Battle and Brown agreed to Exhibit 10 contracts with Minnesota after going undrafted in June. They played for the Wolves’ Summer League team, but didn’t officially sign until Monday, so neither saw any preseason action.
The back of the Timberwolves‘ roster has undergone some turnover today, with the team announcing in a press release that it has signed guards Tyus Battle and Barry Brown. The two new Wolves will occupy the roster spots vacated by forward Jordan Murphy and guard Lindell Wigginton, who have been waived.
Battle, who went undrafted out of Syracuse, agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with the Timberwolves right after the draft ended in June, but the two sides didn’t finalize that agreement until now. That’s a signal that Minnesota views the 6’6″ guard as someone who will join the Iowa Wolves – the team’s G League affiliate – after he’s waived.
Brown, who played his college ball at Kansas State, also went undrafted this spring. He averaged 14.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.9 SPG in 34 games (35.0 MPG) during his final college season, then played for the Wolves’ Summer League team in Las Vegas in July. His contract, like Battle’s, is an Exhibit 10 pact, tweets Darren Wolfson of SKOR North.
According to Wolfson, it appears likely that all four players involved in today’s transactions – including Murphy and Wigginton – will ultimately end up playing for the Iowa Wolves.
The Timberwolves will sign Tyus Battle of Syracuse to an Exhibit 10 contract, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Their mutual interest was first reported by Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (Twitter link).
The 6’6″ guard posted a 17.2/3.3/2.5 line during his junior season with the Orange. He also has international experience, winning a gold medal with the U.S. team in the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championships.
Battle will likely join the Wolves’ Summer League entry and can earn a bonus of up to $50K if he comes to training camp with Minnesota and spends at least 60 days with its G League affiliate.
Finding a solution at point guard and making savvy additions in free agency will be among the Bulls‘ goals this offseason, writes Bobby Marks of ESPN.com (Insider link) in his preview of the team’s summer.
In Marks’ view, there’s a role for Kris Dunn in Chicago, but he’s probably not the long-term solution at point guard, so the club needs to use its No. 7 overall pick or a chunk of its cap space to address the position. Coby White as a possible option at No. 7, according to Marks, who says that if Chicago doesn’t draft a point guard, the club should set aside about $13-14MM of its cap room to try to get one in free agency.
Here’s more on the Bulls:
- Within his latest mailbag, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune says he expects the Bulls to spread out their cap room (projected to be about $20-23MM) among multiple players, rather than spending it all on a single free agent. Johnson also discusses the No. 7 pick, potential frontcourt targets, and much more.
- It has been a busy week of pre-draft workouts for the Bulls, who brought in Jared Harper (Auburn), Dino Radoncic (San Pablo Burgos), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Kyle Guy (Virginia), Aric Holman (Mississippi State), and Tyus Battle (Syracuse) on Wednesday, according to the team.
- The Bulls held two other pre-draft workouts earlier in the week. On Monday, the club auditioned Vic Law (Northwestern), Luke Maye (UNC), Jaylen Nowell (Washington), Lamar Peters (Mississippi State), Jordan Poole (Michigan), and Justin Simon (St. John’s). Tuesday’s workout participants were Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan), D’Marcus Simonds (Georgia State), Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Juwan Morgan (Indiana), Matur Maker (Zlatorog Lasko), and Lagerald Vick (Kansas).
Centers Bruno Fernando (Maryland) and Daniel Gafford (Arkansas) were among the prospects the Pistons brought in on Tuesday, Rod Beard of the Detroit News tweets. Fernando is ranked the fifth-best center prospect by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and No. 34 overall. Gafford is right behind him among centers and No. 38 overall. Detroit currently holds the No. 15 and No. 45 picks. Shooting guards Fletcher Magee (Wofford), SG Jaylin Walker (Kent State) and Ky Bowman (Boston College) and wing Cody Martin (Nevada) also visited the Pistons’ practice facility on Tuesday.
We have more draft workout info:
- The Sixers took a look at point guard Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern), the Sun Belt Player of the Year, among others on Monday, according to a team press release. Forwards Terance Mann (Florida State) and Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State), guards Bowman and Max Strus (DePaul) and swingman Marial Shayok (Iowa State) were the other prospects at the Sixers’ facility.
- Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ and Syracuse swingman Tyus Battle were among the players the Timberwolves worked out on Tuesday, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP (Twitter links).
- The Kings will host a dozen players on Wednesday, according to a team press release. The first group includes guards Jalen Pickett (Siena), Andrew Nembhard (Florida) and Aubrey Dawkins (UCF), forwards Lamar Stevens (Penn State) and Isaiah Roby (Nebraska) and center Mamadi Diakite (Virginia). The second group includes guards Chris Clemons (Campbell), Payton Pritchard (Oregon) and Ethan Thompson (Oregon State), forwards V.J. King (Louisville) and Femi Olujobi (DePaul) and center Nathan Knight (William & Mary).
Westbrook, who shot 36% from the field during the opening round, and fellow Thunder All-Star Paul George underwent surgical procedures this week. Westbrook had a ligament repaired in his left hand as well as arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. George had a tendon repaired in his right shoulder and will soon undergo surgery to address a small labrum tear in his left shoulder.
It’s difficult to know how the injuries might impact the Thunder next season, though Westbrook should be ready in plenty of time for training camp, Dawson continues. Expected roster changes over the next four months will have a bigger impact, Dawson adds.
We have more from the Northwest Division:
- The Trail Blazers traded Will Barton to the Nuggets four years ago but Barton downplays the significance of trying to eliminate his former team, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. Barton is averaging 9.2 PPG and 4.9 RPG this postseason. “I’m past that. That was a long time ago in my career,” Barton said. “They just happen to be the opponent that we’re playing against and I just want to beat them, not because I used to play with them, just because they’re in our way for trying to advance. That’s the only thing I’m thinking about. I can’t try to make it personal or anything like that.”
- The Pacers, Bulls and Suns are the most likely landing spots for Ricky Rubio if he doesn’t remain with the Jazz, Frank Urbina of Hoops Hype opines. Rubio could come at a lower cost than other point guard options for Indiana, while he could give Chicago and Phoenix a veteran presence while also grooming a younger player at the position, Urbina adds. Rubio will be an unrestricted free agent after making nearly $15MM this season.
- The Jazz brought in six draft prospects on Wednesday, according to a tweet from the team’s media relations department. Power forwards Mamadi Diakite (Virginia) and Dewan Hernandez (Miami, Fla.), wings Tyus Battle (Syracuse) and Brandon Randolph (Arizona) and guards Matt Mooney (Texas Tech) and T.J. Gibbs (Notre Dame) were the visitors. Big men Neemias Queta (Utah State), Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State), Silvio De Sousa (Kansas) and Australian Harry Froling and guards Payton Pritchard (Oregon) and Devon Dotson (Kansas) are coming in on Saturday, according to another Jazz tweet.
The NBA has announced in a press release that 80 players are set to participate in its G League Elite Camp next week in Chicago from May 12-14. The event will include 40 prospects who are eligible for this year’s draft, as well as 40 standout prospects from the 2018/19 G League season.
Heading into this spring, the NBA revamped its G League Elite Camp, which in past years has simply showcased some of the NBAGL’s top performers. That aspect of the event will still exist, but G League players will only participate in the first two days of the event.
The second half of the event will feature 40 draft-eligible prospects who aren’t among the 60 prospects invited to the actual draft combine. The list of participants was determined by an NBA team vote, and those prospects will work out and scrimmage during the final two days of the event — there will be no overlap with the G League portion of the event.
As this week’s announcement confirms, a select number of draft-eligible prospects participating in the G League Elite Camp will also be invited to attend the combine itself, which takes place from May 15-19 in Chicago.
Here are the list of draft-eligible prospects who are expected to participate in the 2019 G League Elite Mini Camp, per the NBA:
- Tyus Battle (Syracuse)
- Bennie Boatwright (USC)
- Phil Booth (Villanova)
- Oshae Brissett (Syracuse)
- Bryce Brown (Auburn)
- Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State)
- Chris Clemons (Campbell)
- Amir Coffey (Minnesota)
- Tyler Cook (Iowa)
- Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati)
- Aubrey Dawkins (Central Florida)
- Javin DeLaurier (Duke)
- Mamadi Diakite (Virginia)
- CJ Elleby (Washington State)
- Tacko Fall (UCF)
- Robert Franks (Washington State)
- Jared Harper (Auburn)
- Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
- Dewan Hernandez (Miami)
- Amir Hinton (Shaw (NC))
- DaQuan Jeffries (Tulsa)
- Sagaba Konate (West Virginia)
- Matur Maker (Mississauga Prep (Canada))
- Terance Mann (Florida State)
- Caleb Martin (Nevada)
- Cody Martin (Nevada)
- Luke Maye (North Carolina)
- Trey Mourning (Georgetown)
- Andrew Nembhard (Florida)
- James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska)
- Josh Perkins (Gonzaga)
- Reggie Perry (Mississippi State)
- Jalen Pickett (Siena)
- Myles Powell (Seton Hall)
- Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech)
- Marial Shayok (Iowa State)
- Max Strus (DePaul)
- Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State)
- Kenny Wooten (Oregon)
- Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra)
Here are the 40 G League players set to participate in the G League Elite Camp:
- Josh Adams (Raptors 905)
- Jaylen Barford (Greensboro Swarm)
- Amida Brimah (Austin Spurs)
- Jared Brownridge (Delaware Blue Coats)
- Antonius Cleveland (Santa Cruz Warriors)
- Charles Cooke (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
- Cody Demps (Stockton Kings)
- Aaron Epps (Northern Arizona Suns)
- Abdul Gaddy (Oklahoma City Blue)
- John Gillon (Greensboro Swarm)
- Kaiser Gates (Windy City Bulls)
- Isaac Haas (Salt Lake City Stars)
- Johnny Hamilton (Grand Rapids Drive)
- Dusty Hannahs (Memphis Hustle)
- Zak Irvin (Westchester Knicks)
- Peter Jok (Northern Arizona Suns)
- Matt Jones (Stockton Kings)
- Marcus Lee (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
- Zach Lofton (Grand Rapids Drive)
- Tahjere McCall (Long Island Nets)
- Brandon McCoy (Wisconsin Herd)
- MiKyle McIntosh (Raptors 905)
- Jordan McLaughlin (Long Island Nets)
- Jaylen Morris (Erie BayHawks)
- Mychal Mulder (Windy City Bulls)
- Malik Newman (Canton Charge)
- Retin Obasohan (Northern Arizona Suns)
- Chinanu Onuaku (Greensboro Swarm)
- Norvel Pelle (Delaware Blue Coats)
- Darel Poirier (Capital City Go-Go)
- Billy Preston (Texas Legends)
- Desi Rodriguez (Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario)
- Kenneth Smith (Grand Rapids Drive)
- Richard Solomon (Oklahoma City Blue)
- Emanuel Terry (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
- Juan Toscano-Anderson (Santa Cruz Warriors)
- Dakarai Tucker (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)
- Andrew White III (Maine Red Claws)
- Thomas Wimbush (Long Island Nets)
- Todd Withers (Grand Rapids Drive)
Following his junior season, Syracuse swingman Tyus Battle intends to enter the 2019 NBA draft and go pro, a source tells Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. News of Battle’s decision comes shortly after the Orange were eliminated from the NCAA tournament following a Thursday loss to Baylor.
In 32 games for Syracuse in 2018/19, Battle averaged 17.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 2.5 APG with a .431/.321/.763 shooting line. He tested the draft waters a year ago, but ultimately decided to withdraw and return to college for another year.
At the time he pulled out of 2018’s draft, Battle was ranked 40th overall on Jonathan Givony’s big board at ESPN.com. Over the last year, he has slipped to No. 63 on that list, so he’s not a lock to be drafted. While he’s a candidate to come off the board in the second round, Zagoria has heard from a couple NBA sources that Battle may be a candidate for a two-way contract next season (Twitter link).
The Clippers, Nets, Magic, Lakers, and Knicks were reportedly among the teams that worked out Battle when he went through the pre-draft process in 2018.
Battle was an iron man at Syracuse in his sophomore season, leading all of Division I by playing 39.0 minutes per game. He posted a line of 19.2/2.9/2.1 while earning second-team All-ACC honors.
Battle’s reported workouts were with the Clippers, Nets, Magic, Lakers and Knicks.
The Jazz worked out Shake Milton (SMU), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall), Theo Pinson (North Carolina), Omari Spellman (Villanova), Thomas Wilder (Western Michigan) and Elijah Stewart (USC) on Monday, according to team’s Twitter feed. Milton, a borderline first-round guard prospect ranked No. 34 by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, headlined that group.
The Jazz will host six more prospects on Tuesday — Kameron Chatman (Detroit), Sedrick Barefield (Utah), Kenneth Ogbe (Utah Valley), Dayon Goodman (Westminster), Tyler Rawson (Utah) and Ryan Richardson (Weber State) (Twitter links).
We have more draft workout news:
- Wichita State’s Landry Shamet worked out for the Warriors on Sunday, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com tweets. The point guard is ranked No. 42 by Givony.
- Syracuse swingman Tyus Battle, rated No. 32 by Givony, worked out for the Knicks on Friday, Zagoria reports in another tweet. Small forward Brian Bowen, who was ineligible to play college ball last season, worked out for New York the same day and the Lakers on Sunday.
- The Suns brought in UCLA’s Aaron Holiday and Anfernee Simons, who spent a post-grad year at IMG Academy, and four other prospects on Monday, the team tweets. Holiday is rated No. 17 by Givony while Simons is ranked No. 21. Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), Tony Carr (Penn State), Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas) and Bruce Brown (Miami, Fla.) joined them.