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Monday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around the NBA draft

The Knicks are bringing in Tacko Fall for a private workout. The 7’7″ center put up crazy measurements at the combine and played fairly well against his fellow draft hopefuls, improving his chances to get picked up in the second round.

According to reports, the 76ers, Celtics, Hawks, and Nets will be looking to move at least one of their picks. This should not come as much of a surprise with all 4 teams having the amount of picks that they have and especially considering the current “win now” mindset for a few of these teams. The Celtics may use their picks in a trade for Anthony Davis, but the Hawks should be doing whatever they can to continue adding young talent.

The Lakers met with Missouri sophomore Jontay Porter. This could be viewed as a potential steal providing Porter gets healthy and is selected in the second round, however any team thinking of taking the sophomore higher than that should be considering other options with the amount of risk that he brings. If he is able to become fully healthy and stay that way for the most part, his skill set translates well but there are a lot of unknowns right now.

Coby White may have a promise to be selected in the top six of the draft, and while the Lakers could take White or Darius Garland at #4, it is most likely the case that Phoenix is strongly considering the North Carolina point guard.

Tyler Herro talked about the feedback that he has received on his draft stock, which has been told that he will be a top 20 pick. Obviously that is no guarantee and he could slip past that, but it would be surprise to see him not go in the first round at this point.

There are rumors that Rui Hachimura was given a guarantee by Minnesota that should he be there, they will be selecting him at #11. There were questions with why Hachimura elected not to attend the combine, but it would make sense if you have a guarantee to be selected in the lottery you don’t need to show much more. One caveat is that Hachimura could go higher than #11 so the Timberwolves might have to go in another direction even if this reporting is accurate.

The Hornets have some serious interest in Brandon Clarke at #12. Charlotte can go a lot of different ways with this pick, but adding talent to the frontcourt will be a focus as they enter into the draft and free agency.

• With the Grizzlies having the #2 overall pick and being expected to select Ja Morant, it is only a matter of time before Mike Conley will be traded. The Jazz, Mavericks and Heat have all expressed early interest in trading for the veteran point guard who appears to still have plenty left in the tank, but he does have a large contract that could scare off some teams.

Kenny Wooten announced that he will be staying in the draft, and with most analysts having him going undrafted it is a bit of a surprising decision. With his athleticism and defensive abilities he could be selected late in the second round, but there is a lot of work to do on the offensive end and he is undersized for his position making him a project type of pick.

Javonte Smart has decided to return to LSU after not receiving feedback that he would be drafted in years draft. He has some upside and potential going forward, but teams will definitely want to see him play another year in the SEC and be more of the focal point in the Tigers offense. With the departures of key players, he will have the opportunity to be in more a leader type of role and he should have plenty of chances to improve his draft stock over the next year.

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