NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Mikal vs. Miles Bridges: Two draft options if Knicks’ tank fails

    New York Post "The Knicks’ final 23 games after the All-Star break are only a series of “Bridges’’ to their next date of import: the May 15 draft lottery. Pun intended. If the lottery were held now, the Knicks would hold the ninth-best odds with a 23-36 record and a league-high eight-game losing streak..." February 16

  • LeBron James says Oklahoma freshman Trae Young 'better go pro' after this season

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma Sooners freshman guard Trae Young is torching the competition in college, leading the NCAA in both scoring and assists through 24 games as he builds his national player of the year campaign. The former five-star talent from Norman who entered college as a potential one-and-done player..." February 13

  • Lakers Rumors: LaVar says Lonzo Ball will not re-sign if they do not sign LiAngelo, LaMelo

    Clutch Points "Though far away in Lithuania, LaVar Ball’s plan for Big Baller Brand world domination has already started going through the gears. The loud-mouthed father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball said his son would not be willing to re-sign with the team unless the Lakers were willing to take..." February 12

  • Report: Cavs can't trade Nets first-round pick until after draft

    247 Sports "Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team cannot trade the Brooklyn Nets' first-round draft pick. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, now that the Cavs have traded their own first-round pick in 2018, they are barred from trading the Nets pick until after..." February 08

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Cleveland's Standard For Trading Brooklyn Pick Remains Paul George Level Talent

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to explore the trade market and are reluctant to deal the Nets' pick they acquired from the Celtics for Kyrie Irving. Because the pick has great value, it has been difficult for the Cavaliers to find a satisfactory deal involving it. "I think Cleveland's..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • LaVar Ball: Vytautus coach not my buddy anymore

    Sportsnaut "LaVar Ball wants to control every aspect of his sons’ basketball lives, and he’s not pleased with the decision of Vytatus coach Virginijus Seskus to not start LiAngelo or LaMelo in a recent game. According to Lithuanian basketball reporter Donatas Urbonas, Ball said Seskus “threw my friendship..." February 05

  • LiAngelo And LaMelo Ball Will Stay In Lithuania After The Remainder Of Their Contracts Were Picked Up

    Dime Magazine "The two biggest ballers in the history of Lithuanian professional basketball aren’t going anywhere for a few more months. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Vytautas Prienu has decided to exercise the options on its two most famous players, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, through the end of..." February 02

  • Why Arizona's DeAndre Ayton is the No. 1 NBA prospect for 2018

    247 Sports "Evan Daniels has released Version 2.0 for the 2018 NBA Draft Big Board, and there's a change at the top. Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton has jumped Duke's Marvin Bagley for the No. 1 spot. Why? Let's break it down. A dominant freshman season at Arizona has helped Ayton prove himself as arguably the..." January 30

  • Trae Young looks like modern star as he joins top pick discussion

    Fanrag Sports "Trae Young is the first college star whose formative years as a basketball player existed in this Stephen Curry ecosystem. The Oklahoma Sooners’ freshman phenom was 14 years old when Curry started setting the NBA on fire. It started in 2012-13 when the Golden State Warriors’ soon-to-be megastar..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • LaVar Ball to be assistant coach for LiAngelo and LaMelo's team for friendly in Lithuania

    ESPN "LaVar Ball will serve as an assistant coach for LiAngelo and LaMelo's team, Vytautas, on Tuesday night in a Big Baller Challenge contest in Lithuania. Vytautas will play against BC Dzukija in the Big Baller Challenge -- a five-game series of friendly games that do not count in the standings...." January 23

  • Report: Cavs expected to hold onto Nets pick at trade deadline

    Cavaliers Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers might not be able to retool their roster before February’s trading deadline if they aren’t including the Brooklyn Nets pick in trade discussions. According to TNT Analyst David Aldridge who wrote on NBA.com, the Cavs are looking to keep the pick since there’s not a player..." January 22

  • Shareef O'Neal 'Love LeBron, But ... Lakers Are My Dream Tream'

    TMZ "Move over, Ball bros -- Shareef O'Neal says the Lakers are his #1 choice when he goes pro ... and if we were Magic Johnson, we'd start working OT to make it happen. We got Shaq's son touching down in LAX ... and asked who he'd want to draft him since his NBA career is creeping up. Shareef..." January 20

  • Trae Young’s brilliance the only thing we can count on so far

    New York Post "Selection Sunday is less than two months away, which means it’s officially Bracketology season — the time the sport begins to take center stage. It’s been a strange year up to this point. Final Four favorites have scuffled. Forgotten programs have thrived. One freshman — and not the one most..." January 16

  • MSU's Jaren Jackson slated higher than Miles Bridges in midseason NBA mock drafts

    Michigan Live "The story of the college basketball offseason was that Michigan State's Miles Bridges passed on being a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to return to school for his sophomore seaosn. But by midseason, Bridges isn't even projected as the highest 2018 NBA Draft pick on his own team, in..." January 16

  • Report: Cavs don’t want to trade Nets’ first-round pick in case LeBron James leaves

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers have the assets needed to make a big splash at the NBA trade deadline next month, but questions about LeBron James’ future with the franchise could prevent them from pulling the trigger. If the Cavs wanted to pursue adding a star player, they would likely need to part..." January 16

  • LaVar Ball Slammed By Anonymous NBA Executives

    NESN "The growing tension between LaVar Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers may have reached a boiling point. Ball’s antics have become a dark cloud looming over the Lakers as they have dropped nine of their last 13 games. One Eastern Conference executive believes that Lavar’s mouth is chewing off more..." January 16

  • Is Trae Young the NBA’s next Stephen Curry?

    Clutch Points "Many people are constantly on the lookout for the next big upcoming superstar, and the first thing we do is compare them to current NBA stars. This of course puts huge pressure on the player to succeed, and often we put that pressure on very young shoulders. The talk right now in the GM offices..." January 15

  • LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Combine for 60 Points in Win over Lietuvos-Rytas

    Bleacher Report "After LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball were both held scoreless in their professional debuts for Prienu Vytautas, the duo fared much better Monday in an exhibition against Lietuvos-Rytas-2. LaMelo led all scorers with 31 points while LiAngelo added 29 in a 130-93 win over the second-level Lithuanian..." January 15

  • Izzo Trying To Lure The “Jerk” Out Of Miles Bridges

    CBS Detroit "Two things are strikingly clear about Miles Bridges: An abundance of talent and a lack of ego. He could average 30 points a night, but he prefers to pass. He could lust after personal accolades, but he’s much more consumed with winning. It’s impossible to watch the 19-year-old play without..." January 11

  • Deandre Ayton is not afraid to be the next big thing

    ESPN "On July 31, 2017, Arizona gathered at the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, the practice court decorated with giant photos of the program's former stars who've made a combined $1.25 billion in the NBA. Sean Miller's team stood there among the school's immortals and prepared for an exhibition trip to..." January 11

  • Alabama gets good news from NCAA on Collin Sexton

    Alabama "Alabama got some good news from the NCAA Thursday night regarding star freshman Collin Sexton. While Sexton will have to sit out the Crimson Tide's season-opener against Memphis on Friday, the five-star point guard will be eligible to play beginning with Alabama's home opener against Lipscomb..." January 10

  • Collin Sexton making history at Alabama

    Jacksonville Times-Union "Another dominant performance Saturday has an Alabama player climbing up draft boards for next year. No, we aren’t talking about college football. Crimson Tide point guard Collin Sexton has burst onto the college basketball scene with a first month that’s featured an array of big-time shots..." January 10

  • Afraid of Rejections: DeAndre Ayton Is a Physical Marvel, but It Isn’t Showing on Defense

    The Ringer "There’s one question hanging over DeAndre Ayton. Just on talent alone, the Arizona freshman should be the front-runner to be the no. 1 overall pick in the draft. At 7-foot-1 and 250 pounds with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and a reported 43.5-inch vertical leap, Ayton is as big as Steven Adams, and he can..." January 10

  • Deandre Ayton is the next NBA 'unicorn'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "He is taking business and finance and some general studies, but do not try to bring that “What’s your toughest class?” question around Deandre Ayton. It is kind of a standard when speaking with college athletes and occasionally will produce some insight or humorous anecdotes. He rejects that..." January 10

  • What John Calipari and Kentucky basketball need from Hamidou Diallo

    Louisville Courier-Journal "John Calipari remembers Hamidou Diallo showed no emotion during his recruitment. Who was in the running? What was the plan? Nobody knew much about where the 6-foot-5-inch super-athletic shooting guard from Queens, New York would play in college. "Wouldn’t say anything and then call you and..." January 10

  • Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo will return for freshman season

    ESPN "Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Wildcats. Diallo announced he was testing the waters last month but did not sign with an agent, leaving open the option to return to school. He had until midnight on Wednesday night to decide..." January 10

  • Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. could crash top-five party at 2018 NBA Draft

    Sporting News "When the Warriors popularized their modern iteration of small ball during the 2015 NBA Finals, they did so by playing big despite going small thanks to Draymond Green. The 6-7 poster child for second-round steals in the NBA Draft allowed the Warriors to reap the rewards of a five-out offense..." January 10

  • MSU freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. shows glimpses of greatness in summer ball

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State’s next potential lottery pick made his summer league debut Tuesday night. Jaren Jackson Jr. didn’t quite light up the gym as his teammate did a year ago. That’s fine. Not everyone’s game is suited to pickup ball the way Miles Bridges is. Jackson’s game is more earthbound by..." January 10

  • Surprise! Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox commits to Kentucky

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Five-star basketball recruit Kevin Knox announced his college decision Saturday, and Kentucky was the surprise pick. Knox — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Tampa, Fla. — chose the Wildcats over fellow finalists Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina. He was one of the top remaining..." January 10

  • Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft

    Tampa Bay Times "Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018. And Tampa Catholic High School small forward Kevin Knox may be among the top prospects. Knox, a five-star recruit, committed to coach John Calipari's Kentucky program in May ahead of schools..." January 10

  • Duke Big Man Marvin Bagley III Is On His Way To Superstardom

    SLAM Online "On Marvin Bagley III’s first day of first grade, his father, Marvin Bagley Jr, was dropping his eldest son off at school when he came to a realization: His boy was taller than all the other kids. A lot taller. “Head and shoulders above everyone else,” Bagley Jr says. “It was like, Wow, he might..." January 10

  • Marvin Bagley III Is the Unique Duke Star Coach K Has Been Waiting For

    Bleacher Report "The preseason national title favorite changed in mid-August when Marvin Bagley III reclassified to the 2017 class and signed with Duke. Men's basketball got its introduction to Bagley over the weekend, and he vindicated those who tabbed Duke as the title favorite because of his addition. The..." January 10

  • Michael Porter Jr. to Undergo Spinal Surgery, Miss Remainder of Season

    Bleacher Report "After just two minutes of playing time, Michael Porter Jr. has apparently seen his season end. Missouri announced Tuesday its star freshman will likely be out for the remainder of the year due to a back injury. Porter will undergo a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal disks Tuesday with a..." January 10

  • Is Michael Porter Jr The Next Kevin Durant?

    SLAM Online "It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Michael Porter Jr would likely be out for the entire college season after having to undergo spinal surgery. It means that his collegiate career has likely come to an end, as he’s expected to be one of the top 5 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-10..." January 10

  • Don’t look too much into Michael Porter Jr. shooting before games, Cuonzo Martin says

    Kansas City Star "Missouri freshman forward and top recruit Michael Porter Jr. has shot a few baskets before games recently while his teammates have been warming up, but you shouldn’t think anything of it. Really. Coach Cuonzo Martin said this means nothing. When the program announced Porter had undergone..." January 10

  • The Ball brothers’ Lithuania basketball debut drew an insane amount of viewers

    Awful Announcing "There has been a lot of anger and frustration lately with LaVar Ball as some people have had just about enough of his antics. In fact, NBA coaches have even threatened a mutiny against any media outlet or reporter who interviews the elder Ball after his calling out of Luke Walton last week. Stan..." January 10

  • Thon Maker's Brother Matur to Skip College, Apply for 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Matur Maker, the brother of Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker, will reportedly skip college and pursue a professional playing career. According to 247Sports' Evan Daniels, Matur plans to apply for the 2018 NBA draft in the spring since he will be 19 years old and one year removed from high..." January 06

  • Traditional big men, nearly extinct in the NBA, nevertheless pack the 2018 draft class

    Washington Post "The need for speed and threes has left the NBA and its 2018 draft class in a peculiar position. Seven of the class of 2018’s top prospects are traditional back-to-the-basket power forwards and centers auditioning for a league that has mostly chosen not to cast that part in recent years. The..." January 02

  • LaVar Ball plans to start league for high school graduates

    ESPN "LaVar Ball said Wednesday that he's launching a basketball league for nationally ranked players who have graduated from high school but don't want to go to college. Ball said his Junior Basketball Association -- which he said is fully funded by his Big Baller Brand -- plans to pay the..." December 20

  • LaMelo And LiAngelo Ball Are Reportedly Close To A Deal To Play In Lithuania

    Dime Magazine "The Ball brothers are very close to taking their talents overseas. After LaVar pulled both LaMelo and LiAngelo out of their respective schools over the past few months, the Ball family patriarch made it known his plan was to have both of his sons sign with the same team to play overseas until they..." December 11

  • Report: LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Sign 1-Year Contracts with Prienu Vytautas

    Bleacher Report "LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are headed to Europe. The former Chino Hills High School stars have signed one-year deals with first division Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, adding they will report to the club in January. Jonathan Givony of ESPN broke..." December 11

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • NBA GM says his team has zero interest in LiAngelo Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s hard to say if LaVar Ball thinks he has a chance of getting son LiAngelo drafted, but if he really does, it sounds like he’s in for a major disappointment come next June. In light of LaVar’s decision to pull LiAngelo out of UCLA to prepare him for the NBA Draft, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Top '18 prospect Anfernee Simons considering NBA draft

    ESPN "Anfernee Simons, a consensus top-10 recruit in the 2018 high school class, is strongly considering entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, he informed ESPN this weekend. Simons is currently doing a post-graduate year, or fifth season of high school, at IMG Academy in Florida. The 6-foot-4..." November 18

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

2017-2018 NBA Draft Projections

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

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