NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver wants 1-and-done rule change

    Fanrag Sports "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver seems determined to change the one-and-done rule in college basketball where players have to play one year for a school before jumping to the NBA. “It’s clear a change will come,” said Silver on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Monday morning. “It’s clearly not working for..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • LaVar Ball to pull son LaMelo from Chino Hills and train him personally

    Los Angeles Times "The high school basketball career of LaMelo Ball is over. The 16-year-old junior at Chino Hills will be home-schooled and not play for any team, his father, LaVar Ball, said Monday in a phone call. "I'm going to make him the best basketball player ever," LaVar said. He intends to check..." October 03

  • There's never been an NBA draft prospect like Luka Doncic

    ESPN "Goran Dragic scrolled through his iPhone smiling ear to ear. "Let me show you a picture," Dragic said. "It's crazy." The photo featured Dragic, then a youthful 21-year-old point guard prospect, and nine of his Union Olimpija teammates, hoisting the 2008 Slovenian League championship trophy...." September 18

  • Mitchell Robinson leaves Western Kentucky, will focus on NBA draft

    ESPN "Mitchell Robinson, a heralded five-star recruit who has been on and off Western Kentucky's campus while deciding whether he wants to play college basketball, has decided to leave school and will work out with a trainer this year in preparation for the June 2018 NBA draft. Multiple sources told..." September 18

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • NBA Exec Says Luka Doncic 'Leap Years Above Anyone' After EuroBasket Brilliance

    Bleacher Report "NBA unicorn Kristaps Porzingis looked heated as time expired in his EuroBasket quarterfinal Tuesday. His 34 points for Latvia weren't enough against Slovenia—it was a memorable but wasted effort, overshadowed by the 18-year-old who'd just beat him for a layup and burned him with a step-back..." September 14

  • LaVar Ball on son's NCAA eligibility: 'If he can't play, then he can't play'

    ABC News "The youngest Ball brother, 16-year-old high school junior LaMelo Ball, now has his own signature shoe and his father, LaVar Ball, told ESPN that he isn't concerned whether it will affect his son's college eligibility. "We'll worry about it when we get there," Ball told ESPN. "Who cares? If he..." August 31

  • LaMelo Ball releases $395 sneaker, becomes first high schooler with own shoe

    Larry Brown Sports "If $495 is just a little too much for you to pay for a pair of Lonzo Ball’s sneakers, perhaps you will be interested in saving $100 by purchasing his younger brother LaMelo’s instead. LaMelo Ball, who is just 16, has become the first high school player ever to endorse his own sneaker. The “Melo..." August 31

  • Rookie survey: Dallas Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. stands out from crowd

    NBA.com "Last year's rookie class was, to put it nicely, underwhelming. Malcolm Brogdon won the Kia Rookie of the Year, having averaged just 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. Joel Embiid played just 31 games and Dario Saric wasn't very efficient. No. 1 pick Ben Simmons didn't play and the guy -- Kris..." August 22

  • Drazen Petrovic’s brother impressed by Luka Doncic

    Larry Brown Sports "Slovenian hoops sensation Luka Doncic could be basketball’s next big thing, and even the brother of one of the greatest players in European history is sold. After Doncic hung a 27-8-5 line on Croatia’s national basketball team at Eurobasket over the weekend, Croatian coach Aleksandar Petrovic,..." August 14

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Source: Adidas officials wanted Summer Championships refs who wouldn't eject LaVar Ball

    ESPN "Before a female referee was replaced on Friday, officials with Adidas had pressured referees at their Summer Championships event in Las Vegas to avoid calling technical fouls against LaVar Ball because of his drawing power and their potential courtship of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, a..." July 28

  • AAU game featuring LaMelo Ball, Zion Williamson goes on despite large crowd

    ESPN "In a chaotic scene Wednesday, officials and police officers blocked doors and ordered a police barricade outside the Cashman Center because of fire-code concerns an hour before LaVar Ball's Big Ballers squad, led by his son and elite 2019 recruit LaMelo Ball, was scheduled to face top recruit Zion..." July 27

  • Big Changes Are Coming To ESPN’s NBA Draft Coverage

    Dime Magazine "ESPN continues to overhaul the way it covers the NBA, and this time big changes are coming to its NBA Draft coverage. Independent NBA draft coverage website Draft Express announced on Friday that it will cease publication because its two writers were hired to work for ESPN. Jonathan Givony..." July 21

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • What we learned from The Lonzo Ball Show in Las Vegas

    ESPN "Jason Kidd has heard the comparisons of Lonzo Ball to himself many times since Ball began to shine at UCLA last season. Some even think that Ball looks a bit like Kidd when he came out as a highly acclaimed pass-first point guard and also the No. 2 overall pick out of Cal in the 1994..." July 18

  • Lonzo Ball Says He’s Trying to Fuel Sneaker Bidding War

    SLAM Online "After wearing his signature Big Baller Brand kicks during the first two games of Summer League, Lonzo Ball has auditioned different sneakers in every game since. Eyes have been focused on Lonzo’s latest choice of footwear—from Nike (Kobe AD) to adidas (Harden Vol. 2) to Under Armour (Curry 4)..." July 17

  • Shaq raises stakes in beef with LaVar Ball by vowing to wear wig if he beats him

    CBS Sports "In a response to LaVar Ball challenging him and his son to a little two-on-two action with their sons involved, Shaquille O'Neal jabbed back with an Instagram video featuring a wig and lip-syncing to Carrie Underwood with a very direct caption posted: If lavar ball beats me I'll superglue this..." July 17

  • Knicks could tank to land this likely No. 1 pick in ’18 NBA Draft

    New York Post "“Plummet for Porter.’’ That could turn into the unofficial motto for the 2017-18 Knicks sooner than later. If you haven’t heard of him yet, that’s Missouri 6-foot-10 freshman combo forward Michael Porter Jr., expected to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. “He’s a game-changer,’’ one NBA..." July 05

  • Markelle Fultz shows the process is close to yielding results

    ESPN "In the closing seconds of his first game in a 76ers jersey on Monday at the Utah Jazz Summer League, No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz found himself in position to beat the team that traded the pick to Philadelphia. Down one with 5.8 seconds left after a jumper by No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum gave the..." July 04

  • Celtics not including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, 2018 1st-rounders in trade talks for Paul George

    Clutch Points "The Boston Celtics have no intentions of letting go of their youth, not even for an All-Star like Paul George. President Danny Ainge is reportedly not willing to include forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, this and last year’s No. 3 overall picks in the draft. Ainge has also halted any..." July 01

  • Report | LaVar Ball in talks to appear on Monday Night Raw

    Fanrag Sports "Now that Lonzo Ball has been drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, his father, LaVar, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With the WWE’s Monday Night Raw heading out to the West Coast, next week’s episode will emanate from Los Angeles. And as is..." June 25

  • Lonzo Ball’s Grandfather May Be The Biggest Baller In The Entire Family

    Dime Magazine "LaVar Ball‘s dad says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. TMZ claims they snagged an interview with LaVar Ball’s father, and the Big Baller Brand-clad man sounds a lot like the CEO of the family company. Only identified as Grandpa Ball, the man said he’s excited for his grandson and..." June 25

  • Did Suns Have Something To Do With Josh Jackson Skipping Celtics Workout?

    NESN "After the Boston Celtics traded down to the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, many thought the C’s would use their top selection on Josh Jackson. The former Kansas guard was touted as one of the best two-way players in the draft with a very high ceiling. The Celtics certainly had interest in..." June 24

  • Sixers expect Markelle Fultz to play in summer league

    CSN Philly "The Sixers expect Markelle Fultz to compete in summer league next month. The team will participate in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, beginning on July 3 in Utah. "It's anticipated that Markelle will play," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday. The Sixers still..." June 23

  • Markelle Fultz lets Philadelphia know Sixers are playoff team now

    ESPN "While the notion of becoming the top overall pick had yet to sink in the morning after the NBA draft, Markelle Fultz didn't need much time to let Philadelphia know that he thinks the Sixers are now a playoff team. "I am serious when I say that," Fultz said at his introductory news conference..." June 23

  • Magic Johnson says he 'expects' Lakers to retire a Ball jersey one day

    USA Today "Lonzo Ball was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Laker on Friday after being drafted No. 2 the night before. The team president, Magic Johnson, had high praise for the 19-year-old at the start of the press conference. Magic called Lonzo “the new face of the Lakers,” and he even said that..." June 23

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Lakers' Luke Walton: LaVar's claims will initially put pressure on Lonzo Ball

    ESPN "Moments after the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, Ball's outspoken father, LaVar, made a bold proclamation on national television. "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year," LaVar told..." June 23

  • Lonzo Ball not the Lakers savior, but he's a good start

    USA Today "It was tough enough when the Lakers had to play catch-up with the rest of the NBA. But now there’s a turf war in Los Angeles again, what with all these rumblings that LeBron James might be headed for Tinsel Town in the summer of 2018 and the Lakers and Clippers doing all they can to get their..." June 23

  • Danny Ainge: Josh Jackson canceled Celtics workout while Brad Stevens and I flew there

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics were the first playoff team to win the lottery, which brought a complication: Some draft prospects and their agents wanted to avoid Boston, which has a deep roster and fewer avenues to immediate playing time. Lonzo Ball wouldn’t work out for the Celtics, and neither would Josh..." June 23

  • Horry believes Lakers will distance themselves from LaVar Ball

    Yardbarker "LaVar Ball said all along that his son Lonzo was going to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he was proven right on Thursday night. Does that mean the Lakers are going all-in on the Big Baller Brand? Robert Horry highly doubts it. Horry, who played seven seasons in L.A. and won three..." June 23

  • Brett Brown says he thanked Hinkie by text after Sixers drafted Fultz

    CSN Philly "Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort. Sam Hinkie put the Sixers in the position -- via a plethora of assets acquired during his tenure -- to allow Bryan Colangelo to deal with the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick that turned into Markelle..." June 23

  • LaVar Ball says 'Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year'

    SI "LaVar Ball says that his son Lonzo Ball will "take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year." The outspoken father made the declaration just a minute after the Los Angeles Lakers selected the UCLA star with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft." June 23

  • Josh Jackson says of teams who passed on him in NBA Draft: 'One day they'll be sorry'

    Kansas City Star "Josh Jackson smiled as his mother, Apples Jones, planted a kiss on his cheek, the former Kansas guard and his family members noticeably pleased Thursday night upon hearing from commissioner Adam Silver he’d been selected by the Phoenix Suns as the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. “I’m pretty..." June 23

  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge on Jayson Tatum: 'We would have picked him with first pick'

    Mass Live "Forever, Jayson Tatum will be judged against Markelle Fultz. That's not necessarily fair to either player, but it's the reality of the situation after the Boston Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick -- and the right to select Fultz -- for the third pick where they landed Tatum on Thursday..." June 23

  • Newest Hornet Malik Monk says he can beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1

    Bleacher Report "Malik Monk already has his eyes on the Charlotte Hornets owner after the team selected him with the No. 11 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Granted, Charlotte's owner is Michael Jordan—who is only widely considered the greatest player in NBA history—but Monk said "I'm going to beat him" when asked..." June 23

  • Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

    Real GM Basketball "Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3. The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr." June 22

  • Suns select Josh Jackson with fourth pick in NBA Draft

    Arizona Sports "Josh Jackson was there after all. After the Kansas swingman’s stock soared to the point where he was reportedly in the mix to be selected by the Lakers at No. 2, he ended up falling into the lap of the Phoenix Suns. With the pick, the Suns grabbed the best two-way lottery talent in the..." June 22

  • Celtics pick Jayson Tatum with No. 3 choice in NBA Draft

    Boston Globe "The Celtics picked Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick in the NBA Draft Thursday. With a loaded backcourt that features All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defensive star Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart, the choice fills a need in the frontcourt for the Celtics, who reached the Eastern Conference..." June 22

  • Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball with Second Overall Pick

    NBA.com "Lonzo Ball is a Laker. Sometimes, things just work out. L.A. happened to buck the lottery odds to end up with the No. 2 pick in a year in which a local kid was sitting there for the taking. Just like in 2003, when LeBron James went to his hometown Cavs, or 2008, when Chicago had the No. 1..." June 22

  • Sixers Select Markelle Fultz With Number One Overall Pick In NBA Draft

    NBC Philadelphia "Markelle Fultz is a Sixer. What seemed highly unlikely up until last week became a reality Thursday night when the Sixers selected Fultz first overall with the pick they acquired from the Celtics. The Sixers traded the third pick and a future first-round pick to move up for the 6-foot-4,..." June 22

  • LaVar Ball: I'm the toughest coach Lonzo is ever going to have

    USA Today "LaVar Ball said he has no doubt his son Lonzo is ready for the NBA, especially for the league’s coaches. “I’m the toughest coach he's ever going to have,’’ LaVar Ball told USA TODAY Sports this year. “I used to tell Lonzo when he’s not doing good, 'Mother------, are (you) going to play or..." June 22

  • Several teams interested in trading up to draft Josh Jackson

    Bleacher Report "Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Thursday that teams are hoping to acquire a top-four overall selection in the 2017 NBA draft in an effort to pick Kansas swingman Josh Jackson. The draft will take place Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the Philadelphia..." June 22

  • De’Aaron Fox’s speed raced him up draft boards, made him confident wherever he lands

    Pro Basketball Talk "De’Aaron Fox even talks fast. Speed is what separates the point guard out of Kentucky from a deep crop at the position in this draft. Fox has got impressive playmaking skills, his defense can overwhelm, he has a maturity and confidence about him not seen in most 19-year-olds — there are..." June 22

  • Lonzo Ball makes sales pitch for LeBron James to join him with Lakers

    CBS Sports "With D'Angelo Russell being shipped out to Brooklyn, the path is seemingly paved for the Lakers to take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday in which he was asked to assume he will in fact become a Laker this..." June 22

  • Boston Reportedly Interested in Dennis Smith Jr., May Trade Back

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics have the No. 3 pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday, and what they will do with it remains anyone's guess. Sources have told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the Celtics are interested in North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., while..." June 22

2017-2018 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers* Markelle Fultz Washington
2 Lakers Lonzo Ball UCLA
3 Celtics* Jayson Tatum Duke
4 Suns Josh Jackson Kansas
5 Kings* Dennis Smith Jr. N.C. State
6 Magic De'Aaron Fox Kentucky
7 Timberwolves Marques Bolden Duke
8 Knicks Lauri Markkanen Arizona
9 Mavericks Johnathan Isaac Florida St.
10 Kings* Ivan Rabb California