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  • DeAndre Jordan is visiting four teams, including Knicks and Lakers

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    Despite concerns over his free-throw shooting and ability to score when not catching alley-oops, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is absolutely one of the most coveted unrestricted free agents set to hit the market on July 1. Hyper-athletic 26-year-old big men coming off All-NBA Third Team selections rarely become available, to the point where Jordan is nearly certain to obtain a max-level contract even with some clear holes in his game. Whichever team ends up with him will consider its summer a success no matter what else occurs.

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    We now have a first glance at which franchises will vie for Jordan's signature on a brand new contract. As reported by Sam Amick of USA Today, the seven-year Clipper will meet with four teams before making his decision:

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  • Enes Kanter says he was left off Turkey's national team for his politics

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The NBA is now firmly in its offseason, but the break will be relatively short for many of Europe's top basketball players. EuroBasket 2015, the continent's premier basketball tournament, tips off in early September in four cities (Berlin, Zagreb, Riga, and Montpelier) with the final scheduled for September 20 in Lille, France. Some big names always sit out, but the tournament is sure to showcase plenty of NBA stars and foreign players of interest.

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    One name will be notably absent from Turkey's roster — restricted free agent Enes Kanter, the 23-year-old big man most recently of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter ranks as one of the nation's most talented players and figured to contribute as a post scorer, but he was not named to coach Ergin Ataman's preliminary 20-man roster.

    For a more biased article with additional information, take a look at this piece from TodaysZaman.com, a newspaper run by the movement.

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  • Celtics really wanted to trade up for Justise Winslow, offered Hornets six picks

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    One of the more surprising dips in Thursday's 2015 NBA Draft belonged to Duke wing Justise Winslow, a potential target for the New York Knicks at No. 4 who fell all the way to the Miami Heat at No. 10. Although a notable prospect was bound to drop a few spots, Winslow seems like the sort of player who, like No. 10 picks Paul Pierce and Caron Butler before him, could make teams that passed regret their decisions.

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    A new report indicates that the Boston Celtics really, really wanted to stop Winslow's fall one selection before his eventual landing in South Beach. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, Danny Ainge offered the Charlotte Hornets six draft picks, including as many as four first-round picks, for the right to select Winslow at No. 9:

    To put it another way, every draft-night move is essentially a high-stakes educated guess. A prospect sometimes only looks worth pursuing fervently until you find out he's not.

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  • New Laker Larry Nance Jr. deletes tweet that called Kobe Bryant 'rapist'

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. received excellent news on Thursday night when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, ahead of most projections and good enough for a guaranteed contract. The 22-year-old son of three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance will join the Lakers with an opportunity to play serious minutes for one of the league's marquee franchises. It's a pretty good situation for someone who requires regular infusions of medication to combat Crohn's disease.

    Despite all those positives, Nance now joins the Lakers facing the possibility of awkwardness with the team's biggest star. Shortly after his selection, Nance opted to delete a tweet from May 2012 that referred to Kobe Bryant's July 2003 arrest for sexual assault. The case was settled out of court, and Bryant apologized to his accuser without admitting guilt.

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  • Dallas Mavericks select Satnam Singh, first Indian-born player in draft history

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The NBA is an ever-expanding league, with broad fan interest throughout the world and players increasingly coming from new nations and areas of the globe. That reach hit a new milestone on Thursday night when the Dallas Mavericks selected 7-foot-2 center Satnam Singh with the 52nd pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Singh is the first Indian-born player to be selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of 7-5 Sacramento Kings center Sim Bhullar, who became the first player of Indian descent to play in the league in April.

    Singh posed with Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson after the selection:

    Donnie and Satnam look pretty happy! Welcome to Texas and the Fam! @NBAIndia @dallasmavs pic.twitter.com/DFjsx88Fqt

    Mavs GM Donnie Nelson on Singh Satnam - "We are excited about having Singh join the Mavs as our second round pick, (1/2)

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  • Celtics first-round pick Terry Rozier jumped into a pool after getting drafted

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Boston Celtics' selection of Louisville point guard Terry Rozier with the 16th pick was the first big surprise of the 2015 draft, a case of a team falling in love with a player and selecting him higher than his expected spot near the end of the first or beginning of the second round.

    While the Celtics have a few point guards already, Rozier certainly allows them some flexibility and fits their identity as an active, willing defender.

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    It appears that Rozier is also excited to go to Boston, because he celebrated the news by jumping into a pool:

    Terry Rozier jumped into the pool with his friends and cousins just now. pic.twitter.com/wlJOIUmxG4

    According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, Rozier had no idea the Celtics would pick him before he got a call from general manager Danny Ainge:

    Just hung up with Terry Rozier. Had no idea he was being picked by the Celtics. Jumped in a pool in a suit at his draft party after picked.

    Something tells me that the Celtics have already set up an appointment with their in-house nutritionist.

  • Sixers take Duke's Jahlil Okafor at No. 3, add to glut of high-potential big men

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

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    Let no one say that Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is not committed to taking the best player available. After taking the rapidly developing Nerlens Noel and still-unavailable Joel Embiid in successive drafts, the Sixers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third-overall pick in Thursday's 2015 NBA draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    The three players with the highest potential on the roster now all appear to occupy the same position, and Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown now have some work to do to make them fit together.

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  • Turkish draft prospect Cedi Osman has beautiful hair

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    For roughly 10 years, the second round of the NBA draft has been full of foreign players selected by teams whose fans know next to nothing about them. Apart from cursory scouting reports online and a few grainy highlights attended by Fran Fraschilla's breathless descriptions, no one really knows much about these prospects. For at least one night, they are seeds to be planted overseas in the hope that they blossom into rotation players two or three years down the line.

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    The good news is that we now know at least one notable fact about Turkish forward Cedi Osman, a spindly 20-year-old who currently plays for Anadolu Efes. Based on the evidence of this Turkish ad for Head & Shoulders, the dude has beautiful hair (via Grantland):

    It's like scouts always say — you can't teach volume and shine.

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  • Stephen Curry sent Drazen Petrovic's mother one of his NBA Finals jerseys

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

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    Basketball stars often like to pay tribute to their favorite players in small or major ways. It can take the form of a public shoutout, a more formal tribute, or even just a plain old meet-and-greet. It's how generations of athletes communicate and pass down legacies through the years.

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    Based on that context, it might seem like Stephen Curry decided to send one of his NBA Finals jerseys to the mother of late New Jersey Nets star Drazen Petrovic because he has always admired the dynamic Croatian scorer. However, it appears that Curry went through with the gesture because Biserka Petrovic was very nice to him one time in 1992 (via EOB):

    Steph Curry sending a jersey from Finals to Drazen Petrovic's Mom who took care of him at the 1992 3pt contest.It'll go in Petro's museum👏🏾

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  • 2015 NBA Draft shopping list: Southwest Division

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    What should teams look for in Thursday's draft? Our shopping list details the projections and needs of all 30 squads.

    Houston Rockets

    2014-15 Finish: 56-26, 2nd in West, lost in conference finals

    1st Round Picks: No. 18

    2nd Round Picks: No. 32.

    As usual, the flexibility-minded Rockets enter the offseason with several notable players possibly hitting the free agent market. That list includes unlikely postseason stars Corey Brewer (player option) and Josh Smith, starting point guard Patrick Beverley, his playoff fill-in Jason Terry, and several others such as athletic dynamo K.J. McDaniels. In other words, the Rockets could have a number of needs if they don't bring people back, although general manager Daryl Morey remains a master of finding value players throughout the league.

    Of course, the complicating factor here is that Morey loves to move around on draft night and could very well put the Rockets in position to make a big move or add more picks. For all we know, James Harden and Dwight Howard will have a whole new supporting cast by Friday.

    Dallas Mavericks

    2014-15 Finish: 50-32, 7th in West, lost in first round

    1st Round Picks: No. 21

    2nd Round Picks: No. 52

    Memphis Grizzlies