NBA Draft Rumors for June 12, 2012

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NBA teams are pushing for Samake to have the opportunity to participate in official games tomorrow and the big man has earned himself more than a few NBA workouts in the coming weeks. Workouts like this can be hit or miss, but they are one of the great aspects of the EUROCAMP, as players of all types get the chance to showcase themselves and make an impression on the army of key basketball people filling the gym. There are very few places in the world a player can just show up and potentially work himself onto the NBA radar screen in a matter of a few minutes, and the Eurocamp is one of them.

The Hornets would consider trading their No. 10 overall pick in the first round of the June 28 draft if the right deal comes along, but they are definitely not trading their No. 1 pick, league sources confirmed Monday night. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Hornets are expected to use the No. 1 pick to select Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis, who is considered the best prospect since the Chicago Bulls drafted guard Derrick Rose in 2008. Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said last week they plan to bring in Davis for a visit soon. Davis, who has not acquired an agent yet, is not expected to work out for any other team. New Orleans Times-Picayune
When all was said and done Monday, neither Baylor’s Perry Jones nor Kentucky’s Terrence Jones wowed Warriors management, according to sources. They’re good players with top-level talent, sure. And both played well. But they didn’t do enough to make the Warriors fall in love, which is probably what had to happen for either of them to be the No. 7 overall pick. Contra Costa Times

The Warriors are hoping to use their lottery pick to upgrade the small forward position, their biggest need in the starting lineup. (They can then use their three other picks plus the mid-level exception to address the frontcourt depth they need.) But both Joneses are missing some of the elements of their game the Warriors are looking for in a small forward. Contra Costa Times

Both players, however, said they could play either position at the NBA level. While many consider their ‘tweener status a knock, they called it a bonus to their game. Multiple sources said both fit best at power forward. Their size certainly fit that mold. Contra Costa Times
One team source said Perry Jones is in the race, but he’s not a front runner. Another Warriors source rated the Baylor sophomore above Terrence Jones, though the Warriors’ camp likes the Kentucky star. But both are at risk of being trumped by future prospects. Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger is scheduled to come in. Golden State is still hoping to workout North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, who is projected to be a better SF at the NBA level. Contra Costa Times
The Grizzlies will be the seventh team the 6-6, 175-pound (Will) Barton has worked out for. Conference USA’s Player of the Year as a sophomore last season, Barton, who led Memphis in scoring (18 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg), has also worked out for Boston, Miami, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and Chicago. Memphis Commercial Appeal
Gery Woelfel: Don’t expect Miles Plumlee to be available for Bucks’ second round pick. He’s now a late 1st, early 2nd round pick. Twitter
Evan Fournier competed today after working out in a one-on-zero setting for the scouts in attendance yesterday, and helped himself considerably more in turn. In 29 minutes of action, Fournier scored 12 points, looking smooth creating his own shot on the perimeter and making plays being aggressive in transition while showing good court vision finding the open man. The top 2012 draft prospect at this event, Fournier shot well today, going 2-4 from three in the first game and 2-3 in the second game, which was extremely important considering that this is the area he struggled in most this season. Had he shot a better percentage from beyond the arc with Poiters this season, its reasonable to wonder if he would be considered a legit top-20 prospect in this deep draft. He will leave tomorrow for the United State for workouts with Indiana, Memphis, and Dallas. We caught up with Fournier, who emphasized his desire to play in the NBA this coming season, after he led the French U20 team to a victory over Russia’s U20 squad.
Tomas Satoransky left scouts less than impressed with his performance in the first game yesterday, and his slightly better performance in his second game here will apparently be the last impression he leaves in Treviso. Satoransky has left the event to make the trip across the Atlantic in anticipation of his workouts with NBA teams, registering a DNP in the first game of day two. In his time here, he struggled to get to the rim off the bounce, did not shoot the ball very well, and does not appear to have improved significantly since last season, but remains an intriguing talent thanks to his feel for the game and raw athleticism, as evidenced by his strong showing in the athleticism testing.
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