Emmanuel Mudiay, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2015 Draft, is in Asia now instead of Texas. He is playing for the Guangdong Tigers in Dongguan, China, not for Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs in Dallas as planned. He has single-handedly made China a destination on the scouting trail for the first time in years.
His fast start is enough to spark speculation from front offices that Mudiay will leave before the regular season ends in mid-February to keep him healthy and keep his Draft standing high — and keep him from the prying eyes of NBA scouts.
“They could,” an executive said of the decision to shut down that Mudiay’s inner-circle may face. “They could for sure.”
Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation
Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in a serious altercation in practice today, leaving Mirotic hospitalized and out indefinitely, sources tell The Vertical.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports