NBA Draft Wiretap

LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball Considering Pro Deal Overseas

Dec 5, 2017 9:34 AM

LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball have begun to explore their options in playing professional basketball overseas.

Harrison Gaines, the representative for LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo, 19, started initial contact with overseas teams this week.

LaMelo Ball had previously committed to UCLA while LiAngelo Ball left the school this week in the wake of his indefinite suspension. 

LaMelo, who left Chino Hills before his junior season this year to be home-schooled, is considered a legitimate pro prospect and a consensus top-10 player in the class of 2019.

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NBA Execs Expect Michael Porter Jr. To Remain Top-5 Pick Despite Injury

Nov 28, 2017 9:28 AM

Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the rest of his freshman season following his microdiscectomy.

Porter is still expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

NBA executives are mixed on how Porter's injury will impact his future.

“If it’s a standard microdiscectomy, it shouldn’t be much of an issue (lots of those procedures on NBA players),” one general manager said Sunday via text. “If it’s more than that, the result could be of greater impact. If he can do a few draft workouts, he should be just fine. It may play out like the (Joel) Embiid draft where Joel was affected by a couple picks (because of the foot), but not much beyond that.”

Another executive was more pessimistic.

“No doubt it hurts him,” the exec said. “Obviously the medical evaluation will be more important and often times as we know, the agents with players at this level withhold information from most of the teams so it will be an interesting decision as to how they handle. Backs are like knees and serious foot/ankle injuries. Tough ones.”

Porter will compete with Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley Jr. and DeAndre Ayton for the top draft slots.

“It depends obviously on the outcome of the procedure and level of rehab success,” another GM said. “But it would take a real problematic situation to cause a big draft slip. He should stay well inside the Top 5.”

Said another longtime personnel man: “he will still be a top five pick but might not go number 1 now. Almost like Embiid. If he were healthy, he would have been number 1 but with injury went 3. It depends where the gap is from top tier to next tier. If teams see 5 guys at the top he goes 5. If they see 3 guys he goes 3.”

And another: “it’ll be hard to take him #1, but unlikely he drops out of top 5 IMO.”

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Michael Porter Jr. Likely Out For Season With Back Surgery

Nov 21, 2017 4:32 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will undergo a procedure called a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The expected recovery time is three to four months.

Porter will likely miss the rest of his freshman season. Porter played only two minutes before suffering an injury.

Porter entered the season expected to be a top pick in the 2018 draft. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Silver, Roberts Discuss One-And-Done With NCAA Commission

Nov 17, 2017 1:25 PM

Adam Silver and Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball.

Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact their products.

The NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league's early-entry rules.

The commission is chaired by Condoleeza Rice.

The union has long wanted players able to enter the NBA draft out of high school, but they ceded that in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement.

Silver told ESPN's Mike & Mike last month that the one-and-done rule is "clearly not working for the college game."

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Michael Porter Jr. Tweaks Hip During Warmups

Nov 11, 2017 9:33 AM

Michael Porter Jr. tweaked his hip after less than two minutes of play during his debut game for Missouri.

Porter is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Cuonzo Martin said Porter was held out as a "precaution." According to a team spokesman, Porter tweaked his hip during warmups and aggravated the injury during the game.

Porter held ice on his left hip during the first half.

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R.J. Barrett Commits To Duke

Nov 10, 2017 6:23 PM

R.J. Barrett has announced he will attend Duke as an incoming freshman in 2018.

Barrett is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Barrett recently reclassified from the class of 2019 to 2018.

Barrett attends Montverde Academy in Florida and is a native of Canada.

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Koby Altman Spotted Scouting Luka Doncic

Nov 9, 2017 3:45 PM

Koby Altman was spotted scouting Luka Doncic on Thursday as Real Madrid played Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague.

The Cleveland Cavaliers own the Brooklyn Nets' first round pick in 2018 due to the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics.

Doncic is expected to be one of the first selections in the draft.

Doncic had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in the game.

David Pick

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NBA Scout: Top-4 Prospects In 2018 Would Have Each Gone No. 1 In 2017

Nov 8, 2017 10:43 AM

While the 2017 NBA draft class has tremendous depth, the 2018 class has more franchise player potential prospects in Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley and DeAndre Ayton.

“Any one of them in the top four next year would have gone first in this year’s draft,” one longtime NBA scout told The Undefeated. “That’s not a knock on this year’s draft, nor is it saying it wasn’t good. It had a lot of depth in it, more than next year will. There is no one in this year’s draft that could be a franchise player, but there is a couple in next year’s draft.”

Porter enters his freshman season at Missouri as the highest rated college basketball prospect.

“High skill level as a passer and a shooter for a guy his size," said an NBA scout. "Superb ball handler in the open floor. Possesses an above-average basketball IQ. The game comes easy to him, which allows him to make it easy for others.”

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Doncic, Porter, Bagley In Top-3 Of ESPN's First 2018 NBA Draft Big Board

Nov 6, 2017 9:51 AM

Jonathan Givony released his initial Top 100 for the 2018 NBA Draft, headlined by Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III.

1. Luka Doncic
2. Michael Porter Jr.
3. Marvin Bagley III
4. Deandre Ayton
5. Mohamed Bamba
6. Miles Bridges
7. Robert Williams
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson Jr.
10. Wendell Carter Jr.
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Kevin Knox
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Mitchell Robinson
22. Rodions Kurucs
23. Nick Richards
24. Nickeil Alexander-Walker
25. Emmanuel Akot

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2018 Lottery To Be Held On May 15th In Chicago

Nov 2, 2017 5:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15, 2018.

The draft combine will also be held in Chicago beginning on May 16th until May 20th.

The lottery has historically been held in either New Jersey or New York.

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NBA Approves Draft Lottery Reform
The NBA draft lottery reform passed 28-1-1 vote.

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NBA Pursuing Lottery Reform Due To Fan Feedback On Tanking
Adam Silver believes draft lottery reform and new rules on resting players is critical for the perception of the NBA.

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Board Of Governors To Vote On New Lottery System, Fines For Resting Players
Adam Silver has sought solutions to teams tanking and resting players in nationally televised games.

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New Lottery Proposal Won't Start Before 2019
The new lottery will determine four picks instead of three.

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NBA Pushing For Lottery Reform
The proposed measures would also increase the chances of better teams making a jump up into the draft lottery.

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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft
Michael Porter Jr. ranks No. 1 on ESPN's first mock draft for 2018.

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke
Marvin Bagley is the top player in the incoming class of 2018.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18
Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the class of 2018.

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NBA Could Create New Rule Restricting Pick Swaps
The NBA has considered banning pick swaps between drafts in which a team already owes its pick to other teams.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018
R.J. Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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John Collins Used Summer League To Prove He Should Have Been Picked Higher
John Collins ranks second in Summer League in PER at 32.5.

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Marvin Bagley Considering Reclassifying For 2017 Freshman Class
Marvin Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

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LaVar Ball Told Magic Johnson Pre-Draft 'It's Marketing'
During a critical pre-draft meeting with the Lakers, LaVar Ball spoke honestly to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about his intentions.

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Bulls Focused On Maximizing 2018 Lottery Odds
With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler, a source says the team is focused on getting a top-4 pick in next year's draft.

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NBA Execs Split On Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic As Top Prospect Of 2018
Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic are expected to be the top two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills
Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in hins life.

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Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov
The Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

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ESPN's 2017 NBA Draft Coverage Up 13 Percent From 2016
ESPN was also competing against multiple live streams such as The Vertical.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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