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Calipari Echos Durant; Draft Combine Not for Everyone

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Hall of Fame coach John Calipari knows it’s not always in his players’ best interest to participate in portions of the NBA draft combine. Calipari’s comments come in the wake of Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant telling ESPN.com recently that top prospects should stay at home and work out on their own time. Calipari said he hadn’t read Durant’s comments yet, but when apprised of what Durant said, Calipari’s answer was blunt.

“He may be right,” Calipari said during Day 1 of the NBA draft combine Thursday. “For the guys, if you think there’s anything here that would hurt you, don’t come. If there’s anything here that would help you, come. If you have to play to help yourself, come. If it doesn’t help you [to] play, then don’t play.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Sources: Clippers Prepared to Offer Tobias Harris, 12th or 13th Pick for Kawhi Leonard

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It’s also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade [Kawhi] Leonard to the Lakers or any other team. If they are, other teams might have more significant assets to offer, especially given that the Lakers do not have a lottery pick this year. They will select 25th in next week’s draft, a pick they got in a trade with Cleveland.

The Clippers have more to offer than the Lakers. They would be willing to create a package with forward Tobias Harris and the 12th or 13th pick in this year’s draft, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Source: Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times

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Wizards to Workout Robert Williams

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With the NBA Draft only a few days away, the Wizards will work out center Robert Williams (Texas A&M) on Monday at Capital One Arena.

Source: Washington Wizards

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Mavs Host Top Prospect Jaren Jackson for Pre-Draft Workout

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EXCLUSIVE: Top prospect Jaren Jackson Jr. is a Dallas visitor; scouting report and the latest #Mavs scoop from inside their NBA Draft plans.

Source: Mike Fisher of CBS 247 Sports on Twitter

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