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Victor Wembanyama Out Of EuroBasket Due To Muscle Injury

Aug 1, 2022 11:32 AM

Victor Wembanyama will miss EuroBasket due to a muscle injury suffered in June.

Wembanyama is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft and the tournament would have been an opportunity to see him compete against NBA players.

Wembanyama was called to join training camp with the French teams, but doctors concluded he was not ready to play.

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Sidy Cissoko Signs With G League Ignite

Jul 19, 2022 5:07 PM

Sidy Cissoko has signed with the G League Ignite program.

Cissoko is the No. 25 prospect in ESPN's 2023 mock draft.

"We explored several options with my agents and I was convinced G League Ignite was the best opportunity to achieve my goals," Cissoko said Tuesday. "The ability of this program to maximize the potential of its players on and off the court convinced me. Even more, the tailor-made development program and opportunity to start my transition to the US game style, 3-point line and off-court life is a key asset. I felt during our conversations with the staff that I was a priority."

Cissoko will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Australian Dyson Daniels, who was similarly projected upon signing with Ignite a year ago but ended up boosting his draft stock dramatically and was selected No. 8 overall in this year's draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Dyson shows the ability of the G League to get international players drafted high," Cissoko said. "It was interesting to see how he was used on the court, as we play the same position, even though our games are different. He had a great season and improved a lot during his year with Ignite. Improvements and hard work are what I am looking for."

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NBA Previously Considered Rule Banning Pick Swaps In Between Traded Picks

Jul 15, 2022 12:09 PM

In 2017, the NBA considered a rule that would have banned teams from trading swap rights in between seasons in which it owed its first round pick outright, sources tell Zach Lowe of ESPN. 

The push was in response to the trade the Brooklyn Nets made with the Boston Celtics in 2013 that resulted in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum ending up with Boston.

The rule would have been a continuation of the Stepien Rule that prevents teams from trading first round picks in consecutive years. 

The rule never got far off the ground, but for several years teams became more conservative in trading away picks.

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Rockets Made Trade Offer To Magic Once Paolo Banchero Emerged As No. 1 Pick

Jul 7, 2022 10:05 PM

The Houston Rockets reached out to the Orlando Magic about a trade up once they were convinced Paolo Banchero would be selected at No. 1, sources told ESPN. 

For weeks, Jabari Smith was mocked to go to the Magic at No. 1, followed by Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2, and Banchero to the Rockets at No. 3.

"We didn't know [Orlando was taking Banchero] until 10 minutes before the draft," Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said.

"I didn't hear from the Magic telling me for sure until a few minutes before," said Mike Miller, Banchero's agent.

The Rockets wouldn't have made an offer if they were certain Smith would slide to them at No. 3. Houston was concerned about having to make a decision on Holmgren without time to process his medical information.

"When [the odds] shifted, we noted it," Stone said. "If people are willing to put their money on it, especially when you see a big swing like that, it feels like maybe somebody knows something."

Houston hadn't met with Smith before the draft, though they'd done extensive scouting and research on him. 

The Magic listened to the offer from the Rockets but firmly passed. The discussion was brief and the Magic were clear a deal was highly unlikely. 

The Magic ultimately called in their selections well ahead of the five-minute time limit, which didn't give them an offer to hear any last minute offers. 

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Victor Wembanyama Opts Out Of Contract With ASVEL, Signs With Boulogne-Levallois

Jun 30, 2022 10:46 AM

Victor Wembanyama has opted out of his contract with ASVEL Villeurbanne and is signing a two-year contract with Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 from Paris.

Wembanyama is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

Wembanyama was pursued by teams and leagues around the globe, including G League Ignite, the Australian NBL, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Basket and many others.

Wembanyama had an opt-out clause in his contract with ASVEL that needed to be executed by June 29th.

Wembanyama played 33 of 76 possible games this season in the Euroleague and France, dealing with several minor injuries which played a role in his departure. 

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Emoni Bates Transfers From Memphis To Eastern Michigan

Jun 29, 2022 9:49 PM

Emoni Bates has transferred from Memphis to Eastern Michigan.

The star from Ypsilanti, Michigan, released a list of six schools in early May, a group that included Michigan, Arkansas, Seton Hall, DePaul and Louisville as well as Eastern Michigan. 

Bates was the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class until he reclassified last summer and ended up at No. 3 in 2021.

Bates originally committed to Michigan State in the summer of 2020 and then reopened his recruitment in April 2021, but it was widely expected Bates would skip college and play professionally. But after reclassifying from 2022 to 2021, he committed to Memphis.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2022 NBA Draft (Jun 2022)

Jun 28, 2022 8:26 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2022 NBA Draft.

They discuss how the reshuffled top three picks fit on their new teams, who got take in the lottery, Sam’s favorite picks later in the draft and much more.

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RealGM Radio: Caitlin Cooper On The Pacers (Mar 2022)

Jun 26, 2022 5:47 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Caitlin Cooper of Indy Cornrows (@C2_Cooper) discuss the NBA Draft and the Indiana Pacers’ offseason.

They discuss Jaden Ivey’s ideal NBA role, Keegan Murray’s potential, the Pacers taking Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana’s offseason decisions and much more.

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2022 NBA Draft Averages 1.77M Viewers

Jun 24, 2022 9:45 PM

The 2022 NBA Draft on ABC received a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

The draft averaged a total of 1.77 million viewers. 

The most-watched program of the night was Young Shelton on CBS, which averaged 3.4 million viewers. 

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Matas Buzelis Commits To G League Ignite For 23-24 Season

Jun 24, 2022 2:49 PM

Matas Buzelis, who is the No. 11 player in ESPN's Top 100 for the Class of 2023, has committed to the G League Ignite for the 23-24 season.

Buzelis will bypass college basketball and sign into the NBA's professional pathway program once he graduates from Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas next spring

Buzelis had narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Wake Forest.

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Thunder Competed Against Cavs To Acquire Ousmane Dieng From Knicks At No. 11

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Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, Nick Smith Headline ESPN's 2023 NBA Mock Draft

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Pistons Acquire Jalen Duren, Knicks Create Cap Space By Unloading Kemba Walker

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2022 NBA Draft Results: Paolo Banchero Goes No. 1 To Magic

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Paolo Banchero Emerges As Frontrunner For Magic At No. 1

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Lakers Acquire No. 35 Pick From Magic

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Cavaliers Acquire No. 49 From Kings For Sasha Vezenkov

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Smith To Magic, Holmgren To Thunder, Banchero To Rockets 'Increasingly Firm'

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Thunder Trying To Move Up From No. 12 With Jaden Ivey, Shaedon Sharpe Targeted

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Chet Holmgren Believed To Prefer Ending Up With Thunder

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Paolo Banchero Goes From +950 To +400 Odds To Be No. 1 Pick In Draft

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Kings 'High' On Keegan Murray, Have Had No Contact With Jaden Ivey In Draft Process

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Jabari Smith Only Met With Magic, Thunder During Pre-Draft Process

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Jaden Ivey Would Prefer Kings Don't Draft Him

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Wizards Looking For 'Proven Backcourt Player' In Exchange For No. 10 Pick

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Leonard Miller To Withdraw From Draft; Sign With G League Ignite

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Jabari Smith Works Out With Magic, Will Workout For Thunder

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Shareef O'Neal Eligible For 2022 NBA Draft

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Baba Miller Commits To Florida State

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Over 100 NCAA Players Withdraw from 2022 NBA Draft

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