NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Report: Pelicans in all-out effort to trade up for RJ Barrett

    Larry Brown Sports "Zion Williamson might not be the only Duke star that the New Orleans Pelicans land in this year’s draft. Veteran basketball writer Peter Vecsey reported Wednesday that the Pelicans are engaged in an “all-out effort” to trade up to the No. 2 draft slot (currently..." June 20

  • RJ Barrett reveals the personal reason he wants to be a Knick

    New York Post "Duke star RJ Barrett has said for weeks his hope is to play for the Knicks. On the eve of the NBA draft, he explained one more reason why. “It would mean a lot,’’ Barrett said during Wednesday’s draft press conference. “My late grandfather, rest in peace,..." June 20

  • The Pelicans’ most intriguing NBA Draft decision isn’t the No. 1-overall pick

    SB Nation "After agreeing to trade away superstar Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Orleans Pelicans gained the No. 4 pick, their second high selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. Winning the draft lottery last month means they’ll have Zion Williamson land in their hands at..." June 20

  • Bucks Trade Tony Snell, 30th Pick in 2019 Draft To Pistons For Jon Leuer

    Real GM Basketball "The Milwaukee Bucks are trading Tony Snell and the 30th pick in the 2019 draft to the Detroit Pistons for Jon Leuer, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski. In addition to shedding Snell's $12 million contract for the 2020-21 season, the Bucks also save $4 million this year. Leuer..." June 20

  • Who will be the Pascal Siakam of the 2019 NBA Draft?

    Sportsnet "Every NBA draft features can’t-miss talent — players who are as close to a sure-thing as can exist in an endeavour that attempts to forecast the next 15-20 years of a teenager’s future. But after those early selections come off the board on draft night, NBA teams are..." June 19

  • Cameron Johnson a ‘primary target’ for Sixers in the NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "University of North Carolina guard Cameron Johnson is reportedly a primary target for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Sixers have the 24th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists this past college..." June 19

  • Report: Timberwolves have discussed acquiring No. 4 pick from Pelicans

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly one of the teams with plenty of interest in moving up in the 2019 NBA Draft and have considered acquiring the No. 4 pick from the New Orleans Pelicans. There have been lots of rumors regarding which teams may be pushing the most..." June 19

  • Cam Reddish Meeting With Spurs Fuels Draft Trade Speculation

    12 Up "The San Antonio Spurs hold the 19th and 29th picks in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft. But could they be looking to move up? Duke winger Cam Reddish, who is widely expected to land in the lottery, has said that he has met with the Spurs. Reddish will almost..." June 19

  • Knicks still focused on drafting RJ Barrett with No. 3 pick

    The Score "Although the New York Knicks brought Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland in for a workout Wednesday, the team is still focused on selecting Duke's RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in Thursday's draft, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. In 38 appearances with Duke,..." June 19

  • Projected lottery pick Jarrett Culver signs endorsement deal with Adidas

    SI "Projected lottery pick Jarrett Culver has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Adidas. The Texas Tech guard averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and is a potential top-5 pick in the 2019 NBA draft on Thursday. After leading the Red Raiders to..." June 19

  • NBA Rumors: Pelicans Could Acquire Kevin Love For Trade Package Centered On No. 4 Pick

    Inquisitr "Since assuming a front office role, New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin did everything he could to convince All-Star center Anthony Davis to stay. However, Davis was determined to find his way out of New Orleans, leaving the Pelicans with no choice but to..." June 19

  • Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James' shoes

    ABC News "Zion Williamson knows he's likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. But for now, the equation is simple. "I just want to hoop," he said. Williamson, who will turn 19 a week after the draft, spent the 2018-19 collegiate season blowing..." June 19

  • Prospects to Pros: Comparing the 2019 NBA Draft Class to NBA Greats

    Complex "The NBA Draft has become a bigger deal than the NBA Finals. Both take place in the same month, but only one can change the fortunes of all 30 franchises. In fact, for many fans, the promise and potential of the incoming crop of players have eclipsed the biggest games of the NBA season...." June 19

  • ESPN to change draft coverage approach after Adrian Wojnarowski mockery?

    Larry Brown Sports "ESPN tried to prevent its reporters from leaking out picks before they were announced during the NBA Draft last year, but they may be nixing that policy now after the way Adrian Wojnarowski made a mockery out of it. Prior to the draft last year, there was a report that ESPN, Yahoo and..." June 19

  • Darius Garland To Conduct Last-Minute Workout With Knicks

    Real GM Basketball "Darius Garland will conduct a last-minute workout on Wednesday for the New York Knicks. The Knicks own the No. 3 pick and will consider him with that selection. The Knicks have been most strongly tied to R.J. Barrett with the No. 3 pick. " June 18

  • Report: Pacers eyeing Ricky Rubio in free agency, No. 4 pick in draft

    Clutch Points "One of the biggest wild cards in free agency this summer could be the Indiana Pacers, as they have a lot of cap space and could ultimately sign a max player to put alongside Victor Oladipo. But for now, the Pacers are apparently looking at point guard Ricky..." June 18

  • What makes Zion the next great NBA prospect

    The Score "The 2019 NBA Draft is providing fans with a rare glimpse of a true phenomenon. Prospects like Zion Williamson don't come around every year; perhaps the only fair comparisons to the buzz he's creating are LeBron James in 2003 and Shaquille O'Neal in 1992. Though comparisons..." June 18

  • NBA Draft Rumors: Pelicans Considering Trading Up To Draft R.J Barrett Second Overall

    Inquisitr "With the 2019 NBA Draft just two days away, Duke forward Zion Williamson is still expected by most pundits to be taken by the New Orleans Pelicans with the No. 1 overall selection. Murray State’s Ja Morant and Williamson’s Duke teammate, R.J. Barrett, are generally thought of as the..." June 18

  • Report: Knicks Rejected Hawks' Offer for No. 3 Pick; Pelicans Considering Trade

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Hawks are trying to move up in Thursday's NBA draft, and they're reportedly willing to part with multiple lottery picks to do so.  According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the Hawks "have been aggressive exploring trades packaging..." June 18

  • Report: Bulls looking to trade up for Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland

    NBC Sports Chicago "NBA Draft week is filled with rumors that never come to fruition, so take this with a grain of salt. The Bulls are reportedly interested in trading up to draft Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland. That report from ESPN's Jonathan Givony comes in the wake of him also..." June 18

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics interested in trading up to No. 4

    Sporting News "The Celtics aren't satisfied with picking 14th in the NBA Draft. Boston is looking into trading up to No. 4, according to ESPN. The team has its eye on Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland with that pick.

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  • Report: Hawks looking to package 8th, 10th overall picks to move up in draft

    The Score "The Atlanta Hawks have been aggressively exploring the possibility of packaging the eighth and 10th overall picks to move up in the 2019 NBA Draft, a source told ESPN's Jonathan Givony. Givony added that Atlanta's offer for the New York Knicks' No. 3..." June 18

  • Knicks considering making surprise pick at No. 3?

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks have the third overall pick in what is considered a three-player draft, so there should not be anything shocking about their selection. Zion Williamson is obviously going to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 1, which leaves the Knicks to take either Ja Morant or RJ Barrett at..." June 18

  • 5 Blockbuster NBA Trades That Would Blow Up Draft Night

    Bleacher Report "With the agreed-to trade of Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA draft has already switched teams. What other top selections and players could be on the move? While Davis was the top prize on the trade market, he could be far from..." June 18

  • Three big decisions that will show us the Pelicans’ plan for Zion Williamson

    SB Nation "When the New Orleans Pelicans leapfrogged six spots to land the No. 1-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, they received the a golden ticket to selecting the 6’7, 275-pound tank that is Zion Williamson. No longer were they the team tethered to Anthony Davis,..." June 18

  • The only thing that separates Ja Morant from RJ Barrett

    New York Post "The Knicks may get themselves a potential All-Star on Thursday just by waiting for Memphis to select. According to Ryan Blake, draft consultant to the NBA, the Knicks can’t go wrong with the third pick in the draft at Barclays Center. At No. 2, Memphis will take either Murray..." June 18

  • Adrian Wojnarowski: Celtics looking to trade at least one of their first-round picks

    WEEI Boston "There's a lot happening with the Celtics, not only with free agents likely coming and going, but also the NBA draft on Thursday. The Celtics have three first-round picks -- Nos. 14, 20 and 22 -- so a lot can happen. Appearing on ESPN Monday night, Adrian Wojnarowski had..." June 18

  • Six trades we could see during 2019 NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "The Anthony Davis blockbuster trade this weekend got us thinking. With just a few days remaining until the NBA Draft, the expectation is that more trades will happen here soon. Some of these moves won’t go down until the draft kicks off in New York City on Thursday...." June 18

  • Pelicans’ new draft plan could allow Ja Morant to fall to Knicks

    New York Post "The Pelicans could still have a hand in the Knicks’ future. Following the Anthony Davis trade with the Lakers, New Orleans holds the fourth pick in Thursday’s draft and is exploring all sorts of options. According to an NBA source, New Orleans has..." June 18

  • Cavaliers coach Beilein said to be fan of Virginia’s De'Andre Hunter

    Amico Hoops "Cavaliers coach John Beilein is likely to have at least a little input about what to do with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, and if so, word is that Beilein really likes Virginia small forward De’Andre Hunter. Beilein comes to the Cavs after 12..." June 17

  • LaMelo Ball Signs 2-Year Contract with Illawarra Hawks of Australian NBL

    Bleacher Report "LaMelo Ball is headed back overseas.  The 17-year-old announced he has signed with the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian NBL on Monday, a move that ends all thought of him playing college basketball.    Ball made the comments on ESPN's The..." June 17

  • Shams: Suns have discussed T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson and No. 6 pick in several separate trade packages

    Bright Side Of The Sun "Who’s ready for the NBA Draft? It’s one of the busiest times of the NBA calendar, and we now have a huge news drop-off from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Charania is reporting the Phoenix Suns have shopped around two wings and their lottery pick. The Suns..." June 17

  • Why Knicks draft target RJ Barrett is built to succeed in New York

    SNY TV "About six weeks after Duke's loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, RJ Barrett was in California with Zion Williamson and trainer David Zenon. They were on the West Coast for something totally unrelated to college basketball, but the defeat was still on Barrett's..." June 17

  • Suns, Bulls Interested In No. 4 Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns and Bulls have both expressed interest in acquiring the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans to draft Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland, a source tells Fletcher Mackel of WDSU in New Orleans (Twitter link). The Pelicans would be seeking a protected first-rounder in 2020 as the..." June 17

  • LaMelo Ball reportedly considering playing in Australia before leaping to the NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "LaMelo Ball lives in the shadow of his recently-traded older brother and boisterous father, but he has a big decision ahead of him. The high school senior has been ranked a five-star recruit, but his future is very much in the air because of questions about..." June 17

  • The Pelicans Are Giving Zion Williamson the Future Anthony Davis Never Had

    The Ringer "Fresh off winning the lottery, the New Orleans Pelicans got greedy and committed a robbery. By trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, and two additional future first-round picks, the Pelicans have bucked..." June 16

  • Wizards to workout UNC's Coby White and Nassir Little days before draft

    The Sports Daily "The Washington Wizards have ramped up the talent involved in their pre-draft workouts in recent days after one and a half weeks of likely undrafted prospects. On Thursday they worked out Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson, on Friday they had a visit with Sekou Doumbouya who will be a lottery pick,..." June 16

  • LaVar Ball: Zion Williamson needs to learn how to play

    Yardbarker "Lonzo Ball has already had the privilege of calling LeBron James a teammate for a season, and he will soon be playing alongside a young superstar who many believe will be the next LeBron. Lonzo’s father LaVar clearly isn’t viewing it that way just yet. With Lonzo having..." June 16

  • Lonzo Ball Could Be Exactly What Zion Williamson Needs in New Orleans

    Bleacher Report "Zion Williamson is loaded with potential. He was likely destined for greatness, regardless of who his teammates were slated to be in his first few seasons of development. But the New Orleans Pelicans' reported acquisition of Lonzo Ball may expedite the process. Of course, Anthony..." June 16

  • Darius Garland believes he’s the ‘best guard’ in 2019 draft

    ESPN "If Thursday's NBA draft truly has a steep drop-off in talent beyond the presumed top two picks in Duke's Zion Williamson and Murray State's Ja Morant, somebody forgot to tell Vanderbilt's Darius Garland. The 6-foot-2 guard, who left school after playing just five games..." June 16

  • NBA Rumors: Cavaliers Could Trade Jordan Clarkson & No. 5 Pick For Zach Lavine, ‘Da Windy City’ Suggests

    Inquisitr "While most NBA teams are expected to be aggressive in building a roster that can legitimately contend for the NBA championship title, the Chicago Bulls don’t seem to be in a rush to return to title contention. Instead of bringing in superstars via trade or free agency, the Bulls are..." June 15

  • Adam Silver hopeful reformed lottery rules end tanking

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver, speaking Thursday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, praised the league's reformed draft lottery system while saying he hopes that it changes the "destructive" mindset some teams and fans have about tanking. "Where I think it's the..." June 14

  • Coby White is the NBA draft speedster built for buckets

    SB Nation "Rob Salter is used to people doing a double-take when they walk into his office and see the photo hanging on the wall. It’s hard to recognize a young Coby White, about enter his freshman year at Greenfield School in Wilson, North Carolina, with a shaved head. It might be the last..." June 13

  • Sixers GM Elton Brand trying to acquire additional first round pick, talking with Hawks

    Clutch Points "With the Philadelphia 76ers currently in possession of the upcoming draft’s 24th overall pick, it appears that team general manager Elton Brand is still looking to add another first-round pick. According to Sixers team insider Vin Fosh, Brand has had discussions with..." June 13

  • Zion Williamson sues to end agreement with marketing firm

    ESPN "Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to enforce his termination of an agreement he signed with a Florida marketing company, maintaining their deal was unlawful under North Carolina law, his attorneys told ESPN. Williamson is set to become the No. 1 overall pick to the New Orleans..." June 13

  • Is drafting Zion Williamson worth all the hype that will come with taking him No. 1?

    CBS Sports "Next Thursday night, on a stage inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will walk to a microphone and announce to the world something we've known would happen pretty much since last November -- specifically that Zion Williamson will be the first pick of the 2019..." June 13

  • Where will Duke's trio land among the top draft classes from 1 school?

    The Score "For all of Duke basketball's accomplishments in the Mike Krzyzewski era - five national championships, 12 Final Fours, and 65 players drafted into the NBA - this will be a first. Barring the biggest surprise in NBA draft history, Zion Williamson will go first overall to..." June 13

  • Knicks will reportedly host Ja Morant for a workout

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks are in all likelihood not going to get a shot at drafting Ja Morant with the third overall pick, but they are doing their due diligence just in case. SNY’s Ian Begley reports that the Knicks are expected to host Morant for a pre-draft workout this..." June 13

  • Rich Paul Basically Runs the NBA Now and He's Only Going to Get More Powerful

    12 Up "Folks, it's time we realize (or at least come to terms with) just how much say and power that Rich Paul, President and Founder of Klutch Sports, has in the NBA. Sure, when you're LeBron James' agent your name is going to be well known in the Association, but Paul also..." June 13

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics don't want all 2019 draft picks, could swing trade

    NBC Sports Boston "The Boston Celtics have several critical decisions to make this offseason. Among them: What to do with all those draft picks? The Celtics enter the 2019 NBA Draft with four selections, including three in the first round: No. 14, No. 20 and No. 22. Boston could acquire a solid talent..." June 12

2019-2020 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Pelicans Zion Williamson Duke
2 Grizzlies Ja Morant Murray St.
3 Knicks RJ Barrett Duke
4 Lakers De'Andre Hunter Virginia
5 Cavaliers Rui Hachimura Gonzaga
6 Suns KZ Okpala Stanford
7 Bulls Bruno Fernando Maryland
8 Hawks Jarrett Culver Texas Tech
9 Wizards Cam Reddish Duke
10 Hawks Keldon Johnson Kentucky