NBA Prospects Rumors & News

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    Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

    Says something about Emmanuel Mudiay's professionalism that he didn't sulk and just steal money for the past 2 1/2 months. Stayed ready.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein’s Jumper Could Help Skyrocket Draft Stock

    Zagsblog "Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein has recently added a mid-range jumper to his offensive arsenal, and that hasn’t escaped NBA scouts. One veteran scout told that the 7-foot junior could go as high as No. 2 in the NBA Draft if he can consistently make that shot. “He’s always been a..." February 23

  • Emmanuel Mudiay: Why the Potential No. 1 Pick is Riding the Bench in China

    Complex "Within hours of his October announcement that he was skipping college and signing a professional deal in the Chinese Basketball Association, Emmanuel Mudiay found himself becoming one of the biggest news stories on two different continents. America wanted to know everything it could about the..." February 18

  • NBA players reject salary cap smoothing, raising projected 2016 cap to more than $90M

    SB Nation "NBA players have rejected a proposal that would "smooth" the projected windfall from the new television deal that the league signed last October, setting up a substantial increase of the salary cap in 2016, according to reports. Per Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, the salary cap is expected..." February 14

  • Jahlil Okafor says he’d be comfortable bypassing NBA draft, staying at Duke

    Pro Basketball Talk "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called Jahlil Okafor a one-and-done player before the season even began. The center has been hyped for years as the No. 1 pick pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Sure, other players – like Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Kentucky’s Karl Towns – have worked there way into..." February 13

  • Report: Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay top Lakers’ 2015 NBA draft board

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers didn’t trade for Rajon Rondo. Not Greg Monroe, either. But as the 13-38 Lakers head toward their worst season in franchise history, they’ll continue to try distracting their fans from the mess on the court. Hey, the NBA draft is around the corner, and the Lakers could have a..." February 10

  • How D'Angelo Russell blossomed into the NBA Draft's hottest prospect

    SB Nation "The Ohio State guard grew into one of the best players in the country once he finally got the opportunity to run the show. The headliners at the McDonald's All-American Game have a way of possessing their own magnetic pull. Two years ago, the swarm was focused on Andrew Wiggins, then an..." February 10

  • Knicks-76ers loser bowl is really all about this one phenom

    New York Post "Bouncing basketballs and ping-pong balls are in play Wednesday when the tanking Knicks face the tanking Sixers at Wachovia Center in the Okafor Bowl. The Sixers, who started 0-17, were once thought a lock to capture the No. 1 lottery seed and get the best chance at projected No. 1 pick, Duke..." January 21

  • ‘Lose more for Okafor': Knicks vie for potential next Tim Duncan

    New York Post "The Pistons are at the Garden on Friday and that means one thing: The joust for Jahlil is on. With the 5-29 Knicks having lost nine straight and 19-of-20, their chances of finishing with more lottery ping-pong balls than the Pistons have risen dramatically. The Knicks are on their way to..." January 03

  • Knicks likely to whiff on Marc Gasol — is Okafor new hope?

    New York Post "The Knicks are closer to landing Duke center Jahlil Okafor in the draft than they are to landing Memphis center Marc Gasol in free agency, according to an NBA source. As the Knicks plummet to the bottom of the league, a source told The Post the club doesn’t believe its chances are too good of..." December 06

  • Sources: Emmanuel Mudiay's future in China unclear

    Yahoo! Sports "After bypassing college for a $1.2 million deal in China, guard Emmanuel Mudiay's future with the Guangdong Southern Tigers has grown unclear. Mudiay, a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, has missed four consecutive games with an ankle sprain and will be replaced – at minimally..." December 05

  • Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

    Real GM Basketball "Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season. Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years. "I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game,"..." November 20

  • Emmanuel Mudiay’s second game in China goes much better than his first

    College Basketball Talk "Emmanuel Mudiay played his second official game with the Guangdong Southern Dragons on Wednesday, and it went much better than his first outing. He finished with 29 points, nine boards, seven assists and four steals while shooting 12-for-17 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. The..." November 05

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • Emmanuel Mudiay ‘handled himself well’ in first game in China

    College Basketball Talk "Emmanuel Mudiay played his first two preseason games with the Guangdong Southern Dragons last week, playing well in the opener but struggling his second time out. In the first game, Mudiay finished with 20 points, five assists and three turnovers, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor, according to..." October 20

  • Kristaps Porzingis pulls out of NBA draft, will stay in Europe for another season

    Yahoo! Sports "In somewhat of a surprise, 7-foot Kristaps Porzingis has pulled out of this month's NBA draft and will return to Europe for the next year, his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. Porzingis, 18, had a chance to be a top-20 pick in the draft, but believes he can move even higher..." October 14

  • Mid-range game critical to evolution of Caris LeVert

    UM Hoops "Everybody hates the mid-range jumper. Iowa State has nearly eliminated it from its offense. Daryl Morey has tried to do something similar in the NBA D-League with Rio Grande Valley. John Gasaway recently tweeted that “’developing a mid-range game’ is like hitting well from the rough. Need to..." October 14

  • Caris LeVert keeps changing for the better as Michigan's returning leader

    Michigan Live "Caris LeVert is looking different nowadays. First, there’s the new haircut. It’s faded up and a little longer on top, somehow making him look a little rounder; less lean. Then there’s the smile. The braces finally came off and his baby face is beginning to age. During one workout session this..." October 14

  • Sam Hinkie Needs to Have Stanley Johnson On His 2015 NBA Draft Radar

    Rant Sports "GM and mastermind Sam Hinkie of the Philadelphia 76ers made it clear that he wasn’t aiming to make the Sixers competitive next season after he expended his two lottery picks on guys who won’t get to see the Wells Fargo Center’s hardwood in 2014-15. Joel Embiid will likely be held out for the..." October 14

  • With Stanley Johnson, Arizona again has its sights set on a national title run "You should know Stanley Johnson, the basketball player. Here is a window into Stanley Johnson, the basketball coach. During his junior year at Mater Dei (Calif.) High School, Johnson served as an aid for coach Gary McKnight’s freshman physical education class. Four days a week, Johnson would..." October 14

  • Meet Stanley Johnson, the Best Two-Way Prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Two-way standouts are some of the most sought-after prospects in the NBA draft. Their talent, proficiency and intangibles on both ends of the court are immeasurably valuable. Arizona's incoming freshman Stanley Johnson fits the bill, and he may be the best two-way player to hear his name called..." October 14

  • Kelly Oubre Will Be the Difference Maker for Kansas in 2014-15

    Rant Sports "The Kansas Jayhawks lost a lot of talent in the offseason with Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid both gone for the NBA. Luckily for head coach Bill Self, this year’s recruiting class is no joke, and has the talent to make this team a real contender in the upcoming season. Many people will look at the..." October 14

  • KU basketball's Kelly Oubre not playing, acting like freshman

    The Topeka Capital-Journal "Landen Lucas observed something right away about Kelly Oubre the first time he played basketball with him in Lawrence: The freshman wasn’t timid. “Coming in a lot of times, freshmen seem to almost not step aside but let the guys like Wayne (Selden) run things for a little while,” said Lucas, a..." October 14

  • Kentucky recruit Karl-Anthony Towns latest Wildcat on NBA radar

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Kentucky-bound center Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. met with a kinesiologist last week to learn more about the field he plans on studying in college. The 7-footer, who is already on the NBA radar, walked out of the meeting also having learned he could grow three more inches. "Growing up,..." October 14

  • Why Kentucky's Karl Towns Could Be the Prize of the 2015 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "With an impressive bag of tricks and a superb feel for the game, Kentucky freshman Karl Towns Jr. is already mentioned among the top 2015 NBA draft prospects. Can he separate himself from the rest of the field moving forward? The 2014 Gatorade National Player of the Year had a brilliant high..." October 14

  • Willie Cauley-Stein back at Kentucky for junior season

    USA Today "The first of many NBA decisions for the University of Kentucky's talented roster is something of a stunner: 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a projected first-round pick, announced Monday he will return for his junior season. "I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship,..." October 14

  • UK's twins in better mental, physical shape

    Louisville Courier-Journal "John Calipari was just as surprised as you. After twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison led Kentucky to the NCAA title game in April, their coach did not expect to hear that they would wait on the NBA and return for their sophomore season. "I thought they would be encouraged to leave," Calipari..." October 14

  • Jahlil Okafor --'s Preseason Player of the Year "I've sat with enough elite talents over the years to know not all of them embrace or even desire big expectations in the weeks leading up to their freshmen seasons. Some do, absolutely. But for every Kevin Durant -- who told me, matter-of-factly, a month before his one year at Texas began that he..." October 14

  • Why Jahlil Okafor Is Early Favorite for No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "It clicked early for Jahlil Okafor. You can just tell that he gets it. He understands his overwhelming strengths and recognizes how to exploit them. And chances are he'll be exploiting them at Duke against helpless ACC frontcourts on his journey toward becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the..." October 14

  • Emmanuel Mudiay signs deal with Under Armour "Former SMU point guard recruit Emmanuel Mudiay has signed a contract with Under Armour, the company announced Tuesday. In July, Mudiay decided to forgo his offer from SMU in favor of playing overseas. He signed a contract with China's Guangdong. Mudiay has said he made the decision because..." October 14

  • NBA’s rookie transition program presents information in a compelling way in order to promote real discussion

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has held its Rookie Transition Program for first-year players coming into the league since 1986, in an attempt to provide an extensive support system during an educational event that takes place over the course of three separate days. Seminars cover a wide range of topics — family..." September 23

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    Andy Greder @twolvesnow

    Asked of #Twolves starters, Flip Saunders told @105theticket youngsters to be interspersed w/ vets. Noncommittal on Andrew Wiggins starting.

  • Kentucky coach John Calipari finalizing unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is finalizing plans for an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate his star-laden roster of professional prospects, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send..." September 09

  • NBA adding extra space along the baseline to increase safety

    SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26

  • Injured NBA rookie passes time trolling everyone from LeBron to Rihanna

    New York Post "For most NBA rookies, the first few weeks after they’re selected in the draft fly by, filled with press conferences, summer league games and settling into their new homes. This year, however, there is one rookie who hasn’t had that experience. “I would say kind of boring,” 76ers center Joel..." August 07

  • Joel Embiid has gotten a lot bigger over the past 3 years

    Yahoo! Sports "Here's what Joel Embiid, standout Kansas big man and No. 3 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft, looks like today: And here, via Embiid's increasingly indispensable Twitter account, is what the Cameroonian prospect looked like way back in the long, long ago of..." August 05

  • Kobi Simmons is among the elite PGs in the class of 2016 "The class of 2015 isn't loaded with point guards. Most of the best backcourt players are scorers, and it's a down year in general for the position. One can't say the same for the class of 2016, which has multiple high-level point guards among its group of five-star players. Dennis Smith Jr.,..." July 31

  • Cavs, Wolves trade involving Love, Wiggins matter of when, not if "The Minnesota Timberwolves were engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, adding to the growing belief around the NBA that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation. After..." July 31

  • Seventh Woods' Life in Public Eye: From Mixtape Phenom to Scrutinized Recruit

    Bleacher Report "His basketball mixtape has generated more than 11.5 million hits on YouTube. One of his dunks led SportsCenter. And he was invited to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! All before he turned 16. For the past few years, Seventh Woods has been hailed as a basketball prodigy, operating in the same..." July 29

  • Joel Embiid has moved on from Kim Kardashian, sets sights on Rihanna

    SB Nation "The wacky Twitter journey of injured Sixers rookie Joel Embiid carries forth. After failing to recruit LeBron James and failing to get Kim Kardashian to slide into his DMs, he's moved on to a new Twitter project: failing to go on a date with Rihanna. Via the exclusive reporting of Joel Embiid..." July 22

  • Report: Cavaliers to sign Andrew Wiggins as early as Wednesday

    Pro Basketball Talk "We passed along the report a couple of days ago that the Cavaliers were expected to sign Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract sometime this week, and discussed at the time how that may or may not impact any trade talks Cleveland has going with the Timberwolves on a potential deal for Kevin..." July 22

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Cavs to sign No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to a standard 2-year rookie contract with two option years,source told Yahoo. @twithersAP broke story

  • Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to $1.2 million deal to play in China

    Yahoo! Sports "Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a $1.2 million contract with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association, the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player, a source told Yahoo Sports. Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist..." July 22

  • Cavs, Andrew Wiggins near deal "The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract in the coming week, according to sources close to the process. Sources told that the Cavaliers' delay in signing the former Kansas star has nothing to do with the prospect of Wiggins..." July 21

  • Coach K: "Not one second of hesitancy, I'd trade (Wiggins) for Kevin Love" "In an interview with John Feinstein on CBS Sports radio, Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski broke down what he would do in the Cleveland Cavaliers' position of trying to decide whether to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. The verdict? He'd trade for Love. Click here to listen to the..." July 21

  • Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart Sign With adidas

    SLAM Online "adidas has quietly established the best group of rookies of the 2014 NBA Draft class. With Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum already in the fold, adidas got even richer by adding two more lottery picks to their roster: Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. Sources confirmed to SLAM that both Embiid and..." July 15

  • P.J. Hairston’s potential lawsuit against his agent, Juan Morrow

    Sporting News "Last week news surfaced of Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, not being certified with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). Morrow held out to the public that he in fact was a “certified player agent.” This is blatant misrepresentation on behalf of Morrow...." July 15

  • Wiggins' reps told no trade with Wolves including Love coming "Ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers won this year's draft lottery, there has been speculation that they might trade the No. 1 pick. They've said all the right things about keeping Andrew Wiggins since selecting him, but could he possibly be on the move? USA Today reported that his representatives..." July 10

  • Andrew Wiggins signs $10-12 million Adidas contract

    USA Today "Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the June draft, has reached a shoe and apparel deal with Adidas, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until..." July 09

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
2 Lakers Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
3 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Thunder Montrezl Harrell Louisville
6 Pistons Kelly Oubre Kansas
7 Nuggets Myles Turner Texas
8 Celtics Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
9 Hornets Stanley Johnson Arizona
10 Pacers Bobby Portis Arkansas

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