NBA Draft Wiretap

James Wiseman Withdraws Lawsuit, Waits For NCAA Ruling

Nov 14, 2019 11:14 AM

James Wiseman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Memphis and the NCAA. Wiseman is now awaiting a resolution from the NCAA.

Wiseman is a freshman at Memphis and a candidate to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Wiseman has been ruled ineligible for receiving improper benefits from Penny Hardaway before Hardaway was hired as head coach. Memphis has supported Wiseman's suit even while named as a defendant. The suit claims Wiseman didn't know about the money given to his family in the summer of 2017 to help with moving expenses. 

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Red Auerbach Overruled Boston's Front Office On Selecting Tony Parker In 2001 Draft

Nov 11, 2019 11:22 AM

The Boston Celtics were set to draft Tony Parker in the 2001 NBA Draft until Red Auerbach overruled brand-new general manager Chris Wallace.

Auerbach was 84 at the time and remained president and vice chairman. Auerbach insisted the Celtics instead select Joe Forte at No. 21, several league executives confirmed recently.

Auerbach was skeptical of European point guards and he also had scouted Forte dating back to high school at DeMatha Catholic in Maryland.

The San Antonio Spurs knew Parker had a good workout for the Celtics and they feared Boston might select him with one of their three picks in the top-21. San Antonio selected Parker with the 28th overall pick. 

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James Wiseman Ruled Ineligible By NCAA

Nov 8, 2019 5:46 PM

James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA.

Wiseman is a potential candidate to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Wiseman is a freshman at Kansas.

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Cade Cunningham Commits To Oklahoma State

Nov 5, 2019 7:55 PM

Cade Cunningham has announced his commitment to Oklahoma State.

Cunningham is ESPN's projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft class. Cunningham is a 6'7 point guard.

Oklahoma State hasn't had a five-star recruit since Marcus Smart in 2012.

"To be honest, I was this close to picking a different school, but blood is always thicker than water. Go Pokes," Cunningham said in his announcement posted to Instagram.

Oklahoma Sate hired Cunningham's brother, Cannen, back in June.

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Tags: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State Cowboys, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

Teams Have Begun To Devalue 'Pure Upside' Prospects In Draft

Nov 5, 2019 9:57 AM

NBA teams have begun to shift away from pure upside players in the draft.

A player like Nassir Little fell last June despite having the tools of a typical lottery pick.

"Teams appear to be relying more on collegiate production and maturity as opposed to pure upside plays that often characterized previous drafts," writes ESPN's Mike Schmitz.

Teams are valuing lower-risk prospects with a definable role more than ever.

"The days of a Thon Maker or Georgios Papagiannis going in the lottery seem to be behind us for now."

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Point Guards 'Far And Away The Strength' Of 2020 NBA Draft Class

Nov 5, 2019 9:43 AM

Point guard is considered "far and away the strength" of the 2020 NBA Draft class, according to ESPN's Mike Schmitz.

Nine of ESPN's top-20 prospect can be considered point guards, while Anthony Edwards makes 10 as he is expected to frequently handle the ball at Georgia.

Cole Anthony, LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton, Theo Maledon and Nico Mannion headline the point guards.

Center is considered a weak point with James Wiseman the only prospect at the position in ESPN's top-10.

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Teams Weren't Trying To Trade Up For Trae Young In 2018 Draft

Oct 29, 2019 11:17 AM

The Atlanta Hawks continued to have confidence in Trae Young during his struggles at Summer League and the start of last season before he emerged as one of the NBA's most promising young guards.

"There were so many questions about him among teams in the lottery," said Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod. "I think he would have went to Orlando at (No. 6) if he did drop to them, but there weren't teams, like, moving up to try to get him.

"I remember in that draft there were teams trying to get up to get Jaren Jackson at four from Memphis."

The Hawks received criticism for giving up on Luka Doncic as they were all-in on Young, but that gamble is beginning to make more sense.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On 2020 NBA Draft Prospects

Oct 25, 2019 4:53 PM

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

They discuss the top end talent, the challenging elements when evaluating guard prospects, key pairings around college basketball and Danny’s takeaways from the USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp.

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Makur Makur Submits Paperwork To Become Eligible For 2020 NBA Draft

Oct 17, 2019 3:31 PM

Makur Makur has submitted paperwork to become eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"The NBA players association is helping Makur get eligible. We've submitted all the transcripts and are waiting to hear back from the league office. The NBPA thinks he will receive it. More than likely will be in this draft class," a source told ESPN.

Makur is the No. 10 recruit in the 2020 high school class. Makur turns 19 in November and is in his fifth year of high school.

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement states that "a player shall be eligible for selection" as long as he "(A) is or will be at least nineteen (19) years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and (B) at least one (1) NBA Season has elapsed since the player's graduation from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, since the graduation of the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school)."

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NBA Teams Can Now Scout LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton Practices

Oct 7, 2019 12:41 PM

NBA teams can scout practices involving LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton.

Ball and Hampton are projected top-10 picks playing in Australia this season, but are currently in the United States for preseason games against hte Grizzlies and Thunder.

The NBA previously told teams they couldn't scout practices involving Ball and Hampton.

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LaMelo Ball Could Receive Consideration As No. 1 Overall Pick In 2020 NBA Draft

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Support Has Grown For Moving Free Agency Before Draft

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Terrence Clarke Commits To Kentucky

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Memphis To Hold Pro Day For NBA Teams On October 7th

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NCAA Drops College Degree Requirement For Basketball Agents
The NCAA issued a memo to agents last week that outlined new certification requirements.

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NCAA Implements 'Rich Paul Rule' For Underclassmen Testing NBA Draft Waters
Agents must possess a bachelor's degree in order to represent players who are testing the draft waters.

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Evan Mobley Commits To USC
Evan Mobley is considered the top prospect in the incoming class of 2020.

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MarJon Beauchamp To Skip College, Prepare For NBA Draft
MarJon Beauchamp was recruited by Arizona, Washington, and UCLA.

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GM Equates Drafting Young Bigs To NFL Running Backs
There have become a surplus of quality centers with negligible differences in quality.

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Teams Beginning To Devalue FRPs In Increased Player Movement NBA
Draft picks are now considered a more easily swappable "asset" than a necessary part of a team's foundation.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On the NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic break down the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Kentucky Prospects Refused To Meet With Knicks During 2017 Combine
De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe were in the 2017 draft class out of Kentucky.

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Taylor Jenkins Calls Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. A 'Dynamic Duo'
The Grizzlies hired Taylor Jenkins from the Bucks earlier this offseason.

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Wolves Had Jarrett Culver No. 5 On Draft Board Behind Darius Garland
The Wolves had Jarrett Culver in their top tier.

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James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards, Cole Anthony Go Top-3 In ESPN's First 2020 Mock Draft
James Wiseman is a 7'1 center who will attend Memphis.

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ESPN's 2019 NBA Draft Coverage Down Six Percent From 2018
The first three picks of the 2019 NBA Draft were widely reported for weeks leading to the draft.

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Nuggets Had Bol Bol Top-10 On Draft Board
Bol Bol was the final green room player selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, going 44th overall to the Nuggets.

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Cavaliers Preferred De'Andre Hunter Over Darius Garland
The Hawks traded up to No. 4 and selected De'Andre Hunter ahead of Cleveland.

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RealGM Radio: Dan Feldman On the NBA Draft and Offseason So Far
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the 2019 Draft and the offseason so far.

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David Griffin After Draft Night: Pelicans Are 'Jrue Holiday's Team'
David Griffin said that the Pelicans are Jrue Holiday's team while Zion Williamson learns how to win in the NBA.

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