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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says changes to rules on draft trades possible

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the hat game fixed. Silver is mindful that it was awkward for draft picks this year who were selected by one team and had already …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Former Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. joining Lakers on two-way contract

Former Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. didn’t hear his name called in Thursday’s NBA draft but he quickly found an NBA opportunity.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019

Analysis: Right hat or wrong hat, the confusion takes away from the spectacle of the NBA draft

When the careers for players like De’Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely …


Washington stars Matisse Thybulle, Jaylen Nowell taken in NBA draft

Philadelphia moved up four spots from No. 24 to 20 to select Thybulle in a trade with Boston that cost the 76ers the No. 33 pick in the second round.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

John Blanchette: Despite their collegiate accomplishments, the toughest challenges still await this bunch of Bulldogs

Both players, Hachimura in particular, will have to endure the modern blather that suggests that any first-rounder who falls short of All-Pro status is somehow a bust.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke first Gonzaga duo selected in first round of NBA draft

Rui Hachimura, wearing special attire for the occasion, made history Thursday night in New York and Japan and contributed to another major milestone for Gonzaga.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans take Duke’s Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, going with the Duke force who is considered one of the most exciting prospects in years.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

NBA draft updates: History made as Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke give Gonzaga two first-round picks; Zach Norvell Jr. goes undrafted

The Gonzaga men’s basketball program has had two players selected in the first round of the NBA draft for the first time.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Rui Hachimura signs endorsement deal with Nissin, maker of Cup Noodles, on eve of NBA draft

Japanese tennis players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also Nissin brand ambassadors.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?

The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better draft lead-in than the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade. While the first wave of headlines rightfully belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Dynamic duo: History awaits Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke at NBA draft

Gonzaga’s starting five at the NBA draft: Projected first-round picks Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd.


With short window after season’s end, Warriors turn to draft

Warriors general manager Bob Myers is still emotionally spent after watching superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down with serious injuries in the last two games of the NBA …


Zion’s time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft

Zion Williamson tried to portray himself as an ordinary player just hoping to be drafted. Actually, he’s perhaps the most-hyped one since LeBron James. Soon he can start showing if …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Even though the lottery didn’t work as they hoped, the Atlanta Hawks are preparing for another intriguing draft. With three first-round picks and six choices overall, the Hawks are poised …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Guessing game has Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke going in middle of first round at NBA draft

There are dozens of NBA mock drafts, top 100 rankings and best players available lists. Newspapers and television outlets are conducting live mock drafts.


Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines list of big men in NBA draft

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Hayes is a lottery prospect after spending one season with the Longhorns. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Mavs illustrate draft’s international flair with Euro plan

The Dallas Mavericks are building their NBA hopes around a pair of young European stars after 21 years with Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki. A future with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis …


Draft, free agency … and lots of questions await the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to open next week’s draft by announcing that Zion Williamson is the No. 1 overall selection headed to New Orleans. And four months after …


Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Coby White top list of point guards in NBA draft

Murray State’s Ja Morant, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and North Carolina’s Coby White headline the list of top point guards in the NBA draft. Morant dominated the mid-major ranks last season …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Matt Calkins: Breaking down why Jaylen Nowell opted for a shot in NBA draft over another season with Huskies

If you look at the mock NBA drafts, Nowell is a late second-rounder at best. And the Huskies could be amazing next season.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Killian Tillie’s return bolsters Gonzaga’s experience, frontcourt

Killian Tillie is coming back, a decision that gives Gonzaga a cornerstone for next season and affords the talented forward an opportunity to elevate his draft stock.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

New agent rule leaves college basketball player in limbo

Confusion about the new rule allowing college basketball players to sign with agents has led to uncertainty for a Division II player. The rule adopted by the NCAA amid the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie expected to return for senior season

Killian Tillie’s status has been one of the biggest question marks regarding Gonzaga’s 2019-2020 roster, but it appears he will return for his senior season.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

CJ Elleby elects for return to Washington State after testing NBA draft waters

CJ Elleby got a small taste of the NBA, but the Washington State forward will wait at least one more year to pursue professional basketball full time.


After a scandal and a year in Australia, Brian Bowen II targets NBA

Brian Bowen II is hoping to make it to the NBA after being engulfed in a college basketball corruption scandal. His father testified that he agreed to a $100,000 pay-for-play …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Mid-major to millions: Ja Morant’s life is changing quickly

Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. …


Pelicans going at own pace after hitting NBA lottery jackpot

A Pelicans franchise that looked downtrodden when Anthony Davis requested a mid-season trade is now buoyed by the leverage that comes with winning the NBA’s draft lottery. The club now …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Tacko Fall among 11 players added to NBA draft combine

The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

New Orleans wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1

New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA’s draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson in the June 20 selections. The Pelicans …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie pulls out of NBA Draft Combine

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will not be attending the NBA Draft Combine after all. Tillie, Auburn’s Chuma Okeke and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter withdrew from the combine.