Links: Washington Wizards will reportedly work out Duke guard Austin Rivers

Is that 'W' for 'Wizards' he's trying to signal??

Saturday links:

  • Reports have the Wizards working out Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, no surprises there. But apparently the Wiz will also work out Austin Rivers, which might raise some eyebrows, seeing as how Rivers isn't considered one of the top five-or-so prospects in the draft.
  • Speaking of Rivers, he's been getting some help with the draft process from his pops, Celtics coach Doc Rivers. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The Washington Post's Michael Lee has the 2012 NBA Draft Combine covered and penned pieces on Robinson, Beal and Kidd-Gilchrist.
  • Sam Amick notes, among other things, that concerns about Jared Sullinger's height were laid to rest one day one of the combine. [SI]
  • Andy Katz has some combine notes on Perry Jones, Royce White and Jeremy Lamb. [ESPN]
  • Ben Standig also has some notes from Day One at the combine and a profile of Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli as a possible target for the Wizards in Round 2 of the draft.
  • Here's some video of Beal at Day One of the combine. [ProBasketballTalk]
  • Evidently Kidd-Gilchrist will also work out for his homestate Nets, even though New Jersey doesn't pick until No. 57 overall. My gut tells me MKG won't last long until the second round. [NetsDaily]
  • Aha! As we move into the second half of the lottery and the talent separating prospects thins, things are starting to get more interesting in our Community Draft Board. Right now, Jeremy Lamb and Jared Sullinger are pretty much running neck and neck for the No. 8 spot on the board, with Lamb holding a slim one-percent advantage as of 10:30 a.m.
  • With the Grizzlies rumored to be shopping Rudy Gay, Tom Lorenzo of Straight Outta Vancouver has compiled trade proposals from SB Nation's NBA bloggers. He calls Mike proposal -- Rashard Lewis's contract, Jan Vesely and Trevor Booker for Gay and Dante Cunningham -- a "sleeper deal."
  • For what it's worth, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley says the team is not shopping Gay. We don't believe you. [ESPN]
  • The guys over at Wizards Extreme were big fans of Nene's brief run with the Wizards in 2011-2012.
  • Shelvin Mack chats about his offseason thus far. [WashingtonWizards.com]
  • Frank Hanrahan says Kevin Seraphin should work on his conditioning and foot speed this offseason, while coach Randy Wittman would like the French big man to keep working on his post moves and touch near the hoop. [CSN Washington]
  • Jason Reid writes that LeBron James "reminded us why we love sports" with his Game 6 performance. [Washington Post]
  • Kelly Dwyer agrees. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Steve Perrin takes a look at how LeBron's Game 6 stacks up with other great NBA Playoff performances. [SB Nation]
  • But where does Game 6 actually rank among LeBron's best statistical playoff performances? Hint: A lot lower than you might think. [Heat Index]
  • Zach Lowe tries to bring us all back to the realm of sanity with regard to LeBron's Game 6. But we don't wannaaaaa.
  • Lowe also gives us some things to look for in Game 7 tonight. [The Point Forward]
  • Ian Thomsen writes that Game 7 could be the start of new era for the Heat and mark the end of one for the Celtics. [SI]
  • Stan Van Gundy drops some knowledge on those of us who act like we know anything about coaching in the NBA. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Looks like Kevin Pritchard is set to become the Pacers' GM. [Yahoo! Sports]
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