NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Heat officially sign first round pick Justise Winslow

    Hot Hot Hoops "With Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade re-signed and back on the team, the Miami Heat have signed their first round pick Justise Winslow to a rookie deal. Winslow is already practicing with the Summer League squad, along with second round pick Josh Richardson, in anticipation of the Orlando..." July 03

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    Justise Winslow says he will work almost exclusively at shooting guard and small forward during summer league.

  • Magic's Mario Hezonja expects to acclimate well to the U.S.

    Orlando Sentinel "Mario Hezonja spent the last three years in the bustling, picturesque city of Barcelona. He has traveled throughout Europe as a professional basketball player. And he speaks five languages: Croatian, Serbian, Catalan, Spanish and English. So, even at 20 years old, Hezonja already is a man of..." July 03

  • Knicks, Porzingis camp differ on hip injury delaying debut

    New York Post "It would be nothing short of a nightmare if their super-skinny European project Kristaps Porzingis is too injured to participate in the Knicks summer league that opens July 11 in Las Vegas. And his brother alluded to the uncertainty in a radio interview Monday on ESPN Radio, citing the..." July 02

  • Carmelo Anthony reached out to Kristaps Porzingis amid reports

    ESPN New York "Carmelo Anthony reached out to Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick, on Saturday after reports surfaced that the Knicks star was unhappy with the organization's decision to select the 19-year-old Latvian. "Carmelo reached out to Kris after all of that. It was..." June 30

  • Jahlil Okafor -- Viral Sex Story Is B.S. ... 'Considering Legal Action'

    TMZ "NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he's been targeted by an Internet "troll" -- who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened ... and now he's taking action to shut her down. Social media exploded over the past 24 hours after someone claiming to be a woman named..." June 29

  • Carmelo Anthony -- 'I Really Love' Porzingis ... Meeting with Him Today

    TMZ "Don't give up on Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis just yet ... Carmelo Anthony isn't -- telling TMZ Sports, "I really love him." Melo was leaving Madeo in L.A. on a double date with his wife La La Anthony, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... when we asked about C.A.'s..." June 29

  • Scout raves about ‘star’ Porzingis, avoids dreaded comparison

    New York Post "The first impression of Kristaps Porzingis remains indelible for Tim Shea, the former Knicks European scout who still lives in Spain. And it wasn’t his height. It occurred three years ago — Porzingis’ first season with Sevilla (in Spain’s top-tier league) — before a road game in Santiago. “You..." June 29

  • Lakers would still trade D'Angelo Russell for Cousins

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Los Angeles Lakers would trade No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell "tomorrow," if that alone would complete a deal for Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. This process will take years, not a year. You shortcut it at your peril, even if the Lakers were willing..." June 29

  • Wolves nabbed Tyus Jones with seconds to spare

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Tyus Jones and his family experienced what they termed a "dream come true" when the former Apple Valley-Duke point guard was acquired via an NBA draft night trade with Cleveland. The Cavaliers took Jones with the No. 24 overall pick, then traded him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36..." June 28

  • Porzingis will have a buddy on the Knicks…just not next season

    New York Post "This stash pick is no trash pick. The Knicks may not have a center on their roster yet for this season, but feel they have a potential pivot for their rotation in 2016-17 – 6-foot-11 Spanish League second-rounder Guillermo Hernangomez. The Sixers had five second-round picks and traded their..." June 28

  • Jahlil Okafor thinks NBA is still a big man's league

    Sporting News "Dave Cowens might not think so, but at least one player thinks there’s still room for a big man to thrive in the NBA. 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor said despite increased emphasis on the perimeter game, the NBA is still a big man’s league. "For as long as I remember, big men have dominated the..." June 28

  • Draft pick Kevon Looney fits Warriors' mold

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors first-round draft pick Kevon Looney is versatile, and that's what the team likes after seeing players who can fill different roles and guard multiple positions carry it to the title. "Drafting a player like Kevon who has a lot of different skill sets really speaks to the way we play,..." June 27

  • Carmelo Anthony calls Kristaps Porzingis a steal, downplays drama

    CBS Sports "Reports surfaced Friday that Carmelo Anthony was unhappy with the Knicks' draft night moves of trading Tim Hardaway Jr. and drafting Euro project Kristaps Porzingis. It makes sense, as THJ was at least one of the players that despite their differences, Melo can be sure can play in the NBA...." June 27

  • Brian Shaw to Lakers Rookie: Might Need to 'Bow Down' to Kobe ... Over 'Rapist' Tweet

    TMZ "How should newly drafted Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr. deal with the fact he called Kobe Bryant a "rapist" on Twitter back in 2012?? He might need to "bow down" and beg for his forgiveness ... so says Bryant's former teammate Brian Shaw. " June 27

  • Spurs take Serbian center Nikola Milutinov at 26

    San Antonio Express-News "Not unexpectedly, the Spurs added to their prodigious collection of so-called “draft and stashes” on Thursday, selecting Serbian center Nikola Milutinov with the 26th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. General manager R.C. Buford said it has yet to be determined whether Milutinov, 20, will play in the..." June 26

  • Bulls select Arkansas forward Bobby Portis with first-round pick

    Chicago Sun-Times "Call Bobby Portis 6-feet-10, 250-pounds of insurance. With the No. 22 pick in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Bulls obviously made the decision that their frontcourt as it is currently constructed either has some expendable bodies or is more fragile than they’re letting on, as they..." June 26

  • Mavs overjoyed to draft Justin Anderson

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "As Thursday’s NBA Draft kept unfolding, the Dallas Mavericks had their eyes squarely on three players. But two of them – point guards Jerian Grant and Delon Wright – were drafted before the Mavs were afforded their pick. But the third player, Virginia’s Justin Anderson, was the player who the..." June 26

  • Bucks shoot for outside depth on draft night

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Length and athleticism, check. The Milwaukee Bucks have that. Perimeter shooting? Not so much. The Bucks sent a clear message Thursday night they wanted to upgrade their shooting as they selected Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn with the 17th overall pick in the NBA draft..." June 26

  • Celtics make Louisville G Terry Rozier top pick at No. 16

    Boston Herald "Call it the splash heard all the way from Cleveland. Terry Rozier, selected with the 16th pick by the Celtics last night, was poolside at a club in Cleveland with his family when the news arrived. Clad in a suit and accompanied by his younger brother and nephews, the 6-foot-1 Louisville guard..." June 26

  • Confident Cameron Payne excited to join the Thunder

    The Oklahoman "From the fitted navy blue suit jacket to the white dress pants to the floral pocket pin to the blindingly shiny watch, Cameron Payne’s draft night outfit screamed confidence. Much like the Thunder’s established star point guard, its newest point guard fancies himself as a stylish dude. “I..." June 26

  • Phoenix Suns select Devin Booker with 13th pick in NBA draft

    Arizona Republic "The Suns selected the best shooter in Thursday's NBA draft by selecting Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker. After ranking last in the NBA for 3-point shooting percentage after the All-Star break and trading deadline, the Suns took an 18-year-old sharpshooter who came off the bench on a..." June 26

  • Utah Jazz: Kentucky forward Trey Lyles is picked No. 12 in NBA draft

    Salt Lake Tribune "Kentucky coach John Calipari called Trey Lyles the X-factor last season for the Wildcats. And on Thursday night, still buzzing after hearing his name called as the 12th pick in the NBA draft, the newest member of the Utah Jazz said he thinks he can be a factor immediately in Salt Lake City. "I..." June 26

  • Pacers go with upside, draft Myles Turner at No. 11

    Indianapolis Star "With one veteran big man all but gone, the Indiana Pacers ordered in a young one on Thursday. The Pacers selected Myles Turner with the No. 11 pick in the NBA Draft. Turner, a 7-0, 239-pound center, averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year in his..." June 26

  • Miami Heat selects Duke’s Justise Winslow in NBA Draft

    Miami Herald "Last season, the Heat’s offense was handicapped without a consistent three-point shooter off the bench. Presumably to remedy that deficiency, the Heat selected Justise Winslow with the 10th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday. Winslow, a freshman, does other things well besides shoot, of..." June 26

  • Charlotte Hornets select Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky with 9th pick in NBA draft

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets chose Wisconsin center-power forward Frank Kaminsky with the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. In doing so, the Hornets chose to pass over freshman Duke star Justise Winslow, who unexpectedly slid out of the top six picks. They also passed over Kentucky’s Devin..." June 26

  • Emmanuel Mudiay selected by Denver Nuggets with No. 7 pick in 2015 NBA draft

    Denver Post "Emmanuel Mudiay had just walked across the stage to shake NBA commissioner Adam Silver's hand as the most important draft pick the Nuggets have made in years. Minutes later, after the telecast went to commercial, Mudiay was the featured player in a Foot Locker ad. Meanwhile, the Nuggets'..." June 26

  • Kings think defense with Cauley-Stein

    Sacramento Bee "Amid coach vs. player, coach vs. executive and all the drama that has defined the Kings lately, the NBA draft was approaching. The Kings could not select peace and harmony in the draft but addressed one need, defense, by selecting Willie Cauley-Stein sixth overall Thursday in New York. The..." June 26

  • Orlando Magic select Croatia's Mario Hezonja of FC Barcelona in 2015 NBA Draft

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic scouted Mario Hezonja for several years before team officials finally met him face-to-face June 4 in Barcelona and had the opportunity to ask him questions. During that 90-minute meeting between general manager Rob Hennigan, assistant general managers Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd..." June 26

  • Knicks select Kristaps Porzingis as fourth overall pick in NBA Draft

    New York Daily News "How very European — and risky — of the Knicks. In his first major personnel decision since gutting the Knicks during their franchise-worst 17-65 campaign, team president Phil Jackson held on to the fourth pick of the NBA draft and selected super-skinny “stretch” forward Kristaps Porzingis of..." June 26

  • Sixers draft Jahlil Okafor with No. 3 overall pick

    CSN Philly "The 76ers just got bigger. A lot bigger. The Sixers selected Jahlil Okafor from Duke with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, a player projected for much of the year to be one of the top two picks in the draft. Okafor was available for the Sixers when Karl-Anthony Towns was..." June 26

  • D'Angelo Russell has superstar potential, Lakers Coach Byron Scott says

    Los Angeles Times "Mitch Kupchak had a question for the newest member of the Lakers. He called D'Angelo Russell shortly after the Lakers took him with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. "Did we surprise you a little bit?" the Lakers' general manager asked the Ohio State point guard as a few people crowded..." June 26

  • Detroit Pistons' Stanley Johnson curtly answers why he was right pick over Justise Winslow

    Michigan Live "Stanley Johnson forever is destined to be compared to Justise Winslow, the player the Pistons passed on to draft him at No. 8 in the NBA draft. As for why the Pistons should have taken him over Winslow, the Arizona small forward had a curt answer late Thursday. "Because I'm the best player..." June 26

  • Lakers’ draft pick in hot water for Kobe Bryant ‘rapist’ tweet

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team has spoken to one of its first-round draft picks about a tweet the player sent out in 2012 that referred to a sexual assault case involving star guard Kobe Bryant. The tweet was published May 1, 2012, on the account belonging to..." June 26

  • Nets send Plumlee packing, nab Arizona forward in busy draft

    New York Post "It took awhile, but the Nets eventually made the splash they were hoping to in Thursday night’s NBA draft. After spending most of the first round trying to move up to acquire a point guard, the Nets eventually wound up sending Mason Plumlee and the draft rights to Pat Connaughton, their pick at..." June 26

  • Knicks trade Tim Hardaway Jr. to Hawks for Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson’s second move Thursday night was more popular among the fans at Barclays Center than his first. After drafting Latvian project forward Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick, the Knicks president picked up another first-round talent by dealing Tim Hardaway Jr. to Atlanta for No...." June 26

  • Top five guys not taken in NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "At any given time, about 20 percent of the guys on an NBA roster were players who were not drafted. They are guys that the NBA teams missed on, or who were just a little slower to develop but finally got to an NBA level. There were some quality players who did not get picked on Thursday night..." June 26

  • Karl-Anthony Towns drafted No. 1 overall by Timberwolves, as expected

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As expected, the newest member of the Timberwolves is Karl-AnthonyTowns. The Wolves picked first in the NBA draft for the first time in franchise history Thursday, and Flip Saunders surprised few by picking Towns, a 19-year-old center from Kentucky who will contribute immediately on defense and..." June 26

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    David Aldridge @daldridgetnt

    Hawks will indeed trade the rights to Kelly Oubre to Washington for two future seconds and the 19th pick tonight.

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    ESPN's Andy Katz reporting Heat have attempted to move up in bid for Emmanuel Mudiay. (Odd, in light of Dragic.) #NBADraft

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    Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

    Sources: Knicks currently leaning toward Mudiay if they stay at No. 4, Kaminsky if they move down

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    According to a Cavs source, their top priorities to try to address tonight are a wing player and a point guard

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    David Aldridge @daldridgetnt

    Frank Kaminsky moving up draft boards in the final hours, per league sources, perhaps higher than nine, where Charlotte would like him.

  • Report: Celtics could try to move up in draft for Jahlil Okafor

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering drafting D’Angelo Russell instead of Jahlil Okafor with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. If that happens, it could have a major effect on what the Boston Celtics are planning to do. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Thursday..." June 25

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    After filling SF void with Batum and adding Lamb, Hornets said to be targeting Devin Booker with ninth pick, sources say.

  • Lakers Drawing Closer to Drafting D'Angelo Russell

    Bleacher Report "If the Los Angeles Lakers draft Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell on Thursday night, as is the increasing likelihood, it will be for one simple reason. They believe he is a star. Although the Lakers respect Jahlil Okafor's size and skill (his defensive potential, not so much), momentum and..." June 25

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 'It would be an honor' to play for Timberwolves

    Yahoo! Sports "Wearing a yellow top hat, short-sleeve black shirt, slacks and fancy blue designer shoes, Karl-Anthony Towns looked relaxed and ready for a stroll on Broadway on this warm summer day. But even though Towns wasn't showing it, the projected top pick in Thursday night's NBA draft was starting to feel..." June 25

  • "Growing Consensus" Sixers Will Take Russell

    Liberty Ballers "With about 24 hours to go until NBA Draft time, there's no shortage of rumors to sink our teeth into. The first comes from DraftExpress frontman Jonathan Givony. This would jive with CBS Sports' Ken Berger's report from yesterday, which also indicated that Philly's after the Ohio State combo..." June 25

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    Tom Moore @tmoore76ers

    Russell: 'Sixers workout went great.' Reports he doesn't want to play for #76ers 'not true.'

  • D'Angelo Russell could be available for Knicks at No. 4

    CBS Sports "While the Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to take Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the draft, there isn't much else we can truly count on when it comes to the 2015 NBA Draft. It could end up being one of the wildest transaction nights in NBA history. We think the Lakers would then go..." June 24

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
3 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Magic Mario Hezonja Barcelona
6 Kings Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
7 Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
8 Pistons Stanley Johnson Arizona
9 Hornets Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
10 Heat Justise Winslow Duke
Full NBA Draft Results