NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • NBA’s rookie transition program presents information in a compelling way in order to promote real discussion

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has held its Rookie Transition Program for first-year players coming into the league since 1986, in an attempt to provide an extensive support system during an educational event that takes place over the course of three separate days. Seminars cover a wide range of topics — family..." September 23

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    Andy Greder @twolvesnow

    Asked of #Twolves starters, Flip Saunders told @105theticket youngsters to be interspersed w/ vets. Noncommittal on Andrew Wiggins starting.

  • Kentucky coach John Calipari finalizing unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is finalizing plans for an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate his star-laden roster of professional prospects, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send..." September 09

  • NBA adding extra space along the baseline to increase safety

    SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26

  • Injured NBA rookie passes time trolling everyone from LeBron to Rihanna

    New York Post "For most NBA rookies, the first few weeks after they’re selected in the draft fly by, filled with press conferences, summer league games and settling into their new homes. This year, however, there is one rookie who hasn’t had that experience. “I would say kind of boring,” 76ers center Joel..." August 07

  • Joel Embiid has gotten a lot bigger over the past 3 years

    Yahoo! Sports "Here's what Joel Embiid, standout Kansas big man and No. 3 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft, looks like today: And here, via Embiid's increasingly indispensable Twitter account, is what the Cameroonian prospect looked like way back in the long, long ago of..." August 05

  • Kobi Simmons is among the elite PGs in the class of 2016 "The class of 2015 isn't loaded with point guards. Most of the best backcourt players are scorers, and it's a down year in general for the position. One can't say the same for the class of 2016, which has multiple high-level point guards among its group of five-star players. Dennis Smith Jr.,..." July 31

  • Cavs, Wolves trade involving Love, Wiggins matter of when, not if "The Minnesota Timberwolves were engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, adding to the growing belief around the NBA that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation. After..." July 31

  • Seventh Woods' Life in Public Eye: From Mixtape Phenom to Scrutinized Recruit

    Bleacher Report "His basketball mixtape has generated more than 11.5 million hits on YouTube. One of his dunks led SportsCenter. And he was invited to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! All before he turned 16. For the past few years, Seventh Woods has been hailed as a basketball prodigy, operating in the same..." July 29

  • Joel Embiid has moved on from Kim Kardashian, sets sights on Rihanna

    SB Nation "The wacky Twitter journey of injured Sixers rookie Joel Embiid carries forth. After failing to recruit LeBron James and failing to get Kim Kardashian to slide into his DMs, he's moved on to a new Twitter project: failing to go on a date with Rihanna. Via the exclusive reporting of Joel Embiid..." July 22

  • Report: Cavaliers to sign Andrew Wiggins as early as Wednesday

    Pro Basketball Talk "We passed along the report a couple of days ago that the Cavaliers were expected to sign Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract sometime this week, and discussed at the time how that may or may not impact any trade talks Cleveland has going with the Timberwolves on a potential deal for Kevin..." July 22

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Cavs to sign No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to a standard 2-year rookie contract with two option years,source told Yahoo. @twithersAP broke story

  • Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to $1.2 million deal to play in China

    Yahoo! Sports "Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a $1.2 million contract with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association, the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player, a source told Yahoo Sports. Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist..." July 22

  • Cavs, Andrew Wiggins near deal "The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract in the coming week, according to sources close to the process. Sources told that the Cavaliers' delay in signing the former Kansas star has nothing to do with the prospect of Wiggins..." July 21

  • Coach K: "Not one second of hesitancy, I'd trade (Wiggins) for Kevin Love" "In an interview with John Feinstein on CBS Sports radio, Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski broke down what he would do in the Cleveland Cavaliers' position of trying to decide whether to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. The verdict? He'd trade for Love. Click here to listen to the..." July 21

  • Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart Sign With adidas

    SLAM Online "adidas has quietly established the best group of rookies of the 2014 NBA Draft class. With Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum already in the fold, adidas got even richer by adding two more lottery picks to their roster: Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. Sources confirmed to SLAM that both Embiid and..." July 15

  • P.J. Hairston’s potential lawsuit against his agent, Juan Morrow

    Sporting News "Last week news surfaced of Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, not being certified with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). Morrow held out to the public that he in fact was a “certified player agent.” This is blatant misrepresentation on behalf of Morrow...." July 15

  • Wiggins' reps told no trade with Wolves including Love coming "Ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers won this year's draft lottery, there has been speculation that they might trade the No. 1 pick. They've said all the right things about keeping Andrew Wiggins since selecting him, but could he possibly be on the move? USA Today reported that his representatives..." July 10

  • Andrew Wiggins signs $10-12 million Adidas contract

    USA Today "Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the June draft, has reached a shoe and apparel deal with Adidas, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until..." July 09

  • Bucks’ Parker will attempt to join elite group of second overall picks "Jabari Parker, on the night of June 26, 2014, became the most high-profile draft selection made by the Milwaukee Bucks since 1994, when they chose Glenn Robinson with the first overall pick. “The Big Dog” went on to become the franchise’s second-leading all-time scorer. Only time will tell..." July 08

  • Celtics Sign Marcus Smart

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics have signed Marcus Smart, tweets Mark Deeks of ShamSports. There’s been no public announcement from the team, but Smart has been playing in summer league for the club. As the No. 6 pick from this year’s draft, he’ll likely receive a salary worth slightly more than $3.283MM this year,..." July 08

  • Sixers expect Joel Embiid to miss 5-8 months

    Newark Star-Ledger "For the second year in a row the Sixers are taking a wait and see approach to their top selection in the NBA Draft. The Sixers of course chose Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft despite a stress fracture in his right foot one year after taking..." June 28

  • Cavs Pick Andrew Wiggins at No. 1 "The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. With their third No. 1 pick in four years, the Cavaliers are hoping to add a second star to the roster with Kyrie Irving. They failed to add a star with Anthony Bennett last season,..." June 27

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    Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops

    Patric Young just confirmed he's accepted a summer league invite with the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • Celtics bolster backcourt with Marcus Smart, James Young

    Boston Globe "Back in late May, a league source familiar with the Celtics’ line of thinking brought up Marcus Smart, the bullish guard out of Oklahoma State and a top prospect for this year’s NBA Draft. “He must have something that they like because he’s pretty high in their draft rankings,” the source said...." June 27

  • Heat Acquires Shabazz Napier in the 2014 NBA Draft "The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired the draft rights to guard Shabazz Napier (24th overall) from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the draft rights to P.J. Hairston (26th overall) and Semaj Christon (55th overall), a 2019 second-round draft choice and cash..." June 27

  • Raptors make unexpected pick of unheralded Bruno Caboclo of Brazil at 2014 NBA draft

    National Post "Well, it was not the first time the Toronto Raptors shocked the NBA world by drafting a little-known Brazilian player. How many franchises can say that? To be fair to Rafael Araujo, he was at least a somewhat familiar quantity when the Raptors selected him eighth overall in 2004. When NBA..." June 27

  • Top five guys passed over in the NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s the economics of the NBA: teams in the second round draft European players they can stash overseas, saving the roster spot and money and giving them a trade chip. Sometimes those guys develop and come over, a lot of times they do not. In picking those guys, good players looking for chance..." June 27

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    Mitch McGary, perfect Oklahoma City player, goes to Thunder with the 21st pick.

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    Sam Amick @sam_amick

    The Toronto Raptors take Bruno Caboclo at No. 20, per the commish. Googling him now...

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    With the No. 19 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @chicagobulls select Gary Harris (will be traded to Nuggets).

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    With the No. 18 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @suns select Tyler Ennis.

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    Gary Dzen @GaryDzen

    The Celtics select Kentucky's James Young with the No. 17 pick in the draft.

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    With the No. 16 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @chicagobulls select Jusuf Nurkic (will be traded to Nuggets).

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    Chris Vivlamore @ajchawks

    Hawks select Adreian Payne. #ATLHawks

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    With the No. 14 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @Suns select T.J. Warren.

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    MN Timberwolves @MNTimberwolves

    The Timberwolves select Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft! #WolvesDraft

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    With the No. 12 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @Orlando_Magic select Dario Saric.

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    With the No. 11 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @denvernuggets select Doug McDermott.

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The Sixers go with Elfrid Payton, Jr. with No. 10 over Dario Saric and Doug McDermott.

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    With the No. 9 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @hornets select Noah Vonleh.

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Julius Randle is the Lakers' new power forward. Double-double machine at Kentucky reminiscent of Zach Randolph.

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    Nik Stauskas meets commissioner Adam Silver after being picked 8th overall.

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    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    With the No. 6 pick, the Celtics will select Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, a source tells the Globe.

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The Utah Jazz will select Dante Exum with the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

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    With the No. 4 pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @Orlando_Magic select Aaron Gordon.

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Noah Vonleh is on the slide in this draft, front office sources tell Yahoo Sports. Best first chance to be picked: Lakers.

  • Get To Know The Guy Who Might Be The Steal Of The NBA Draft "One of the savviest picks of last year's NBA draft was made by the Milwaukee Bucks, when they grabbed Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick. The Greek Freak was just a bundle of springy limbs and a fresh face at the time, but he quickly became a player who matters. There is another..." June 26

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    NY has done homework on Baylor's Cory Jefferson, leaving impression among rival execs they've targeted him with No. 34 acquired from Mavs.

  • Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton: the point guard keystones in the 2014 NBA Draft

    SB Nation "The adage is that teams should always pick the best player available in the NBA Draft. In practice, it doesn't happen. Teams have needs, and it's natural to want to fill them. The draft is a great place to do so. Given that not all positions are created equally in the NBA -- it's better to have an..." June 26

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Kansas
2 Bucks Jabari Parker Duke
3 76ers Joel Embiid Kansas
4 Magic Aaron Gordon Arizona
5 Jazz Dante Exum Australian Institute of Sport
6 Celtics Marcus Smart Oklahoma St.
7 Lakers Julius Randle Kentucky
8 Kings Nik Stauskas Michigan
9 Hornets* Noah Vonleh Indiana
10 76ers* Elfrid Payton LA-Lafayette
Full NBA Draft Results