|Sunday, May 12
Updated: May 13, 9:11 PM ET
Dunleavy Sr. disputes report
ESPN.com news services
Mike Dunleavy apparently is not a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
ESPN's David Aldridge reported Sunday that if the Clippers receive one of the top three picks in the June 26 NBA draft, Dunleavy will pull his name from consideration and return to Duke for his senior season.
Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. disputed the report Monday.
"That is totally untrue," Dunleavy Sr. said. "He hasn't hired an agent and he's made no decision about staying in, or staying out of the draft. He wants to see how the Lottery comes out. All we have said is that it (a decision on whether to stay in the draft) would be somewhat situational, depending on who, where and when he would be picked. But we have never singled any one team out. I don't know where you would have gotten that information."
ESPN is standing by its report.
Dunleavy Jr. is expected to be one of the top pick in June's draft. Like all other early entry candidates, he could remove his name from the draft up to a week before it begins.
The Clippers are a longshot to get one of the top three picks, anyway, with only six of 1,000 ping-pong balls in the Lottery, which will be held this coming Sunday.