NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • LaVar Ball Says His 3 Sons Could One Day Team Up With LeBron and His Son

    Complex "LaVar Ball has been relatively mum since LeBron James joined the Lakers, and Lonzo Ball is probably thankful. But the brazen Ball patriarch wasn't able to keep LeBron's eldest son, LeBron James Jr. (Bronny), out of his mouth when TMZ caught up with him at LAX..." December 03

  • 6 NBA Teams in Desperate Need of Zion Williamson

    Bleacher Report "By June, it wouldn't be shocking if every NBA team had the same player at No. 1 on its draft board. Duke freshman Zion Williamson seems to be separating himself from teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish and every other prospect in the country.  Per 40..." December 03

  • LaVar Ball: LaMelo is better than LeBron was as a teenager

    Sportsnaut "There’s something to say about supporting your children. Helicopter father LaVar Ball knows this full well. He also knows how to inflate the ego of his children to the point that it’s not healthy. We’re pretty sure Ball crossed that rubicon recently in talking..." November 27

  • Nick Young Believes An NBA Team Should Tank For Zion Williamson This Year And LaMelo Ball In 2020

    Dime Magazine "The worst place for an NBA team to be is stuck in purgatory. Being a championship contender is always the ideal, but in a way, the best path to get to that point is to bottom out and build through the NBA Draft than it is to perpetually win between 38 and 44 games and get bounced in the first..." November 23

  • Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class

    Real GM Basketball "Zion Williamson is settling in as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft class. Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory. "Don't overthink this one," said one high ranking..." November 23

  • How the projected top 2019 NBA prospects would fit with the Bulls

    NBC Sports Chicago "Best player available or need? In seven months the Bulls will begin Year 3 of their rebuild. They'll do so with a core that consists of Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter and Kris Dunn. It could include Bobby Portis. As far as the draft is concerned, the Bulls..." November 21

  • Why Opponents Of LaMelo Ball’s New High School Teams Cancel Games

    NESN "LaMelo Ball has too much seasoning for some of his would-be opponents’ tastes. SPIRE Prep Academy’s boys basketball team’s schedule has lightened recently after opposing teams cancelled games against the Ohio prep school due to the high-profile..." November 15

  • LaMelo Ball billboard goes up in downtown Cleveland

    Hot New Hip Hop "The city of Cleveland is welcoming LaMelo Ball with open arms, and an enormous billboard just minutes from the Cavs' home - Quicken Loans Arena. In case you missed it, earlier this week 17-year old LaMelo announced that he will be returning to high school for his..." November 10

  • LaMelo Ball Ineligible for McDonald's All-American Game ... Officials Say

    TMZ "LaMelo Ball's stint in Lithuania has made him INELIGIBLE for one of the biggest honors at the high school level -- the McDonald's All-American Game ... officials tell TMZ Sports. The All-American game features the top 24 players from around the country selected by a..." November 10

  • LaMelo Ball wants to play for Duke, Kentucky, or UNC. But is he eligible?

    SB Nation "LaMelo Ball is headed back to high school. The youngest of the Ball brothers has enrolled at Ohio prep school Spire Institute for what will be his senior season, ending his ill-fated professional career after stops in Lithuania and on his father’s fledgling Junior..." November 09

  • New LaMelo Ball billboard appears in downtown Cleveland

    WKYC "LaMelo Ball is coming to Northeast Ohio. And he's receiving a hero's welcome. Earlier this week, the former 5-star prospect and youngest brother of the famous Ball family revealed he'll spend the senior season of his high school career at the SPIRE Institute in..." November 09

  • Steve Kerr Compares Zion Williamson to LeBron James; Asks Not to Be Fined by NBA

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr set the bar high when he made an NBA comparison for Duke Blue Devils star Zion Williamson.  Kerr didn't reference Williamson by name in a likely attempt to avoid running afoul of NBA rules—referring to Williamson as "the..." November 08

  • LiAngelo Ball Intends to Play in G League; LaMelo to Return to High School

    Bleacher Report "LiAngelo Ball will enter the NBA G League player pool in hopes of signing with a G League team, Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported Tuesday. LaMelo Ball, meanwhile, announced on Twitter he'll enroll at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for his senior..." November 06

  • 5-star recruit Jalen Lecque considering spurning NC State for NBA

    ESPN "Jalen Lecque, a five-star recruit in the 2019 high school class who committed to NC State last month, will consider entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, he told ESPN this weekend. Lecque is currently doing a fifth year of high school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The..." November 03

  • Rich Paul says Boeheim called to apologize about Bazley comments

    ESPN "NBA agent and Klutch Sports co-founder Rich Paul called the choice of top prospect Darius Bazley to forgo college and opt for a $1 million shoe-company internship the product of a broken system, saying Wednesday the on-court component of the next seven months was "the one thing that we..." October 24

  • LeBron hits back at Syracuse's Boeheim over Darius Bazley comments

    The Score "LeBron James was quick to respond to comments made by Jim Boeheim Wednesday after the Syracuse head basketball coach spoke about James and his agency, Klutch Sports. The matter centers around former recruit Darius Bazley, who decommitted from Syracuse in March to enter the G League...." October 24

  • Transgender Working on Reality TV Show To Expose LiAngelo Ball, Richard Sherman, Luol Deng & Many More

    Total Pro Sports "On Monday, a transgender completely rocked Big Baller Brand to its core when Marina Fuentes stated she had been hooking up LiAngelo Ball on the low for quite some time. Transgender Vegas girl/boy Marina Fuentes took to Instagram recently and blasted the Big Baller Brand middle child..." October 23

  • Report: Darius Bazley, who’s sitting out awaiting draft, receives $1 million guaranteed on shoe contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "Negotiations on lowering the NBA’s age limit have stalled, though there’s plenty of time to negotiate before the targeted allowance of high school players declaring for the draft in 2022. In the meantime, the NBA’s minor league will soon offer $125,000..." October 22

  • G League to offer $125K to elite prospects as alternative to college 1-and-done route

    ESPN "In a move that could challenge the NCAA's monopoly on elite talent, the NBA's G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects, league president Malcolm Turner told ESPN. As part of a newly formed..." October 18

  • Woj Doubts G League Alternative, Says Players 'Get Paid' in NCAA Too

    Bleacher Report "ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski lobbed a shade bomb at the NCAA on Thursday, expressing his doubt that the G League's new alternative path to the NBA will work.   "I have doubts about how many top players will go this route. Some, yes. But G-League is full..." October 18

  • So many JBA players didn't get paid that league exec individually asked players about paychecks

    USA Today "LaVar Ball’s JBA league sold itself as a professional alternative to the NCAA. And in the first season, the league clearly had its struggles. Aside from being plagued with poor attendance, overpriced tickets and borderline unwatchable basketball, the JBA was..." October 15

  • LaMelo Ball Ejected for Slapping Opponent in Face During JBA Fight

    Bleacher Report "LaMelo Ball was ejected from a JBA international game Monday against Lithuanian side Alytaus Dzukija. In the third quarter, Ball appeared to take exception of a shot contest by Dzukija forward Mindaugas Susinskas. Susinskas tapped Ball on the back of the head,..." October 01

  • 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

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