There are several International prospects in the first round, starting with French 17-year-old guard Theo Maledon at No. 5, followed by Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Deni Avdija at No. 7, Malcolm Cazalon at #14, Killian Hayes at #15, and Nico Mannion at #17.
LaMelo Ball enters the mock draft at #33 even though ESPN’s Mike Schmitz said that “if Ball were eligible to go to college next year and had taken a similar path as Lonzo, it would be much easier to slot him in as a sure 2020 first-rounder.”
The San Antonio Spurs are on the market for a wing and Stanley Johnson could be one of their targets.
Johnson will be restricted free agent from July 1.
Per The Athletic (via RealGM), The Spurs had interest in trading for Trevor Ariza but were unable to find a suitable trade with the Phoenix Suns.
Stanley Johnson could be a potential target for the Spurs. Assistant general manager Brian Wright was in the front office of the Detroit Pistons when he was drafted in 2015. Executives believe Wright remains a supporter of Johnson.
“Can (the Spurs) fix everything that’s wrong with him?” another NBA scout asked, pointing to Johnson’s shooting as a concern. “Maybe (the Spurs) are the culture for him to turn him around.”
Darius Garland announced that he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft.
Garland’s career with Vanderbilt lasted only five games before he suffered a season ending injury.
In his five years in NCAA, the point guard averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Garland announced that he will withdraw from Vanderbilt this semester to get ready for the NBA draft.
The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to listening offers to both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley .
Marc Gasol could become free agent from July 1, 2019 if he opts out of his contract while Mike Conley has $67 million left till 2021.
Per ESPN, The Grizzlies could decide to keep one or both players if no deals meet the threshold of a desired return, but the organization is motivated to begin reshaping the roster around its 2018 first-round pick, forward Jaren Jackson, league sources said.
The Grizzlies will be pursuing typical deal packages in dealing veteran stars, including some combination of young talent, draft picks and salary-cap relief, sources said. The advanced age of Gasol (33) and substantial money owed Conley (likely $67 million through 2021) could make it difficult for Memphis to get substantial trade packages in return.
The New York Knicks have decided to remove Enes Kanter from their rotations to give more playing time to Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson .
The Turkish big man, who has not requested a trade, doesn’t agree with Knicks’ decision.
Per ESPN, “I’m a player. We are competitors, so [we want to] play big minutes,” Kanter said. “If you look at the whole year, first 41 games, I did not miss a game. And they put me in fourth [in the] rotation [on Monday], it definitely hurts. It hurts a lot.”
Kanter said Monday that he hadn’t requested a trade.
“I love it here but in the end, I want to play basketball. I miss playing basketball, man,” Kanter said. “And I would let [Knicks general manager] Scott [Perry] and my agent [Mark Bartelstein] handle that stuff.”
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent forward/center Kenneth Faried.
Faried (6-8, 220) was originally the 22nd overall pick by Denver in the 2011 NBA Draft following his senior season at Morehead State. He spent his first seven seasons with the Nuggets prior to being acquired by Brooklyn last summer.
In 453 career games with 372 starts, Faried is averaging 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game. He has the eighth-highest field goal percentage (.544) among active qualifiers.
Since entering the league, Faried joins Clint Capela as the only players to have averaged at least 11.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in fewer than 25.0 mpg. Faried is also averaging the sixth-most offensive rebounds per 36 minutes played (4.5) of any player with at least 250 games played over that span; Capela ranks fourth.
Faried finished his collegiate career with 1,673 rebounds, surpassing Tim Duncan’s 1,570 for the most by a Division I player in the modern era dating back to 1972-73 when freshman were declared eligible to play. Faried was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year three times.
In a related move, the Rockets have waived forward James Nunnally, who was a on a 10-day contract.
Sources: The Lakers maintain interest in Anthony, but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create a roster spot for him, league sources tell ESPN. If a roster spot eventually opens with LA, yes, the Lakers are a possible destination for Anthony.
The Houston Rockets have traded Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls .
Melo signed a one-year deal with Houston at the minimum but he is out of the team since November 8.
The Rockets have sent also cash to the Bulls. The Chicago Bulls will waive Carmelo Anthony .
The NBA office will not execute the trade today because it’s a holiday, league sources tell ESPN. To clear the way for Kenneth Faried to sign and play tonight in Philadelphia, Rockets had to waive to James Nunnally. Trade call on ‘Melo will likely be Tuesday. https://t.co/Oo2IA0nsJP
Dennis Smith will return to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
The point guard has missed the past five games.
Per ESPN, “I am excited to announce Dennis Smith Jr. will rejoin the team on Tuesday,” Carlisle said in a short statement. “Dennis and I spoke at length today. He is feeling better and plans to resume workouts in preparation for his return. There will be no further updates until Tuesday.”
Carlisle stressed Smith’s value to the team and encouraged Mavericks players to welcome him with open arms, sources said.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Espn, Isiah Thomas could debut for the Denver Nuggets before the All Star Game.
Thomas underwent surgery hip in March, and this summer signed a one-year deal with Denver.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo has been cleared to return to full contact practice. The Lakers are off today in Houston, and will hold regular shootaround tomorrow morning in advance of Saturday evening’s game.