NBA rumors: Anfernee Simons, Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II, Nerlens Noel

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reports new intel on Anfernee Simons, Gary Payton II, Kevon Looney, and Nerlens Noel. Plus, Knicks trade talks.

Two top free agent point guards are already off the board before Thursday, with Kyrie Irving exercising his player option, per The Athletic, and John Wall negotiating a buyout agreement to pave the way for him to join the Clippers, per ESPN.

The expected signing of Wall could impact how the Clippers handle some of their own free agents, such as Nicolas Batum and Isaiah Hartenstein.

Below is the latest intel gathered by HoopsHype on how Wall’s signing could change the Clippers’ flexibility this summer, Nerlens Noel trade talks, and the projected free agency values for Anfernee Simons, Gary Payton II, and Kevon Looney.

NBA rumors: Bradley Beal, Bobby Portis, Nicolas Batum, Lakers, Nets

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reports the latest intel on Bradley Beal, Bobby Portis and Nicolas Batum. Plus, updates on Lakers, Nets and more.

One of the top free agents on the market has made a decision regarding his player option.

Below is the latest intel gathered by HoopsHype on some of the top names on the free agent market, including Bradley Beal, and notable prospects in this year’s draft class like Jake LaRavia.

Aggregate NBA mock draft 7.0: Ousmane Dieng moves into lottery, Jalen Williams top 20; trade talks

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, with more potential big trades on the horizon following the Christian Wood acquisition by the Dallas Mavericks, as noted throughout our new HoopsHype aggregate mock draft. To get a better projection of where …

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, with more potential big trades on the horizon following the Christian Wood acquisition by the Dallas Mavericks, as noted throughout our new HoopsHype aggregate mock draft.

To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand currently, we compiled mock drafts from ESPN, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo, Basketball News, and USA TODAY’s For The Win.

The most notable risers within the projected lottery selections included Dyson Daniels moving up further within the top 10 picks, Ousmane Dieng becoming a projected lottery pick, and Jalen Williams vaulting into the Top 20 range. Jake LaRavia and Dalen Terry, two of the biggest risers throughout the draft process, have moved into the late first round.

Other risers in the second round include Ryan Rollins, Andrew Nembhard, David Roddy, John Butler, Michael Foster, Gabriele Procida, and Dereon Seabron.

The notable name that fell was MarJon Beauchamp, who now is projected outside the top 20 picks despite receiving a green room invite. Josh Minott and Jean Montero were among those whose stock fell in the second round.

NOTE: These rankings reflect the composite score to get a feel for the overall consensus, not our own opinion. For example, if a player was the first pick on a publication’s mock draft, he received 58 points. If a player was second, he received 57 points and so on. We then tabulated the total number of points for each player’s consensus ranking. 

HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report

Aggregate NBA mock draft 6.0: Dyson Daniels moves into top 10; Christian Wood trade rumors

Following the withdrawals of several prospects, the aggregate NBA mock draft has shifted noticeably, and more intel on teams have surfaced with the draft nearing. To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand …

Following the withdrawals of several prospects, the aggregate NBA mock draft has shifted noticeably, and more intel on teams have surfaced with the draft nearing.

To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand currently, we compiled mock drafts from ESPN, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo, Basketball News, and USA TODAY’s For The Win.

The most notable risers within the projected lottery selections included Keegan Murray leaping Shaedon Sharpe into the top five range, Dyson Daniels entering the top 10, and Malaki Branham cracking the end of the lottery. Dalen Terry also vaulted 12 spots since our last aggregate mock draft and is currently positioned as an early second-round pick.

Some of the more notable names that fell slightly included TyTy Washington, Max Christie and Leonard Miller.

NOTE: These rankings reflect the composite score to get a feel for the overall consensus, not our own opinion. For example, if a player was the first pick on a publication’s mock draft, he received 58 points. If a player was second, he received 57 points and so on. We then tabulated the total number of points for each player’s consensus ranking.

HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report

Clippers offseason preview: Locked in as title contenders?

The Los Angeles Clippers went through somewhat of a gap season with Kawhi Leonard not suiting up for a single game and Paul George missing significant time. They ran back the team that reached the franchise’s first Conference Finals appearance and …

The Los Angeles Clippers went through somewhat of a gap season with Kawhi Leonard not suiting up for a single game and Paul George missing significant time. They ran back the team that reached the franchise’s first Conference Finals appearance and added players like Norman Powell, Robert Covington, and Isaiah Hartenstein to fortify their rotation. They had no reason to tank since they didn’t have their first-round pick this season, so they competed for the playoffs.

The Clips will now shift their focus towards improving and getting prepared for a title pursuit next year. Their main priority this offseason will be retaining their top free agents. If they do that aside from adding another contributor with their mid-level exception, they should be locked in as one of the favorites to reach the Finals in 2023. Their commitment to their core could also give the Clippers an extremely high luxury tax payment, though.

Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson on Clippers, Lamar Odom, Donald Sterling, Suns, Knicks, and more

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/4KrrPShkDjruDW8yEdTYkw HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto is joined by former NBA players and current Knuckleheads podcast hosts Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles to discuss their time playing for the Clippers, …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto is joined by former NBA players and current Knuckleheads podcast hosts Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles to discuss their time playing for the Clippers, including Lamar Odom, Michael Olowokandi, Donald Sterling, etc. Plus, Richardson’s time with the Suns and Knicks, whether Miles believes high school kids should be able to go pro like he did, what his career could’ve been if he was healthy, and more on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Podcast: Futures of LeBron James and Zion Williamson, 2022 NBA free agency, Goran Dragic

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/4PB7rx5GBJMfjoyQg8rnk7 HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the futures of LeBron James and Zion Williamson, 2022 NBA free agency, and why Goran Dragic signed with the Nets on the latest edition …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the futures of LeBron James and Zion Williamson, 2022 NBA free agency, and why Goran Dragic signed with the Nets on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

NBA buyout candidates: Goran Dragic, Dennis Schroeder, Tristan Thompson, 2022 free agency, more

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/3NH1QqgQWp6drJzXWb9gMH HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the latest buyout candidates, including Goran Dragic, Dennis Schroeder, Tristan Thompson, and more. Plus, a look at some extension …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the latest buyout candidates, including Goran Dragic, Dennis Schroeder, Tristan Thompson, and more. Plus, a look at some extension eligible candidates before the end of the season and teams with cap space heading into the offseason on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

NBA trade intel: CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons, Robert Covington, Dorian Finney-Smith, more

With the NBA trade deadline less than a week away, executives are working the phones with more urgency as some teams seek to upgrade for the playoffs, and others look to improve their long-term outlook for the future. Below is the latest intel …

With the NBA trade deadline less than a week away, executives are working the phones with more urgency as some teams seek to upgrade for the playoffs, and others look to improve their long-term outlook for the future.

Below is the latest intel gathered by HoopsHype on some of the top names mentioned on the trade market.

NBA trade deadline preview: A look at the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks and more

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/2v7UsffZhT1vLs2fSGtXGV HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan previewed the NBA trade deadline a month away, including potential trades for the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan previewed the NBA trade deadline a month away, including potential trades for the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, and Mavericks on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.