Basketball Wiretap

Pelicans Expected To Defer Lakers' First-Round Pick To 2025

Apr 11, 2024 1:32 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are expected to give the Los Angeles Lakers their first-round pick this year and take the Lakers' first-round pick in 2025, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

The Pelicans have the option to take one of the Lakers' picks as a result of the Anthony Davis trade.

"People around the league expect that the Pelicans will give the Lakers their pick this year and take the 2025 pick.

"If that’s the case, it’s hard to fathom that Los Angeles would use the pick on Bronny [James]. Rob Pelinka is far more likely to use it to chase Trae Young or another star in a trade," wrote O'Connor.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Isaiah Collier Declares For 2024 NBA Draft, Hires B.J. Armstrong As Agent

Apr 10, 2024 1:50 PM

Isaiah Collier will enter the 2024 NBA draft and leave USC after his freshman season.

Collier will be represented by agent B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman. 

Collier is currently the No. 11 prospect in the 2024 NBA draft based on ESPN's projections.

Collier was the No. 1 high school recruit in the country out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.

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Tags: Isaiah Collier, USC Trojans, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Rob Dillingham Declares For 2024 NBA Draft, Hires Klutch As Agent

Apr 9, 2024 4:54 PM

Rob Dillingham will enter the 2024 NBA draft and forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility. Dillingham is the No. 4 prospect in ESPN's draft projections. 

Dillingham has signed a representation agreement with Klutch Sports Group agency.

"This was a decision I made with my family," Dillingham told ESPN on Monday. "I felt prepared. Coach Calipari taught me a lot about how to be a better teammate and that it was not all about me."

Dillingham entered the season as a projected first-round pick but quickly showed he's possibly the most talented freshman in college basketball.

RealGM Prospect Report: Rob Dillingham

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Tags: Rob Dillingham, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Bronny James Could Transfer From USC

Apr 3, 2024 11:20 AM

Bronny James is expected to enter the college basketball transfer portal following his freshman season at USC. Andy Enfield left USC for the head coaching vacancy at SMU.

“At the end of the day, Bronny’s his own man,” said LeBron James when asked about his son on Tuesday.

“He has some tough decisions to make, and when he’s ready to make those decisions, he’ll let us all know. But as his family, we’re going to support whatever he does.”

James averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 games this season.

In February, ESPN moved James to the 39th pick in their 2025 NBA mock draft. Before his health issue last July and his freshman season at USC, James was regarded as a possible lottery pick.

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Tags: Bronny James, USC Trojans, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Transfer, NCAA Misc Rumor

Devin Carter Leaving Providence For 2024 NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2024 11:16 AM

Devin Carter is leaving Providence to declare for the 2024 NBA draft.

"I will be forgoing my senior year at Providence," Carter said.

Carter is currently No. 17 in the ESPN 100 for the 2024 draft.

Carter averaged 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1 block per game. Carter is also one of the best defenders in college basketball.

Carter is the son of former NBA player Anthony Carter.

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Tags: Devin Carter, Providence Friars, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Draft Picks In 20s & 30s Could Have Increased Value With Two-Day Event

Apr 3, 2024 1:44 AM

Draft picks in the 20s and 30s could take on an increase in value following the move to a two-day draft, sources told ESPN.

Sources also add that there could a stronger trade market for picks in the 30s due to the additional time.

"Way more second-round picks would be traded every year, except [because of the lack of time] no one knows who has them. A team makes a trade, then another trade. I'm spending 10 minutes hunting down picks, and by the time you find out where it is, it's too late to make a deal," an Eastern Conference executive told ESPN.

The league is still discussing green room invites and how to handle prospects who aren't drafted on the first night.

There are also discussions around having more space between the NBA Draft and the start of free agency.

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Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Donovan Clingan Climbs To No. 3 On Latest ESPN Mock Draft

Apr 2, 2024 10:29 AM

Donovan Clingan of UConn has climbed to No. 3 in ESPN's latest mock for the 2024 NBA draft.

Clingan has had a late season surge and projects as an excellent defensive big.

"Rudy Gobert or Donovan Clingan?" one general manager asked ESPN recently regarding who will be the more impactful defensive player.

ESPN also has Zach Edey of Purdue at No. 13 and Stephon Castle of UConn at No. 14.

Mock Draft
1. Pistons: Zaccharie Risacher, JL Bourg
2. Wizards: Alex Sarr, Perth
3. Hornets: Donovan Clingan, UConn
4. Spurs: Rob Dillingham, Kentucky
5. Blazers: Nikola Topic, Mega MIS
6. Raptors: Matas Buzelis, G League Ignite
7. Grizzlies: Reed Sheppard, Kentucky
8. Jazz: Dalton Knecht, Tennessee
9. Rockets: Cody Williams, Colorado
10. Bulls: Isaiah Collier, USC
11. Hawks: Ja'Kobe Walter, Baylor
12. Thunder: Ron Holland, G League Ignite
13. Blazers: Zach Edey, Purdue
14. Lakers: Stephon Castle, UConn
15. Hawks: Tidjane Salaun, Cholet
16. Suns: Kyle Filipowski, Duke
17. Sixers: Devin Carter, Providence
18. Heat: Tristan da Silva, Colorado
19. Raptors: Jared McCain, Duke
20. Knicks: Yves Missi, Baylor
21. Magic: Tyler Smith, G League Ignite
22. Pelicans: Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas
23. Wizards: Juan Nunez, Ratiopharm Ulm
24. Knicks: Bobi Klintman, Cairns
25. Cavaliers: Kyshawn George, Miami
26. Bucks: Kel'el Ware
27. Jazz: Carlton Carrington, Pitt
28. Wolves: Johnny Furphy, Kansas
29. Nuggets: Tyler Kolek, Marquette
30. Celtics: Justin Edwards, Kentucky

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Tags: Donovan Clingan, UConn Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts