September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

LaMelo Ball, R.J. Hampton To Participate In Draft Combine

Sep 27, 2020 11:31 PM

LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton are among the prospects who will participate in the 2020 NBA Draft combine.

Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and Obi Toppin will sit out the combine.

A full list of participants can be found here.

The 2020 NBA Draft combine will take place from September 28th through mid-November, with workouts happening both online and in team markets. 

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NBA To Conduct Draft Combine From Sept. 28 Through Mid-November

Sep 23, 2020 1:48 PM

The NBA announced that NBA Draft Combine 2020 has been reformatted to be conducted both in NBA team markets and virtually, taking place in phases beginning Sept. 28 and continuing through early to mid-November. The reimagined Combine will continue to provide NBA teams with player evaluation opportunities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“NBA Draft Combine is an essential part of the pre-draft evaluation process,” said Byron Spruell, President, NBA League Operations. “While the circumstances surrounding this Combine are unique, we’re excited to creatively deliver a valuable experience for our teams, who have remained flexible through the process, and for prospective draftees who are just beginning their NBA journeys.”

NBA Draft Combine 2020 will give players the opportunity to participate in league and team interviews, both conducted via videoconference from Sept. 28 through Oct. 16. Players will also take part in an individual on-court program consisting of strength and agility testing, anthropometric measurements, shooting drills and a “Pro Day” video, all conducted in October at the NBA team facility nearest to a player’s home or interim residence. Medical testing and examinations will be performed by NBA-affiliated physicians in the same market.

As part of the event’s innovative format, the NBA will incorporate HomeCourt, a mobile basketball training application that uses advanced machine learning and computer vision, to provide analytics and record the shooting evaluation portion of NBA Combine 2020 and for players to create a unique “Pro Day” video. The video, used to showcase a player’s skills, may feature only the individual player (and either a coach or trainer) and can be up to 45 minutes long. HomeCourt is developed by NEX Team, Inc., an NBA strategic partner.

Additionally, the NBA has expanded its use of “Combine HQ,” an online tool developed by Fusion Sport in its software platform Smartabase. An interactive online platform, Combine HQ provides NBA teams with a one-stop shop for scouting information gathered during the on-court portions of this year’s Combine. Using Combine HQ, NBA teams and scouts will be able to compare participating players to their peers, past Combine participants and current NBA players, and view detailed shot charts and statistics.

NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and will air on ESPN. The date remains subject to change as circumstances warrant.

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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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