NBA rumors: James Wiseman 'high' on Warriors' list for NBA draft workouts

NBA rumors: James Wiseman 'high' on Warriors' list for NBA draft workouts

James Wiseman might be the most talented prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft class.

A top recruit coming out of high school, Wiseman's college career was cut short by an NCAA rule that saw him penalized for money his family received from Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway while Wiseman was still in high school. Hardaway was not the coach at Memphis at the time.

Wiseman's college career ended up lasting three games, a total of 69 minutes. The 7-foot-1 center is an intriguing prospect who has been hurt by a global pandemic that hasn't allowed him to work out for NBA teams in the lottery. He has loads of talent, and he is one of the players the Warriors would like an in-person look at as the NBA draft approaches, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

"They still hope to be involved in some sort of a draft combine and, if permitted, have several top prospects come to their facility for a private workout," Slater writes. "Wiseman is high atop the list of guys they’d want to scrutinize in person."

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After a 15-50 season that saw the Warriors finish with the worst record in the NBA, president of basketball operations Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr have the opportunity to add a talented young piece to a roster that is primed to return to championship contention next season with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson healthy.

There is no generational talent in the 2020 class. Wiseman might be the best of the bunch as an athletic, skilled center with a versatile offensive game and his length can alter shots on the defensive end. Some have questions about Wiseman's ability to stretch the floor in the modern NBA, but his free-throw percentage (70 percent) and fluid jumper could indicate that won't be a problem as his game evolves.

Wiseman, along with Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, are seen as the top of the 2020 class. However, there are a number of other prospects who could pique the Warriors' interest.

Onyeka Okongwu, Tyreese Halliburton and Isaac Okoro are options that have been bandied about in some manner. While one of them might give the 2020-21 Warriors more of a lift, Wiseman, with his ability to run the floor, gobble up rebounds and score in a variety of ways, would be an asset to a title run next season while also giving the Warriors a talented prospect with All-Star upside who can take over once Curry exits his prime.

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The Warriors reportedly have met with Wiseman on Zoom and appear to be very intrigued by the player who was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick when last year's college basketball season began.

Wiseman has been unfairly discarded due to an NCAA infraction that saw his college career cut short. But he's the most talented player in this class, and it won't be a surprise if he brings his talents to the Bay next season.

NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

Steph Curry has three NBA championship rings and two NBA MVP trophies to his name, putting him in very exclusive company. But there's one thing he has yet to win that so many basketball players dream of, and it's sounding like he might not get the opportunity to check that box anytime soon.

Curry, of course, has never participated in the Olympics. He is a two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist, but he ultimately sat out the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Team USA won gold.

Curry, Thompson and Green were all included among the 44 finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team that was announced back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic brought the sports world to a screeching halt. There's no question that Curry in particular would be part of the 12-man group headed to the 2021 Tokyo Games if Team USA was sending its very best.

However, it's sounding like that won't be the case. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is increasing skepticism about the NBA's elite players participating in the Olympics, due to the fact that the league has other priorities in hopes of playing a full season next year with fans in attendance.

"For now," Wojnarowski wrote Saturday, "here's one idea on the league's whiteboard, sources said: If the NBA believes it can significantly push back the start of the season to buy time on getting fans back into arenas, they've brainstormed the idea of a month-long Olympic break reminiscent of how the NHL has handled the Winter Olympics.

"As the pandemic rages on, there's less optimism about the elite players participating in the Olympics -- including Americans and international stars. The NBA and NBPA will take positions that the Games are important, but the Olympics are barely a priority for the owners -- especially when they don't share in the television revenue that originates from the inclusion of the league's superstars. Organizations see the wear and tear on players in whom they've invested hundreds of millions of dollars. Amid a pandemic, the Olympics mean even less to owners, team executives and the NBPA."

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Even if Team USA wanted Curry -- and Thompson and Green for that matter -- to play in Tokyo, there's no guarantee any of them would. That trio just got through playing the equivalent of seven NBA seasons while the rest of the league played six, and though the pandemic has created an opportunity for them to recuperate, it's possible they would prefer to save their bodies for NBA competition.

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Of course, being that Curry has yet to participate in an Olympics, perhaps that would be a motivating factor for him to do so. He expressed as much of a desire as recently as March. But as Wojnarowski explained, there are large forces working against that possibility, and Team USA might look much different than it would in a non-pandemic year.

"At a minimum," Wojnarowski continued, "Team USA probably will have to be prepared to bring a much younger, less accomplished roster to Tokyo -- a team profile that could ultimately mirror the rest of the world's entries, too."

Obviously, plenty can and will happen between now and the Tokyo Games. But barring significant progress made in stemming COVID-19, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Curry and other NBA stars will be a part of them.

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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