Julius Randle

Julius Randle believes a team might have planted the story about him needing foot surgery


The NBA Draft is a dirty game of sorts, in that teams will put out whatever misinformation they can in hopes of protecting their own interests.

Julius Randle, who is expected to be selected with one of the top 10 picks, believes he was victimized by exactly this kind of gamesmanship.

Reports emerged that Randle would require foot surgery that would keep him sidelined until training camp — nothing too serious, but a potential red flag nonetheless. Randle publicly went after these reports, declaring them as patently false, and has reiterated this stance on multiple occasions since.

If in fact Randle won’t need surgery, then his assertion that teams put this out there simply to help themselves in the upcoming draft would seem to make some sense.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

“I met with the best foot doctor in the country and he said he wouldn’t do anything with my foot, so there’s no scheduled surgery or anything,” said Randle, adding that he would be ready to play in the summer league in July. “I feel healthy, athletic. I’m moving great. No problems recovering and I’m ready to go.”

Randle said he thought a team might have planted the story.

“I think a lot of it is coming from maybe some teams (whose) motive is maybe for me to fall in the draft to them, or certain teams may want me,” said Randle.

Randle is a solid prospect whose draft stock wouldn’t be all that affected if in fact the reported surgery would end up being required, but others in the first round appear to have more long-term upside, which somewhat pegs Randle to a position somewhere in the 7-10 range.

He’s seemed extremely confident in his health throughout this process, which may mean that he’s accurate in assuming that a team put out the information in hopes he’d fall a few more spots.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.