Blame the Nets. Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State may have created one of the most unstoppable teams of all time, but KD isn’t buying that his move is the reason why the Warriors and the Cavs were the only teams that seemed to have legitimate title chances this year. “Like I'm the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” Durant recently told USA Today.
Lonzo Ball does not appear to be interested in being the Boston Celtics' No. 1 overall pick. The former UCLA star's representatives informed the Celtics, who hold the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, that Ball will not work out for the team, Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a radio interview Thursday. "We tried to get (Ball) in," Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub via ESPN.com. "We don't deal with (Ball's camp) all that much. They didn't show up at the combine, which is very common -- many of the top 10 or 15 players don't show up for the combine. ... We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no." Ball's father previously said his son will only work
Now that the NCAA early-entry withdrawal deadline has passed and both teams and draftniks know who’s out there, mock drafts have changed. No more Hamidou Diallo or Andrew Jones or Mo Wagner or Rawle Alkins, all of whom were linked to the Nets at one point or another, on one mock or another. Another milestone passed this week: We’re now less than a month away from the Draft. So here’s our latest survey. Most of the mocks have been updated since Wednesday’s deadline. There are a few new names in the most recent mocks: D.J. Wilson, the 6’11” stretch 4 from Michigan who’s close to Caris LeVert; Terrance Ferguson, the 6’7” shooting guard who spent a year playing professionally in Australia; and Josh