Basketball Wiretap

Phil Jackson Likely To Be Fined For Commenting On D'Angelo Russell

Feb 27, 2015 10:55 AM

Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is a freshman for the Buckeyes and a probable high lottery pick if he declares for the draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, New York Knicks, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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76ers Have Strong Interest In Emmanuel Mudiay

Feb 21, 2015 3:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have already taken a liking to Emmanuel Mudiay, according to Larry Brown. 

"[Michael Carter-Willilams] was rookie of the year and I know they have been interested in Emmanuel, and I thought, man, that is a backcourt made in heaven because they are both long and athletic," Brown said. ". . . I want to help in any way I can because I am sure it is obvious [Mudiay] is on their radar, and when the time comes I know the kid as well as anybody and would be happy to help." 

The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China.

Marc Narducci/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thon Maker Reclassifies For 2015

Feb 18, 2015 1:20 PM

Thon Maker plans to reclassify from the class of 2016 to 2015.

Maker's decision is not surprising; the idea had been discussed within basketball circles since last summer.

"That's what we're trying to do," Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, told ESPN.com last month regarding the reclassification. "We've been pretty forward with that."

Maker grew up in Australia after being born in South Sudan. Maker play high school basketball at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada.

Kansas and Kentucky are the schools most mentioned, although Missouri, Duke, Louisville and Maryland have all received visits. Indiana, Wake Forest and UCLA are also recruiting him.

"I've been watching college ball for a while," Maker told ESPN.com recently. "And it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying. So I can get ready for college ball.

"The college decision, I can't wait for that. That's what I'm really focused on."

Maker could also play overseas before entering the NBA Draft or even remain at Orangeville as a postgraduate student and then go straight to the NBA in 2016.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Thon Maker, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Silver Wants Minimum Age Of 20 For Draft

Feb 15, 2015 2:37 PM

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts made her position on raising the age limit to 20 clear on Friday when she said: "Be happy with one-and-done; it's not going to be two-and-done."

Adam Silver has long advocated for an age limit of 20.

"I think it would be much better for the game if the minimum age was 20 instead of 19," he said. "I understand the other side of the issue. We haven't had the opportunity to present our side of the issue."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA CBA

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France's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Plans Early Entry In NBA Draft

Feb 1, 2015 1:28 PM

French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry player, sources told RealGM.

Luwawu is projected as an early second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft and has auto-eligibility in 2017, but the 19-year-old will gauge his stock for this June. At 6-foot-6, he has worked to polish his shooting range and improve his body and athleticism.

Luwawu has played in France throughout his basketball career. His agent, Herman Manakyan, also has two draft-eligible players in Mouhammadou Jaiteh (JSF Nanterre) and Yannis Morin (Cholet Basket).

Jaiteh — a French All-Star in his two seasons in the ProA league — has received a feedback range between picks No. 20 and No. 40. Despite being on the draft radar for years, Jaiteh remains only 20 years old.

Morin, a 6-foot-10 center, is auto-eligible and will be a candidate to be drafted late in the second round and stashed overseas. He participated in the adidas Eurocamp last June, when NBA personnel scouted talent featuring Dario Saric and Jusuf Nurkic.

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Tags: Timothe Luwanu, Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Yannis Morin, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, International Misc Rumor

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