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  • Lakers Remain in Contact with Lonzo Ball’s Agent

    Sources: Lakers front office and Lonzo Ball's agent, Harrison Gaines, remain in discussions, but no guarantees made yet for No. 2 pick.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
  • Sources: Cavaliers and Pacers Talking Paul George Trade?

    After superstar Paul George informed the Pacers in no uncertain terms he plans to leave the team, Indiana began shopping George's services this weekend, including making a phone call to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday.

    George reportedly told the Pacers he will opt out of his contract in 2018 and become an unrestricted free agent.

    The Cavs are willing to enter into trade talks for George without any assurances he will commit to a long-term deal in Cleveland, a source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN. Cleveland is confident its championship culture and overall atmosphere could sway George to want to stay after playing out the 2017-18 season.

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Zach Collins Working Out for Lakers Monday

    https://twitter.com/SerenaWinters/status/876528005987811328

    Source: Serena Winters on Twitter
  • Frank Mason Working Out for 76ers Monday

    https://twitter.com/jonjohnsonwip/status/876538162918678528

    Source: Jon Johnson on Twitter
  • Lakers Unwilling to Trade ‘young assets’ for Paul George

    Although [Paul] George would constitute a significant acquisition for Los Angeles, the rebuilding Lakers do not currently intend to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

    Source: ESPN
  • John Collins Working Out for Kings Monday

    Kings announce their 11th draft workout, featuring John Collins from Wake Forrest-

    Source: James Ham on Twitter
  • Heat Thoughts on Willie Reed Affecting Draft Decision?

    With the Heat unsure if it will be able to retain Willie Reed in free agency, Miami potentially will be looking for two reserve centers this summer – one as a backup to Hassan Whiteside and another as a third-string developmental project.

    Source: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald
  • Sources: Paul George Plans to Leave Pacers, Prefers Lakers

    All-Star forward Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and will leave the franchise – preferably for the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.

    George hasn’t requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Derrick Rose Would Take Pay Cut to Remain a Knick

    Don’t be too quick to put Derrick Rose on the first train out of New York. His agent B.J. Armstrong told Bleacher Report that his client likes being with the Knicks and would be willing to take a cut in pay to remain with the team

    Source: NBA.com
  • Celtics, 76ers Agree to Deal for No. 1 Pick

    Trade between Philly and Boston will be finalized on Monday, per source. Sides have agreed. Sixers will get first pick and take Fultz.

    Source: David Aldridge of NBA.com
  • Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock Violate Anti-Drug Policy

    Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons have been suspended five games under the NBA's anti-drug program.

    The league announced the suspensions Friday without disclosing details of the violations.

    Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
  • Lonzo Ball Works Out for the Second Time with Lakers

    With the NBA draft less than a week away, Lonzo Ball worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time on Friday to give them an up-close look at his training regimen and work ethic.

    Questions were raised about Ball's conditioning after his first workout for the Lakers, and the former UCLA star even acknowledged that the drills made him tired. At an unspecified location in the Los Angeles area near his home, Ball did his normal on-court routine, ran hills and lifted weights, showing the team's brass how he conditions and getting some face-to-face time. Ball's outspoken father, LaVar Ball, who had not been invited to Lonzo's first workout at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo on June 7, was present for Friday's workout.

    Source: ESPN
  • Sources: Celtics, 76ers Discussing Deal for No. 1 Pick

    League sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me that the Sixers and Celtics are in serious talks on a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick.

    Current iteration, per league sources to @espn, is a package of a draft picks from Philly, including No. 3 overall, to the Celtics for No. 1

    Source: Marc Stein, and Zach Lowe of ESPN
  • Six Teams Attend Dennis Smith’s Pro Day

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat all sent representatives to watch Dennis Smith at his Pro Day, as Basketball Insiders first reported.

    Among those on hand to watch Smith were Hornets coach Steve Clifford and general manager Rich Cho, Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau, as well as Knicks director of player personnel Mark Hughes, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

    Rio Grande Valley Vipers player development coach Nick Friedman led the workout, sources told Basketball Insiders. Friedman has previously trained Terry Rozier, Taurean Prince, Kobi Simmons, Derrick Jones Jr. and Abdel Nader during the pre-draft process. Friedman was also recently named an assistant coach for the Haitian National Team.

    Smith, the ACC Rookie of the Year, has been compared to players such as Russell Westbrook, Baron Davis and Steve Francis due to his rare explosive athleticism as a point guard. Smith averaged 18.1 points on 46 percent shooting from the field, 36 percent from downtown and 72 percent from the foul line. He also averaged 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his lone season at N.C. State and was named to the All-ACC Second Team.

    Smith is projected by colleagues Steve Kyler, Moke Hamilton and I to be selected eighth overall by the Knicks in our latest mock draft. Colleague Joel Brigham projects Dennis Smith to be selected sixth overall by the Orlando Magic.

    For more on Dennis Smith’s pre-draft workouts, check out the following video footage from Christopher Costello:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB6UkJU8n7U
  • Paul George: ‘I am under contract and intend to play’

    Paul George says he's committed to playing for the Indiana Pacers next season. After that, it's anybody's guess. The four-time All-Star forward provided clarity on his short-term plan Thursday before playing in a charity softball game just a short walk away from the only NBA arena he's called home.

    "I am a Pacer. I am under contract and I intend to play,'' he said while sitting in the first base dugout. George's succinct message might satisfy Pacers fans temporarily, though the much larger question still looms: Will he continue to suit up in Indiana beyond 2017-18?

    Source: ESPN