NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • De'Aaron Fox reportedly set to work out for Lakers, 76ers

    CBS Sports "Many draft experts expect the Lakers to select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft in June. Yet Los Angeles is doing its due diligence ahead of time by interviewing other prospects -- including Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, who will work out in mid-June, according to Mark Medina of the Los..." May 27

  • How involved would LaVar Ball actually be if the Lakers drafted Lonzo?

    Los Angeles Times "Steve Alford didn’t hesitate when asked about Lonzo Ball’s enthusiastic and controversial father, LaVar. Was LaVar Ball around the team much? “Zero,” Alford said. Was he ever at practice? “Never at practice,” Alford said. “Never at practice; never called me.” Did he ever try to..." May 27

  • Report: 76ers, with No. 3 pick in NBA draft, like PGs De’Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr.

    Pro Basketball Talk "If there’s consensus on the top prospects in the 2017 NBA draft, it’s: 1. Markelle Fultz 2. Lonzo Ball 3. Josh Jackson That squares nicely with the Celtics picking Fultz No. 1 and the Lakers taking Ball No. 2. But what about the 76ers, who pick No. 3? They already have a playmaking..." May 26

  • Report: Duke guard Frank Jackson undergoes foot surgery before NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "Duke guard Frank Jackson declared for the 2017 NBA draft with an outside shot of going in the first round and a likelihood of getting picked in the second-round. This won’t help his stock. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Duke’s Frank Jackson, a well-regarded point guard in the 2017..." May 26

  • The Lakers Broadcast Partner Wants No Part Of LaVar Ball

    Uproxx "The decision to draft Lonzo Ball at this point seems to be less a problem of his talents and more a problem of what to do with his father. Much of the conversation around the Los Angeles Lakers and their second overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft is not about whether they should take Lonzo..." May 26

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Lonzo Ball reportedly mulling workout with Philadelphia 76ers

    NBA.com "Report: Ball workout for Sixers possible -- Celtics boss Danny Ainge said in a radio show interview yesterday that prospective No. 1 overall pick Lonzo Ball 'politely' declined a workout with Boston. Now that a workout with the team holding the No. 1 overall pick is presumably out of the..." May 26

  • Magic Johnson 'Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How'

    TMZ "Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing. Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN radio ... and not only did he compare L.B. to Kim Kardashian's mama, Magic said he's got no problem with Papa..." May 25

  • Lonzo Ball tells Celtics he won't work out for them, says Danny Ainge

    CBS Sports "Lonzo Ball is projected to be one of the top picks in next month's NBA Draft. He showed a lot of promise in his one season at UCLA with a natural ability to move the ball and keep the offense flowing. For most projections he's the second-best prospect in this year's draft behind only Washington..." May 25

  • LaVar Ball's Big Baller Brand selling 'Stay in yo lane' shirts

    New York Daily News "LaVar Ball can’t stop making a fool out of himself. The outspoken father of NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball tweeted out the addition of “Stay In Yo Lane” shirts Wednesday as part of his sports apparel company, Big Baller Brand. The phrase, of course, was used by LaVar to disrespect FoxSports..." May 25

  • Knicks will be working out two rival big men

    New York Post "The rematch will occur at the Knicks’ Tarrytown compound Wednesday. In March, Iowa State forward Deonte Burton and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan staged a battle royale in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Burton outscored Swanigan 25-20, but Purdue prevailed to advance to the Sweet 16. Burton and..." May 24

  • D'Angelo Russell Likes Tweet: 'No Way in Hell' the Lakers Should Take Lonzo Ball

    Bleacher Report "It seems Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is not in favor of Lonzo Ball joining the team. On Tuesday night, the 21-year-old liked a tweet from Twitter user @Beck_Jordan11, who said that, after watching Russell’s 2016-17 highlights, "there is no way in hell they should draft..." May 24

  • De'Aaron Fox Will Gladly Tell You Why He Deserves To Go Ahead of Lonzo Ball in the NBA Draft

    Complex "In a point guard heavy NBA draft, De'Aaron Fox has a message for any team—and amateur prognosticator out there—sleeping on his abilities. "I feel like I’m the best player in this draft no matter what," says Fox. Yes, better than Markelle Fultz, the player widely believed to be going first..." May 24

  • Celtics' options at No. 1: Decision could start dynasty, or blow opportunity

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics are sitting pretty. They are in the conference finals, and despite suffering the biggest margin of defeat in their playoff history (reaching back to 1947 no less), they took a game off the Cavs in Game 3, setting up a big Game 4. They also possess the No. 1 pick in the NBA..." May 23

  • Projected lottery pick Josh Jackson to attend anger management classes

    Kansas City Star "A diversion agreement for former Kansas men’s basketball player Josh Jackson includes stipulations that he attend anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drugs during the diversion period of 12 months and a write an apology letter, according to Douglas County court..." May 23

  • Luke Walton not stressing LaVar Ball: ‘My dad’s got a big personality, too’

    TMZ "Lakers coach Luke Walton ain't scared of LaVar Ball ... telling TMZ Sports the big personality on Lonzo's dad isn't an issue 'cause Walton's already dealt with a celebrity papa ... his own dad, Bill. We got Luke at the Tour de Pier charity event in Manhattan Beach and talked to him about the..." May 22

  • Taking away the hometown factor, is Lonzo Ball the obvious pick for the Lakers?

    CBS Sports "Back in 1987, Indiana Pacers general manager Donnie Walsh had a real dilemma on his hands. With the No. 11 pick in the draft, there was immense pressure to draft hometown hero Steve Alford, who had just led Indiana University to a national championship and had pretty much been a basketball hero in..." May 22

  • 4 scenarios LaVar Ball seemingly failed to consider for Lonzo and Big Baller Brand

    USA Today "LaVar Ball knows what he’s doing when it comes to drawing interest. He has figured out how to keep his name in the spotlight through all imaginable means. He’s been boorish, outlandish, silly, combative and even emotional. He’s a dad. He’s a fledgling businessman. His family and his business..." May 20

  • Markelle Fultz favored to go No. 1 overall to Celtics

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Celtics may be in the midst of a disastrous Eastern Conference Finals series against the superior Cleveland Cavaliers. That was evidenced in the team’s humiliating 44-point loss at home against Cleveland in Game 2 Friday night. To add injury to insult (literally), star guard Isaiah..." May 20

  • LaVar Ball Has a Strong, Uninformed Opinion About Kyrie Irving's Family

    The Big Lead "LaVar Ball made the rounds at FS1 earlier this week. That included a stop at The Herd with Colin Cowherd where he had a heated confrontation with Kristine Leahy. He also appeared on Undisputed where he responded to Kyrie Irving who had said he needed to let “Lonzo be Lonzo.” Not only does Kyrie..." May 20

  • LaVar Ball Was Accused Of Stealing The Big Baller Brand Name By An Argentinian Company

    Uproxx "LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand was already accused of stealing the logo on Lonzo Ball’s ZO2 signature shoe, now a foreign company claims their whole brand was ganked. Late Thursday night a Buenos Aires-based company called Baller Brand posted an image on its Instagram of the Ball family..." May 19

  • The Lakers Will Dig Into LaVar Ball's Past Before The Draft

    The Big Lead "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was on the Dan Patrick Show Friday to discuss his team’s strategy heading into the 2017 NBA Draft. Walton revealed the steps the franchise will take when assessing who to draft but he revealed someone with the Lakers will dig in to LaVar Ball’s..." May 19

  • Brandon Austin, who faced sexual assault allegations, can try out for teams

    ESPN "Brandon Austin is working out with the Philadelphia 76ers this week, per NBA sources, trying to revive a basketball career in limbo after sexual assault allegations at two colleges -- Providence College and the University of Oregon. Austin's effort to begin his NBA career has been facilitated..." May 19

  • The Lakers Should Draft De'Aaron Fox, Not Lonzo Ball

    SI "Lonzo Ball has been in the news this week for the same reason that Lonzo Ball has been in the news every week for the past two months: LaVar Ball said something crazy. After months in the spotlight, this week Lonzo's father responded to a few critics directly, saying "Jason Whitlock can't..." May 19

  • Byron Scott 'LaVar Has Huge Ego ... But Magic Can Handle Him'

    TMZ "Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. ... so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls. It's the million dollar question right now ... is Lonzo's basketball artistry worth having to deal with LaVar..." May 19

  • Kevin Durant used LaVar Ball's 'Stay in your lane' to respond to a reporter's question

    USA Today "Even NBA superstars in the middle of the playoffs have seen LaVar Ball’s controversial and threatening appearance on FS1’s The Herd. The same day Kristine Leahy — the reporter on the other end of Ball’s “Something’s coming to you” threats — said she hoped networks stopped putting Ball on their..." May 19

  • Does likely Top-10 pick Malik Monk need to switch to point guard?

    New York Post "The Knicks hope they will have a chance to decide whether Kentucky combo guard Malik Monk can play point guard in the NBA. Some NBA executives believe Kentucky’s leading scorer needs to make the switch to point to solidify himself as a viable NBA starter because of his size and wingspan. The..." May 19

  • Celtics' Thomas on possible No. 1 pick Fultz: 'We'll figure out how to play together'

    Fox Sports "While the Boston Celtics focus on trying to find an answer for LeBron James and the Cavaliers, the Celtics’ front office also has one eye on its future after landing the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s lottery. Many believe former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is the best player available, but he..." May 19

  • Kristine Leahy says FS1 should not welcome back LaVar Ball

    Awful Announcing "A day after the LaVar Ball-Colin Cowherd bromance devolved into a nationally televised trainwreck, the fallout continues. If you missed it, Ball appeared on The Herd on Thursday, where he sparred with Cowherd’s co-host Kristine Leahy over the Big Baller Brand’s attitude toward women, told her..." May 18

  • Kristine Leahy: I'm getting death threats after LaVar Ball confrontation

    Sporting News "Fox Sports 1 host Kristine Leahy says she's been getting death threats following LaVar Ball's tense, confrontational appearance on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Tuesday, and that it's time for TV networks to stop inviting him as a guest. The outspoken father of star NBA draft prospect Lonzo..." May 18

  • Markelle Fultz odds-on favorite to become No. 1 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "If it feels like Markelle Fultz – who talked up his fit with the Celtics, who hold (and probably will hold) the top pick in the upcoming draft – has become the consensus No. 1 pick, the betting markets agree. Bovada released its odds for the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft: Markelle Fultz..." May 18

  • 76ers leaving options open with No. 3 pick, Jahlil Okafor

    CSN Philly "In addition to wondering who the Sixers will draft with the third pick, it's fair to wonder if the Sixers will use the selection at all. “It’s good to be at three,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Wednesday. “We’re excited about the pick. We think we’re going to add a..." May 18

  • The ‘Russell Westbrook’ type whose red flags can make him a Knick

    New York Post "With the Knicks falling back to eighth in next month’s NBA draft, dynamic if disappointing N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has landed squarely in their crosshairs. However, his college coach, Mark Gottfried, told The Post he doubts Smith will be there at No. 8. Gottfried touted Smith’s..." May 18

  • LaVar Ball wants $3B for shoe deal, sees no need to market to women

    ESPN "LaVar Ball said Wednesday that if Nike, Under Armour or Adidas wants to make a deal with his Big Baller Brand now, the asking price is $3 billion. He also explained that he sees no need to market his products to women. In a wide-ranging, sometimes contentious interview with Fox Sports 1's "The..." May 18

  • LaVar Ball makes disrespectful comments about women on 'The Herd'

    Sporting News "LaVar Ball has made headlines for outrageous claims, such as he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one, but most of what he has said was harmless. His appearance on FS1's "The Herd" Wednesday was different. The father of NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball made disrespectful comments toward women on..." May 17

  • Lakers will also consider De’Aaron Fox with No. 2 overall pick

    Larry Brown Sports "De’Aaron Fox may be trampling on Lonzo Ball’s hopes and dreams once again. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reports on Wednesday that while Ball is the “heavy favorite” to be chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick, the Lakers will also take a “long, hard look” at Fox and..." May 17

  • Celtics Considering Lonzo Ball with #1 Pick, Co-Owner Says

    TMZ "Could Lonzo Ball be a Boston Celtic?? It's possible ... because Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck tells TMZ Sports the team is definitely considering drafting the former UCLA stud with the #1 overall pick. Grousbeck was leaving the NBA Draft lottery in NYC Thursday night when he told us he's..." May 17

  • LaVar Ball guarantees the Lakers will make the playoffs with Lonzo Ball, reveals how his $495 shoe is selling

    Fox Sports "LaVar Ball visited "Undisputed" Wednesday morning after the Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and promised that if his son Lonzo goes to Los Angeles as expected that he will lead the team to the playoffs in his rookie season. “I’ll put it out there before we even do it...." May 17

  • Lonzo Ball Reportedly May Only Work Out for Lakers Before 2017 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Lonzo Ball may know something everybody else doesn't. A source told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne that Ball may choose to only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers: "We will make that decision closer to June." The source added that the Lakers are their "desired destination." The Lakers will..." May 17

  • Markelle Fultz Considered 'Clear Choice' For Celtics If They Keep No. 1

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics won the lottery and made their potential trade offers more valuable since they control the draft. The Celtics had interest in trading for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline and can revisit those discussions in June." May 17

  • Boston Celtics get top pick in NBA draft thanks to Nets trade

    ESPN "A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the NBA draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick. The Celtics will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. Boston becomes the first team to finish with the top record in a conference and then pick..." May 17

  • Pistons should take Josh Jackson if they stunningly win No. 1 pick in NBA lottery

    Detroit Free Press "It’s not exactly a mystery, but there’s an obvious path to NBA title contention. For all the talk of dynamic point guards and deploying a bevy of shooters around the three-point arc, getting a dominant two-way forward eliminates some of the margin for error. For that reason, Kansas star Josh..." May 16

  • Lakers have a plan no matter if they keep top-three pick in Tuesday's draft lottery

    Los Angeles Times "The last great Lakers point guard will sit on stage Tuesday night during the NBA’s draft lottery, as the public face of the organization. Magic Johnson is now charged with turning around his beloved franchise, with making sure that the Lakers’ status lately as a fixture in the NBA draft lottery..." May 16

  • A reminder of the Nets-Celtics trade that handed Boston a top lottery pick

    USA Today "On Tuesday night, pretty much no matter how the ping pong balls fall, the Boston Celtics are winners of the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. The Celtics have the best odds at nabbing the top selection at 25 percent, but for those who don’t know: What’s a team in the Eastern Conference Finals doing all..." May 16

  • The Future of the Lakers Rests on the NBA Draft Lottery

    Complex "Tonight, representatives from each of the 14 NBA teams who missed the playoffs will shuffle into a windowless conference room at the New York City Hilton Midtown, where they’ll watch helplessly as ping pong balls are drawn Pick 6-style to determine the future of each franchise. The NBA Draft..." May 16

  • Kennedy Meeks hopes his rebounding prowess will lead to NBA career

    Raleigh News & Observer "In the final seconds of a scrimmage at the NBA Draft Combine on Friday, a loose ball bounced toward North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who was sitting in a chair on the baseline. Williams grabbed the ball and tossed it to former Tar Heels big man Kennedy Meeks with a smile. There were smiles..." May 15

  • LaVar Ball: Lonzo's Going to Be a Laker

    ESPN "It has been, what, six months since the world met LaVar Ball and his brood of big ballers? And already most basketball fans would recognize their big house in this upscale tract-housing community about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. There's the double-rimmed basketball hoops rising from..." May 15

  • NBA insiders open up to NY Post’s Marc Berman on how much LaVar Ball hurts Lonzo

    Fox Sports "Lavar Ball, the former Jets practice-squad tight end in the mid-1990s, didn’t make it to the combine. That is, this week’s NBA scouting combine that concluded Saturday. That was a relief to NBA talent evaluators. Some find sports’ most infamous father a nuisance and possible reason UCLA point..." May 15

  • De'Aaron Fox sees a fit in Ben Simmons, Sixers

    CSN Philly "The Sixers plan to start Ben Simmons at point guard next season, but that doesn't rule out drafting a player at the same position in June. De'Aaron Fox thinks there's room for two point guards on the Sixers and that he, as he sees it, is the top candidate in the draft. "I feel like I'm the..." May 13

  • LaVar Ball makes son Lonzo ‘disgustingly easy to hate on,’ says Cavs’ Channing Frye

    Washington Post "Love him or hate him — or maybe not hate, but just get really annoyed by him — LaVar Ball has been the talk of basketball circles for months. Sure enough, the subject of UCLA star Lonzo Ball’s attention-mongering father came up recently in a podcast involving three members of the Cavaliers, and..." May 13

2014 NBA Draft Projections

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