NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • This Australian Passport Might Put The Great Thon Maker Age Conspiracy To Rest Once And For All

    Dime Magazine "The Thon Maker saga may have finally reached its conclusion with the latest information concerning his age. The Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick has had his age questioned even before the draft, and the scrutiny only got worse after various photos and videos appeared online of an old yearbook..." June 29

  • Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Among Early Favorites For NBA Rookie of the Year Award

    Liberty Ballers "The odds will likely swing dramatically throughout the summer, but NBA Rookie of the Year bets are flowing in, and the Sixers are fortunate to have the leader of the pack on their roster. Ben Simmons currently stands alone as the favorite for the award, listed at +325 according to Bovada. It..." June 28

  • The Spurs have never drafted a player like Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "It's only been five years since the draft of 2011, and the breakthrough of Kawhi Leonard onto the consciousness of the San Antonio fan. We didn't know what to make of him at first, and that summer's lockout didn't help us at all. But eventually we were able to get a good hard look at him, and..." June 28

  • How Nike landed shoe deal with No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

    USA Today "From the beginning of negotiations with Nike and Adidas for a shoe and apparel deal, Ben Simmons sought a lucrative contract beyond the norm for an NBA rookie, even for the player who was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia in Thursday’s draft. Simmons’ representatives, Rich Paul and Mark..." June 28

  • The Bulls gave Michael Jordan's 'other' number to first-round pick

    Fox Sports "Former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine will wear Michael Jordan's old number for the Chicago Bulls - the one that isn't retired. Valentine wore the number 45 for the Spartans, and the Bulls revealed Monday that he'll be keeping it for his professional career. Valentine isn't the first Bull..." June 27

  • Valentine may crack rotation quickly as Bulls rebuild roster

    ESPN "During his time in Chicago for the NBA draft combine last month, Denzel Valentine made a smart career choice. The Michigan State alum discussed the "versatility" of his game and made reference to his close friend Draymond Green, the Spartan alum who has turned himself into one of the most valuable..." June 26

  • Murray prepared to follow path Spurs used to develop Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "Draft pick says he’s ready to work on game By Tom Orsborn June 24, 2016 Updated: June 24, 2016 7:19pm 1 Dejounte Murray answers questions during an interview after being selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA draft on June 23, 2016, in New York. Photo:..." June 26

  • Spurs GM R.C. Buford talks about drafting Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "As the local media got our first chance to hear from Dejounte Murray, whom the Spurs had just drafted out of Washington with the 29th pick, we heard a familiar voice on the other end wrapping up a congratulatory call to the 19-year-old, a fellow who was a rather notable first-round pick himself as..." June 26

  • Bucks rookie Thon Maker denies rumors about being older than 19

    CBS Sports "The biggest surprise of draft night was certainly the selection of Thon Maker. The loophole preps-to-pros draftee was projected to go somewhere in the 20s or even into the early second round of the draft. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him at No. 10. There were rumors throughout draft day..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons' cousin killed in hit-and-run

    CBS New York "Police in Hoboken are investigating a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a young man related to an NBA star. Zachary Simmons, 21, of Ramsey, was struck and killed by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at Willow Avenue and Sixth Street. The impact was so great witnesses reported..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons says he told LeBron he was excited to guard him, then LeBron flashed his trophy

    USA Today "Ben Simmons was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after being picked No. 1 by the 76ers in the NBA Draft, and he revealed an amazing story about his most recent conversation with NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James. Simmons said he talked to James on Thursday night at his draft get..." June 25

  • Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space. Charlotte needs the additional cap space to sign their priority free agents." June 23

  • Suns' vital draft could start with Marquese Chriss

    Arizona Republic "The Suns’ draft night holds significance and impact for the franchise and the league. Only Boston can match the Suns’ load of four draft picks (Nos. 4, 13, 28 and 34) in Thursday night’s top 34 selections. The Suns have not held a draft position as lofty as No. 4 in 29 years, when they selected..." June 23

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • 76ers draft Ben Simmons No. 1

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers have selected LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. After three straight seasons of losing on a grandiose scale, the Sixers hope Simmons will be the franchise player that can help them take a big step forward in their rebuild. The addition of..." June 23

  • Lakers select Duke's Brandon Ingram with second-overall pick in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hoped to find a cornerstone of their future by selecting Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the NBA draft Thursday. Ingram is a reed-thin small forward who shot extremely well in his only season at Duke, making 80 three-pointers on 41% accuracy behind the arc. He averaged 17.3..." June 23

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 pick in 2016 NBA draft

    SI "The Celtics selected California small forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Brown earned McDonald's All-America honors coming out of high school and was considered by some to be the No.1 player in his recruiting class. He chose to attend California over Kansas,..." June 23

  • Suns draft Dragan Bender with 4th pick

    SB Nation "With the fourth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Dragan Bender, an 18-year-old Croatian power forward who spent last season playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league. Bender is a a little raw as a prospect, but he's worthy of a high selection thanks to his tools..." June 23

  • Wolves Select Kris Dunn with 5th Overall Pick

    Canis Hoopus "With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. This past season Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists,..." June 23

  • Buddy Hield taken 6th by Pelicans

    SB Nation "With the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season. Four years at Oklahoma means Hield will turn 23 just a month into his NBA career, but his polished game is one of..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • Some teams believe Thon Maker is older than 19

    The Score "Some NBA teams have ruled high school prospect Thon Maker out of the first round of the draft because they believe he is between 21-23 years old - not 19 as documented - according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated and Liberty Ballers. Maker is one of the wild cards of Thursday's..." June 23

  • NBA draft sleepers: Five underrated players ready to make an impact

    SI "Ben Simmons “secretly” worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday morning before his Instagram photo permeated the entire internet. Jeff Teague and George Hill changed teams shortly after the NBA’s annual draft media day. About an hour later, the Chicago Bulls dealt their prodigal son..." June 23

  • Suns' Bogdanovic will remain overseas next season

    Arizona Republic "The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey. The Suns will retain Bogdanovic's rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if..." June 23

  • Report: Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe, may draft Kris Dunn to replace him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Phoenix Suns could be poised to make significant changes in the coming weeks. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Eric Bledsoe is “firmly on the trading block,” with the Suns in search of frontcourt help. They may replace Bledsoe with Providence’s Kris Dunn, whom they are..." June 23

  • Kris Dunn says his experience trumps one-and-done prospects in NBA Draft

    Sporting News "Kris Dunn spent four years in college basketball, played in 95 games and two NCAA Tournaments for coach Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars, scored 1,214 points and endured two shoulder surgeries. He insists four-is-more beats one-and-done. “I learned so much about the game that I feel like..." June 22

  • Hawks Shopping First Round Picks

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks, who now hold the No. 12 and No. 21 overall picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, are shopping both selections in an effort to free up more cap flexibility to re-sign center Al Horford this summer, Marc Stein of reports (Twitter links). Horford, 30, is set to become an unrestricted..." June 22

  • Skal Labissiere: '6 months at Kentucky is equivalent to 5 years at another school'

    The Score "Skal Labissiere doesn't have a degree, but he believes the one-year crash course he received at Kentucky might as well be worth one on the basketball court. "People say that six months at Kentucky doesn't prepare you for the NBA, but the way I see it, talking to other guys from other schools,..." June 22

  • Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, barring a last minute blockbuster trade. The Lakers spent three hours huddled with new head coach Luke Walton on Tuesday night before signaling to multiple league sources that Ingram..." June 22

  • Jahlil Okafor Could Be Headed To The Celtics For The No. 3 Pick In The Draft

    Dime Magazine "Jahlil Okafor’s first season with the Philadelphia 76ers went pretty poorly. After winning the national title with perennial powerhouse Duke, Okafor joined a historically pitiful roster and struggled to adjust to both the basketball and real-life obstacles of an early NBA life. He got into..." June 22

  • 76ers inform Simmons he'll be taken 1st overall following workout

    The Score "Despite previous reports that he wouldn't be working out for any teams prior to the 2016 NBA Draft, LSU freshman Ben Simmons has given the franchise in possession of the No. 1 overall pick a private look at what he can bring to the table. The 19-year-old forward took part in a workout for the..." June 22

  • Calipari: Jamal Murray wants to be drafted by Timberwolves

    The Score "Jamal Murray's college coach says he knows where the star point guard's preferred landing spot is come Thursday's NBA Draft. "He loves Minnesota. As a matter of fact, that's where he'd like to go," John Calipari said of Murray during a conference call, as reported by the Minneapolis Star..." June 21

  • Adidas signs five top prospects

    Yahoo! Sports "With a renewed emphasis on investing in NBA player endorsement deals, adidas has officially signed projected lottery picks Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray and Dragan Bender to multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deals. After partnering with the NBA as the league’s..." June 21

  • Report: Lakers would’ve targeted Brandon Ingram if they got No. 1 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 76ers will reportedly draft Ben Simmons No. 1 overall Thursday, which leaves consensus top-two prospect Brandon Ingram to the Lakers at No. 2. The Lakers say they’re just fine with that. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Ingram is the player the Lakers would have targeted at No. 1 had..." June 21

  • GM Dell Demps not ruling out possibility Pelicans could explore trading No. 6 pick

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The last time the New Orleans Pelicans had the sixth overall pick three years ago, General Manager Dell Demps made a surprising draft night trade. After selecting former Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel with the pick, Demps promptly shipped him and their 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia..." June 21

  • D'Angelo Russell has the best advice for Ben Simmons in new commercial

    CBS Sports "It appears D'Angelo Russell has learned from his mistakes. He may relentlessly be referred to as a "snitch" on social media, but Russell is trying to change his image. The second team All-Rookie guard gained infamy in March after a video he shot, in which teammate Nick Young allegedly admits..." June 21

  • Ben Simmons works out for Sixers "Ben Simmons was in Philadelphia Tuesday morning to work out for the 76ers. The former Louisiana State power forward worked out for the Sixers at Philadelphia College of Osepathic Medicine, according to sources close to the player. The Sixers probably will take the 6-foot-10, 260-pounder..." June 21

  • Suns work out Chriss, Bender in solos, plus star group

    Arizona Republic "If the Suns are making a decision between power forwards Thursday night with the No. 4 draft pick, their preference became clearer this weekend. Croatian 7-footer Dragan Bender and Washington’s 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss had unannounced, individual workouts with the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns..." June 19

  • Could Denzel Valentine Be The Next Brandon Roy?

    Black Sports Online "Brandon Roy was one of the NBA’s most talented shooting guards for the better part of three seasons (07, 08, 09) until chronic knee injuries stole what could’ve been potentially a hall of fame career. NBA prospect Denzel Valentine has been a talented collegiate player in his own right, and..." June 19

  • Lakers may look to trade Russell for top 5 pick

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell’s stay in Los Angeles may prove to be a short one. ESPN’s Chad Ford appeared on SportsCenter Saturday and said that there is a possibility the Lakers shop Russell to get a second pick in the top five of the NBA Draft. “While I still believe that it will be [Brandon] Ingram..." June 18

  • Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram among NBA Draft green room invitees

    Heavy "With the 2016 NBA Draft less than a week away, scheduled for June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the NBA released its list of invitees to sit in the green room for the event. Among those invited are former LSU forward Ben Simmons and former Duke forward Brandon Ingram, who are..." June 18

  • Kings ‘praying’ Hield falls to them at No. 8

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings are facing a pretty extensive rebuild of their team, and they reportedly have someone in mind with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings are “praying” that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is there for them with the 8th pick, and both GM Vlade..." June 18

  • Juan Hernangomez: "Teams know I want to go to the NBA next year"

    Hoops Hype "The lowlight in the career of Spanish forward Juan Hernangomez could be followed pretty quickly by the happiest moment in his basketball life. The 6-foot-9 Hernangomez, who was named best young player in the Spanish League this season, has a chance to be selected in the first round of the draft..." June 18

  • Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield Scheduled To Work Out For Lakers On Saturday

    Lakers Nation "Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Duke’s Brandon Ingram at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, and now they’ll bring in another player projected to be a high draft pick in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Hield will workout for the..." June 17

  • 76ers hold first face-to-face meeting with ‎Ben Simmons

    ESPN "The Philadelphia 76ers had their first face-to-face meeting with ‎presumptive No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons on Thursday, has learned. Sources with knowledge of the meeting said Friday that new Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown -- in the latest signal..." June 17

  • 14 Things You Didn't Know About Dragan Bender

    Complex "It looks like the NBA could have another year where a European rookie phenom takes the league by storm. Last season, it was lanky Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, the No. 4 pick by the New York Knicks. This year it could be Dragan Bender, the 18-year-old Croatian who has been turning heads and looks..." June 16

  • Kris Dunn debunks report he doesn’t want Celtics to draft him

    Boston Globe "Former Providence guard Kris Dunn said that reports that he does not want to be selected by the Celtics with the No. 3 overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft are inaccurate. “I mean it would be unbelievable to be selected by the Celtics,” Dunn said in a telephone interview on Thursday morning...." June 16

  • As Draft nears, Sixers debate over Simmons, Ingram "Maybe they will choose Ben Simmons of LSU. That would make sense. Simmons is a rare talent, a point power forward who can grab a defensive rebound and lead the break toward the other end, a distributor who can deliver crisp passes in half-court sets at 6-10, all surrounded by an advanced feel for..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Report: Kentucky G Tyler Ulis has pretty significant hip issues

    College Spun "Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is hoping to hear his name called fairly early in next week’s NBA Draft, but according to a report, a hip issue could put a crimp in his plans. Per Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the 5-foot-9 playmaker may be suffering from a “pretty significant” hip issue,..." June 15

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Ben Simmons Louisiana State
2 Lakers Brandon Ingram Duke
3 Celtics Jaylen Brown California
4 Suns Dragan Bender Maccabi Tel Aviv
5 Timberwolves Kris Dunn Providence
6 Pelicans Buddy Hield Oklahoma
7 Nuggets Jamal Murray Kentucky
8 Suns* Marquese Chriss Washington
9 Raptors Jakob Poeltl Utah
10 Bucks Thon Maker Orangeville Prep
Full NBA Draft Results