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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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How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

NBA free agency madness has started early this year. Just hours after it was reported Tuesday that Al Horford would opt out of his current contract to negotiate a more cap-friendly one for the Celtics, he's had a charge of heart. 

If Horford leaves, would it make it more or less likely that the Celtics make the Wizards an offer for Bradley Beal? 

According to Sports Illustrated NBA Insider Chris Mannix, who appeared on NBC Sports Boston this week, made the possible case for Boston to pursue the two-time All-Star in a trade.

Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, loves Bradley Beal, but a new GM could walk in there and say look, I've got John Wall probably not playing next season. Bradley Beal has three years left on his contract. He is an enormously valuable trade asset. Can you get a Bradley Beal without throwing a Jayson Tatum in a trade? I don't know. But Bradley Beal is the next big star, I think, that could be available.

The Wizards are reportedly reluctant to part with Beal, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of buzz. In fact, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension when he's eligible in July, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans have shown sincere interest, according to NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig, and there is speculation surrounding the Knicks, yet the Wizards have stood pat.

When it comes to the NBA offseason, however, Kevin Garnett said it best: anything is possible. 

The Celtics have the assets to make a realistic offer. They own three first-round selections in the draft—14, 20 and 22—along with two blue-chip prospects in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

But much of it could hinge on Horford's decision.

The Celtics' most consistent player over the past three years, losing Horford would be a poor start to what looks like a possibly dreary offseason for the Celtics. If the Celtics strike out in free agency and Washington decides to move Beal, perhaps a trade would be Boston's big swing.

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

This summer is shaping up to be lucrative for NBA free agents and big man Bobby Portis is well-positioned to cash in. After spending the final three months of the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, Portis is already seeing a healthy market develop ahead of the June 30 start of the league's negotiating period, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Wizards are likely to first extend a qualifying offer on June 30 to make him a restricted free agent. According to Spotrac.com, it will be about $3.6 million and that will give the Wizards the right to match an offer sheet from another franchise.

But teams are already indicating they want Portis, who is just 24 and coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 50 games. That market includes 5-10 teams and could grow once free agency opens.

Portis is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks among others, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Despite restricted free agency, Portis has a few things working for him. For one, there are a lot of teams with cap room. Spending won't reach 2016 levels, when the new CBA spiked the salary cap, but there will a lot of money to go around.

Also, guys in Portis' tier will only be helped if the top free agent options continue to dwindle. Klay Thompson looks more likely than ever to stay in Golden State after tearing his ACL. Winning a title could increase the odds Kawhi Leonard re-signs in Toronto, according to reports. And Kevin Durant's torn Achilles has thrown a wrench into the plans of teams with the most money to spend.

There is also the possibility Kemba Walker stays in Charlotte. And Kyrie Irving signing with Brooklyn, if it happens, would leave others exploring backup plans.

Portis isn't directly competing with any of those players, but could benefit if the top options are off the market. His name will only move up the list if that is the case.

Portis also has a unique selling point going for him. He shot 39.3 percent from three this past season and held a 40.3 percent clip to close the year in his 28 games with the Wizards. Three-point shooting is more valuable than ever and he brings that to the table at 6-foot-10.

Portis, who averaged 3.8 three-point attempts per game this past season, was one of only six players 6-10 or taller to shoot at least 39 percent on 3.5 attempts or more (min. 50 G). 

The question for Portis will be whether he gets the money he wants. He turned down an extension with the Chicago Bulls last fall just hours before the deadline to sign one. According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal was worth about $50 million and he wants to be paid in the range of $16 million annually. His asking price was partly why the Bulls traded him to the Wizards in February.

Even if the Wizards clear money, and they are expected to free up some by declining Jabari Parker's $20 million team option by the June 29 deadline, Portis could price himself out of Washington. It might not even take $16 million per year for that to happen.

The Wizards are set to operate through free agency with interim team president Tommy Sheppard at the helm, as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Sheppard making the call increases Portis' odds of staying, but that doesn't mean the price will match for both sides.