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Pippen Ain't Easy

Chicago Bulls: International draft prospects Arturas Karnisovas could target

Chicago Bulls President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas has a history with international NBA draft prospects. That connection could grow stronger in the 2021 NBA Draft if the Bulls follow a similar approach to the one the team had in the 2020 NBA Draft. Karnisovas was a part of the Denver Nuggets front office that […] Chicago Bulls: International draft prospects Arturas Karnisovas could target - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts to tragic news on ‘Boston kid’ Terrence Clarke

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had an emotional reaction to the tragic death of former Kentucky Wildcat guard Terrance Clarke Thursday night. The former five-star recruit declared for the upcoming NBA Draft in July, ensuring that Stevens, who is a part of the Celtics draft process, was familiar with the prospect. Clarke was from […] The post Celtics coach Brad Stevens reacts to tragic news on ‘Boston kid’ Terrence Clarke appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Rip City Project

Portland Trail Blazers: Is this Terry Stotts and Neil Olshey’s last season?

Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts, and Damian Lillard all started with the Portland Trail Blazers around the same time. Olshey was hired in June 2012, drafted Dame in July, and then hired Stotts in August. Olshey will always be recognized as the guy who drafted Dame with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. This […] Portland Trail Blazers: Is this Terry Stotts and Neil Olshey’s last season? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Daily Knicks

2021 NBA Draft: Mock 1.0, Knicks bolster the backcourt

NBA draft season has arrived, and the NY Knicks will soon be on the clock. Like last year, the Knicks will have two first-round picks this July. They have their own pick, which will likely be post-lottery, and the Mavericks selection thanks to the 2019 Porzingis trade. In this mock, the blue and orange will […] 2021 NBA Draft: Mock 1.0, Knicks bolster the backcourt - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hoops Habit

Orlando Magic: 3 most promising young players right now

The Orlando Magic are one month removed from blowing up their core in favor of another rebuild, and all things considering things are pretty good right now. There’s still plenty of losing of course, but with such an exciting draft class coming this summer, it is an easy sell to fans. Especially when arenas aren’t […] Orlando Magic: 3 most promising young players right now - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: Zhaire Smith was a mistake, not bad luck

Ever since the Philadelphia 76ers finished their rebuild, also known as “The Process”, the franchise has hit on their first round picks for the most part. However, there is one exception to this trend of good first round draft selections. For sake of argument let’s establish that the Sixers rebuild ended in the offseason of […] Philadelphia 76ers: Zhaire Smith was a mistake, not bad luck - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Thunderous Intentions

OKC Thunder viewed as ‘top landing spot’ for Lonzo Ball this offseason

T-minus 13 games till the climax of the 2020-21 campaign for the OKC Thunder, and fans can’t wait to see what the team has in store for the upcoming offseason. Already well documented, over the next six years Oklahoma City has a combined total of 34 draft picks currently at their disposal, 17 of which […] OKC Thunder viewed as ‘top landing spot’ for Lonzo Ball this offseason - Thunderous Intentions - Thunderous Intentions - An Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Orlando Magic Daily

Cole Anthony’s early inefficiency a necessary price for Orlando Magic to pay for his development

It was never going to be easy for Cole Anthony. After a disappointing year at North Carolina, the 20-year-old fell out of the NBA Draft lottery completely despite being a consensus top-five pick coming out of high school.  Streaky shot selection, an inconsistency shooting the ball and struggles finishing at the rim had scouts and […] Cole Anthony’s early inefficiency a necessary price for Orlando Magic to pay for his development - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

UCLA star Johnny Juzang declares for NBA Draft, but college option still open

Johnny Juzang, the UCLA star responsible for leading his team to an epic journey into the NCAA Tournament Final Four, has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft but will still maintain his college eligibility. Juzang made the announcement on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, noting how wonderful the process has been. He also thanked the […] The post UCLA star Johnny Juzang declares for NBA Draft, but college option still open appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Daily Knicks

NY Knicks NBA Draft: Jared Butler should be on the radar

The NY Knicks still need a long-term answer at the point guard position. Jared Butler can potentially fix that problem if he’s drafted by New York. Jared Butler doesn’t catch the eye in terms of athleticism, but when it comes to knowing how to play the game of basketball, the 6’3 guard does very well […] NY Knicks NBA Draft: Jared Butler should be on the radar - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hoops Habit

Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey has earned Rookie of the Year votes

The Detroit Pistons had a 2020 NBA draft night to remember, introducing their new general manager Troy Weaver to the basketball world. They made the chalk pick at No. 7, selecting Killian Hayes, and at 16 (a draft pick they had acquired via the Houston Rockets earlier that week) they selected Isaiah Stewart. Then they […] Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey has earned Rookie of the Year votes - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

ClutchPoints

Zion Williamson has exceeded the hype

Expectations are always sky-high for the first overall pick in the NBA Draft and Zion Williamson was no exception in 2019. With that said, Williamson has exceeded the hype attached to his NBA arrival. Yes, the player who had as much hype as any player entering the NBA since LeBron James has surpassed the buzz […] The post Zion Williamson has exceeded the hype appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Filipino hoops phenom Kai Sotto takes LaMelo Ball route, joins NBL’s Adelaide 36ers

Filipino basketball standout Kai Sotto is reportedly signing a multi-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. This was the same route Charlotte Hornets rookie sensation LaMelo Ball took before taking his talents to the NBA.  Sotto, who’s eligible to declare for the upcoming NBA Draft, […] The post Filipino hoops phenom Kai Sotto takes LaMelo Ball route, joins NBL’s Adelaide 36ers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Orlando Magic Daily

NBA Draft will present several tough choices for Orlando Magic

There has always been a philosophical question surrounding the NBA draft of how to draft, especially when it comes to a top-five pick. The question of whether to pick the best player available or selecting a player that better fits the roster is a question the Orlando Magic have to answer this summer. The question becomes […] NBA Draft will present several tough choices for Orlando Magic - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Swarm and Sting

2021 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Charlotte Hornets’ 3 selections

The dust of March Madness has settled and the Charlotte Hornets are in the final stretch of games that will determine if they clinch their first playoff berth since the 2015-16 season. There’s a lot of basketball left to be played but it is never too early to take a look at what may fall […] 2021 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Charlotte Hornets’ 3 selections - Swarm and Sting - Swarm and Sting - A Charlotte Hornets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Dream Shake

The Dream Take talks loss to Heat, draft lottery odds, Sterling Brown assault

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Jeremy’s on the mic. Host: Jeremy Brener Jeremy Brener breaks down the Rockets loss to the Heat, the news of Sterling Brown’s assault and lottery odds for the number one pick in the Draft. The Dream Take is on iTunes: Click Here to Download. Click here for the direct RSS feed. Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @JeremyBrener Follow Michael on Twitter: @BSWPodcast_MB Follow Ray on Twitter: @raymondlucasjr Follow TDT on Twitter: @TheDreamTake Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Send all feedback, comments, and questions to...

ClutchPoints

Ranking the biggest names available in 2021 NBA Free Agency

The NBA offseason is always an exciting event to anticipate. Alongside watching young prospects participate in the NBA Draft, NBA Free Agency has been the pillar in what the headlines revolve around. Over the past decade, star players have taken free agency as an opportunity to benefit themselves on and off the floor. Heading into […] The post Ranking the biggest names available in 2021 NBA Free Agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Thunderous Intentions

OKC Thunder: Hitting restricted free agency is offseason’s top priority

The OKC Thunder are winding down on their 2020-21 campaign, but the upcoming offseason will feel just as busy as their 72 game regular season. Coming into the year, many were already under the impression that this team would look to contend for a top spot in the 2021 NBA Draft and, despite a bit […] OKC Thunder: Hitting restricted free agency is offseason’s top priority - Thunderous Intentions - Thunderous Intentions - An Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rip City Project

Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge is retired, should his number be?

As most Blazers fans know by now, former Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge made a surprise announcement last week that he was hanging up his jersey for good and retiring after 15 years in the NBA, nine of those with Portland. Aldridge was drafted second in the 2006 draft by the Chicago Bulls, […] Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge is retired, should his number be? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

8 Points, 9 Seconds

Indiana Pacers: 3 draft prospects worth trading up for

Which NBA Draft prospects would be worth trading up for the Indiana Pacers? There is still plenty of time before the Indiana Pacers will know when they are slated to pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Still, they are projected to be in the lottery or close to it as their season slowly goes further […] Indiana Pacers: 3 draft prospects worth trading up for - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - An Indiana Pacers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs declares for 2021 NBA Draft with historic Final Four shot NFT

On the same day former high school teammate and No. 1 recruit Chet Holmgren committed to Gonzaga, current Bulldogs star freshman Jalen Suggs has declared for the 2021 NBA draft. Suggs announced his intent to enter the draft with an accompanying NFT announcement commemorating his buzzer-beating three-pointer in the national semifinal. The Minneapolis native is […] The post Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs declares for 2021 NBA Draft with historic Final Four shot NFT appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Hoops Habit

New Orleans Pelicans: What does Didi Louzada bring to the organization?

The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multi-year deal to bring over their draft and stash player Didi Louzada. Louzada was drafted 35th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft and his draft rights were subsequently traded to the Pelicans. Louzada has been playing in the NBL (Australian National Basketball League) for […] New Orleans Pelicans: What does Didi Louzada bring to the organization? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Chopping Block | Orlando Sentinel

Playoffs seem out of reach for Magic, but how would a play-in spot affect their draft position?

As the Orlando Magic drift away from the postseason with each loss and potentially closer to earning top-four pick, how would a spot in the NBA's play-in tournament affect their draft position?

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Leftover Lakers: How LA’s 2014-17 NBA Draft picks are thriving elsewhere

From 2014-17, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted numerous players that have turned into solid players at the NBA level. LA decided to risk it all and trade their entire young core at the time of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019 in order to acquire Anthony Davis. […] The post Leftover Lakers: How LA’s 2014-17 NBA Draft picks are thriving elsewhere appeared first on ClutchPoints.

The Dream Shake

Rockets vs. Heat game preview: draft considerations

POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports The Miami Heat won yesterday on a buzzer beater by Bam Adebayo to beat the Brooklyn Nets. Tonight, the Heat get a scorching-hot Rockets squad coming off a win in Orlando. I know it’s been mentioned once or a hundred times in this space, but Miami’s success is of paramount importance to Houston fans. If the Rockets fail to land in the top 4 of the NBA Draft (48% chance), then Houston will end up with Miami’s first round pick after Oklahoma City swaps their own pick with Houston. After a sluggish start to the season (with several...

Blazer's Edge

Vaccinated NBA Personnel to Return to Overseas Scouting

Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, fully-vaccinated NBA personnel are once again permitted to travel overseas. The NBA is set to allow fully-vaccinated team personnel to return to overseas activity. According to ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony, the league is lifting the restriction it put in place in October of 2020. Givony provided the updated news on NBA’s policy on Monday. Source: The NBA has informed teams that fully-vaccinated NBA personnel are permitted to travel overseas to evaluate draft prospects...

Pippen Ain't Easy

Chicago Bulls: 3 Reasons Lauri Markkanen will not be returning next year

Forward Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls has had an up-and-down start to his NBA career. After being selected seventh overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markkanen has flashed his impressive skillset at times while also disappearing for stretches. The upside that caused him to be selected in the lottery sometimes pops out when you’re […] Chicago Bulls: 3 Reasons Lauri Markkanen will not be returning next year - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jalen Rose's advice to Markelle Fultz on saving his NBA career | Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby react to the Orlando Magic picking up the team option for Markelle Fultz, the former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick for the Philadelphia 76ers. They then (2:15) react to Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta's comments to The Ath

Jalen Rose: There’s a lot of truth to KD’s Warriors comments | Get Up

Jalen Rose weighs in on Kevin Durant saying he was never going to be “one of those guys” in Golden State since the Warriors didn’t draft him. #GetUp #NBA ✔

Passing on Kobe Bryant still haunts me to this day - former Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks | The Jump

On Kobe Bryant's birthday, Cassidy Hubbarth, Royce Young and Bobby Marks discuss the former Los Angeles Lakers star, with Marks -- who was in the New Jersey Nets' front office during the 1996 NBA draft -- saying passing on Mamba still haunts him to this d