April 2020 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Draft Expected To Take Place In Either August Or September

Apr 30, 2020 4:17 PM

The NBA draft is expected to be pushed back from June 25th until August or September, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

This draft is expected to be complicated for front offices due to the lack of consensus at the top and the limitations of a normal process due to COVID-19.

The draft can't happen until after the 19-20 season is over. There has been some speculation that the draft could take place as scheduled on June 25 if the season is canceled outright.

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205 Early-Entry Prospects Officially Declare For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 29, 2020 1:20 AM

205 early-entry prospects officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, featuring 163 players from colleges or other educational institutes and 42 international players. 

Sunday was the deadline for underclassman and international players to submit their paperwork.

That number is down from the previous two seasons, with NBA teams prepared to make selections without workouts, combines, or pro days.

The draft is currently scheduled for June 25th, though NBA teams are asking for it to be pushed back to no earlier than August 1st.

"The league office continues to evaluate potential modifications to the pre-draft process, including the draft combine, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation. We will provide teams with updated information as it becomes available," wrote the league in a memo to teams. 

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LaMelo Ball Officially Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 29, 2020 1:09 AM

LaMelo Ball officially entered the 2020 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Ball was listed under the "professional" category of early-entry draft candidates.

He is currently ranked as the No. 2 prospect in ESPN's Top 100.

Ball and his brother Lonzo Ball recently signed a management deal with Roc Nation.

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Daishen Nix Decommits From UCLA, Will Sign With G League Select Team

Apr 28, 2020 12:27 PM

Daishen Nix has decommitted from UCLA and will sign with the G League Select team.

Nix is a potential 2021 lottery pick.

Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd have already agreed to sign with the G League Select team.

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Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 27, 2020 4:08 PM

Filip Petrusev has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft without hiring an agent.

Petrusev led Gonzaga in scoring and was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

"It is my dream to one day play at the highest level so I am entering the 2020 NBA draft, but I am still considering a return to Gonzaga," Petrusev said in a news release. "There is still a lot of uncertainty with what might happen to next year's NCAA season as well as the NBA draft, this gives me more time to evaluate that and leave all the options open."

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Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green Likely Would Have Been Top Picks In 2020 Draft

Apr 27, 2020 4:06 PM

Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green are the projected top-two picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, but Jonathan Givony writes that "both would have likely been the top picks in this year's draft" as well.

Cunningham is a 6'7 point guard committed to Oklahoma State, while Green is a 6'5 shooting guard who will play for the new G League select team.

Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, Isaac Okoro and LaMelo Ball are considered the four players most likely to go first in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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LaMelo Ball, Lonzo Ball Sign With Roc Nation

Apr 27, 2020 1:34 PM

LaMelo, Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball will sign with Jay-Z's Sports Management company Roc Nation Sports.

"This was a family decision," LaMelo Ball's manager Jermaine Jackson told ESPN. "This is now an extended family. They put together a beautiful game plan with Jay-Z. The basketball game is about to change. They are going to create something totally new."

Raymond Brothers will be the primary agent overseeing the Ball Brothers.

"We talked to several agents, but the family had good vibes with Roc Nation," Jackson told ESPN. "I've known Jay-Z since I played for the Knicks, but this is what the kids wanted to do. Jay-Z is a master at what he does. He's global. It's power beyond power.

"This is something that they are building from the ground up together. They are brothers and they love each other and that's how they roll. It's all love. They don't separate from each other."

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NBA Draft Prospect Teshaun Hightower Charged With Murder

Apr 27, 2020 1:22 PM

Teshaun Hightower was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder.

Tulane announced Sunday afternoon that Hightower had been dismissed from the team following his arrest. Hightower declared for the draft on April 18th. Hightower averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in his only season with the Green Wave.

A Henry County Police incident report indicated the shooting occurred at an apartment complex just before 11 a.m. ET on April 8. Devante Anthony Long was shot and later died at a hospital. He was 24.

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San Diego State Forward Matt Mitchell Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 27, 2020 1:21 AM

San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell entered the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.

"The NBA is a lifelong dream of mine and I am going to do everything in my power to pursue this goal. If this does not end up being the right time to begin my professional career, I am excited about the opportunity to return for my senior season and what our Aztec team can accomplish in 2020-21," said Mitchell in a statement.

Mitchell averaged 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.

He has until June 3rd to withdraw from the draft. 

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South Carolina Sophomore A.J. Lawson Enters NBA Draft

Apr 27, 2020 1:14 AM

South Carolina leading scorer A.J. Lawson entered the NBA draft, but has yet to hire an agent.

Lawson, who was once considered an NBA prospect, declared for the draft last season but returned to the Gamecocks after he was not invited to the league's combine.

Lawson averaged 13.4 points in 31 games last season.

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Florida Guard Andrew Nembhard Declares For NBA Draft

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Gonzaga Guard Joel Ayayi Declares For NBA Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

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Jahmi'us Ramsey Enters 2020 NBA Draft

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Paul Eboua Enters 2020 NBA Draft

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Makur Maker Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Precious Achiuwa Leaving Memphis For 2020 NBA Draft

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RJ Hampton Could Fall Outside Top-10 In Draft

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Kira Lewis To Stay In Draft, Hire Agent

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Kyree Walker To Skip College, Train For 2021 NBA Draft

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Latvian Guard Arturs Kurucs Enters 2020 NBA Draft

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Jared Butler Enters 2020 NBA Draft, Could Still Return To Baylor

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Barcelona Forward Leandro Bolmaro Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Cole Anthony Says 'It Would Be Pretty Cool' To Get Drafted By Knicks

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Washington State Forward CJ Elleby Declares For NBA Draft

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Cole Anthony Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Malachi Flynn Leaves San Diego State For 2020 NBA Draft

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Ayo Dosunmu Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Todd To Join Jalen Green On New L.A. Based G League Team

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Jalen Green To Enter NBA/G League Professional Pathway Program

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Deni Avdija Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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