Jun 19, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks have aggressively shopped the 13th overall pick in order to clear cap room this offseason.
The New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly shown interest in acquiring the pick.
The Mavericks are seeking either a 2014 first round pick or a deal to unload Shawn Marion's contract to create more cap space.
Some around the league believe the Mavericks may have already secured a deal for the pick.
Jun 19, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors do not hold any draft picks in next week's draft, but Masai Ujiri is going through preparations in the same manner as any front office.
"For me, it’s not difficult at all because you approach the draft like you are drafting," said Ujiri. "Even though we don’t have a draft pick, we have to be prepared with all our information, all our rankings and every little detail that you need on players in the draft. I think we have to be very prepared going in because you never know what’s going to happen on draft day. You could get a couple of calls that would shock you, so you have to be prepared for any circumstance."
Jun 18, 2013 3:18 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins participated in his first practice at Kansas on Monday.
Wiggins arrived in Lawrence on Saturday.
"Wow!" a source close to the Jayhawks' program said. "Like watching a video game. He'd be the No. 1 pick this year."
Jun 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to make a decision on who to select with the first overall pick.
Nerlens Noel is the favorite and he will meet with the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Alex Len is the most likely alternative option, according to sources. Len would give the Cavaliers size, defensive ability and is less raw as a prospect than Noel.
The Cavaliers are also evaluating Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter.
Jun 17, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Before withdrawing from this month’s NBA draft, Mouhammadou Jaiteh received first round guarantees that failed to entice the 18-year-old enough to leave his development in France, agent Herman Manakyan told RealGM on Monday.
Teams were impressed with the sharp growth in Jaiteh, and the 6-foot-11 center worked out for six organizations throughout the draft process. Even with guarantees, Jaiteh made clear he wanted to be drafted into a flourishing situation – for both himself and the team.
“The guarantees were not in attractive situations for us,” Manakyan said.
With a focus on next year’s draft, Jaiteh will now sign with a team in France, where several clubs have been vying to sign him, Manakyan said. No frontrunners have emerged, but playing time and the opportunity to continue his rapid development are key factors.
Jun 17, 2013 12:13 AM EDT
Dario Saric will withdraw his name from the 2013 NBA draft, according to agent Marc Cornstein.
Saric has signed his letter of withdrawal from the draft and Cornstein will deliver it to the NBA before the deadline to withdraw on Monday.
Saric was highly regarded as a first round pick.
Recently, Saric became concerned he would not play minutes on his NBA team or would spend all his time in the D-League.
Jun 16, 2013 3:35 PM EDT
The Detroit Pistons are taking a hard look at international players in the NBA draft, particularly with their two second round picks.
The Pistons are considering stashing at least one of their draft picks overseas for next season.
Alex Len figures to be the first foreign player taken in the draft.
Jun 16, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Interest in Sergey Karasev has elevated so much from seven teams between the Nos. 9 and 22 picks in the NBA draft, the Russian prospect will have those organizations fly out to meet him in Europe, league sources told RealGM.
Karasev, 19, remains unlikely to leave Russia for any workouts or interviews, but teams have insisted they come sit down with him in Russia. Even though he’ll speak to teams now, Karasev won’t work out.
When Karasev returned to Russia earlier this month, he had left teams believing they might not get the opportunity to see him before the draft. Still, Karasev hasn’t received a firm first round guarantee yet, a source said.
A 6-foot-7 swingman, Karasev has intrigued with his shooting and playmaking, following an average of 20 points on 49 percent three-point shooting in this season’s European Cup. With the ninth and 26th selections in the first round, the Minnesota Timberwolves have scouted Karasev comprehensively after bringing over Alexey Shved from Russia last offseason, but they don’t appear to be the strongest contenders for Karasev.
Jun 16, 2013 2:59 AM EDT
Victor Oladipo declined the Washington Wizards' invitation to work out at their facility ahead of this month's NBA draft, according to sources.
Oladipo does not expect to begin his NBA career with his hometown Wizards.
Oladipo has given the Wizards the option of watching him work out at DeMatha or another facility in Bowie, where he has been preparing for the draft.
Even so, the Wizards are likely to visit Oladipo early next week.
Jun 14, 2013 9:46 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns may be targeting a post player in the NBA draft.
Jeff Hornacek recently hired Mark West and Roy Rogers to be part of his staff, suggesting a commitment to developmental work with young post players.
"Having two bigs coaches is kind of interesting in terms of where they might be going in the draft," one league personnel executive said.
Ryan McDonough suggested the Suns will avoid using the fifth and 30th picks on players who occupy similar areas of the floor.
Nerlens Noel has hired co-agents Frank Catapano and Andy Miller to represent him.
Flip Saunders let Cody Zeller know that he "got his butt kicked" in Indiana's upset loss to Minnesota last season.
C.J. McCollum compares himself to Stephen Curry and believes he can replicate the success Damian Lillard had this season for the Blazers.
Jun 11, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Sources say Dennis Schroeder has strugged against more physical defense.
Nerlens Noel has already met with the Magic and will also visit the Cavaliers.
Some scouts have compared Alex Len to Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
The Suns currently own two first round picks.
Cody Zeller had a solo workout with the Blazers on Friday.
Anthony Bennett can't work out with NBA teams because of surgery to his non-shooting shoulder.
Tony Mitchell performed well at the Chicago pre-draft camp.
Shane Larkin is projected as a likely first-round pick in this month's draft.
The Timberwolves have attempted to arrange a workout with Victor Oladipo.
Jun 06, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Dario Saric is likely to be a lottery pick.
Otto Porter will only work out for the top three teams in the draft.
The Knicks and Nets will work out Gorgui Dieng, who's projected to go in the first round of the draft.
Shabazz Muhammad worked out for the Suns on Wednesday.
Sergey Karasev is likely to be selected in the Nos. 14 to 24 range of the first round.
Shane Larkin has studied the Bucks' personnel and said he would be comfortable playing in a lineup with Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova.
Jun 04, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
If the Magic trade Arron Afflalo, it could open up a need at shooting guard for a player such as Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore.
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