NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Bryan Colangelo: Team Fit Will Not Factor Into Sixers' No. 1 Pick

    Liberty Ballers "The Sixers draft strategy has adhered to the principle of "best player available" in devout fashion the last three years. Bryan Colangelo might represent change for the organization, but their strategy at the top of the draft appears to remain intact. During an appearance on this morning's..." May 31

  • Colangelo “Knows What He Would Do Today” With 1st Pick — Sources Say It’s Ben Simmons

    PhillyMag.com "In an interview with Howard Eskin on 94 WIP, Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo admitted to knowing what he would do with the first pick if the draft were held today. “Do you know, right now, who you are going to take with the #1 pick?” Eskin asked Colangelo. “Yes,”..." May 31

  • Clippers NBA Draft Targets: China’s Zhou Qi worth targeting

    Clipperholics "The Los Angeles Clippers need to make the most of their picks (25th and 33rd overall) in this year’s NBA Draft. Unlike last summer when Doc Rivers revamped his bench by acquiring a host of veterans on minimum deals, reuniting himself with Paul Pierce, too, the Clippers are left with minimal cap..." May 30

  • Buddy Hield Working Out With Kobe Bryant Prior To NBA Draft

    Lakers Nation "In this year’s NBA Draft class, there are two top draft prospects in LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. After those two, it is anybody’s guess as to who is the third best player in the draft, but one of the popular choices is Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield. Hield was the most prolific..." May 29

  • Kris Dunn is the 3rd-best player in the 2016 NBA Draft

    Today's Fastbreak "Much has been made about the decision the Philadelphia 76ers have with the #1 overall pick. Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons both have impressive talent, and Philadelphia will have to choose who to build around in the future. But the most interesting decision in the draft could come at the third..." May 29

  • L.A. Attending Group Workout For Jaylen Brown

    Lakers Nation "Currently situated with the number two overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers are widely believed to favor taking whoever is left between top prospects Ben Simmons of LSU and Brandon Ingram of Duke. That won’t prevent them from doing their due diligence on all the top..." May 29

  • Danny Ainge, Austin Ainge travel to look into Dragan Bender

    Boston Herald "Sometimes the mountain travels to see Muhammad, which explains where Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and director of player personnel Austin Ainge find themselves this weekend. The Ainges will watch Dragan Bender today and tomorrow in practices for Maccabi Tel Aviv...." May 29

  • Has anybody heard from Ben Simmons? Anybody?

    Philly.com "Maybe it’s me but Ben Simmons does not appear to be acting like a guy who wants to be the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. I could have missed something but I’ve searched for comments from the Louisiana State University freshman forward since the Sixers won the draft lottery on May 17..." May 29

  • Could 76ers pull off trade with Celtics to draft Jamal Murray?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Consider Jamal Murray. The conventional thinking is that the 76ers will go after Kris Dunn if they trade for Boston’s third pick in the NBA draft. But Murray might be a better fit, according to one NBA executive. “He has a great knack for scoring the ball,” said the executive, who spoke of..." May 29

  • 57 players withdraw from 2016 NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "The withdrawal deadline for the 2016 NBA draft is June 13. But the NCAA, in an effort to treat players better, allowed players to declare for the draft and withdraw by May 25 while maintaining college eligibility. (Yes, this qualifies as better treatment. Giving the players the full extra..." May 27

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • Jaylen Brown: The 2016 NBA draft’s Renaissance man

    The Undefeated "The 6-foot-7-inch, 233-pounder with a flat-top instantly caught the eyes of the patrons as he walked into his beloved Pedro’s Brazil Café wearing a custom-made FC Barcelona futbol jersey. A veggie rice bowl with extra cilantro and two mango smoothies were on his mind after his 6:30 a.m. basketball..." May 26

  • Lakers Could Select Dragan Bender With Second Overall Draft Pick

    Lakers Nation "Los Angeles Lakers fans across the world rejoiced when the purple and gold walked out of the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery with the second overall pick. Notoriously poker-faced general manager Mitch Kupchak even cracked a bit of a smile, relieved that the team had made it through another lottery..." May 25

  • Mamadou Ndiaye will remain in NBA Draft, forgo senior season

    Larry Brown Sports "Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7-foot-6 junior at UC Irvine, has officially decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. Ndiaye, who is one of only two 7-foot-6 college players in the country, declared for the draft last month but has not hired an agent. He told ESPN’s..." May 24

  • Report: Sixers Covet Another High Pick, Strongly Support Nerlens Noel

    Liberty Ballers "Thanks to Ben Simmons' status as the draft's highest-rated prospect, speculation has engulfed the Sixers. Their already crowded frontcourt would be bursting at the seams if it added the Aussie point-forward, so everyone is looking for indications as to what their next move would be. In this..." May 24

  • Ben Simmons May Complicate Dario Sarics 2016 Debut

    The Sixer Sense "We have talked about the possibilities of Dario Saric and Ben Simmons on a basketball court wearing Philadelphia 76ers jerseys, and it was a nice scenario. For the longest time, I have found myself in the Ben Simmons camp. Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 NBA season, THE prospect was Ben..." May 24

  • Philadelphia 76ers will work out multiple top prospects

    The Undefeated "The Philadelphia 76ers plan to work out several top prospects in preparation to pick first in the 2016 NBA draft, expanding its options beyond the two players everyone is talking about. Ex-Duke forward Brandon Ingram and ex-Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons are widely projected to be the top..." May 24

  • 76ers not buying rumors Ben Simmons wants to play for Lakers

    Sportsnaut "Ben Simmons is one of the hottest names out there as the 2016 NBA Draft comes into focus, and the Philadelphia 76ers have the first pick of the draft. However, there have been rumors floating around that the LSU product and Aussie star would rather play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the No...." May 23

  • Will Ben Simmons Force His Way to the Lakers? It's Happened Before

    The Big Lead "Before the 2015 NBA draft, as the the stock for 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis soared – remember the hype? – a funny thing happened: His agent wouldn’t let the 76ers near him. The Knicks were drafting 4th, but there was some concern the Lakers might take him 2nd or the 76ers could select him..." May 23

  • Top prospect Dragan Bender has $1.3 million buyout

    Yahoo! Sports "Dragan Bender has a $1.3 million buyout in his contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, a league source told The Vertical. The figure is relatively small for an international player of his stature and should pose no obstacles to him joining the NBA team that drafts him June 23. The agreement in the..." May 21

  • Former NBA executive cites possible ‘immaturity issues’ with Ben Simmons

    Sportsnaut "Ben Simmons will almost certainly be one of the first two players taken in June’s NBA Draft, though at least one former executive sees some issues. Rex Chapman, who spent time in the NBA as a player and an executive, had some interesting comments regarding Simmons’ maturity. ”He’s a great..." May 20

  • The case for Dragan Bender as the 3rd-best player in the 2016 NBA Draft

    SB Nation "It's OK if your favorite team didn't end up with a top-two pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. When we look back at this draft class 10 years from now, there's a good chance the best player won't be Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. There are plenty of great consolation prizes to be had. One of them is..." May 19

  • Report: Expected Top 10 pick Jaylen Brown not hiring agent, using union to negotiate rookie deal

    Pro Basketball Talk "When a lottery-level (or any first round pick) player signs with an agent, it needs to be a decision based on comfort level, and potentially ability to help bring in shoe and sponsorship dollars down the line. It’s not about negotiating the first contract, there is a set rookie scale, and while a..." May 19

  • Brett Brown praises Simmons, but says 76ers undecided about No. 1 pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers' scorched-earth approach to rebuilding finally delivered them a No. 1 overall draft pick, and the team's brass wants to make sure they capitalize on this opportunity. Sixers coach Brett Brown is enamored of LSU product Ben Simmons, but says the team is "still digging in"..." May 19

  • Dragan Bender Is the Prospect GMs Are Salivating Over

    Bleacher Report "He was just a boy, only 12 years old, when he stood on his driveway in the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina and hugged his mom one last time. It was the summer of 2009, and Dragan Bender was leaving home. His eyes wet, his heart jackhammering with fear, the boy climbed into a car with his..." May 19

  • Report: Kris Dunn's camp doesn't want him going to Celtics, Suns

    The Score "With the draft order officially set, top prospect Kris Dunn is looking to control his NBA future. Dunn's camp wants to avoid certain teams who already have a young, established point guard, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports, making the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick) and Phoenix Suns (No...." May 18

  • NBA Draft to See Simmons Go to Sixers, Say Sources, Leaving Ingram to Lakers

    Bleacher Report "The coast-to-coast debate over the merits of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram atop the NBA draft expected to take place over the next five weeks might be over a moot point. The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward taking Simmons, according to league sources, with the No. 1 overall pick..." May 18

  • 76ers win 2016 NBA Draft Lottery

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers have won the draft lottery. The Los Angeles Lakers will take second and the Boston Celtics will pick third in a lottery that went exactly to form. The 76ers came in with the best odds of winning the first pick -- they had a 25 percent chance at nabbing the top spot. The..." May 18

  • Lakers reportedly prefer Ben Simmons to Brandon Ingram

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers are hours away from finding out whether or not they will get to keep their top-three protected first round draft pick or be forced to send it to the Philadelphia 76ers. Los Angeles has a 55.8 percent chance for the pick to land in the top-three during the NBA Draft lottery,..." May 18

  • Report: Vlade Divac 'loves' Buddy Hield

    Sactown Royalty "For teams not named the Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, or Golden State Warriors, the next big important NBA ‘event’ is Tuesday nights NBA draft lottery that will air on ESPN at 8pm ET. Akis already detailed what the draft lottery could mean for the Sacramento Kings,..." May 17

  • Lakers are "enamored" with Kris Dunn, could select him with their top-3 protected pick

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to find out where -- or if -- they'll be selecting in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, but should they keep their top-3 protected pick, the team may use it to select Providence point guard Kris Dunn, a source told ESPN's Mark Spears. The report suggests..." May 17

  • Dikembe Mutombo congratulates 76ers for No. 1 pick…before lottery

    Sportsnaut "NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo tweeted out a congratulatory message to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, hours before the Draft Lottery was to take place. Now, either Mutombo isn’t aware of how the lottery system works or he’s just tipped us all off to a humongous conspiracy." May 17

  • Ben Simmons shifts shoe strategy

    Yahoo! Sports "Projected top pick Ben Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul, are now changing course and plan to wait until after the NBA's draft lottery on Tuesday to decide with which shoe brand to sign, sources told The Vertical. The thinking from Simmons' camp is straightforward and simple: It’s the Los..." May 17

  • Lakers should view draft as Brandon Ingram or bust

    Real GM Basketball "For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Lakers' offseason is predicated on an outcome they cannot control. The Lakers enter the 2016 NBA Lottery with a 55.8 percent chance to remain among the top 3 selections and avoid losing their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The consensus has..." May 13

  • Diamond Stone Drops out of First Round in New NBA Mock Draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Once projected in the middle of the season to be a Top 10 NBA draft pick, Maryland center Diamond Stone is now projected to be selected outside of the first round, according to a new mock draft posted this week prior to the NBA Combine by DraftExpress.com. Draft Express has Stone being taken..." May 11

  • Breaking Down Future of Kentucky's Tyler Ulis

    Bleacher Report "Tyler Ulis was a star in college basketball. Viewed as a driving force behind Kentucky's success the past two years, the 5'9" ball-handler plays much bigger than his height. But it wasn't until late in his second season that Ulis began generating NBA buzz. Naturally, his lack of size was always..." May 09

  • NBA Announces Draft Combine Invitees

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA released its official invite list for the 2016 NBA Draft Combine (h/t to Cody Westerlund of CBSChicago.com), which will be held in Chicago from May 11th-15th. The players who were invited to the combine were determined by lists submitted from every team in the league. If a player was not..." May 05

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Top NBA Prospect Ben Simmons to Sign With adidas

    Sole Collector "Ben Simmons, the standout freshman forward from LSU, is the latest buzzworthy NBA prospect. Barring any unexpected setbacks, it's believed that Simmons will be selected with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft this June. With so much buzz surrounding Simmons' arrival in the pros, a long list..." May 02

  • 162 players declare early for NBA Draft

    College Spun "We expected a surge of early entrants to the NBA Draft after the NCAA changed its rules, allowing players to withdraw and return to school after the combine following every collegiate season. With the new rule, there is little risk for the players to enter the draft and receive real feedback from..." April 27

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft: Marquette's Henry Ellenson rises into Top 10

    CBS Sports "ROUND 1 1. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Ben Simmons, F, LSU: This isn't an easy call between Simmons and Duke forward Brandon Ingram. Ingram is younger, longer, and can shoot, whereas Simmons just simply has unbelievable, preternatural basketball sense to go with more power and a better overall frame...." April 18

  • Thon Maker will become the first player to jump from high school to the NBA in a decade

    SB Nation "High school phenom Thon Maker has been officially cleared by the NBA to enter the 2016 draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. Maker will become the first player to jump straight from high school to the NBA since 2005, when the league established the one-and-done rule. Maker's case is unique, so..." April 15

  • Ben Simmons to 'postpone' playing for Australia, will forgo 2016 Rio

    The Score "The Australians won't have star prospect Ben Simmons in the lineup for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Simmons informed the team Friday in a statement obtained by ESPN's Chris Broussard. "Ben Simmons will postpone playing with the Australian Olympic team this summer in order to..." April 09

  • Gonzaga F/C Domantas Sabonis To Enter Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Gonzaga sophomore forward/center Domantas Sabonis will enter this year’s draft, sources told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The son of Hall-of-Famer Arvydas Sabonis is likely to sign with an agent, Goodman adds. If he does so, he’ll be unable to withdraw from the draft and retain his..." April 06

  • Kentucky's Tyler Ulis to Declare for NBA Draft

    SNY TV "Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis will declare for the NBA Draft at a press conference this afternoon, reports Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The 5-foot-9 Ulis is projected as the No. 20 pick by DraftExpress.com. His Kentucky teammates Jamal Murray (No. 6) and Skal Labissiere (No. 10)..." April 06

  • Skal Labissiere made the only sensible move and entered the 2016 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "I'm not posting that tweet to bring any attention to Mike, who seems like a nice guy. I'm only posting it because it's the most common question I get any time I mention an underwhelming college player is entering the NBA Draft. And I genuinely never understand the question. So I guess I'll respond..." April 06

  • Dragan Bender Enters Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The buyout in Bender’s Israel deal is in excess of $1MM, a source told Pick, who nonetheless adds that he still won’t become a draft-and-stash prospect (Twitter link). 8:46am: Elite European prospect Dragan Bender officially entered the draft this morning, agent Doug Neustadt says, according to..." April 06

  • Diamond Stone’s father denies report that Maryland freshman center is entering NBA draft

    Washington Post "The father of Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone refuted a report Monday night that his son will declare for the NBA draft but retain the possibility to return to school by not hiring an agent. The report, from Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes, cites NBA sources. CBS Sports national college..." April 05

  • Duke’s Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft

    Raleigh News & Observer "Duke freshman Brandon Ingram announced Monday on The Players’ Tribune website that he plans to declare for the NBA Draft. Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He was second-team All-ACC and the ACC Freshman of the Year. He scored 634..." April 04

  • Thon Maker to declare for 2016 NBA draft, but is he eligible?

    Fox Sports "Thon Maker is an intriguing seven-footer who has been making the rounds as a top high school prospect for the last few years. But instead of going to college for a season or playing professionally overseas to bide his time until the NBA comes calling, Maker's situation is one that he hopes will..." April 04

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