The Mavericks have a long-term need at point guard.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Markelle Fultz Considered 'Clear Choice' For Celtics If They Keep No. 1
The Celtics had interest in trading for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline and can revisit those discussions in June.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Celtics Win 2017 Lottery, Lakers Pick 2nd, 76ers Get 3rd
The NBA announced the results of its 2017 Draft Lottery.

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Markelle Fultz, CAA Clients Won't Avoid Kings
The Kings met with Markelle Fultz at the draft combine in Chicago.

James Ham/CSN Bay Area

Wiggins, Embiid, Booker Headline Lottery Participants
The NBA has announced the team representatives for the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.

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Draft Prospects Could Avoid Boston Workouts Due To Playing Time Concerns
With a deep roster at every position, agents are concerned their clients would have to spend the first few seasons of their career coming off the bench.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Agents Continue To Push Draft Prospects Away From Kings
The Kings may be unable to host a player for a workout that goes in the top-20.

Chad Ford/ESPN

LaVar Ball Not Impacting Lakers, Suns' Draft Evaluation Of Lonzo Ball
Magic Johnson said there is no impact on the public personality of LaVar Ball on whether the Lakers target Lonzo Ball.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Harry Giles Could Go In 5-10 Range If Cleared During Medicals
At least one GM believes Harry Giles is the best talent in the draft if he didn't have injury issues.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Some Teams Now Ranking De'Aaron Fox Ahead Of Lonzo Ball
The majority of teams still prefer Markelle Fultz over Lonzo Ball for the No. 1 pick and Ball may end up dropping further than No. 2.

Chad Ford/ESPN

GM: Jordan Bell Will Earn His Way Onto NBA Roster
Jordan Bell of Oregon had an impressive performance in the first day of the pre-draft camp.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Frank Jackson To Remain In Draft
Frank Jackson spent one season at Duke.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Markelle Fultz Interviewing With Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Kings, Knicks
Markelle Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Knicks Targeting Frank Ntilikina, De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk
The Knicks have a long-term need at point guard with Derrick Rose entering free agency.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Mark Cuban To Represent Mavericks At Lottery
The Mavericks were last in the lottery in 2013 but not since 2000 before that.

Dwain Price/Star-Telegram

Joel Embiid To Represent 76ers At Lottery
The 76ers could end up with a scenario where they drafted first overall and fourth overall.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Frank Vogel To Represent Magic At Lottery
The Magic are currently without a general manager following the dismissal of Rob Hennigan.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Lakers 'Enamored' By Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball has star potential, wants to play for the Lakers and grew up in the Los Angeles area.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Seven Projected Top-10 Picks To Skip Draft Combine
Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen, Jonathan Isaac, Dennis Smith and Malik Monk are skipping the 2017 NBA Draft Combine.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game
Luka Doncic has won the honor four times this season.

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