NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • UNC's Luke Maye to test the NBA draft waters, the school says

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye will enter the NBA draft process, the school announced on Monday. He will not hire an agent. This was an expected move for Maye, who was one of the Tar Heels' best players this past season. Maye was a first-team All-ACC selection last season and..." April 23

  • Rodions Kurucs To Enter The 2018 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs is declaring for the 2018 NBA draft, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN. The 6-foot-10 combo forward is now projected as a possible second-round selection after seeing his stock plummet because of a lack of laying time with Barcelona this season. Kurucs, 20, is currently..." April 21

  • Potential No. 1 Overall Pick Luka Doncic Has Reportedly Declared For The 2018 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "European star Luka Doncic has submitted paperwork to officially enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Doncic, who is currently 19 years old, is playing in the postseason in the Euroleague for Real Madrid right now. The Slovenian-born swingman is projected to be..." April 21

  • Kansas sophomore Azubuike enters NBA draft, could return to Kansas

    CBS Sports "Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike announced Friday that he will go through the pre-draft process for the NBA but will not sign an agent just yet. The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike (one of the largest humans in college basketball), is going to get ample feedback before making a decision. If he..." April 21

  • Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt Testing Draft Waters

    Hoops Rumors "Kentucky freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt has become the latest Wildcats underclassmen to confirm that he’s entering the 2018 NBA draft, announcing his decision today on Twitter. He won’t hire an agent at this time, so he’ll be eligible to withdraw later in the process and return to Kentucky for..." April 20

  • Tyus Battle declares for NBA Draft, won't hire an agent "Tyus Battle is entering his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and will not sign with an agent. Jonathan Givony of ESPN tweeted out the information and a source close to Battle confirmed it. It had not been an easy decision to make for Syracuse's sophomore guard. Battle has been considering the pros..." April 20

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Donte DiVincenzo To Test NBA Draft Waters

    Hoops Rumors "The star of the 2018 NCAA National Championship is considering going pro, as Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo confirmed today he’ll test the NBA draft waters. According to a press release from the Wildcats, DiVincenzo won’t hire an agent, retaining his remaining NCAA eligibility if he decides to..." April 19

  • South Carolina's Brian Bowen going to draft if ineligible

    ESPN "South Carolina freshman and former Louisville signee Brian Bowen told ESPN he will declare for the NBA draft in case the NCAA does not clear him to play next season for the Gamecocks. Bowen said he does not intend to sign with an agent, in order to preserve his college eligibility. "I just..." April 18

  • Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel enters NBA draft, won't hire agent

    ESPN "Wenyen Gabriel is the latest Kentucky player to declare for the NBA draft, but the sophomore forward told ESPN he won't immediately hire an agent, which gives him the option to return to school. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward announced on social media that he will test the NBA draft process...." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith will sign with agent, stay in NBA draft

    Die Hards "If there was any hope of coach Chris Beard and Texas Tech men’s basketball keeping guard Zhaire Smith in Lubbock for at least another year, it is now clear that Smith will indeed turn pro. Smith announced via his personal Twitter account Tuesday that he will sign with an agent and enter the..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • Mavericks Open To Using Cap Space Even Before Draft

    Real GM Basketball "The Dallas Mavericks could have as much as $30 million in cap space this offseason. "We have the cap room," Mark Cuban said. "That's why we have it -- to use it. There's no reason to save it. "We would even use it before the draft. If we got a great player before the draft and we still have..." April 17

  • Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. declaring for NBA draft

    ESPN "Duke has lost its entire starting group after freshman big man Wendell Carter Jr. announced he will declare for the NBA draft and forgo his final three years of college eligibility. Carter joins fellow freshmen teammates Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr., and Trevon Duval to declare with the..." April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Could landing Michael Porter or Mikal Bridges speed up the Bulls’ timetable?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Praying to win the lucky-door prize like some 82-year-old retiree at the weekly bingo hall isn’t exactly how John Paxson wants to spend his Aprils. The Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations greeted what went down Friday with a smile on his face, but he doesn’t want to make a habit of..." April 16

  • Michigan’s Moe Wagner declares for 2018 NBA Draft

    Land of 10 "Moe Wagner has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. The Michigan basketball star made the announcement Saturday morning in an essay for the Players’ Tribune. Michigan’s Moe Wagner enters 2018 NBA Draft “This wasn’t an easy decision for me. I know people always say that, and maybe it sounds..." April 14

  • IU basketball's Juwan Morgan declares for draft, won't hire agent

    Indianapolis Star "Second-team All-Big Ten forward Juwan Morgan will declare for the NBA draft but not sign with an agent, leaving the door open to return for his senior year at Indiana. Morgan, who took a dramatic leap forward in impact and profile in his junior season, announced his intention to declare via..." April 12

  • Dzanan Musa Enters 2018 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Bosnian swingman Dzanan Musa has elected to enter his name in the 2018 NBA draft pool, according to a tweet from agent Misko Raznatovic (hat tip to Sportando). Musa, a 6’9″ scorer who is currently playing for Cedevita Zagreb in the Croatian League, is considered the No. 22 player in the 2018..." April 12

  • Georgetown’s Jessie Govan declaring for draft without an agent

    College Basketball Talk "Georgetown’s double-double machine is off to see what the NBA has to say about his game. Jessie Govan, who averaged 17.9 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, will declare for the NBA draft, but will not initially hire an agent, he announced Wednesday. “This allows me to become one..." April 12

  • Lakers sent scout to watch LiAngelo Ball in Lithuania

    New York Daily News "LaVar Ball continues to speak it into existence. While the loud-mouthed basketball dad's goal of having all three of his sons play for the Lakers is still a ways off, that dream is now one step closer to coming to fruition. The Lakers sent a scout to watch LiAngelo Ball and Lithuanian..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • French guard Elie Okobo enters NBA draft

    ESPN "French guard Elie Okobo has submitted paperwork making himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft, his agent, Herman Manakyan, informed ESPN. "I decided to enter the draft because I think it's a good year for me," Okobo told ESPN. "I'm progressing every day and I see how I'm continuing to improve...." April 11

  • Jalen Brunson Declares for NBA Draft

    SI "Villanova junior guard Jalen Brunson will forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Brunson made his intentions known in a letter published on addressed to "Nova Nation," "After careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the June NBA..." April 11

  • Texas A&M sophomore Robert Williams enters NBA Draft, hires agents

    Sporting News "Texas A&M sophomore Robert Williams will enter the 2018 NBA Draft, and he has already signed with agents, according to The Vertical. Williams, a 6-10, 240-pound power forward, averaged 10.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game this season, helping the Aggies reach the Sweet 16. A..." April 10

  • Nova's Mikal Bridges to bypass final season, enter NBA draft

    ESPN "Villanova junior All-American Mikal Bridges will bypass his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft where he's projected to be a lottery pick, he told ESPN. Bridges, a two-time national champion and the 2018 Julius Erving Award winner as the top small forward in college basketball, is..." April 10

  • UM's Bruce Brown to hire agent ahead of NBA draft

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As the Hurricanes men’s basketball team begins the process of rebuilding its roster, it now knows it must find ways to replace at least two of its top three scorers. Hurricanes sophomore Bruce Brown has decided to hire an agent ahead of the NBA draft, Miami coach Jim Larrañaga confirmed..." April 09

  • Khyri Thomas To Test 2018 NBA Draft Waters

    Hoops Rumors "Creighton shooting guard Khyri Thomas will enter the 2018 NBA draft, he confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link). However, for the time being, Thomas won’t hire an agent, maintaining the ability to withdraw his name later in the process and return to school. Thomas is coming off a..." April 09

  • Suns clinch worst record in NBA, top lottery odds for 2018 No. 1 draft pick

    The Score "With their 117-100 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, the Phoenix Suns have fallen to 20-61 on the season, clinching the worst record in the league and the best odds at securing the No. 1 pick at the 2018 draft lottery. In addition to a 25 percent chance of..." April 09

  • Top NBA Draft Prospect Luka Doncic Thinks He’s Similar To Ben Simmons

    Dime Magazine "Over the next two months, debates will rage with regard to the 2018 NBA Draft. The NBA Playoffs may dominate the overall basketball conversation until early June but, in the midst of it all, discussions concerning Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and others will continue, and this..." April 09

  • Duke freshman Gary Trent Jr. announces he will declare for the NBA draft

    Raleigh News & Observer "Gary Trent Jr. has become the latest Duke freshman to declare for the NBA draft. Trent posted a video of his announcement on Instagram. He will hire an agent. Trent, a 6-6, 209-pound guard was Duke's third leading scorer this past season. He averaged 14.5 points per game in 33.8 minute per..." April 07

  • Kentucky's Knox declares for NBA draft

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Kentucky fans who let themselves dream about a best-case scenario for the Wildcats' current round of NBA draft decisions are going to be disappointed. After his father said in multiple interviews over the last two weeks likely first-round pick Kevin Knox was still considering a return to..." April 06

  • Missouri's Jontay Porter declares for NBA Draft, won't hire an agent

    Kansas City Star "He followed his older brother to college, and now Missouri freshman forward Jontay Porter has joined Michael Porter Jr. in declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Michael Porter Jr. declared for the draft on March 26 and signed with Priority Sports. Jontay is leaving open the door for a..." April 05

  • Alabama's Collin Sexton plans to enter NBA draft

    Alabama "Young Bull is headed to the NBA. Alabama star point guard Collin Sexton plans to enter the NBA draft, sources told The expectation, per sources, is that Sexton will remain in the draft even if he doesn't immediately sign with an agent. Sexton had strongly weighed returning to..." April 05

  • If Sixers get No. 1 pick from Lakers, here are 3 players on their radar

    Newark Star-Ledger "Last June on draft night, the Sixers and Celtics pulled off a trade that gave Philly the No. 1 pick (Markelle Fultz) just a year after they took Ben Simmons No. 1 overall. But there were conditions attached to swaps of owed draft picks included in the deal, too. If the Lakers win the draft..." April 05

  • Duke freshman Trevon Duval announces he'll declare for the NBA draft

    Raleigh News & Observer "Trevon Duval has become the latest Duke freshmen to announce his intentions to declare for the NBA draft. The 6-3, 186-pound point guard, announced his plans on social media Wednesday. For the season, Duval averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 assists per game. He is projected to be a late first..." April 05

  • Kansas’ Malik Newman to enter NBA Draft, hire agent

    Larry Brown Sports "Malik Newman announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving Kansas to enter the NBA Draft. He also said he would hire an agent. “I want to thank Coach Self and the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity to come to Kansas,” Newman said in a video about his decision. “I definitely want to..." April 04

  • Miami’s Lonnie Walker entering, staying in NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "As Kurt warned, Lonnie Walker might dazzle with his athleticism – or not. The freshman guard scored 12 points on 12 shots with three turnovers and no assists in Miami’s upset loss to Loyola in the NCAA tournament. That will be Walker’s final college game. Walker is projected as a..." April 04

  • Heat 2018 first-round pick now committed to Suns; '19 pick can be dealt

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "By clinching a playoff berth, the Miami Heat's 2018 first-round NBA draft pick has formally been forwarded to the Phoenix Suns, the first of two first-round picks due from the 2015 acquisition of Goran Dragic. The Heat also owe an unprotected 2021 first-round pick to complete that..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Report: Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo could get 1st-round looks after ‘the game of his life’

    Clutch Points "Following a meteoric performance in the title game against the Michigan Wolverines, junior shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo chose the best possible time to pour in a career-high 31 points, leading the Villanova Wildcats to a 79-62 win to crown themselves champions for the second time in three..." April 03

  • Moritz Wagner mum on possible NBA jump after Michigan's title game loss

    Michigan Live "Moritz Wagner may have ended his standout Michigan career in the national title game. But in the moments afterward, he wasn't keen to talk about his future. After Michigan's 79-62 loss to Villanova, Wagner declined to say whether he's thought about whether he will return to Michigan for his..." April 03

  • Nevada forward Caleb Martin testing NBA draft waters

    College Basketball Talk "Fresh off of a season in which he won two major awards, Nevada redshirt junior forward Caleb Martin announced Tuesday that he will be entering the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent. This approach keeps open the possibility of Martin returning to college for his senior season if he does not like what..." April 03

  • Dennis Rodman Rips LiAngelo Ball, 'He's Awful'

    TMZ "Dennis Rodman is GOING IN on LiAngelo Ball ... telling TMZ Sports the dude sucks at hoops and has a snowball's chance in hell of making the NBA. "He's not good at all," Rodman says ... "He's awful." We pointed out LiAngelo dropped 72 points during a game in Lithuania on the day he announced..." April 03

  • DeAndre Ayton Could See Himself In Phoenix With Booker Being ‘Shaq And Kobe 2.0’

    SLAM Online "Potential No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton discussed his future in the NBA as a guest on CBS Sports Radio this past weekend. The Arizona big man said he could see himself playing in Phoenix with shooting guard Devin Booker and being “a little Shaq and Kobe 2.0.”" April 02

  • Michigan State basketball's Jaren Jackson Jr. declares for NBA draft

    Detroit Free Press "Jaren Jackson Jr. has made his decision. Jackson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Defenseive Player of the Year, announced on Twitter Monday that he will leave East Lansing and declare for the NBA draft. " April 02

  • Cincinnati's Jacob Evans to declare for NBA Draft

    Sporting News "Jacob Evans is taking his shot at the NBA. The Cincinnati guard on Sunday announced he will declare for the NBA Draft after three seasons with the Bearcats. "I decided to enter the NBA draft after weighing my options with my family and coaches," Evans told ESPN. "I feel it's the best move..." April 01

2017-2018 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Grizzlies DeAndre Ayton Arizona
2 Suns* Marvin Bagley III Duke
3 Hawks Michael Porter Jr. Missouri
4 Magic Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan St
5 Kings Mohamed Bamba Texas
6 Mavericks Luka Doncic Real Madrid
7 Cavaliers* Trae Young Oklahoma
8 Bulls Collin Sexton Alabama
9 Knicks Kevin Knox Kentucky
10 Hornets Mikal Bridges Villanova

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.