NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Ben Simmons says he told LeBron he was excited to guard him, then LeBron flashed his trophy

    USA Today "Ben Simmons was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after being picked No. 1 by the 76ers in the NBA Draft, and he revealed an amazing story about his most recent conversation with NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James. Simmons said he talked to James on Thursday night at his draft get..." June 25

  • Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space. Charlotte needs the additional cap space to sign their priority free agents." June 23

  • Suns' vital draft could start with Marquese Chriss

    Arizona Republic "The Suns’ draft night holds significance and impact for the franchise and the league. Only Boston can match the Suns’ load of four draft picks (Nos. 4, 13, 28 and 34) in Thursday night’s top 34 selections. The Suns have not held a draft position as lofty as No. 4 in 29 years, when they selected..." June 23

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • 76ers draft Ben Simmons No. 1

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers have selected LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. After three straight seasons of losing on a grandiose scale, the Sixers hope Simmons will be the franchise player that can help them take a big step forward in their rebuild. The addition of..." June 23

  • Lakers select Duke's Brandon Ingram with second-overall pick in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hoped to find a cornerstone of their future by selecting Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the NBA draft Thursday. Ingram is a reed-thin small forward who shot extremely well in his only season at Duke, making 80 three-pointers on 41% accuracy behind the arc. He averaged 17.3..." June 23

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 pick in 2016 NBA draft

    SI "The Celtics selected California small forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Brown earned McDonald's All-America honors coming out of high school and was considered by some to be the No.1 player in his recruiting class. He chose to attend California over Kansas,..." June 23

  • Suns draft Dragan Bender with 4th pick

    SB Nation "With the fourth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Dragan Bender, an 18-year-old Croatian power forward who spent last season playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league. Bender is a a little raw as a prospect, but he's worthy of a high selection thanks to his tools..." June 23

  • Wolves Select Kris Dunn with 5th Overall Pick

    Canis Hoopus "With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. This past season Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists,..." June 23

  • Buddy Hield taken 6th by Pelicans

    SB Nation "With the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season. Four years at Oklahoma means Hield will turn 23 just a month into his NBA career, but his polished game is one of..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • Some teams believe Thon Maker is older than 19

    The Score "Some NBA teams have ruled high school prospect Thon Maker out of the first round of the draft because they believe he is between 21-23 years old - not 19 as documented - according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated and Liberty Ballers. Maker is one of the wild cards of Thursday's..." June 23

  • NBA draft sleepers: Five underrated players ready to make an impact

    SI "Ben Simmons “secretly” worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday morning before his Instagram photo permeated the entire internet. Jeff Teague and George Hill changed teams shortly after the NBA’s annual draft media day. About an hour later, the Chicago Bulls dealt their prodigal son..." June 23

  • Suns' Bogdanovic will remain overseas next season

    Arizona Republic "The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey. The Suns will retain Bogdanovic's rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if..." June 23

  • Report: Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe, may draft Kris Dunn to replace him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Phoenix Suns could be poised to make significant changes in the coming weeks. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Eric Bledsoe is “firmly on the trading block,” with the Suns in search of frontcourt help. They may replace Bledsoe with Providence’s Kris Dunn, whom they are..." June 23

  • Kris Dunn says his experience trumps one-and-done prospects in NBA Draft

    Sporting News "Kris Dunn spent four years in college basketball, played in 95 games and two NCAA Tournaments for coach Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars, scored 1,214 points and endured two shoulder surgeries. He insists four-is-more beats one-and-done. “I learned so much about the game that I feel like..." June 22

  • Hawks Shopping First Round Picks

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks, who now hold the No. 12 and No. 21 overall picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, are shopping both selections in an effort to free up more cap flexibility to re-sign center Al Horford this summer, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports (Twitter links). Horford, 30, is set to become an unrestricted..." June 22

  • Skal Labissiere: '6 months at Kentucky is equivalent to 5 years at another school'

    The Score "Skal Labissiere doesn't have a degree, but he believes the one-year crash course he received at Kentucky might as well be worth one on the basketball court. "People say that six months at Kentucky doesn't prepare you for the NBA, but the way I see it, talking to other guys from other schools,..." June 22

  • Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, barring a last minute blockbuster trade. The Lakers spent three hours huddled with new head coach Luke Walton on Tuesday night before signaling to multiple league sources that Ingram..." June 22

  • Jahlil Okafor Could Be Headed To The Celtics For The No. 3 Pick In The Draft

    Dime Magazine "Jahlil Okafor’s first season with the Philadelphia 76ers went pretty poorly. After winning the national title with perennial powerhouse Duke, Okafor joined a historically pitiful roster and struggled to adjust to both the basketball and real-life obstacles of an early NBA life. He got into..." June 22

  • 76ers inform Simmons he'll be taken 1st overall following workout

    The Score "Despite previous reports that he wouldn't be working out for any teams prior to the 2016 NBA Draft, LSU freshman Ben Simmons has given the franchise in possession of the No. 1 overall pick a private look at what he can bring to the table. The 19-year-old forward took part in a workout for the..." June 22

  • Calipari: Jamal Murray wants to be drafted by Timberwolves

    The Score "Jamal Murray's college coach says he knows where the star point guard's preferred landing spot is come Thursday's NBA Draft. "He loves Minnesota. As a matter of fact, that's where he'd like to go," John Calipari said of Murray during a conference call, as reported by the Minneapolis Star..." June 21

  • Adidas signs five top prospects

    Yahoo! Sports "With a renewed emphasis on investing in NBA player endorsement deals, adidas has officially signed projected lottery picks Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray and Dragan Bender to multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deals. After partnering with the NBA as the league’s..." June 21

  • Report: Lakers would’ve targeted Brandon Ingram if they got No. 1 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 76ers will reportedly draft Ben Simmons No. 1 overall Thursday, which leaves consensus top-two prospect Brandon Ingram to the Lakers at No. 2. The Lakers say they’re just fine with that. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Ingram is the player the Lakers would have targeted at No. 1 had..." June 21

  • GM Dell Demps not ruling out possibility Pelicans could explore trading No. 6 pick

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The last time the New Orleans Pelicans had the sixth overall pick three years ago, General Manager Dell Demps made a surprising draft night trade. After selecting former Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel with the pick, Demps promptly shipped him and their 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia..." June 21

  • D'Angelo Russell has the best advice for Ben Simmons in new commercial

    CBS Sports "It appears D'Angelo Russell has learned from his mistakes. He may relentlessly be referred to as a "snitch" on social media, but Russell is trying to change his image. The second team All-Rookie guard gained infamy in March after a video he shot, in which teammate Nick Young allegedly admits..." June 21

  • Ben Simmons works out for Sixers

    Philly.com "Ben Simmons was in Philadelphia Tuesday morning to work out for the 76ers. The former Louisiana State power forward worked out for the Sixers at Philadelphia College of Osepathic Medicine, according to sources close to the player. The Sixers probably will take the 6-foot-10, 260-pounder..." June 21

  • Suns work out Chriss, Bender in solos, plus star group

    Arizona Republic "If the Suns are making a decision between power forwards Thursday night with the No. 4 draft pick, their preference became clearer this weekend. Croatian 7-footer Dragan Bender and Washington’s 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss had unannounced, individual workouts with the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns..." June 19

  • Could Denzel Valentine Be The Next Brandon Roy?

    Black Sports Online "Brandon Roy was one of the NBA’s most talented shooting guards for the better part of three seasons (07, 08, 09) until chronic knee injuries stole what could’ve been potentially a hall of fame career. NBA prospect Denzel Valentine has been a talented collegiate player in his own right, and..." June 19

  • Lakers may look to trade Russell for top 5 pick

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell’s stay in Los Angeles may prove to be a short one. ESPN’s Chad Ford appeared on SportsCenter Saturday and said that there is a possibility the Lakers shop Russell to get a second pick in the top five of the NBA Draft. “While I still believe that it will be [Brandon] Ingram..." June 18

  • Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram among NBA Draft green room invitees

    Heavy "With the 2016 NBA Draft less than a week away, scheduled for June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the NBA released its list of invitees to sit in the green room for the event. Among those invited are former LSU forward Ben Simmons and former Duke forward Brandon Ingram, who are..." June 18

  • Kings ‘praying’ Hield falls to them at No. 8

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings are facing a pretty extensive rebuild of their team, and they reportedly have someone in mind with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings are “praying” that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is there for them with the 8th pick, and both GM Vlade..." June 18

  • Juan Hernangomez: "Teams know I want to go to the NBA next year"

    Hoops Hype "The lowlight in the career of Spanish forward Juan Hernangomez could be followed pretty quickly by the happiest moment in his basketball life. The 6-foot-9 Hernangomez, who was named best young player in the Spanish League this season, has a chance to be selected in the first round of the draft..." June 18

  • Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield Scheduled To Work Out For Lakers On Saturday

    Lakers Nation "Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Duke’s Brandon Ingram at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, and now they’ll bring in another player projected to be a high draft pick in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Hield will workout for the..." June 17

  • 76ers hold first face-to-face meeting with ‎Ben Simmons

    ESPN "The Philadelphia 76ers had their first face-to-face meeting with ‎presumptive No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons on Thursday, ESPN.com has learned. Sources with knowledge of the meeting said Friday that new Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown -- in the latest signal..." June 17

  • 14 Things You Didn't Know About Dragan Bender

    Complex "It looks like the NBA could have another year where a European rookie phenom takes the league by storm. Last season, it was lanky Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, the No. 4 pick by the New York Knicks. This year it could be Dragan Bender, the 18-year-old Croatian who has been turning heads and looks..." June 16

  • Kris Dunn debunks report he doesn’t want Celtics to draft him

    Boston Globe "Former Providence guard Kris Dunn said that reports that he does not want to be selected by the Celtics with the No. 3 overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft are inaccurate. “I mean it would be unbelievable to be selected by the Celtics,” Dunn said in a telephone interview on Thursday morning...." June 16

  • As Draft nears, Sixers debate over Simmons, Ingram

    NBA.com "Maybe they will choose Ben Simmons of LSU. That would make sense. Simmons is a rare talent, a point power forward who can grab a defensive rebound and lead the break toward the other end, a distributor who can deliver crisp passes in half-court sets at 6-10, all surrounded by an advanced feel for..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Report: Kentucky G Tyler Ulis has pretty significant hip issues

    College Spun "Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is hoping to hear his name called fairly early in next week’s NBA Draft, but according to a report, a hip issue could put a crimp in his plans. Per Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the 5-foot-9 playmaker may be suffering from a “pretty significant” hip issue,..." June 15

  • Alex Kennedy: Brooklyn Nets likely to aquire first round pick

    Nets Daily "We wrote Sunday about the Nets chances of acquiring a draft pick, first or second round, in this year's draft. As every sentient Nets fan knows, Brooklyn traded its 2016 first rounder to Boston three years ago and swapped its second rounder with the Clippers way back in 2011, leaving the team with..." June 14

  • Why traditional big men are the new running backs of the NBA Draft

    SB Nation "Centers were once the dominant species in the NBA, much like the dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth. But like the asteroid that turned dinosaurs into fossils, the small-ball revolution is having a similar impact on basketball. Bigs won't necessarily go extinct, but fewer centers are playing..." June 14

  • Ben Simmons likely to avoid working out for Sixers

    Philly.com "Unless something changes, the 76ers won’t work out out Ben Simmons during the NBA predraft process – at least not at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They are expected to use the first overall pick on the former Louisiana State University power forward. However, Simmons doesn't..." June 14

  • Hield nails 85 of 100 threes during Celtics workout

    The Score "The Boston Celtics may need to think twice about trading the third overall pick. Highly-touted prospect Buddy Hield nailed 85 percent of his 100 3-point attempts during a workout with the team on Monday. Hield isn't the first prospect that has impressed from long range, as Kentucky's Jamal..." June 14

  • Sixers attend former Westtown standout's workout

    Philly.com "Representatives from the 76ers, including coach Brett Brown, were among the NBA personnel on hand Sunday to watch former Westtown School center Georgios Papagiannis’ pre-draft workout at Temple University. The 7-foot-2, 276-pound center plays for Pananthinaikos B.C. of the Greek Basket League...." June 13

  • 9 international players pull out of NBA draft

    The Score "Nine international prospects pulled their names out of this year's NBA draft ahead of Monday's deadline, ESPN's Chad Ford reports. Mathias Lessort, Alpha Kaba, Jordan Sakho, Kenan Sipahi, Ognjen Jaramaz, Emircan Kosut, Diego Flaccadori, Adam Pechacek, and Marko Guduric were the nine players who..." June 13

  • Dragan Bender scheduled to work out for Boston Celtics on June 21

    Mass Live "Dragan Bender will work out for the Boston Celtics two days before the NBA Draft, according to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. " June 13

  • Jamal Murray: ‘I Think I’m The Best Player In The Draft’

    SLAM Online "The Jamal Murray hype train is picking up steam as the 2016 NBA Draft nears. Following a workout with the Boston Celtics, where Murray hit 79 out of 100 3-pointers, the Canadian sharpshooter sat down for a media session and asked if he thought he was the best player in the Draft, to which he..." June 13

  • Jaylen Brown signs with Adidas

    The Score "After watching their main competitor ink multiple deals with prospects earlier in the week, Adidas has ramped up its efforts to land big-time players as well leading into the draft. Adidas has reached an endorsement deal with top-5 prospect Jaylen Brown, Chris Haynes of cleveland.com reports,..." June 12

  • Is buying a draft pick worth it for the Nets? And how difficult would it be?

    Nets Daily "When we’re talking about whether or not buying draft picks is the route an organization should take to improve, it means we still have a long way to go…as Alex Kennedy tweeted the other day. It isn’t the sexiest way to turn your franchise around, but purchasing picks is something plenty of NBA..." June 12

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Brandon Ingram Duke
2 Lakers Ben Simmons Louisiana State
3 Celtics Dragan Bender Maccabi Tel Aviv
4 Suns Jamal Murray Kentucky
5 Timberwolves Kris Dunn Providence
6 Pelicans Buddy Hield Oklahoma
7 Nuggets Jaylen Brown California
8 Kings Dejounte Murray Washington
9 Raptors Thon Maker Orangeville Prep
10 Bucks Jakob Poeltl Utah