Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson, Kemba Walker and John Wall are expected to be invited to USA Basketball minicamp, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Mike Conley and George Hill are also expected to be invited to join. The massive amount of point guard invites is really just a testament to how deep point guard is in the NBA these days. None of these seven guards were named to any of the three All-NBA Teams and most of them will be targets in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts. The USA Basketball minicamp is expected to start in late July.
Kostas Papanikolaou's agent expects the Blazers to trade his client.
"As of now, we don't have any sign that leads us to believe that Kostas will go to Portland," Sfairopoulos told CSNNW.com. "Therefore, we believe that he will not be in the plans of the organization next season and probably will be traded." He won the Rising Stars Trophy for 2012/13 while playing for Olympiacos, but it's not clear when or if he'll come to the NBA.
The Trail Blazers are expected to shop the No. 10 overall pick, according to CSNNW.com
The Blazers need "immediate help" for Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, so we wouldn't be surprised if a deal went down. Still, GM Neil Olshey won't simply trade the pick just to make a move, so it's far too early to say with certainty what the team might do.
Greg Oden remains on the Celtics' radar, but he "doesn't seem to be a high priority," according to the Boston Herald.
Why should he be? Oden is nothing but a lottery ticket for any team that signs him given his injury issues, and the Celtics need someone they can count on behind Kevin Garnett if KG returns. "We'll look into Greg still," Danny Ainge said. "He wasn't ready to play when he saw him last. He wasn't ready to work out."
The Cavaliers are "still considering" signing Greg Oden, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The Cavs are "looking for a defensive center," Pluto concludes, and therefore may trade up to draft Kentucky C Nerlens Noel if they miss out on the No. 1 pick in the lottery. For what it's worth, Oden's agent said in February that the Cavs, Heat and Celtics were in contention, but no decision was expected until July.
Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas said Greg Oden "looks unbelievable" as he continues his rehab and attempt to return to the NBA.
We heard a lot of positive reports on Oden this year only to see him never sign with a team, but it's possible he'll look to ink a deal during the offseason. "He's running, lifting weights," Thomas said. "You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he's ready to go. He's running, getting in shape." It doesn't sound like Oden is all the way back yet, but his story will be an intriguing one as teams search in the discount bin for size this summer.
Kostas Papanikolaou will decide between playing for Olympiacos in Europe or going to the NBA next season.
No other European team is in consideration for Papanikolaou, who won the Rising Star trophy in Europe this season. His rights were acquired by Portland in the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade deal.