Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame has a workout with the Sixers coming up next week, according to Adam Zagoria.
The 23-year-old Blossomgame averaged 17.7 points and shot 49.9 percent for the Tigers during his senior year, but his three-point shooting numbers decreased drastically from a more impressive junior season. Draft Express ranks him as the 49th best player in the 2017 draft class.
Here’s what else happened on Thursday:
Some sad news from the draft world yesterday. Shams Charania reports that potential first-round pick Jonathan Jeanne has been diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, potentially ending his basketball career. Jeanne, a center from France, had shot up most public draft boards after an impressive showing at the NBA Combine. Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with the same disorder leading up to the draft in 2014, and was initially forced to retire. But Austin was cleared last November to resume basketball activities, and signed with a Serbian team in January. Hopefully Jeanne will have similar luck.
Pompey is reporting that the Sixers are trying to sell one of their late second-round picks. They have four selections in the second round, and two of them are in the back half of the round. In previous years we’d probably be excited about something like this, but the Sixers already have a crowded roster and could be players in free agency. There’s no point in drafting and stashing that many guys, and selling picks has been a long standing Sixer tradition. Word to Sam Hinkie.
Givony lists 10 players who have already received an invitation to sit in the Barclays Center green room. The expected number of total invites could reach up to 20.
James has made his living off making the right decision. LeBron likes to say he leaves it all on the floor and lives with the results, win or lose. That was evident in Game 3, when Cleveland lost by five despite outscoring the Warriors by seven in the 46 minutes James was on the floor.
Sometimes, making the right decision isn’t the popular one. In James’ case, it never is.
With the NBA Finals pretty much in the bag, we’re having a very different conversation. If the Warriors keep this up for the foreseeable future, the rest of LeBron’s prime might very well go to waste. Arguably the greatest player in the history of the game will steamroll the East every year only to get unceremoniously bounced by what very well be the greatest team we’ve ever seen. At best, it would be a strange, uneasy coda to a brilliant career.
I love that Detroit Pistons team as much as the next guy, but there is little doubt in my mind they’d get absolutely dusted by this Warriors team. I think they’d be lucky to take it to six games. I’m also somewhat fascinated that reporters are now asking this question to players on any successful team from years past. If those guys have any pride in what they accomplished, they’re certainly not going to say they’d get smacked around.