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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie Reviews The 2018 NBA Draft

Jun 23, 2018 12:42 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) review an eventful 2018 NBA Draft.

They discuss the massive Mavericks/Hawks trade, Michael Porter Jr’s fall, the best values in both rounds and their big takeaways from the night.

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NBA Sends Memo Suggesting Possible Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule By 2021

Jun 15, 2018 3:29 PM

The NBA has sent a memo to all 30 teams on Friday indicating that the one-and-done rule could be eliminated as early as 2021.

The memo does not mention the one-and-done rule by name, but it is meant to remind teams the league and the players union could agree to scrap one-and-one before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024.

The first draft in which the rule is changed will surely be loaded with the best prospects from two straight high school classes.

The memo serves as something of an advisory to teams who might think about trading away future first-round picks in the lead-up to Thursday's draft. 

The league instituted the one-and-done rule in 2005, but it has since been met with criticism on many sides of the issue.

The league will discuss the issue further during annual meetings at Summer League in Las Vegas, the memo says.

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Deandre Ayton: My Life Became A Job Upon Moving To USA

Jun 15, 2018 9:28 AM

Deandre Ayton hopes to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be a culmination of the work he's put into the game of basketball since arriving in the United States at the age of 12 from the Bahamas.

"Home, I was perfect," said Ayton. "I was home. I don't even want to talk about AAU. AAU was a bunch of s---. When I stepped foot in the United States, my life became a job."

Ayton moved to San Diego as a 6'5" 12-year-old and was 6'10" less than two years later. Ayton first landed on the radar of scouts at the 2011 Jeff Rodgers Camp in Nassau.

"It felt normal," Ayton says, "until I grew up and realized I never really had a childhood. It was just basketball and business. Never went to Disneyland or any of that. Kids used to tell me about it, and I'd have to lie and say, 'Yeah, I went.' But I never never knew any of that." 

Ayton lived with three different host families over the next few years and spent most weekends traveling with the grassroots hoops circuit. 

"There were a lot of issues going on," he says. "Sometimes I'd go a month without talking to my mother. You're [in the gym] going 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was like a job."

Ayton's mother moved to Phoenix when Deandre was 16.

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John Beilein Withdraws From Consideration For Pistons' Head Coaching Job

Jun 6, 2018 12:26 PM

John Beilein has removed his name from consideration for the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job.

Beilein somewhat surprisingly emerged as a candidate following the firing of Stan Van Gundy.

Beilein has never worked in the NBA.

"I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men’s Basketball Team next season and in the years to come ! Let’s go hang some more banners at 'THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD,'" wrote Beilein on Twitter.

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100 Early Entry Candidates Withdraw From 2018 NBA Draft

Jun 2, 2018 10:41 AM

One hundred players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 11, 2018, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

The following 100 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2018 NBA Draft:  

Esa Ahmad, West Virginia, 6-8, Junior 

Udoka Azubuike, Kansas, 7-0, Sophomore 

Sedrick Barefield, Utah, 6-2, Junior 

Tyus Battle, Syracuse, 6-6, Sophomore 

Lamonte Bearden, Western Kentucky, 6-3, Junior 

Ky Bowman, Boston College, 6-1, Sophomore 

Barry Brown Jr., Kansas State, 6-3, Junior 

Bryce Brown, Auburn, 6-3, Junior 

C.J. Burks, Marshall, 6-4, Junior 

Jordan Caroline, Nevada, 6-7, Junior 

Haanif Cheatham, FGCU, 6-5, Junior 

Yoeli Childs, BYU, 6-8, Sophomore 

Chris Clemons, Campbell, 5-9, Junior 

Tyler Cook, Iowa, 6-9, Sophomore 

Isaac Copeland Jr., Nebraska, 6-9, Junior 

Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 6-9, Junior 

Jon Davis, Charlotte, 6-3, Junior 

Jordan Davis, Northern Colorado, 6-2, Junior 

Shawntrez Davis, Bethune-Cookman, 6-9, Junior 

Terence Davis, Mississippi, 6-4, Junior 

Noah Dickerson, Washington, 6-8, Junior 

Torin Dorn, North Carolina State, 6-5, Junior 

Nojel Eastern, Purdue, 6-6, Freshman 

Carsen Edwards, Purdue, 6-1, Sophomore 

Jon Elmore, Marshall, 6-3, Junior 

Bruno Fernando, Maryland, 6-10, Freshman 

Dextor Foster, ASA College (FL) 6-5, Junior 

Jarrey Foster, SMU, 6-6, Junior 

Robert Franks Jr., Washington State, 6-7, Junior 

Eugene German, Northern Illinois, 6-0, Sophomore 

Admon Gilder, Texas A&M 6-4, Junior 

Michael Gilmore, FGCU, 6-10, Junior 

Jessie Govan, Georgetown, 6-10, Junior 

Tyler Hall, Montana State, 6-4, Junior 

Jaylen Hands, UCLA, 6-3, Freshman 

Zach Hankins, Ferris State, 6-10, Junior 

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, 6-10, Junior 

Jared Harper, Auburn, 5-10, Sophomore 

Mustapha Heron, Auburn, 6-5, Sophomore 

Malik Hines, Massachusetts, 6-10, Junior 

Jalen Hudson, Florida, 6-6, Junior 

Dewan Huell, Miami, 6-11, Sophomore 

Tramaine Isabell Jr., Drexel, 6-1, Junior 

Justin James, Wyoming, 6-7, Junior 

Zach Johnson, FGCU, 6-2, Junior 

Christian Keeling, Charleston Southern, 6-4, Sophomore 

Sagaba Konate, West Virginia, 6-8, Sophomore 

Kalob Ledoux, McNeese State, 6-3, Sophomore 

Abdul Lewis, NJIT, 6-10, Junior 

Victor Lewis II, West Texas A&M, 6-3, Junior 

Dominic Magee, Southern Mississippi, 6-4, Junior 

Fletcher Magee, Wofford, 6-4, Junior 

Caleb Martin, Nevada, 6-7, Junior 

Cody Martin, Nevada, 6-7, Junior 

Malik Martin, South Florida, 6-11, Junior 

Zane Martin, Towson, 6-4, Sophomore 

Charles Matthews, Michigan, 6-6, Sophomore 

Luke Maye, North Carolina, 6-8, Junior 

Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State, 6-10, Freshman 

Markis McDuffie, Wichita State, 6-8, Junior 

Christian Mekowulu, Tennessee State, 6-9, Junior 

Aaron Menzies, Seattle, 7-3, Junior 

Shelton Mitchell, Clemson, 6-3, Junior 

Takal Molson, Canisius, 6-5, Freshman 

Juwan Morgan, Indiana, 6-8, Junior 

Matt Morgan, Cornell, 6-3, Junior 

Isaiah Moss, Iowa, 6-5, Sophomore 

Travis Munnings, Louisiana-Monroe, 6-6, Junior 

Jordan Murdock, Friends University, 6-4, Junior 

Ray Ona Embo, Tulane, 6-5, Sophomore 

James Palmer Jr., Nebraska, 6-6, Junior 

Keanu Peters, Salt Lake CC (UT), 6-2, Sophomore 

Lamar Peters, Mississippi State, 6-0, Sophomore 

Jalon Pipkins, Cal State-Northridge, 6-4, Freshman 

Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, 6-1, Sophomore 

Jontay Porter, Missouri, 6-11, Freshman 

Marcquise Reed, Clemson, 6-3, Junior 

Isaiah Reese, Canisius, 6-5, Sophomore 

Cody Riley, UCLA, 6-10, Freshman 

Kerwin Roach II, Texas, 6-4, Junior 

Ahmaad Rorie, Montana, 6-1, Junior 

Quinton Rose, Temple, 6-8, Sophomore 

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee, 6-5, Junior 

Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State, 6-5, Junior 

Chris Silva, South Carolina, 6-9, Junior 

Deshon Taylor, Fresno State, 6-2, Junior 

Reid Travis, Stanford, 6-8, Junior 

Lagerald Vick, Kansas, 6-5, Junior 

Christian Vital, Connecticut, 6-2, Sophomore 

Jaylin Walker, Kent State, 6-1, Junior 

Nick Ward, Michigan State, 6-8, Sophomore 

PJ Washington, Kentucky, 6-7, Freshman 

Tremont Waters, LSU, 5-11, Freshman 

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State, 6-4, Junior 

Andrien White, Charlotte, 6-3, Junior 

Demajeo Wiggins, Bowling Green, 6-10, Junior 

Lindell Wigginton, Iowa State, 6-2, Freshman 

Austin Wiley, Auburn, 6-11, Freshman 

Kris Wilkes, UCLA, 6-8, Freshman 

Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra, 6-1, Junior 

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John Beilein Interviews For Pistons' Head Coaching Vacancy

Jun 1, 2018 3:14 PM

The Detroit Pistons have interviewed John Beilein for their head coaching vacancy.

Beilein has been head coach of Michigan since 2007 and has led the school to the Final Four in 2013 and 2018.

The Pistons are searching for a head coach to replace Stan Van Gundy.

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NBA Announces 40 Players To Attend Global Camp 2018

May 30, 2018 1:07 PM

The NBA announced the 40 players who are expected to attend the NBA Global Camp 2018, a pre-Draft showcase from June 2-5 at La Ghirada Sports Center in Treviso, Italy, for top Draft-eligible prospects from outside the U.S.

The camp will include team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams, all under the direction of NBA personnel.

The camp will also feature a series of scrimmages among prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S., along with a team from Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence and top international prospects. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal.

Berke Atar, Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)
Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont (Canada)
Etienne Ca, Chalon (France)
*Emanuel Cate, Prat (Spain)
*Vasileios Charalampopoulos, PAOK (Greece)
*Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot, Paris Levallois (France)
Diego Flaccadori, Aquila Basket Trento (Italy)
*Gabriel Galvanini, Bauru (Brazil)
*Marc Garcia, FC Barcelona 2 (Spain)
*Stephane Gombauld, Lille Metropole (France)
Melvyn Govindy, Cholet (France)
Aleksa Ilic, KK Buducnost (Montenegro)
Karim Jallow, Bayern Munich (Germany)
Matas Jogela, Zalgiris II (Lithuania)
Kenan Karahodzic, Oviedo CB (Spain)
*Leon Kratzer, Wuerzburg (Germany)
*Arnoldas Kulboka, Capo d’Orlando (Italy)
*Aleksandar Lazic, KK Mega Bemax (Serbia)
*Xabier Lopez-Arostegui, Joventut Badalona (Spain)
*Matur Maker, CIBA (Canada)
*Vanja Marinkovic, Partizan (Serbia)
*William McDowell-White, Baunach (Germany)
MiKyle McIntosh, Oregon (Canada)
*Blaz Mesicek, Brindisi (Italy)
Adam Mokoka, Gravelines (France)
*Shekinah Munanga, Monaco (France)
Dzanan Musa, Cedevita (Croatia)
*Zoran Nikolic, KK Buducnost (Montenegro)
Andreas Obst, Gotha (Germany)
Viny Okouo, Unicaja (Spain)
Louis Olinde, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Erxhan Osmani, Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey)
Jean-Marc Pansa, Nanterre (France)
Darel Poirier, Charleville (France)
*Marcel Ponitka, Asseco (Poland)
*Dusan Ristic, Arizona (Serbia)
Issuf Sanon, Olimpija (Slovenia)
Leonardo Tote, Verona (Italy)
*Michael Uchendu, Bauru (Brazil)
Yuta Watanabe, George Washington (Japan)

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Donte DiVincenzo Will Hire Agent, Remain In Draft

May 29, 2018 6:38 PM

Donte DiVincenzo has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA Draft and will hire an agent.

DiVincenzo had a strong showing at the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago and has performed well in team workouts. 

DiVincenzo could be a first round pick in the draft.

“I’m more than just a shooter,” DiVincenzo told Yahoo Sports during the combine. “I want to show teams that I can do more. Playing point guard is one big thing that teams want to see — if I can control the tempo, get into the offense, get shots and pocket passes.

“Teams that I’ve spoken to, it’s been all positive and going in the right direction. I believe the range teams see me as is a late first-round pick, so if I can keep growing and keep rising, that’s perfect for me.”

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