NBA Draft Wiretap

247 Sports Analyst Josh Gershon To Join Timberwolves

Sep 20, 2020 3:55 PM

Josh Gershon, a scout and analyst for 247, is joining the Minnesota Timberwolves organization.

Gershon will take on a draft preparation and player personnel consultant role, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Timberwolves have the #1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. 

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College Basketball Season To Begin On Nov. 25th

Sep 16, 2020 6:16 PM

The 20-21 men's and women's college basketball seasons will begin on November 25th.

"By Thanksgiving week, the date of Nov. 25, 76% of all Division-I schools will have either finished their fall semester completely or released the general student body for in-person instruction," NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said on the webinar.

The season was originally expected to begin on Nov. 10 with the Champions Classic involving Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky.

Gavitt has said the NCAA is still planning for the NCAA tournament to proceed as scheduled, with 68 teams and 14 sites in March and April.

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NBA Locks In November 18th For 2020 Draft

Sep 15, 2020 11:12 PM

The NBA has locked in November 18th as the date for the 2020 draft.

The date had been tentatively set for November 18th after it was pushed back from October 16th. The draft was originally scheduled for June 25th.

The 20-21 season is not expected to begin until at least Christmas Day.

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Warriors Believed To Prefer To Draft Wing

Sep 14, 2020 10:36 AM

The Golden State Warriors are believed to prefer to draft a wing with the No. 2 pick, sources from multiple front offices tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

"Everything is on the table for the Warriors with this pick," writes O'Connor. "They could stay put, trade down, or move entirely out."

O'Connor has the Warriors selecting Deni Avdija in his mock at No. 2 going after Anthony Edwards to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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2020 NBA Draft Likely To Be Moved Back To November 18th

Sep 9, 2020 3:14 PM

The NBA has informed teams of possibly moving the 2020 draft to November 18th.

The NBA and NBPA have been in negotiations on a new date. The NBA's Board of Governors and general managers will discuss the new dates in meetings this week.

The draft was previously rescheduled for October 16th, which was only a few days after the end of The Finals.

The 20-21 season was scheduled to begin on December 1st, but that start date will likely be postponed now.

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NBA, NBPA Agree To Push Back Draft, Free Agency, Start Of 20-21 Season

Sep 8, 2020 7:13 PM

The NBA and NBPA have agreed to push back key dates such as the October 16th draft, October 18th free agency and the December 1st start to the 20-21 season.

New dates will be determined at a later point.

The draft was previously scheduled to take place on the first Friday after the last possible day of The Finals with free agency beginning two days later. The draft is still scheduled to take place in October.

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Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft

Sep 3, 2020 1:21 AM

Michael Porter Jr. said that the Los Angeles Clippers passed on selecting him in the 2018 NBA Draft because the team doctor thought he would never return to the court due to his back injury.

"Their doctor was the one that wrote the report on me. I think he wrote some stuff like he thought that I would never play basketball again so I didn't think they'd pick me," said Porter.

Porter underwent a microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal disks in November of 2017, then had another spinal surgery in July 2018. 

The Clippers had the 12th and 13th pick in the draft. They traded the 12th pick for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, then selected Jerome Robinson at 13.

Porter went 14th to the Nuggets.

Doc Rivers said that Porter's medical record was too much of a red flag.

"It was brutal for us. We had on our board, just the medical report, the red flag was so hot.

"We got the one guy we wanted in [Gilgeous-Alexander]. And the second pick, when he was on the board, it was a brutal pass because everyone in the room knew his talent but it was more the injury concern. That was the only other concern."

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Wolves Expected To Pursue Trade Options With No. 1 Pick

Sep 1, 2020 3:45 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to listen to offers for the first overall pick, sources tell Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.

Without a clear consensus top pick in this draft, the first selection could be worth more to another team than it it is to Gersson Rosas. 

"The consensus around the league is that this will simply be a value play for Rosas, not necessarily one based upon a specific timeline they want to adhere to," writes Vecenie. "Remember: Rosas and executive vice president Sachin Gupta come from the Houston school of thought under Daryl Morey, where they think of most assets in regard to trade value. If they decide an offer is good enough, the thought is he’ll take whatever he thinks is the most valuable for the organization long-term, versus the one that will help them win this year. Maybe it’s player capital, maybe it’s additional draft capital in a trade down."

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 Draft Lottery

Aug 28, 2020 7:15 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery.

They discuss how Minnesota faces a fascinating decision at #1, what the Warriors could and should do with the second pick, opportunities for the Hornets/Bulls and much more.

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Devin Vassell Has 'Fans' Within Knicks Organization

Aug 22, 2020 11:56 AM

Florida State guard Devin Vassell is reportedly drawing interest within the New York Knicks organization for the upcoming draft, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

The Knicks have the 8th pick in the draft.

"Vassell...has some fans at Madison Square Garden," reported Begley.

The 19-year-old Vassell averaged 12.7 point and 5.1 rebounds last season at Florida State.

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Team Execs Skeptical NBA Draft Will Remain Scheduled For Oct. 16

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Wolves Win 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, Warriors, Hornets, Bulls Round Out Top-4

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Warriors To Use No. 2 Overall Pick In Trade Talks

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Knicks Worked Out Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Prior To 2018 NBA Draft

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NBA Has Yet To Decide Location, Format For 2020 Draft

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NBA Finalizing Virtual Combine At Regional Sites

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NBA Announces 14 Team Representatives For 2020 Draft Lottery

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D'Angelo Russell To Represent Wolves At Lottery

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Stephen Curry To Represent Warriors At Virtual Lottery

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ESPN To Air Draft Lottery On Thursday At 8:30 PM Between Bucks/Magic, Lakers/Blazers

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Hornets Will Target Best Player Available In Draft

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Warriors Likely To Select Anthony Edwards If They Win Lottery

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Execs, Agents Hope NBA Lifts Moratorium On Visiting Draft Prospects

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NBA To Hold Draft Lottery Virtually On August 20th

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Some Members Of Knicks' Front Office Wanted To Pass On RJ Barrett, Trade Down

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Corey Kispert Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Gonzaga

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Michigan State's Xavier Tillman Staying In Draft

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Jared Butler Withdraws From Draft, Returns To Baylor

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Makur Maker Withdraws From 2020 NBA Draft

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Luka Garza Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Iowa

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