July 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Tyrell Terry To Stay In 2020 NBA Draft

Jul 31, 2020 3:25 PM

Tyrell Terry will keep his name in the 2020 NBA draft and leave Stanford after his freshman season.

"After talking with those closest to me and careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that taking this next step is something that I'm ready for," Terry said. "I'm confident in my game and ready to compete at the highest level, against the best players in the world, and to learn from the best coaches in the world. I still plan on continuing my education and getting my degree from Stanford. But for now, I'm ready for this challenge."

Terry is the No. 44 prospect in the ESPN 100, though he is ranked No. 8 by The Ringer.

"It was a difficult decision for me considering the circumstances the world is going through right now," Terry said. "No one knows what the future holds with this global pandemic. But seeing how well the NBA has handled everything from the start, and with the bubble going well so far, that gave me confidence in my decision to put my trust in Adam Silver and the NBA leadership."

 

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AJ Lawson Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To South Carolina

Jul 30, 2020 1:16 AM

AJ Lawson will return to South Carolina for his junior season after withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

Lawson entered the draft in April, but did not hire an agent.

Lawson averaged 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds last season, both team-highs. 

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NBA Creating Virtual Platform To Help Teams Scout 2020 Draft Prospects

Jul 27, 2020 5:50 PM

The NBA is hoping to offer teams a platform to assist in their scouting of the 2020 NBA Draft despite the pandemic called Combine HQ, a source tells The Undefeated.

The platform will feature 105 draft eligible prospects that have been voted on by teams that would include player profiles, states and interviews.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 16th.

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Teams Could Sell First Round Picks To Raise Money

Jul 27, 2020 3:48 PM

There could be NBA teams who explore selling their first round pick this year in order to raise money with league revenues significantly down for the 20-21 season.

"I suspect first-round picks will be for sale in this draft," one team executive said. "We haven't really seen that in a decade."

The Denver Nuggets were the last team to sell a first round pick as they sold the selection that became Rudy Gobert in 2013 to the Utah Jazz.

The 2020 draft is generally considered to be one of the weaker classes in recent memory.

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Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith, Jeremiah Tilmon Withdraw From NBA Draft, Will Return To Missouri

Jul 25, 2020 11:43 PM

Missouri's trio of Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith, and Jeremiah Tilmon all withdrew from the 2020 NBA draft.

All three players will return to the Tigers next season.

Missouri will have 11 juniors and seniors on next season's roster, the highest number in the SEC.

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NBA Moves Up Draft Lottery To August 20th

Jul 21, 2020 2:35 PM

The NBA has moved the 2020 Draft Lottery up from August 25th to August 20th.

The 2020 Draft remains scheduled for October 16th.

The Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have the best lottery odds at 14 percent apiece.

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Alonzo Verge Jr. Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Arizona State

Jul 19, 2020 12:25 PM

Alonzo Verge Jr. will withdraw from the 2020 NBA draft and return to Arizona State for his senior season.

Verge, who declared for the draft in April, averaged 14.6 points and 3.5 rebounds last season.

"He is committed to winning and competing for championships. Zo is well positioned to have an outstanding senior season, which will strengthen his future professional opportunities," said Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley.

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Isaiah Livers Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To Michigan

Jul 18, 2020 11:57 PM

Isaiah Livers announced that he will withdraw from the 2020 NBA draft and return to Michigan for his senior season.

"My family and I are so appreciative of Coach Howard and all the staff for letting us really explore my dream of playing in the NBA. While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me. The information I gathered is going to be invaluable moving forward. But now, we have unfinished business in Ann Arbor. I cannot wait to do everything I can and help lead this team to great things," released Livers in a statement.

Livers averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season.

College players have until August 3rd to withdraw from the draft. 

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Karim Mane Stays In 2020 NBA Draft, Will Sign With Agent

Jul 17, 2020 1:34 AM

Karim Mane will remain in the 2020 NBA Draft after deciding to sign with an agent.

The 19-year-old Mane recently graduated from high school, but will be eligible in the draft as an international player.

Mane was considered a five-star prospect, recruited by MarquetteMichigan StateMemphisDePaul and Pittsburgh

He is ranked No. 63 in ESPN's top 100 prospect rankings. 

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Warriors To Prioritize Backup Point Guard In Offseason

Jul 16, 2020 1:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors will prioritize the backup point guard position this offseason, according to sources.

The Warriors lost Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook last offseason, which effectively eliminated their backup point guards behind Stephen Curry.

Draymond Green will continue to handle the ball and Andrew Wiggins will also initiate the offense.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic mentions Michael Carter-Williams as a potential target. Carter-Williams' game has often been compared to Livington with their length as a ballhandler and lack of perimeter shooting. 

The Warriors could also target backup point guard via the draft with LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton and Killian Hayes all considered high level point guard prospects. 

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Jeremy Sochan Commits To Baylor

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Jonathan Kuminga Reclassifies, Will Sign With G League Select Tema

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Langston Love Commits To Baylor

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Multiple Teams Believe LaMelo Ball Prefers To Play For Knicks

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Tre Mann Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To Florida

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Max Christie Commits To Michigan State

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