Basketball Wiretap

Multiple Teams Believe LaMelo Ball Prefers To Play For Knicks

Jul 9, 2020 8:31 PM

Multiple NBA teams believe LaMelo Ball and his camp prefer to end up with the New York Knicks.

"Oh yes," said LaVar Ball last month when asked if the Knicks were considered the ideal landing spot for LaMelo Ball. 

Here was Ball’s explanation: “They don’t have anything. The last time they won a championship was back in the 1970s. The bright lights, you need a whole new turnaround over there. The person I want to see (LaMelo) play with – he can play with anybody. I want to see him play (with), they got to know this – if you getting Melo, you getting Gelo (LiAngelo Ball). That boy shoot the heck out of that ball. Play with chemistry with (LaMelo) better than everybody ever. And after that you have a chance to get ‘Zo (Lonzo Ball). You don’t need one person to change no franchise. You need a whole culture change, and that takes all three of my boys. All three of my boys on the same team? Who ain’t going to watch that show? That would be the biggest show in the NBA ever.”

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

Tags: LaMelo Ball, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Tre Mann Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To Florida

Jul 8, 2020 1:27 AM

Tre Mann will return to Florida for his sophomore season after withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft.

Mann, who averaged 5.3 points off the bench last season, surprised the team by declaring for the draft in late April.

Mann's decision to return was influenced by the transfer of Andrew Nembhard, opening up a starting point guard role for the Gators. 

ESPN

Tags: Tre Mann, Florida Gators, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Withdrawals

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Max Christie Commits To Michigan State

Jul 7, 2020 2:56 PM

Max Christie has committed to Michigan State.

Christie is a 6'4 shooting guard ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 100 for 2021.

Michigan State received a commitment from Emoni Bates recently and he could join Christie in 2021 if he reclassifies. 

Duke was initially an early favorite for Christie. 

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Max Christie, Michigan State Spartans, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

Jun 29, 2020 2:28 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to Michicgan State as part of the incoming class of 2022.

Bates was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2020 as a sophomore.

Bates is widely considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade. Michigan State was the only school to consistently recruit Bates during his high school career.

"Coach [Tom] Izzo and coach [Mike] Garland and that entire MSU staff has been showing love since his seventh grade year. They've been very consistent," Elgin Bates told ESPN. "They really have a genuine care for him and the family. They care for him, not only as a player, but as a person. That's really big for us as a family and for him as a player."

When asked what he likes about Michigan State, Emoni Bates responded: "Everything."

ESPN

Tags: Emoni Bates, Michigan State Spartans, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Anthony Edwards Signs With Klutch Sports

Jun 29, 2020 10:56 AM

Anthony Edwards has signed with Klutch Sports.

Edwards is a projected top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Georgia.

Klutch represents a number of former No. 1 overall picks in LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis and John Wall.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Anthony Edwards, Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Cade Cunningham To Remain At Oklahoma State Despite Postseason Ban

Jun 22, 2020 10:58 AM

Cade Cunningham has announced he will remain at Oklahoma State despite the school receiving a postseason ban for the 20-21 season.

Cunningham considered other options such as the G League and also playing professionally overseas. Cunningham was always unlikely to attend another college.

Cunningham is the No. 2 prospect in the incoming college class and currently the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft.

Cunningham chose Oklahoma State after also taking official visits to North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Washington.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State Cowboys, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General

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Early-Entry Candidates Given August 17th Deadline To Declare For 2020 NBA Draft

Jun 20, 2020 1:54 PM

Early-entry candidates will be given until August 17th to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This year's draft will take place on October 16th.

It is unclear whether players who previously declined to enter the draft will be able to re-enter the draft considering the new deadline and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

Players will be allowed to withdraw from the draft as late as October 10th, though that deadline is mostly for international players and athletes who have forfeited their NCAA eligibility. 

ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Draft To Take Place On October 16th, Free Agency To Open On October 18th

Jun 20, 2020 11:17 AM

NBA free agency will open on October 18th at 6 PM this year, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The date also includes a moratorium period on deals from October 19-23.

Wojnarowski also reports that the NBA Draft will take place this year on October 16th.

The early entry withdrawal date will be on October 6th, 10 days before the draft. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Deni Avdija Will Finish Season With Maccabi Before Preparing For 2020 NBA Draft

Jun 19, 2020 3:09 PM

Deni Avdija will resume his season with Maccabi Tel Aviv when the Israeli basketball league returns Sunday.

Avdija is projected high lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

"Before I go to the U.S., I have a job to finish here in Israel," Avdija wrote in an email to ESPN. "As a competitor I am committed to my organization and teammates to help bring a championship to Tel Aviv. We were having such a great season, so winning the title, even with the delay and without live fans, will give me a sense that the hard work paid off."

Avdija is averaging 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes per game.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Deni Avdija, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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