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The Cavaliers are not actively shopping Kevin Love heading into Thursday's NBA Draft, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com said earlier this week that the Cavs haven't been given any hints on LeBron James staying or leaving, so obviously that is a mega factor in Love's future. Considering the Cavs traded their 2019 pick to the Hawks with a top-10 protection in the next two years, it sure does make sense to tank it up. If Love does stay in Cleveland for a while, he could be a fantasy force again.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 7:07 PM

Marvin Bagley III is the current favorite to go No. 2 to the Kings, but teams in the lottery think that the Kings can't resist Luka Doncic, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

All the talk of Luka sliding from earlier this week seems to have reversed with this report and ESPN reporting that the Hawks are looking at the 19-year-old phenom, as well. Doncic wasn't able to attend his pre-draft meetings because he just won an ACB title with Real Madrid. He has the highest upside of any player in the draft.
Jun 20 - 7:01 PM

Orlando will likely will choose between Wendell Carter Jr., Kevin Knox, Michael Porter Jr., Collin Sexton and Trae Young, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Robbins is one of the best beats in the league, so we'll trust this somewhat long list assuming the Magic stay at No. 6. One of these things is not like the others with four of these five guys having some length at their positions, but Trae Young is one of the smallest players to be selected in the lottery.
Jun 20 - 6:16 PM

The Knicks had a pre-workout dinner with Lonnie Walker IV.

If the Knicks do stay put at No. 9, it sounds like they're looking at either LW4, Mikal Bridges or Kevin Knox. Walker has length on the wing and he handled the ball a lot at Miami due to a lack of guard depth. If he does wind up on a rebuilding team, he'll be a name to watch in fantasy.
Jun 20 - 5:57 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Stanley Johnson is "the best matchup for No. 23 in Cleveland that there is."

No. 23 in Cleveland is the main reason Casey is coaching in Detroit now, so this is a very interesting quote from the new coach. Johnson has not turned the corner yet and he saw Reggie Bullock take the biggest step at his position. Maybe Casey can get SJ to figure it out, so he's a possible last-round lottery ticket in drafts.
Jun 20 - 5:52 PM

The Knicks are exploring the option of trading up to No. 4, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

ESPN's Ian Begley adds that the Knicks had an in-person meeting on Wednesday with Mo Bamba, who would likely be the top target. Bamba is from Harlem and he'd be an excellent fit next to Kristaps Porzingis for one of the longest 4-5 combos in the history of the NBA. The Knicks are comfortable with taking a long-term approach, so maybe they're willing to take on some bad salary.
Jun 20 - 5:32 PM

Zhaire Smith said the 76ers wanted a second workout with him to look at his shooting and ball handling developments.

With the exception of Jaren Jackson Jr., perhaps no player improved his draft stock over the past year more than Smith. He's one of he best athletes in the draft and is almost a lock to go in the top 20, or perhaps the 76ers even look at him at No. 10. Given how he made 45.0 percent from deep last year, maybe he can crack a rotation in his rookie season.
Jun 20 - 5:16 PM

Josh Okogie worked out for the Celtics on Wednesday.

Last week, Okogie reportedly had workouts set with the Warriors, Suns, Jazz, Blazers, Clippers, Pacers and maybe the Lakers. The Georgia Tech product had a phenomenal showing at the NBA combine with upper-echelon measurements for the strength and agility drills, so clearly he's helped himself as a possible first-round selection.
Jun 20 - 5:13 PM

The Spurs are "throwing out feelers" for the No. 18 pick in the draft, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News.

It's never easy to get a feel on the Spurs, but the Spurs finally have a top-20 pick and potentially that 18th pick could become a factor on the Spurs sooner than just about every Spurs rookie since Kawhi Leonard.
Jun 20 - 5:03 PM

The Raptors have already been "gauging interest" on Norman Powell, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

He'll have his extension kick in next month, which looked like a bargain last summer at four years and $42 million. However, the emergence of Delon Wright and OG Anunoby progressing so quickly have pushed Powell down the depth chart with several DNP-CDs in the second half of the season. The Raptors want to move up on Thursday, so maybe Powell can help them do that.
Source: TSN
Jun 20 - 4:53 PM

Dion Waiters has looked good in pickup games, according to Bam Adebayo.

"You can tell he's been in the gym because he's been working," Adebayo said about his teammate. "I feel like Dion has another unbelievable ceiling to him. So we're just going to keep working and everyone will reach their potential." Waiters had surgery to repair his oft-injured ankle, and apparently he's fully on track for camp.
Jun 20 - 4:30 PM

Bruce Brown Jr. is having a second workout with the Celtics.

The Celtics sure do know how to draft, so Brown Jr. getting a second workout is somewhat telling on how they view him. Boston holds the 27th pick in the draft and it's possible the University of Miami product could drop to that spot after a foot injury ended his season.
Jun 20 - 4:13 PM

The potential No. 4 pick for the Grizzlies is expected to play "at least 20 minutes a game next season," according to official team reporter Michael Wallace.

This is from a team employee, but Wallace has covered his team very well for years. Memphis has some serious work to do to change their narrative among NBA agents, rookies who didn't work out for them, and fantasy owners after their tank job last season. Additionally, if the Grizzlies do trade the No. 4 pick, they'll be taking on criticism for most of the season.
Jun 20 - 4:06 PM

Michael Porter Jr. said a couple of teams broached the idea of taking a couple months off after the draft.

That would mean he wouldn't play in Las Vegas Summer League, but he did say he wants to play in Vegas. Porter Jr. has previously said that his back issue has been exaggerated after playing just 53 minutes at Missouri last year. On the other hand, he had to cancel an evaluation reportedly due to injury, so pairing that info with him not playing in Vegas could be worrisome. Plus ESPN's Jonathan Givony mentioned that teams have talked about redshirting him. Issues aside, Porter Jr. could become a star player when healthy.
Jun 20 - 3:57 PM

University of Texas coach Shaka Smart said Mo Bamba has "taken a really, really big step in terms of work ethic" since April.

Bamba's improvement on his jumper has been a major story and it's a part of the reason he's likely to go in the top five. He has been working with shooting coach Drew Hanlen, who has helped guys like Bradley Beal reach new heights as a shooter. Bamba's workout numbers have also been off the charts for a guy his size, and of course his 7'10" wingspan tops his resume. He has monster fantasy potential.
Jun 20 - 3:47 PM


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