NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • LaMelo Ball Done for Australian NBL Season Due to Injury Ahead of 2020 NBA Draft

    SLAM Online "LaMelo Ball has played his final game in an Illawarra Hawks jersey, Jonathan Givony of ESPN reports. Ball faces rehabilitation from a bone bruise that would stretch beyond the team’s season. “Melo’s foot is totally healed, but the doctor’s policy is..." January 16

  • R.J. Hampton cleared to practice while LaMelo Ball remains sidelined

    ESPN "R.J. Hampton has been medically cleared for full contact in the Australian NBL, while LaMelo Ball remains out for the indefinite future, sources told ESPN. Hampton, No. 7 in ESPN's top 100 draft prospects for 2020, has been cleared by doctors to resume full..." January 03

  • LaMelo Ball donating one month's salary to aid Australian bushfire victims

    The Score "Teenage basketball sensation LaMelo Ball has pledged to donate one month's salary toward relief efforts for Australia's ongoing bushfires, the Illawarra Hawks announced. "It's sad to see what is happening on the south coast of Australia. People have lost their..." January 03

  • Rumor: LaMelo Ball Being Offered $100M Shoe Deal, Access To Private Jet

    Total Pro Sports "The 2020 NBA Draft is fast approaching and as scouts and NBA front offices continue to do their research on the top prospects and which player could possibly be a game changer for their franchise. National Basketball League (Australia) analyst Corey Williams reported earlier this week..." December 31

  • NBA Still Mulling Draft Pick Prize For Proposed Tournament

    Hoops Rumors "As we relayed last week, the NBA sent a proposal to all 30 teams outlining possible changes to the league’s schedule for the 2021/22 season. One of those changes would be an in-season tournament which would reward the winning team with $1MM-per-player bonuses. While that..." December 24

  • NBA draft odds: James Wiseman still co-favorite for No. 1 pick

    The Score "When standout center James Wiseman enters the NBA draft next June, he will have played exactly three games of high-level basketball since leaving high school. Oddsmakers think he's as good of a bet as any to be selected No. 1 overall. Wiseman's short-lived stint at..." December 21

  • LaMelo Ball on young prospects joining NBL to prepare for NBA Draft: 'College isn't for everyone'

    Sporting News "LaMelo Ball has been creating plenty of headlines since he announced he would be skipping college basketball and jumping straight to Australia's National Basketball League ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.  Fast forward five months since his announcement on ESPN's..." December 20

  • Kevin Arnovitz: ‘I Can’t Imagine The Pressure That Bronny James Is Under’

    Fadeaway World "LeBron James Jr., a.k.a. ‘Bronny’ is only a high school freshman, but that hasn’t stopped people to start comparing him with his father. Despite his young age, he’s already expected to be great once he makes it to the NBA equaling or surpassing the things his father has..." December 17

  • LeBron James says LeBron James Jr.'s NBA future is 'not promised'

    The Score "The basketball world already can't help but speculate about the possibility of LeBron James and his son, LeBron "Bronny" James Jr., becoming the first father-son duo to play in the league together. Following the Los Angeles Lakers' narrow 101-96..." December 16

  • Projected lottery pick R.J. Hampton to miss 4 weeks of NBL action

    USA Today "R.J. Hampton will reportedly miss 4-6 weeks for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League with a hip injury, according to Josh Price of Newstalk ZB. Hampton did not play with the Breakers on Monday against the Brisbane Bullets due to the injury and could miss as many..." December 12

  • 'It's like gangs:' NBA stars share memories of European basketball crowds

    The Score "It's opening night in the NBA, and the first game of the 2019-20 season has just wrapped up, with the Toronto Raptors edging the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime after receiving their championship rings and raising the franchise's first championship banner. It's a..." December 10

  • Potential NBA top pick LaMelo Ball out for a month due to foot injury

    Yahoo! Sports "LaMelo Ball, a potential lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft, will be sidelined the next month while recovering from a foot injury in Australia’s National Basketball League, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Ball suffered a bruised foot in practice last week, per..." December 09

  • LaMelo Ball Builds His Case as the Potential No. 1 Pick

    SI "If you, basketball fan, haven’t taken the time to watch a minute of the Australian NBL this season, you’re probably not alone. But recent developments necessitate you pay attention, particularly if your favorite NBA team is scuffling. Although 18-year-old LaMelo Ball’s fame..." December 04

  • Momentum Gaining for LaMelo Ball Being #1 Pick in 2020 Draft

    Black Sports Online "If you ignore the fact that LaMelo’s father is LaVar Ball and just look at the kid play you can see why NBA scouts are drooling over him. He is the new prototypical big guard that can do a little bit of everything and do it very well. He has uncanny instincts and at 18..." December 02

  • LiAngelo Ball Declares He Wants to Be a Model at his 21st Birthday Celebration

    Sports Gossip "There's no denying the Ball brothers can all ball. The middle Ball, LiAngelo, might be changing career paths.  " November 27

  • LaMelo Ball lights up NBL with breakout game

    ESPN "LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double and emphasized his claims to be the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in 2020. Ball's game-high 32 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists helped Illawarra beat Cairns 114-106 in overtime Monday night at the WIN..." November 25

  • James Wiseman scouting report: Should suspended Memphis star be No. 1 pick at 2020 NBA Draft?

    Sporting News "This was supposed to be the year James Wiseman justified the hype.  The Memphis freshman entered the season as a prospective No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but questions lingered surrounding his approach to the game and his fit in the modern NBA. Now, answers will have to wait..." November 22

  • LaMelo Ball's Manager Tired of People Profiting off Him: 'It's Damn Near Like He's a Prostitute'

    Complex "Although LaMelo Ball bypassed the NCAA process by turning pro in Australia when he signed with the Illawarra Hawks, he hasn't been able to escape people profiting off his image. In Bleacher Report's new profile on Ball, his manager and..." November 19

  • The Life of LaMelo Ball

    Bleacher Report "LaMelo Ball tries to catch his breath, placing his hands on his hips as if holding on to them is all that is preventing him from falling down. His hamstrings burn. His knees creak. His white ankle socks have turned a dirty shade of gray from his beach sprints this October afternoon. As he..." November 19

  • NBA’s Next International Star

    Bleacher Report "Crammed behind the wheel of the gray 2009 Mercedes S-Class gifted to him by his father, Deni Avdija is trying to navigate the gauntlet that is evening rush hour in Tel Aviv. "People here drive crazy," he says as one car zips by. He glances into his rearview mirror; a "new..." November 15

  • LaMelo Ball Tips His Hand On What NBA Team He’d like to Play For

    Hot New Hip Hop "Like any kid his age, LaMelo Ball plays NBA 2K. Unlike almost every other kid his age, LaMelo has the chance to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. So when LaMelo took to instagram to share a look at his 2K player, his followers couldn't help but notice that he..." October 25

  • NBA teams barred from scouting LaMelo Ball at practice

    USA Today "Last month, nearly every team in the NBA watched LaMelo Ball practice with the Illawarra Hawks ahead of their big matchup with the reigning NBL champions, the Perth Wildcats. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, the NBA league office informed teams that they..." October 07

  • NBA teams can scout RJ Hampton practices

    ESPN "The NBA league office has informed teams that they are permitted to scout two practices in Memphis involving projected 2020 top-10 draft pick RJ Hampton, a source told ESPN. Representatives from NBA teams were expected to attend five New Zealand Breakers practices in Memphis and..." October 07

  • LaMelo Ball drawing interest from Blazers, Nets, Pelicans and Raptors

    USA Today "While things could change when the NCAA basketball season gets underway, LaMelo Ball is currently projected to be a top-three pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and teams are starting to do their homework on the 18-year-old Illawarra Hawks guard. According to Adam Zagoria of..." October 05

  • LaVar Ball Predicts Son LiAngelo Will Be Teammates With Lonzo In New Orleans

    Sports Gossip "LaVar Ball keeps on pushing for his son to be in the NBA.  LaVar Ball, CEO of Big Baller Brand and father to New Orleans Pelicans star Lonzo Ball, is asked where he thinks NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony will end up when finally signed, Ball states, “Carmelo should go..." October 02

  • Nike 'Interested' in Shoe Deal with LaMelo Ball

    TMZ "With LaMelo Ball reportedly open to signing a shoe contract outside of the Big Baller Brand, TMZ Sports has learned Nike has a serious interest in working with the 18-year-old. Our Nike sources tell us ... the company is actively scouting the youngest..." September 28

  • Lonzo Ball further distances himself from BBB, says LaMelo Ball will have choice

    The Score "Weeks after saying he had to change his Big Baller Brand ZO2 sneakers during every quarter of summer league in 2017 because they kept breaking, Lonzo Ball has further distanced himself from his father LaVar's apparel brand. "What makes it easier is I'm..." September 27

  • NBL to broadcast games featuring LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton on Facebook

    The Score "Those in this hemisphere wishing to see LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton in action will be able to view select NBL games on Facebook Watch this season, the Australia-based league announced. The partnership calls for 52 games featuring Ball's Illawarra Hawks and Hampton's New..." September 26

  • LaMelo Ball's Camp Negotiating Sneaker Contract As No. 1 Pick Rumors Start To Buzz

    Bleacher Report "LaMelo Ball's representatives are reportedly negotiating a sneaker deal as he prepares to enter the 2020 NBA draft.  According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, Ball was not seen wearing any Big Baller Brand merchandise during the recent NBL Blitz preseason..." September 24

  • 14 NBA Teams Have Open 20-Man Roster Spots

    Hoops Rumors "With NBA training camps right around the corner, several more teams filled their 20-man offseason rosters this week. The Hornets did so on Monday, with the Mavericks, Pistons, Raptors, and Hawks following suit over the next few days. Those clubs join a list of..." September 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA Passes Stricter Tampering, Compliance Rules Package

    SI "The NBA Board of Governors unanimously passed a stricter package of provisions to enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention. NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the rules changes in a press conference and said there "need to be consequences" when rules are..." September 20

  • Several Reported Free Agent Deals Not Yet Official

    Hoops Rumors "When a free agent agrees to join an NBA team, his tentative deal with the club is generally reported before he officially signs his contract. Often, word of an agreement between a player and team breaks minutes or hours – or perhaps a day or two – before the deal is formally..." September 15

  • LiAngelo Ball says Nets, Thunder, Heat expressed interest in adding him to 2019 Summer League roster

    USA Today "The Oklahoma City Thunder had a few players on its 2019 NBA Summer League roster who earned some attention throughout play. But there could have been far more buzz surrounding the team had LiAngelo Ball been healthy. The younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball and..." September 02

  • Why LaMelo Ball could be a top-5 NBA Draft prospect in 2020

    SB Nation "LaMelo Ball is perhaps the most famous high school basketball player of all time, but his game remains clouded in a certain degree of mystery. While his peers spent the last two years competing against each other in organized grassroots leagues and showcases like the Nike Hoop..." August 28

  • Killian Hayes Is Coming to Claim His Basketball Birthright

    Bleacher Report "Killian Hayes idles a few feet behind the three-point line, scanning the floor, when he spots an opening. Wielding the ball with his left hand and keeping a defender at bay with his right hip, Hayes slips a dribble behind his back and blows by his man. In another bounce, he's at the top of..." August 02

  • Bronny James Reportedly Has A New Girlfriend

    Fadeaway World "Arguably the biggest name in NBA history is LeBron James, the four-time MVP is still considered one of the best players in the league. The popularity and skill of LeBron has his son LeBron James Jr otherwise known as Bronny under a lot of pressure to follow in his footsteps. Bronny is..." July 22