NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • D’Angelo Russell hasn’t called Kobe Bryant yet, doesn’t want to bug him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is busy these days. He works out, takes trips to China to sell shoes, hits the gym, spends time with his family, goes to a court to get up a bunch of shots, swings by a Taylor Swift concert, and then at some point works out a little. The Lakers new star rookie, No. 2 pick D’Angelo..." August 27

  • NBA Scout Says Ben Simmons Has ‘Magic Johnson-Like’ Passing Skills

    Zagsblog "LSU just returned from playing five games in Australia and Ben Simmons did pretty well for himself. The 6-foot-10 Australian point forward averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals, while also committing 25 turnovers in five games, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. NBA..." August 26

  • NBA rookie survey suggests Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor was a mistake

    Pro Basketball Talk "Most NBA teams would have picked Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. I would have. The Timberwolves did. But a plurality of NBA rookies prefer Okafor, who went No. 3 to the 76ers. Two responses in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey reveal..." August 19

  • Phil Jackson says Porzingis will bulk up this summer, but might be 'too tall for the game'

    The Score "New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is very confident in rookie Kristaps Porzingis' abilities. That much was made clear when he took Porzingis with the fourth overall pick this summer, much to the chagrin of some hard-hearted Knicks fans. But Jackson can also be brutally honest, and..." August 17

  • Kobe responds to Russell talking up McGrady

    ESPN Los Angeles "New Laker D'Angelo Russell has been poking at Kobe Bryant ever since being drafted. First, he did a pretty dead-on impersonation of Bryant. Then, he said that Tracy McGrady might have been the greatest player of all time. How would Kobe respond? Would he unleash a storm of invective on..." August 16

  • Jahlil Okafor: 'I'd like to win Rookie of the Year'

    CSN Philly "Jahlil Okafor, speaking at the NBA and Panini America's rookie photo shoot at MSG Training Center on Saturday, shared a few of his goals for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Sixers' big man already has his eyes set on some hardware. “I’d like to win Rookie of the Year," he said. "Just want..." August 12

  • Lakers' Russell: Kobe Bryant 'was my Michael Jordan'

    The Score "Having been born at the start of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat championship run, Los Angeles Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell wasn't old enough to appreciate the greatness of No. 23. The predominant basketball figure of his childhood was Kobe Bryant, who Russell now has..." August 10

  • The Sixers wanted to draft D'Angelo Russell, according to report

    SB Nation "Nothing has gone according to plan for the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, and that includes the player they took No. 3 overall in the June NBA Draft. Entering the evening, management's hope was that Ohio State point D'Angelo Russell would fall past the Timberwolves and Lakers, according to..." August 10

  • Wolves’ Towns Determined to Improve Three-Point Shot

    Basketball Insiders "(Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony) Towns averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in five summer league games. He has prided himself as a perimeter threat but missed all five of his 3-point attempts in summer league games. “The biggest takeaway? Man, I struggled shooting threes [that] week,” he..." August 09

  • Weight-focused Porzingis has a new number and Knicks friend

    New York Post "Knicks 7-foot-3 rookie wonder Kristaps Porzingis is back from his two-week Latvian vacation, carrying the same weight and still carrying the same burden of proving his critics wrong. Porzingis was at the Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, where about 35 rookies staged a photo shoot for..." August 09

  • Kristaps Porzingis will wear number 6, long live 46

    Posting And Toasting "I really hoped Kristaps Porzingis would keep his number 46 jersey, which he'd selected in Las Vegas out of deference to the still-kinda-around Travis Wear, but alas, he'll revert to his Sevilla number for the real thing. H" August 09

  • Would Phil Jackson have taken Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor first overall?

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks finished with the second-worst record in the NBA last season, but they were not fortunate enough to secure either the first or second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Instead, the Knicks ended up selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick. If the Knicks did end up..." August 04

  • D’Angelo Russell’s Father Arrested for Weed and Sizzurp

    Black Sports Online "Seems like a lot of athletes fathers are getting in trouble today. This isn’t as serious as Clowney’s dad being arrested for attempted murder, but still need to be smarter when you are driving around. 40-year-old Antonio Russell was arrested July 31 after being pulled over during a traffic..." August 04

  • Nike signs top two draft picks Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell

    CBS Sports "After Adidas decided not to renew its licensing deal with the NBA, Nike swooped (swooshed?) in and swept up the deal. It was a "want," not a "need" for the biggest sports apparel company in the world. That deal had two major impacts. The first is a much closer relationship between Nike, which..." August 03

  • Okafor, at Sixers beach bash, says team has high expectations

    Philly.com "The line of fans extended down the street as 76ers first-round draft choice Jahlil Okafor signed autographs. Okafor and teammate Robert Covington attended the 76ers Beach Bash, an annual summer meet-and-greet with fans, Saturday at Jack's Place in Avalon. "The second I got to Philadelphia I..." August 02

  • Pistons' Johnson signs for $2.58 million annually

    Detroit News "Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson never talked about his desire to sign a contract with the Pistons. He always talked about things that were more important to him, such as leading the Pistons to a championship and trying to lure free agents to the team. So it wasn't much of a surprise that he..." July 23

  • Phil Jackson: Duke Players Fail To Live Up To Expectations In The NBA

    College Spun "On Monday, Charley Rose published the fourth article in a five-part ESPN series about New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, and his attempt to gut and rebuild the team. While most of the focus, and the headlines, of the article, which is based on interactions with Jackson on January 10, focus on..." July 22

  • Carmelo Anthony introduced himself to Kristaps Porzingis as ‘Me7o’

    Larry Brown Sports "Carmelo Anthony has a marketing vision for himself, and he is not afraid to go to great lengths in an attempt to make sure it is successful. But he should probably tone it down a bit. New York Knicks first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis recently told Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling..." July 21

  • Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay already playing beyond his years

    USA Today "The challenges for Emmanuel Mudiay – some of his doing, some out of his control – have been difficult. As a young child, he lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo during brutal wars. “It was tough. There are some things you don’t forget growing up,” Mudiay said. “Seeing your mom struggle...." July 19

  • Byron Scott says D'Angelo Russell is 'not Magic Johnson'

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers wrapped up summer league in Las Vegas on Friday with an 84-78 loss to the Utah Jazz, falling to 1-4 despite carrying at least seven players under contract that will play for the team this upcoming season. "I think we all expected them to be better, but we all need to understand that..." July 18

  • Kings' Cauley-Stein focusing on defense, offensive flow

    NBA.com "Yes, the defense. Of course the defense. It's why the Kings spent the sixth pick in the June 25 draft on Willie Cauley-Stein over Emmanuel Mudiay as the point guard of the future, because Cauley-Stein would be a formidable inside presence at 7-1 and 242 pounds with the athleticism to also step out..." July 16

  • Karl Towns's talent shining through struggles during transition to NBA

    SI "It looked like just another broken possession in a game full of them. The shot clock ticked down under 10 seconds, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns kept getting bumped out toward the three-point line, and the entry pass still wasn’t coming. Finally, Adreian Payne tossed a lazy one-handed pass in..." July 14

  • Hornets sign Orlando Summer League invitee Aaron Harrison

    At The Hive "The Charlotte Hornets have signed Kentucky's Aaron Harrison to a two-year deal. The dollar value of Harrison's contract is unknown at this time, but it's safe to assume the Hornets used some of their mid-level exception to sign him. His contract includes a team option for next season. It..." July 13

  • So far, so good for Kristaps Porzingis, both on and off the court

    Newsday "Kristaps Porzingis looks like the biggest kid at NBA summer league. He's 19, doesn't have facial hair and wears his backpack straps over both shoulders like a student walking around school. But Porzingis seems unfazed by fans and members of the media who believe the Knicks made a mistake by..." July 13

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Washington forward Kelly Oubre -- the 15th pick -- has signed his rookie-scale contract with the Wizards, league source tells RealGM.

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    Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA

    Emmanuel Mudiay said he was asked to go back in for the 4th but opted not to due to fatigue from two-a-days. Said entire team was wiped.

  • Lakers expected to sign Robert Upshaw

    ESPN "Undrafted free-agent center Robert Upshaw, an ultra-talented shot-blocker who has also been kicked out of two colleges, has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, a league source confirmed to ESPN late Friday night. The source said the deal is expected to be..." July 11

  • Karl-Anthony Towns 'very nervous' in NBA summer league debut

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As if he didn’t know so already, new Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns recognized he had a classic case of rookie nerves after he chucked a shot in the opening moments of his first real NBA action and it hit nothing but desert air. “I started out like any other rookie,” he said. “I ain’t..." July 11

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Thunder announce they have officially signed first round pick Cameron Payne.

  • 76ers' Rookie Richaun Holmes Suffers Broken Elbow

    Real GM Basketball "Philadelphia 76ers rookie Richaun Holmes has been diagnosed with a fractured elbow in Utah and faces a six-to-eight week recovery timetable, league sources told RealGM. Out of Bowling Green, Holmes cemented himself as rising draft prospect at the Portsmouth Invitational and went 37th overall to..." July 10

  • Sixers Sign Jahlil Okafor

    Hoops Rumors "The Sixers have signed center Jahlil Okafor to a rookie scale contract, the team announced. Okafor was the No. 3 overall selection in this year’s NBA draft. The big man departed Duke after a freshman campaign that saw the Blue Devils capture the NCAA Championship and him being named a first-team..." July 07

  • Jazz sign Trey Lyles to rookie deal

    A Sea of Blue "Trey Lyles has signed his rookie deal with the Utah Jazz, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. Lyles, a 6-10, 241-pound forward, averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 36 games in 2014-15. An All-SEC Freshman Team selection, Lyles was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice during his..." July 07

  • Timberwolves Sign 2015 NBA Draft Picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones

    NBA.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns, the 1st overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky, and guard Tyus Jones, the 24th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Duke University. The Wolves acquired..." July 07

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    Jon Krawczynski @APkrawczynski

    Towns after 1st practice, made 9 straight 3s. "I need to take the rim on a date or something. It didn't treat me well on the 10th one."

  • Okafor taking small, quick steps

    Philly.com "Jahlil Okafor learned it by the end of the second day, if he hadn't known it already: The 76ers will run you. They want to play fast, and they want their players to get from one end to the floor fast, and, if you're Okafor, they will want you to establish position in the post fast. So by 1 p.m...." July 06

  • Rockets prospect Sergio Llull signing contract extension with Real Madrid through 2021

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Rockets made a play to sign Sergio Llull, the No. 34 pick in the 2009 NBA draft. But the Spanish point guard spurned Houston. E. Carchia of Sportando: Sergio Llull reached an agreement with Real Madrid for a contract extension till June 2021. Llull’s new buyout for the NBA will be..." July 06

  • Heat officially sign first round pick Justise Winslow

    Hot Hot Hoops "With Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade re-signed and back on the team, the Miami Heat have signed their first round pick Justise Winslow to a rookie deal. Winslow is already practicing with the Summer League squad, along with second round pick Josh Richardson, in anticipation of the Orlando..." July 03

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    Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat

    Justise Winslow says he will work almost exclusively at shooting guard and small forward during summer league.

  • Magic's Mario Hezonja expects to acclimate well to the U.S.

    Orlando Sentinel "Mario Hezonja spent the last three years in the bustling, picturesque city of Barcelona. He has traveled throughout Europe as a professional basketball player. And he speaks five languages: Croatian, Serbian, Catalan, Spanish and English. So, even at 20 years old, Hezonja already is a man of..." July 03

  • Knicks, Porzingis camp differ on hip injury delaying debut

    New York Post "It would be nothing short of a nightmare if their super-skinny European project Kristaps Porzingis is too injured to participate in the Knicks summer league that opens July 11 in Las Vegas. And his brother alluded to the uncertainty in a radio interview Monday on ESPN Radio, citing the..." July 02

  • Carmelo Anthony reached out to Kristaps Porzingis amid reports

    ESPN New York "Carmelo Anthony reached out to Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick, on Saturday after reports surfaced that the Knicks star was unhappy with the organization's decision to select the 19-year-old Latvian. "Carmelo reached out to Kris after all of that. It was..." June 30

  • Jahlil Okafor -- Viral Sex Story Is B.S. ... 'Considering Legal Action'

    TMZ "NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he's been targeted by an Internet "troll" -- who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened ... and now he's taking action to shut her down. Social media exploded over the past 24 hours after someone claiming to be a woman named..." June 29

  • Carmelo Anthony -- 'I Really Love' Porzingis ... Meeting with Him Today

    TMZ "Don't give up on Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis just yet ... Carmelo Anthony isn't -- telling TMZ Sports, "I really love him." Melo was leaving Madeo in L.A. on a double date with his wife La La Anthony, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... when we asked about C.A.'s..." June 29

  • Scout raves about ‘star’ Porzingis, avoids dreaded comparison

    New York Post "The first impression of Kristaps Porzingis remains indelible for Tim Shea, the former Knicks European scout who still lives in Spain. And it wasn’t his height. It occurred three years ago — Porzingis’ first season with Sevilla (in Spain’s top-tier league) — before a road game in Santiago. “You..." June 29

  • Lakers would still trade D'Angelo Russell for Cousins

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Los Angeles Lakers would trade No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell "tomorrow," if that alone would complete a deal for Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. This process will take years, not a year. You shortcut it at your peril, even if the Lakers were willing..." June 29

  • Wolves nabbed Tyus Jones with seconds to spare

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Tyus Jones and his family experienced what they termed a "dream come true" when the former Apple Valley-Duke point guard was acquired via an NBA draft night trade with Cleveland. The Cavaliers took Jones with the No. 24 overall pick, then traded him to the Timberwolves for the Nos. 31 and 36..." June 28

  • Porzingis will have a buddy on the Knicks…just not next season

    New York Post "This stash pick is no trash pick. The Knicks may not have a center on their roster yet for this season, but feel they have a potential pivot for their rotation in 2016-17 – 6-foot-11 Spanish League second-rounder Guillermo Hernangomez. The Sixers had five second-round picks and traded their..." June 28

  • Jahlil Okafor thinks NBA is still a big man's league

    Sporting News "Dave Cowens might not think so, but at least one player thinks there’s still room for a big man to thrive in the NBA. 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor said despite increased emphasis on the perimeter game, the NBA is still a big man’s league. "For as long as I remember, big men have dominated the..." June 28

  • Draft pick Kevon Looney fits Warriors' mold

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors first-round draft pick Kevon Looney is versatile, and that's what the team likes after seeing players who can fill different roles and guard multiple positions carry it to the title. "Drafting a player like Kevon who has a lot of different skill sets really speaks to the way we play,..." June 27

  • Carmelo Anthony calls Kristaps Porzingis a steal, downplays drama

    CBS Sports "Reports surfaced Friday that Carmelo Anthony was unhappy with the Knicks' draft night moves of trading Tim Hardaway Jr. and drafting Euro project Kristaps Porzingis. It makes sense, as THJ was at least one of the players that despite their differences, Melo can be sure can play in the NBA...." June 27

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
3 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Magic Mario Hezonja Barcelona
6 Kings Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
7 Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
8 Pistons Stanley Johnson Arizona
9 Hornets Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
10 Heat Justise Winslow Duke
Full NBA Draft Results