NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • LiAngelo Ball thought Lakers or Suns would draft him

    12 Up "LiAngelo Ball had a brief but rough experience with the NBA. Footage was released of Ball shooting in a pre-draft workout and it was awful. 'Gelo even hit the side of the backboard on one of his threes.  Then, LaVar called LiAngelo the "best two-guard in the draft"..." September 05

  • LiAngelo Ball- 'Sh*t I Did' In China Might Have Cost Me NBA Draft Pick

    TMZ "LiAngelo Ball wondered if his stealing incident in China was the reason he didn't get selected in the NBA draft ... saying, "the sh*t I did off the court" might have cost him. It all went down in the latest episode of the family's Facebook docuseries, "Ball In..." September 04

  • USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

    Real GM Basketball "USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional..." August 29

  • Bazley to forgo G League, taking year to prepare for NBA Draft

    The Score "In a surprise twist, former Syracuse recruit Darius Bazley has decided to forgo the G League to prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft on his own. Bazley is currently slotted in at No. 13 in ESPN's Top 100 recruits for 2018. The five-star forward withdrew his..." August 27

  • Lithuania’s Prienu Vytautas rips Ball family

    Yardbarker "Something tells us the Ball family isn’t going to go back to Lithuania anytime soon. Both LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball spent a part of a season with Lithuania’s BC Prienu Vytautas this past season. However, things didn’t exactly go well. Their father LaVar said they left..." August 25

  • BC Prienai: 'Big Baller Brand tried to destroy the club'

    The Score "It's safe to say Lithuanian basketball club BC Prienai, formerly known as BC Vytautas, is happy to have the Ball family off its hands. The team put LaVar Ball and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, on blast Thursday in a press release titled, "BC Prienai-Skycop: Big Baller Brand..." August 23

  • Suns considered drafting LiAngelo Ball in second round?

    Larry Brown Sports "LiAngelo Ball famously went undrafted this year, but he may have been closer to making the NBA than most had thought. In Sunday’s latest episode of his family’s Facebook show “Ball In The Family,”the middle Ball brother was shown with father LaVar and..." August 20

  • Duke has the potential to produce three top-five picks in the same class

    Clutch Points "It’s an exciting time to be a Duke Blue Devils fan. Zion Williamson, R.J. Barret, and Cameron Redish are already turning heads and could be three of the first five picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which would be the first time in NBA history. August 20

  • LaVar Ball Was Adamant His JBA Players Get Paid

    TMZ "LaVar Ball's JBA league is now facing allegations from a former player that he got stiffed out of his full paycheck ... but, just last week, LaVar was adamant he's paying ALL of his guys.  Brandon Phillips -- who played for the L.A. Ballers this season -- claims..." August 17

  • JBA player says he was only paid 1/3 of what was promised, league not returning calls

    Clutch Points "LaVar Ball’s JBA was billed as a league that could empower young basketball players. It was presented as a viable option for players who wanted to earn some money while they played instead of attending college. But apparently, the JBA wasn’t all that it was cracked up to..." August 17

  • LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Combine for 92, Win First-Ever JBA Championship

    SLAM Online "LaVar Ball most ambitious business venture, the Junior Basketball Association, wrapped up its first annual season last night as Los Angeles downed Seattle 132-121in Ontario, California. The younger two brothers of the Ball family, LaMelo and LiAngelo,..." August 14

  • NBA Insider Shams Charania Leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest names in the basketball world has found a new home. On Tuesday, NBA reporter Shams Charania announced that he will join The Athletic and Stadium: "I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior..." August 14

  • LiAngelo Ball Wins JBA League MVP, Drops 58 in Championship Victory

    Complex "The inaugural season of the Junior Basketball Association, LaVar Ball's league for top high school prospects, is now in the books. And you won't have a hard time guessing which team won the title and which player won the MVP award. The league champs? The Los Angeles Ballers,..." August 13

  • Luka Doncic tops ESPN’s Rookie of the Year poll

    Clutch Points "The hype remains uber high on Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic. The guys over at Bristol recently had a poll about who they think will win the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year, and the result was overwhelmingly in favor of the Slovenian hotshot. The poll was not done..." August 07

  • LaVar Ball's JBA Actually Helped a Young Player Get a Contract Overseas

    12 Up "LaVar Ball did something genuinely good in the public eye for someone besides his sons? Hallelujah!? Thanks to his play in the Junior Basketball Association, Kezo Brown of the Chicago Ballers has signed a contract to play basketball professional overseas in France. July 20

  • Ex-ESPN Reporter Apologizes For Giving LaVar Ball A Platform To Speak: “He’s Not Very Bright”

    Total Pro Sports "You might not have noticed, but Jeff Goodman is no longer with the Worldwide leader in sports, but before he left, he was put on an assignment that he didn’t like. With ESPN, Goodman served as the network’s college basketball insider, so he was sent out to Lithuania..." July 18

  • LaVar Ball's credibility on line for how a coach in his JBA league treated young player

    USA Today "Although “LaVar Ball’s credibility’’ might strike some people as an oxymoron, it’s on the line. Repeatedly he has said he started the Junior Basketball  Association (JBA) because he wanted to help young pro hopefuls who weren’t interested..." July 15

  • Lavar Ball Refuses to Give Up on the LiAngelo Pipe Dream

    12 Up "Say want you will about LaVar Ball and the rest of his sons, but the man is driven and determined to get all three boys playing in the NBA together.  From the wild journey when Lonzo played at UCLA as one of the top stars in college basketball to LaVar's decision to pull his..." July 15

  • NBA Teams With 2018/19 Cap Room Remaining

    Hoops Rumors "Last Wednesday, we noted that only three NBA teams still had significant cap room available. Depending on your definition of “significant,” that’s still the case. One of those three teams – the Kings – made a player for another’s..." July 12

  • Move to eliminate NBA one-and-done rule gaining momentum, commissioner Adam Silver says

    USA Today "The NBA’s one-and-done rule is unofficially done. Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that there is growing support for a change that would allow players to enter the league at the age of 18 rather than require them to play one year of college basketball – or..." July 11

  • LiAngelo Ball Joining the JBA’s Los Angeles Ballers

    SLAM Online "LiAngelo Ball is making his debut in the Big Baller Brand-sponsored Junior Basketball Association this Thursday. The sharpshooter impressed during his time overseas with his previous team, Vytautas Prienu, scoring 12.6 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting from behind the arc..." July 09

  • LiAngelo Ball 'I'm Going To Be A Laker!'

    TMZ "LiAngelo Ball says he's going to be a Los Angeles Laker! ... Eventually. We got Lonzo's little bro at LAX on Wednesday ... and we just had to ask about his dad's prediction that Gelo will join up with Zo in the purple and gold. "Yeah, I will,"..." July 08

  • Lil Yachty Says LaMelo Ball Nearly Set His House on Fire During the Fourth of July

    Complex "LaMelo Ball celebrated the birth of our nation like many other proud Americans: He set off an obscene amount of fireworks. As pointed out by Hoops Provider, the 16-year-old athlete spent the holiday hanging out at Lil Yachty’s house with a large group of friends and even larger..." July 05

  • NBA salary cap expected to spike considerably after next season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA released its 2018-19 salary cap on Saturday evening, mere hours prior to the start of free agency. As expected, the cap has been set at $101.9 million with a luxury tax threshold of $123.7 million. It’s expected that the market this summer for non-stars is going to be..." July 01

  • LaMelo Ball horrid from 3-point range in Junior Basketball Association

    USA Today "LaMelo Ball, touted as the marquee player of the Junior Basketball Association (JBA), is doing something extraordinary. Extraordinary awful. Three games into the inaugural season of the JBA — a league started by LaVar Ball for NBA hopefuls who don’t want to..." June 30

  • How Kentucky tried building Kevin Knox into next Durant

    New York Post "Rookie Kevin Knox will make his Knicks debut July 7 at the Las Vegas summer league against the Hawks. Knox, 18, will either look like the next Kevin Durant or Jayson Tatum, depending which Kentucky coach you believe. One week after John Calipari compared Knox to Tatum in..." June 28

  • LaVar Ball on LaMelo's NBA Draft stock: "He got to be number one"

    The Sports Daily "After two consecutive years of NBA Draft coverage surrounding the Ball brothers, there is still one more left in the rotation in LaMelo Ball. Out of the three Ball brothers, LaMelo is the most intriguing one for multiple reasons. He has a lot of talent, he is now nearing Lonzo’s height at..." June 25

  • Trae Young impressed Hawks by shooting from ‘4-point line’

    Larry Brown Sports "Plenty of players can drain shots from the NBA 3-point line, so it usually takes more than that to impress a team in a pre-draft workout. But if you prove that you can make baskets from the 4-point line, that has to command attention. The Atlanta Hawks introduced their rookie class on..." June 25

  • Kyrie Irving comments on Collin Sexton wearing his No. 2

    Cavs Nation "With the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Collin Sexton — a 19-year-old point guard out of the University of Alabama. Shortly after the Draft, the Cavs announced that Sexton will wear the number two on his jersey, which seems to have ruffled a few..." June 25

  • Luka Doncic won’t play for Slovenia in upcoming FIBA World Cup qualifying round

    Clutch Points "The Dallas Mavericks decided to trade up in the 2018 NBA Draft, sending their No. 5 pick, along with a 2019 protected first round pick, to the Atlanta Hawks for their No. 3 selection. In doing so, the Mavs were able to acquire Slovenian-born sensation Luka..." June 25

  • This LiAngelo Ball Pre-Draft Workout Video Explains Everything

    The Big Lead "LiAngelo Ball was not taken in the NBA draft, and has not been signed as a rookie free agent, either. There has been some speculation that his loudmouth dad is partially responsible for this, but this video of Ball shooting 3-pointers in a pre-draft workout suffices as an alternate..." June 24

  • Shannon Sharpe offers to train LiAngelo Ball to be NFL tight end

    The Score "LiAngelo Ball is free to sign with any NBA team after going unselected in the 2018 draft, but Hall of Fame tight end and "Undisputed" host Shannon Sharpe thinks he should consider pursuing a football career instead. Sharpe suggested in May that the middle Ball brother would..." June 24

  • Nuggets guard Will Barton has high praise for LaMelo Ball and the JBA

    The Sports Daily "In what could be considered a down week for the Ball family due to LiAngelo’s NBA future looking dim,  there was a positive side. According to USA Today, the debut of the JBA drew around 600,000 Facebook viewers and is now getting positive feedback from NBA players, like..." June 24

  • After full season in Europe, Luka Doncic not expected to play in Summer League

    Pro Basketball Talk "Deandre Ayton played 35 games for Arizona last season. Marvin Bagley III played 33 games last season for Duke. Jarnen Jackson Jr. played 35 for Michigan State. None of them played past March. Luka Doncic played 61 games for Real Madrid — at a higher level than NCAA basketball..." June 23

  • Cavaliers draftee Collin Sexton: No pressure to fill Kyrie Irving's shoes

    ESPN "Collin Sexton was handed a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform with his last name and the No. 2 stitched onto the back of it when the point guard out of Alabama arrived at his introductory news conference Friday. Yet despite his shared position and jersey number, Sexton doesn't feel any..." June 23

  • Michael Porter Jr.: ‘I don’t feel entitled to this’

    The Undefeated "Michael Porter Sr. looked at the pin on his suit that read “Faith” and it brought him to tears as he thought about his stressed-out son before the 2018 NBA draft. No one wants to see his child in mental and physical pain. But that’s been the case as Michael Porter..." June 23

  • Report: Luka Doncic unlikely to play in summer league

    The Score "Bad news for fans who wanted to see Luka Doncic get some summer run on this side of the Atlantic. The Dallas Mavericks rookie guard-forward is unlikely to play in the Las Vegas Summer League after a long European season that just ended this week, sources..." June 22

  • Rick Carlisle plans on playing guard Luka Doncic at power forward

    Clutch Points "The Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle fell in love with Luka Doncic during the predraft process. They liked him so much that they traded a future first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks to move up two spots to grab a guy they hope becomes their next..." June 22

  • Collin Sexton will play in Las Vegas Summer League

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers are less than 24 hours from selecting Collin Sexton with the No. 8 in the 2018 NBA Draft. In that short amount of time, Sexton has awarded Kyrie Irving old number and tried to recruit LeBron James to stay in Cleveland...." June 22

  • Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic Top Rookie of the Year Odds After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft is in the books, oddsmakers are already looking ahead at which rookies will have the most impact on the court next season. Per OddsShark, No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and reigning Euroleague MVP Luka Doncic of the Dallas..." June 22

  • Michael Porter Jr. poised for redshirt year with Nuggets?

    Larry Brown Sports "Michael Porter Jr. may take a “redshirt year” with the Denver Nuggets as he continues to work on his health. NBA writer Matt Moore believes based on the words of Nuggets president Tim Connelly that Porter, who missed virtually all of last season with a back injury, will..." June 22

  • Kristaps Porzingis tells Kevin Knox the draft-night boos are 'fuel to the fire'

    ESPN "New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis reached out to rookie Kevin Knox shortly after New York drafted him with the ninth overall pick on Thursday night. One of the topics covered during their conversation? Getting booed by Knicks fans on draft..." June 22

  • It Sure Looks Like LaVar Cost LiAngelo a Shot at Lakers Summer League Spot

    12 Up "The chances of LiAngelo Ball being selected in last night's NBA draft were slim to none. That didn't mean he wouldn't get an invite to join a team's Summer League for a chance to prove doubters wrong.  As far as the Los Angeles Lakers are concerned, they have..." June 22

  • LiAngelo Ball Won't Be on Summer League Team, 'LaVar Effect' Real

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers told LiAngelo Ball they won't sign him to their summer league team after he went undrafted Thursday night in the 2018 NBA draft, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported. Shelburne spoke to a source who said the decision has..." June 22

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Knicks’ David Fizdale sees Kevin Knox starting right away

    Newsday "David Fizdale doesn’t plan to bring Kevin Knox along slowly. Fizdale said he would have no problem starting the Knicks’ first-round pick if he earns his spot. This is a definite change in philosophy from last year when the Knicks brought in veterans to mentor..." June 22

  • Terry Rozier FaceTimed Danny Ainge While Celtics Were Drafting Robert Williams

    CBS Boston "Many thought that Danny Ainge would be calling Terry Rozier Thursday night to inform him of a trade. Instead, the Boston point guard FaceTimed Ainge as the Celtics were getting ready to make their pick. Not knowing he was live on Bleacher Report’s online draft show, Ainge..." June 22

  • Andre Iguodala Openly Hits on Luka Doncic's Mom on Twitter

    12 Up "?Poor Luka Doncic. The Slovenian is less than 24 hours into adjusting to life in the NBA, and he'll do so in Dallas after a draft day trade saw him taken third overall by the Mavs. But it was never going to be this easy. In the age of social media, everything is fair..." June 22

  • LiAngelo Ball goes undrafted in 2018 NBA Draft

    247 Sports "LiAngelo Ball has officially gone undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft. Ball was not viewed by most analysts as an NBA-caliber prospect in high school, and that didn’t change when he went through a bizarre 2017-18 season that started with UCLA, included an arrest in China and ended in..." June 22

2018-2019 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Suns DeAndre Ayton Arizona
2 Kings Marvin Bagley III Duke
3 Hawks Luka Doncic Real Madrid
4 Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan St
5 Mavericks Trae Young Oklahoma
6 Magic Mohamed Bamba Texas
7 Bulls Wendell Carter Jr. Duke
8 Cavaliers* Collin Sexton Alabama
9 Knicks Kevin Knox Kentucky
10 76ers Mikal Bridges Villanova
Full NBA Draft Results