NBA Draft Wiretap

NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

Aug 8, 2018 11:17 PM

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball.

The NCAA assigned responsibility to identifying which prospects qualify as "elite" to USA Basketball, but the organization doesn't have the infrastructure or interest in accepting that role.

USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions, sources said. The NBA already oversees the invitation process to the Chicago pre-draft combine and Portsmouth Invitational camps every spring. 

"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

Aug 8, 2018 12:19 PM

The NCAA will allow "elite" high school and college players to be represented by agents. The initial proposal indicates USA Basketball would determine the "elite" criteria.

Players can be eligible for the NBA Draft and return to school if they go undrafted.

The move comes as the NBA is expected to eliminate the one-and-done rule within the next five years.

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Brian Bowen Becomes First Player Signed To Australia's Next Stars Program

Aug 7, 2018 3:13 PM

Brian Bowen has signed a professional contract with the Sydney Kings in Australia.

Bowen, the No. 14 ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017, is the first player signed to the NBL's Next Stars program, which was launched in March.

Bowen was one of the main figures identified in the FBI's sweeping investigation into corruption in college basketball, as his family was accused of being paid $100,000 by Adidas to commit to Louisville. Bowen subsequently transferred to South Carolina and practiced with the team, but he was ruled ineligible for the 18-19 season as well.

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One-And-Done Rule Elimination Expected To Begin For 2022 NBA Draft

Jul 13, 2018 4:33 PM

Teams have been privately told by executives within the league office not to expect a change to the one-and-done rule before the 2022 NBA Draft.

Players entering their freshman year of high school this year would be the first to benefit from the rule to enter the NBA directly without needing a requisite year in college.

The Miami Heat have already traded an unprotected first rounder in 2021 to the Phoenix Suns, which has since been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

There is a sense that the NBA would prefer to make the terms of the rule change clear before any change actually goes into place.

No team has yet traded an unprotected 2022 first rounder.

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Cavaliers Rejected Offer From Hawks To Trade Up To No. 3

Jul 11, 2018 11:41 PM

The Atlanta Hawks offered the Cleveland Cavaliers the opportunity to trade up to No. 3 in a deal that would have involved Kent Bazemore.

The Hawks instead swapped spots with the Dallas Mavericks at No. 5. Dallas selected Luka Doncic and the Hawks picked Trae Young.

The Cavaliers wanted Collin Sexton and held firm at No. 8.

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NBA Expected To Lower Age Limit In Time For 2021 Draft

Jul 10, 2018 11:47 PM

Adam Silver revealed he believes the NBA is ready to scrap its one-and-done rule and begin to allow high school players to enter the NBA directly from high school again.

"I'm not here to say we have a problem," Silver said. "And I love where the league is right now. But I think we can create a better system."

Silver expects the new rule to be in place for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Silver was a proponent of making the eligibility age older, up to 20 instead of the current 19, though has changed his stance on that in recent weeks.

"My personal view is that we're ready to make that change," Silver said. "It won't come immediately. But when I've weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying `We do not want those players anymore,' I think that tips the scale in my mind."

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Mavericks Had Luka Doncic No. 1 On Draft Board And 'It Wasn't Even Close'

Jul 6, 2018 10:39 PM

The Dallas Mavericks made a bold move on draft night to acquire Luka Doncic.

The Mavericks unsurprisingly said they had Doncic No. 1 on their draft board.

"It wasn't even close," said Mark Cuban.

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Hawks, Bulls, Kings Preparing To Use Cap Space For Trades Of Bad Contracts

Jun 28, 2018 8:27 PM

The Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings have signaled they plan on using their prized cap space to take on bad salary and extra draft picks. Teams could be looking to decrease their luxury tax bill or to create cap space.

The decision from the Kings is interesting considering they don't own their first round draft pick this season as part of their trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Hawks and Bulls are embarking on multi-year rebuilds.

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Lakers Trying To Acquire Future First Round Pick

Jun 27, 2018 12:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to acquire a future first round pick on the trade market in recent days. The Lakers would take on 18-19 salary in exchange for a pick as they have cap space.

The pick could be used to improve a prospective trade opportunity to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

The San Antonio Spurs haven't ruled out a trade of Leonard to the Lakers, but they are unlikely to be motivated to agree upon a deal unless they have extracted every possible asset.

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Proposal To Flip Start Of Free Agency, Draft Gaining Momentum

Jun 26, 2018 2:20 PM

The Houston Rockets proposed to the NBA's competition committee that the league flips the draft and free agency.

Members of the Boston Celtics' front office have also been for the change to the calendar.

The NFL conducts their free agency period before the draft.

The idea has gained some momentum with support from a few prominent general managers.

"As a staff, we have been kicking this around for a couple of summers now," says Gersson Rosas, the Rockets' executive vice president of basketball operations, who presented the idea to representatives from the league's 30 teams at a meeting in Chicago ahead of May's draft lottery. "Is there a better way?"

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie Reviews The 2018 NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic review an eventful 2018 NBA Draft.

RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks Chose Sending FRP To Hawks Over Taking On Kent Bazemore's Contract
The Mavericks didn't want to take on an extra year of Kent Bazemore's contract.

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Bulls Had Interest In Trading Up For Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson
The Bulls hoped Marvin Bagley would drop to the Hawks at No. 3.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Hawks Pulled Out Of Trade With Bucks After Donte DiVincenzo Pick Leaked
The Hawks had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Bucks in exchange for a draft pick.


Jazz Sought Input From Donovan Mitchell On Drafting Grayson Allen
Dennis Lindsey revealed that Donovan Mitchell texted David Morway after the Utah rookie watched him workout at CAA.

Andy Larsen/Salt City Hoops

Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Rodions Kurucs
The Nets used the 40th overall pick in the draft on Rodions Kurucs.

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Donnie Nelson Advocated For Luka Doncic As He Did Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2013
The last time Donnie Nelson advocated to Mark Cuban to trade up for a player prior to Luka Doncic, it was for Antetokounmpo.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

76ers Trade Mikal Bridges To Suns For Zhaire Smith, Miami's 2021 First Rounder Pick
The Suns acquired the draft pick from the Heat in the Goran Dragic trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Mavericks Agree To Trade With Hawks For No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Mavericks have been targeting Luka Doncic.

Marc Stein/New York Times

2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

RealGM Staff Report

Michael Porter Jr. Projected To Fall Due To New Medical On Back
Adrian Wojnarowski reports there is a new medical report on Michael Porter that questions the long-term viability of his back.

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Kings Expected To Take Marvin Bagley At No. 2
The Kings have also taken strong looks at Luka Doncic and Michael Porter Jr. with their selection.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Bucks Looking To Trade Down, Unload Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova is owed $19.2 million over the final two seasons on his deal.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz, Nos. 10/26 To Move Up For Michael Porter Jr.
The 76ers moved away from that strategy due to Michael Porter's recurring back issues.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Kings Have Internally Decided Selection At No. 2
Sacramento is believed to be selecting between Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Clippers Targeting Point Guard At No. 12
The Clippers had to play a number of players at point guard following the 2017 departure of Chris Paul.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Mark Cuban Believed To Like Michael Porter Jr. At No. 5
Dallas could bring Michael Porter along slowly as he works his way back from hip and back issues.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Kings Deciding Between Marvin Bagley, Trading Down For Michael Porter
Marvin Bagley has expressed interest in playing for the Kings.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Suns Focused On Deandre Ayton, Haven't Had Any Substantive Trade Talks
The Suns are focused on selecting Deandre Ayton.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Michael Porter Jr. Adhering To Vegan Diet
Michael Porter works with vegan expert Doug Graham.

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