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2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is going and who is staying?

The 2017 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 22, which means the top college basketball players have to make a big decision whether or not they want to return to school or head to the NBA Draft.

All players who are not automatically eligible for the NBA Draft must declare their eligibility by contacting the NBA in writing to state their intentions no later than 60 days before the draft, which falls on April 23, 2017. 

Players may "test the waters" by declaring for the draft but not signing with an agent, meaning they can pull out of the draft process if they do not get the feedback they want before April 23.

Here is the 2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List.



— Bam Adebayo: 6-10, PF, Fy. (Kentucky), Late 1st

— Jarrett Allen: 6-11, PF, Fy. (Texas), Lottery to mid-1st

— Ike Anigbogu: 6-10, PF, Fy. (UCLA), Late 2nd

— O.G. Anunoby: 6-8, SF, Soph. (Indiana) Mid 1st

— Dwayne Bacon: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Florida State), 2nd 

— Lonzo Ball: 6-6, PG, Fy. (UCLA), Top 3

— Jordan Bell: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Oregon), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Antonio Blakeney: 6-4, SG, Soph. (LSU)

— Isaiah Briscoe: 6-3, PG, Soph. (Kentucky), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Dillon Brooks: 6-7, SF, Jr. (Oregon), 2nd

— John Collins: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Wake Forest), Mid-to-late 1st

— Zach Collins: 7-0, C, Fy. (Gonzaga), Mid-to-late 1st

— Tyler Dorsey: 6-4, PG/SG, Soph. (Oregon), Mid 1st

— P.J. Dozier, 6-6, PG, Soph. (South Carolina), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jawun Evans: 6-1, PG, Soph. (Oklahoma State), Late 1st or early 2nd 

— De'Aaron Fox: 6-4, PG, Fy. (Kentucky), Lottery

— Markelle Fultz: 6-4, PG Fy. (Washington), Top 3

— Harry Giles, 6-11, PF, Fy. (Duke), Mid-to-late 1st

— Isaac Humphries: 6-11, PF, Soph. (Kentucky), Undrafted

— Jonathan Isaac: 6-10, PF, Fy. (Florida State), Lottery 

— Josh Jackson: 6-8, SG/SF, Fy. (Kansas), Top 3

— Justin Jackson: 6-8, SF, Jr. (North Carolina), Lottery

— Jaylen Johnson: 6-7, SF/PF, Jr. (Louisville), Undrafted

— Luke Kennard: 6-6, SG, Soph. (Duke), Mid-to-late 1st

— T.J. Leaf: 6-10, PF, Fy. (UCLA), Mid-to-late 1st

— Tyler Lydon: 6-9, SF, Soph. (Syracuse), Late 1st

— Lauri Markkanen: 7-0, PF, Fy. (Arizona), Lottery

— Malik Monk: 6-3, SG, Fy. (Kentucky), Lottery

— Austin Nichols: 6-8, SF, Jr. (Virginia), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Cameron Oliver: 6-8, SF/PF, Soph. (Nevada), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Justin Patton: 7-0, C, Fy. (Creighton), Late lottery to mid-1st

— L.J. Peak: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Georgetown), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Ivan Rabb: 6-8, PF, Soph. (California), Late 1st

— Xavier Rathan-Mayes: 6-4, PG, Jr. (Florida State), Undrafted

— Devin Robinson: 6-8 SF, Jr. (Florida), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Kobi Simmons: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Dennis Smith Jr.: 6-2, PG, Fy. (North Carolina State), Top 5

— Edmond Sumner: 6-6, PG, RS-Soph. (Xavier), Undrafted

— Jayson Tatum: 6-8, SF, Fy. (Duke), Top 5 

— Trevor Thompson: 7-0, C, Jr. (Ohio State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Melo Trimble: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Maryland), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Antoine Warren: 6-10, C, Soph. (Antelope Valley JuCo), Undrafted

— Nigel Williams-Goss: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Gonzaga), Mid-to-late 2nd



— Shaqquan Aaron: 6-7, PG/SG, Soph. (Southern Cal), Undrafted

— Jaylen Adams: 6-2, PG, Jr. (St. Bonaventure's), Undrafted

— Deng Adel: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Louisville), Undrafted

— Rawle Alkins: 6-5, PG, Fy. (Arizona), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Mark Alstork: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Wright State), Undrafted

— Jaylen Barford: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Arkansas), Undrafted

— Trae Bell-Haynes: 6-2, PG, Jr. (Vermont), Undrafted

— Joel Berry II: 6-0, PG, Jr. (North Carolina), Undrafted

— James Blackmon Jr.: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Indiana), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Trevon Bluiett: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Xavier), Late 2nd

— Bennie Boatwright: 6-10, SF/PF, Soph. (Southern Cal), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jacobi Boykins: 6-6, SF, Jr. (Louisiana Tech), Undrafted

— Tony Bradley: 6-10, C, Fy. (North Carolina), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Thomas Bryant: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Indiana), Mid 2nd

— Rodney Bullock: 6-8,  SF, Jr. (Providence), Undrafted

— Khadeen Carrington: 6-4, SG, Jr. (Seton Hall), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Jevon Carter: 6-2, PG, Jr. (West Virginia), Undrafted

— Jeffrey Carroll: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Oklahoma State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Joseph Chartouny: 6-2, SG, Soph. (Fordham), Undrafted

— Chance Comanche, 6-11, PF, Soph. (Arizona), Undrafted

— Angel Delgado: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Seton Hall), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Hamidou Diallo: 6-6, SG, Fy. (Kentucky), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Vince Edwards: 6-8, SF, Jr. (Purdue), Late 2nd to undrafted

— John Egbunu: 6-11, C, Jr. (Florida), Late 2nd to undrafted

— John Elmore: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Marshall), Undrafted

— Obi Enechionyia: 6/10, PF, Jr. (Temple), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Drew Eubanks: 6-10, PF, Soph. (Oregon State), Late 2nd

— Tacko Fall: 7-6, C, Jr. (Central Florida), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Donte Grantham: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Clemson), Undrafted

— Isaac Haas: 7-2, C, Jr. (Purdue), Late 2nd

— Aaron Holiday: 6-1, PG, Soph. (UCLA), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Chandler Hutchison: 6-7, PG/SG, Jr. (Boise State), Undrafted

— Frank Jackson: 6-3, PG, Fy. (Duke), Late 2nd

— Justin Jackson: 6-7, SF, Fy. (Maryland), Early-to-mid 2nd

— Alize Johnson: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Missouri State), Undrafted

— B.J. Johnson: 6-7, SF, Jr. (La Salle), Undrafted

— Robert Johnson: 6-3, PG/SG, Soph. (Indiana), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Andrew Jones: 6-4, PG, Fy. (Texas), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Kerem Kanter: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Green Bay), Undrafted

— Ted Kapita: 6-8, PF, Fy. (North Carolina State), Undrafted

— Marcus Keene: 5-9, PG, Jr. (Central Michigan), Late 2nd to undrafted

— George King: 6-6, SG, Jr. (Colorado), Undrafted

— Kyle Kuzma: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Utah), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Khadeem Lattin: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Oklahoma), Undrafted

— William Lee, 6-8, PF,  Jr. (UAB), Undrafted

— Daryl Macon: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Arkansas) Undrafted

— Marin Maric: 6-11, PF/C, Jr. (Northern Illinois), Undrafted

— Yante Matten: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Georgia), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Markis McDuffie: 6-8, SF/PF, Soph. (Wichita State), Undrafted

— MiKyle McIntosh: 6-7, SF, RS-Sr. (Ilinois State), Undrafted

— Eric Mika: 6-10, PF, Soph. (BYU), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Donovan Mitchell: 6-3, SG, Soph. (Louisville), Late 1st

— Shaq Morris: 6-8, PF, Jr. (Wichita State) Undrafted

— Johnathan Motley: 6-10, PF, Jr. (Baylor), Early 2nd

— Svi Mykhailiuk: 6-8, SG/SF, Jr. (Kansas), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Semi Ojeleye: 6-7, PF, Jr. (SMU), Late 1st to early 2nd

— Maverick Rowan: 6-7, SF, Soph. (North Carolina State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Corey Sanders: 6-2, PG, Soph. (Rutgers), Undrafted

— Victor Sanders: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Idaho), Undrafted

— Jaaron Simmons: 6-1, PG, Jr. (Ohio), Undrafted

— Jaren Sina: 6-2, SG, Jr. (George Washington) Undrafted

— Zach Smith: 6-8, SF/PF, Jr. (Texas Tech), Undrafted

— Caleb Swanigan: 6-9, PF, Soph. (Purdue), Mid-to-late 1st

— James Thompson: 6-10, PF/C, Soph. (Eastern Michigan), Undrafted

— Stephen Thompson Jr.: 6-4, SG, Soph. (Oregon State), Undrafted

— Trevor Thompson: 7-0, C, Jr. (Ohio State), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Craig Victor: 6-9, PF, Jr. (LSU), Undrafted

— Mortiz Wagner: 6-11, PF, Soph. (Michigan), Mid-to-late 2nd

— Tevonn Walker: 6-2, PG/SG, Jr. (Valparaiso), Undrafted

— Thomas Welsh: 7-0, C, Jr. (UCLA), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Thomas Wilder: 6-3, PG, Jr. (Western Michigan), undrafted

— Johnathan Williams: 6-9, PF, Jr. (Gonzaga) Late 2nd to undrafted

— D.J. Wilson: 6-10, SF/PF, Soph. (Michigan), Late 2nd to undrafted

— Omer Yurtseven: 7-0, C, Fy. (North Carolina State), Early 2nd



— Grayson Allen: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Duke)

— Jalen Adams: 6-2, SG, Soph. (UConn)

— Tyus Battle: 6-6, PG/SG, Fy. (Syracuse)

— Mikal Bridges: 6-7, SF, Soph. (Villanova)

— Miles Bridges: 6-7, G/F, Fy. (Michigan State)

— Marques Bolden: 6-11, C, Fy. (Duke)

— Bruce Brown: 6-5, SG, Fy. (Miami)

— Marcus Foster: 6-3, SG, Jr. (Creighton)

— Devonte' Graham: 6-2, SG, Jr. (Kansas)

— Ethan Happ: 6-20, PF, Soph. (Wisconsin)

— E.C. Matthews: 6-45, SG, Jr. (Rhode Island)

— Elijah Stewart: 6-5, SG, Jr. (Southern Cal), Undrafted

— Allonzo Trier: 6-5, SG, Soph. (Arizona)

— Robert Williams: 6-9, PF, Fy. (Texas A&M)


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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

With a luxury tax bill of approximately $19 million on the way, the Washington Wizards gave themselves some salary relief on Monday by trading veteran guard Jodie Meeks to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Wizards attached a future second round pick and cash to the deal and in exchange received a future second round pick of their own, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.

Though Meeks, 31, was due to make $3.45 million this season, his departure saves the Wizards about $7 million because of projected tax penalties. That's a lot of savings in a deal that got rid of a player who had become expendable.

Meeks had fallen out of favor with the Wizards for a variety of reasons. He was due to serve a 19-game suspension to begin the season due to performance-enhancing drugs. The ban was announced the day before their first round playoff series against the Raptors was set to begin in April.

Meeks also underperformed last season in the first year of his contract with the Wizards and requested a trade in February. This summer, Meeks exercised his player option to remain with the team.

The Wizards were not likely to count on Meeks much at all this season because they traded for Austin Rivers in June to add depth at the shooting guard position. Meeks' role was made clear by the fact he did not appear in any of the Wizards' four preseason games against NBA opponents.

Meeks' tenure in Washington was a significant disappointment. The Wizards signed him last summer in hopes he could shore up the shooting guard spot on their bench. 

Though he stayed healthy for the first time in years, he never earned the trust of his coaching staff. The Wizards opted to rely more heavily on starter Bradley Beal, who logged the fourth-most minutes of any NBA player last season.

Now, they are moving on.

Meeks leaving the organization should have little effect on the Wizards, though it does leave them with a hole on their roster that needs to be filled. They currently have 13 players, one below the league minimum. The Wizards now have 14 days to add a 14th player.

They could sign a free agent, convert one of their players on two-way contracts (Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae) or make a trade. The Meeks deal gives them a $3.45 million trade exception.


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Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

On Monday, for the first time since 2018-19 training camp began, the Wizards were complete.

Dwight Howard, who missed three weeks due to a strained piriformis muscle, participated in his first full practice with his new team. The 32-year-old signed a free agent deal with the Wizards in July, but had yet to take the court due to the injury, which began bothering him shortly before camp began on Sept. 25.

Howard had a setback on Oct. 6 and saw a specialist in New York. He received a pain injection on Tuesday and on Saturday began shooting again.

After clearing that hurdle, he was ready to be a full-go with his new teammates.

"It felt pretty good. I really gotta catch my wind and learn some of the offense. But other than that, it felt pretty good," Howard said of Day 1.

Howard practicing on Monday gives him two more days to work with before the Wizards open their season on Thursday at home against the Miami Heat. Both he and head coach Scott Brooks say it's too early to tell if he will be available.

"We'll see how it feels. I will do everything I can to make myself available for all 82 games," Howard said.

Howard not only has to play himself into game shape, he has to develop chemistry and timing with his new teammates. He missed all five of their preseason games.

If Howard can play, that would certainly be a positive turn of events for the Wizards. As of the end of last week, it seemed highly unlikely he would be ready when the regular season began.

But Howard turned a corner and now appears to be coming along quicker than once expected. 

"It was probably our best practice of training camp," Brooks said Monday after finally getting Howard into the mix.

"He has a natural feel. His IQ was pretty high, I was impressed with that. He picked things up."

Howard signed a two-year contract worth $11 million to join the Wizards in July.