NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Frank Kaminsky Wants to be a Stretch Four

    Basketball Insiders "Center Frank Kaminsky is eyeing a new position when he transitions to the NBA from Wisconsin. “[I’m] turning myself into a four,” Kaminsky said at a Santa Barbara workout on Thursday for approximately 150 NBA executives, hosted by his agent Bill Duffy. “In college, I played the five for so..." May 24

  • Kupchak: 'Looks as though' Lakers will use No. 2 pick

    ESPN Los Angeles "Will the Los Angeles Lakers keep or trade the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft on June 25? Will they select either Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor – or will they avoid one of the top two centers highly expected to be drafted first and second overall in some order and instead..." May 24

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    Basically, the Lakers aren't locked into K-AT or Okafor no matter what at this point, per source. Intrigued by Mudiay/Russell.

  • Report: Kristaps Porzingis will draw ‘significant interest’ from Magic, Kings, Pistons in NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis was rumored to be worthy of the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, and since then, has been projected to go with one of the top three picks. While teams evaluating Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay..." May 22

  • Why D'Angelo Russell should still be an option for the Lakers with the No. 2 pick

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers not only kept their top-five protected pick on NBA Draft lottery night, they were the only team to move up in the draft, jumping from fourth to second overall. Now the question of who the Lakers will pick is resonating throughout Southern California. The players available..." May 21

  • Kaminsky favors Okafor over Towns as NBA franchise cornerstone

    SI.com "Frank Kaminsky says he prefers Jahlil Okafor to Karl-Anthony Towns, the former Wisconsin forward told SI Now. Asked whom he would pick first in the draft, Kaminsky said it would depend on team need. But as for which player is more talented between Okafor and Towns, Kaminsky said: "I think..." May 21

  • Celtics interested in trading up in draft, maybe for Willie Cauley-Stein

    CSN New England "Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie..." May 21

  • Lakers have big plans (Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns) for pick

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers found gold in a pot of ping-pong balls at the end of their worst season ever. Now comes the easy part. Wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to draft Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and then take the other one with the No. 2 pick. Which one ends up with the..." May 21

  • In NBA draft, Knicks in need of a star and Phil Jackson needs to find one at No. 4

    New York Daily News "Three hours after Phil Jackson was betrayed by Ping-Pong balls and Steve Mills symbolically dropped his head in disgust, Stephen Curry, of all people, provided the Knicks with a glimmer of hope. Curry, the league’s newly minted MVP, scored 34 points as the Golden State Warriors defeated the..." May 21

  • Knicks have options with fourth pick, but one seems most likely

    New York Post "While Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t married to the fourth pick awarded at Tuesday’s draft lottery, the consensus among league executives is he will ultimately hold onto it, especially if the Knicks fall deeper in love with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay or Duke forward Justise Winslow. Knicks..." May 21

  • No. 3 pick in NBA Draft should give Hinkie ample ammunition

    CSN Philly "It was as Our Dark Lord intended. (Well, as Bob Cooney intended, anyway.) The Sixers entered the evening in the #3 draft slot, and they left in the #3 draft slot: For the second straight year, the Sixers will pick third in the upcoming NBA draft. (Neither the Lakers or Heat picks ended up..." May 20

  • Knicks 'open to a lot of things' after sliding to No. 4 in Draft Lottery

    The Score "Despite having the second-worst record in the NBA, drafting fourth was always the most likely outcome for the New York Knicks. The pingpong balls at Tuesday's Draft Lottery bounced that way, with the Los Angeles Lakers making the jump to No. 2 and the Knicks landing at No. 4, where there was a..." May 20

  • Timberwolves win lottery, will pick first in NBA draft

    ESPN.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season. But they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves landed the first pick in the 2015 NBA draft following the league's annual lottery. Minnesota had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, based on its last-place finish in..." May 20

  • Could Karl-Anthony Towns refuse to meet with Timberwolves?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, giving them the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. It has been widely assumed that former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns will be selected in that spot, but it may not be that simple. Adrian Wojnarowski..." May 20

  • Knicks’ draft attention turns to 2 star guards

    New York Post "The Knicks’ focus now shifts from a debate between big-man studs Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to head-scratching over the worth of point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell, who have battled each other since eighth grade. Now armed with the fourth pick of the draft, the Knicks..." May 20

  • Karl-Anthony Towns on possibly going from Knicks fan to savior

    New York Post "With the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, The Post’s Steve Serby talked with New Jersey native and former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns, the potential No. 1 pick in June’s draft — and the apple of the eye of many Knicks fans. Q: Do you burn to be great? A: I burn to be a winner. That’s..." May 19

  • Mudiay: Playing for Knicks would be 'blessing'

    ESPN.com "Emmanuel Mudiay says that he’ll be happy to play for whichever team selects him in the NBA Draft. But it sounds like he wouldn’t mind ending up with the New York Knicks. “Getting drafted by the Knicks would be definitely a blessing,” Mudiay said Monday night before signing autographs for New..." May 19

  • Willie Cauley-Stein Says Larry Bird Told Him He’s a ‘$100 Million Dollar Player’

    SLAM Online "Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein is expected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft. How good will Cauley-Stein be at the next level? Pretty damn good, if you believe Larry Bird. According to Cauley-Stein, Bird told him “‘I think you’re a $100 million dollar player” in a pre-draft..." May 18

  • Okafor holds secret Chicago workout after skipping combine

    New York Post "After the ESPN cameras were packed away and all the NBA general managers, scouts and agents had left Quest Gym, host of the NBA draft combine, center Jahlil Okafor snuck inside Friday night under the cover of darkness. Okafor skipped the combine, working out instead in Santa Barbara, Calif.,..." May 18

  • Celtics have growing interest in Willie Cauley-Stein

    CSN New England "Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie..." May 17

  • Latvia big man Porzingis could be selected in top three

    NBA.com "Kristaps Porzingis, a smooth-shooting power forward from Latvia, has emerged as a serious threat to break into the top three of the June 25 draft in a potential serious shakeup to the long-held perception the top four spots are set, with some executives at the pre-draft combine here saying..." May 17

  • Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell argues he’s best prospect

    L.A. Daily News "The two words spilled out of D’Angelo Russell’s mouth. The Ohio State guard then realized the implications over voluntarily comparing himself to Golden State’s Stephen Curry. “I don’t want to sound like I’m overdoing it since he’s the MVP of the league,” Russell said on Friday at the NBA..." May 16

  • Latvia big man Porzingis could be selected in top three

    NBA.com "Kristaps Porzingis, a smooth-shooting power forward from Latvia, has emerged as a serious threat to break into the top three of the June 25 draft in a potential serious shakeup to the long-held perception the top four spots are set, with some executives at the pre-draft combine here saying..." May 15

  • Pistons focus on small forwards, big men at combine

    Detroit News "Last year on May 14, Stan Van Gundy was named president and coach of the Pistons. He'll celebrate his one-year anniversary on the job Thursday by trying to improve the team. Van Gundy and his staff will be in Chicago on Thursday and Friday for the NBA combine evaluating talent ahead of the..." May 14

  • Knicks head to NBA draft combine, but Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor will skip event

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson and the Knicks won't know until next week's lottery where they will be slotted among the top-5 picks for the upcoming NBA draft, but they will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the top available prospects — with a few notable exceptions — this week at the league's..." May 14

  • NBA prospect Rasmus Larsen found dead at home in Belgium

    Sporting News "Danish basketball player and NBA prospect Rasmus Larsen was discovered dead in his home Wednesday in Belgium, Sportando.com reported. The 20-year-old 7-footer, a forward who did not declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, was discovered by officials of his team, Belgium's Spirou Charleroi, after..." May 13

  • Karl Towns Sr. wants son to go to Knicks so they can be good again

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks finished with the second-worst record record in the NBA this season, which leaves them with a 19.9 percent chance of earning the top overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. If they win the draft lottery, all signs point to the Knicks selecting former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony..." May 13

  • Montrezl Harrell could become an elite NBA role player in time

    CBSSports.com "Montrezl Harrell was considered among the favorites to win the Wooden Award coming into the season, and Louisville's opening game against Minnesota made him look like that could happen. He knocked down three 3-pointers and generally looked to really have improved from his sophomore to his junior..." May 08

  • Okafor, Towns To Skip NBA Draft Combine

    Black Sports Online "Duke forward Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns were not on the list of expected participants for the 2015 NBA draft combine released Thursday. The combine will be held May 12 to 17 in Chicago, with an on-court portion running May 14 to 15. The draft order will be decided..." May 08

  • Ten big men expected to go in first round of 2015 Draft

    CSN New England "Both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have identified the need for a scoring big man as one of the items on their summer wish-list. But they’re smart enough to know that having all their wants met is unlikely. With what will probably be more than $20 million in salary cap space this summer,..." May 06

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

    College Spun "With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports..." May 06

  • Willie Cauley-Stein's name change is official

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein's hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name. Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to..." May 04

  • Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein Changed His Middle Name To ‘Trill’

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein's hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name. Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to..." May 04

  • Karl-Anthony Towns raves about Phil Jackson: ‘Knows how to win’

    New York Post "Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns won’t admit if he is rooting for a specific ping-pong ball to come up for his childhood team, the Knicks, in the May 19 NBA Draft lottery. But he does admit Knicks president Phil Jackson is exactly the kind of “presence’’ he would like to be around in the..." May 03

  • Knicks would be ‘very open’ to trading their first-round pick if it falls outside the top two

    ESPN.com "With the NBA draft less than two months away, the New York Knicks continue to be very high on Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay. But, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, Towns is currently the Knicks' top choice if they wind up with the No. 1 pick. New York ranks Towns at..." May 01

  • Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas planning move to NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "After years of playing significant roles in the Euroleague and on the Brazilian national team, point guard Marcelo Huertas is planning a move to the NBA next season, Yahoo Sports has learned. Huertas, 31, a savvy, athletic 6-foot-3 playmaker and a deft shooter, is expected to be aggressively..." April 28

  • Full list of NBA draft-eligible underclassmen, international players released

    Pro Basketball Talk "There are the names you know — the one-and-done players, the guys who will go high in this June’s NBA Draft. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and the like. But then there are the countless guys whose names you don’t know, players who likely never set foot on an NBA court. All..." April 28

  • Word is Sixers want D'Angelo Russell

    Philly.com "The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D'Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive. "He's the guy they want," the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. "That's the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won't come..." April 26

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    Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

    Barcelona SG Mario Hezona will enter the draft, according to his agency @Wasserman. Potential top-5 pick. DX Profile: http://t.co/zbvMjY6rcV

  • Buckeyes freshman D'Angelo Russell declares for NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell has decided to go pro, declaring for the NBA draft Wednesday. "This was a hard decision because I knew I could come back and play with my teammates who I love, and to be coached by coach Thad Matta again would have been awesome, but at the same time I wanted..." April 22

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    Jerry Zgoda @JerryZgoda

    Drafting anywhere from 1 to 4, Flip said they'll have to take best player there regardless of position. You make mistakes drafting for need

  • Roc Nation Sports Signs Willie Cauley-Stein

    Sports Agent Blog "Roc Nation Sports signs University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein. The University of Kentucky standout is the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the 2015 All-SEC team, 2015 All-SEC Defensive Team, and to the 2015 USA Today All-American Team. On April 9, 2015, Cauley-Stein..." April 21

  • Roc Nation Sports Signs Duke Forward Justise Winslow

    Sports Agent Blog "Roc Nation Sports has signed Duke Forward Justise Winslow. Winslow averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists a game this season; he finished his career at Duke with 492 points and 252 rebounds, including 11 points and 9 rebounds in the Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers. He..." April 21

  • Indian prodigy Satnam Singh Bhamara exploring NBA Draft

    SI.com "Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 7’1” 290-pound Indian basketball prodigy, is exploring the possibility of declaring for the NBA Draft and will become a professional. Singh has little chance of being drafted this year, but plans to embark on his professional career after not being able to qualify for a..." April 21

  • Marbury glows about draft stud in China, calls Jackson ‘visionary’

    New York Post "Fresh off a third Chinese Basketball Association title, Stephon Marbury weighed in on the Knicks’ potential draft pick, fellow CBA point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, calling the mystery prospect a player who is “going to be really good.’’ In a phone interview from Beijing, the ex-Knicks point guard..." April 21

  • As draft decision creeps closer, NBA scouts place Caris LeVert on edge of first round

    Michigan Live "Caris LeVert's future centers on a million-dollar question: Where will the Michigan junior be selected in the NBA draft if he leaves early. The keyword is if. Having spent the last three months recovering from foot surgery and reviewing his options, LeVert is five days away from the NBA..." April 21

  • Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis to enter draft

    ESPN.com "Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told ESPN.com. Porzingis is averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is shooting 33 percent from 3 in 21 minutes for his team Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. His numbers have been even..." April 16

  • D'Angelo Russell To Declare For Draft, Deciding Upon Representation

    Real GM Basketball "D'Angelo Russell plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft within the next two days, sources tell RealGM. Russell is deciding upon an agency. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his freshman season at Ohio State." April 13

  • An early look at the possible No. 1 pick of the 2016 NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Ben Simmons is 18 years old, and his age is probably the only thing keeping him from playing in the NBA next season, one long-time professional scout believes. "He can play on any NBA team right now," the NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "He's big and sees the game like a point guard. He can guard..." April 09

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers Jahlil Okafor Duke
3 76ers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
4 Knicks Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
5 Magic Justise Winslow Duke
6 Kings Stanley Johnson Arizona
7 Nuggets Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
8 Pistons Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
9 Hornets Trey Lyles Kentucky
10 Heat Kelly Oubre Kansas

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.