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Conversations about the 2018 draft

Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde ‘ Frazier signed a lifetime contract with Puma on the same day the shoe company signed No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Frazier, Puma's original endorser, was asked in an interview with ESPN.com about David Fizdale and Kristaps Porzingis: "I like the idea that he's a defensive coach. He seems to be a player's coach – I think guys will like that. That will be a big advantage. The team is going to get better no matter who they get but they have to improve their defense. To me, that's the catapult." On Kristaps Porzingis' potential five-year, $157 million extension, Frazier says the club is ‘in a real quagmire' over the uncertainty regarding Porzingis' health in the wake of his ACL tear. "The Knicks have been burned so often with paying guys and then they don't produce. Will he return to his normal form? It's tough to tell." Assuming his rehab progresses well, Porzingis is expected to be out until at least early December.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde' Frazier on signing a lifetime contract with Puma on Monday: "It's surreal. When I see (Michael) Joran, I see LeBron (James), I see Kobe (Bryant), I was the guy who started it – 1973," said Frazier, who was Puma's original endorser. "No hoopla. No fanfare. Just went there, sat down with the guy and signed the contract. I think the first contract was $5,000 and all the shoes I wanted. In those days, no one was getting paid. I remember the guys on the team teasing me. ‘Oh you think you're famous. You've got your own sneaker.' (laughs). It was a joy to do that. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, we sold so many shoes. We couldn't keep them in stores." Puma also reportedly signed DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith to sneaker deals.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde ‘ Frazier signed a lifetime contract with Puma on the same day the shoe company signed No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Frazier, Puma's original endorser, was asked in an interview with ESPN.com about second-year guard Frank Ntilikina: "First thing you've got to remember is that he's 19 in a foreign country. I came here at 22 and I was like a deer in headlights. So I can just imagine: this kid is 19 and doing that…..They like him. Obviously a precocious 19 year old. They think he has a tenacious work ethic. He's got to work on his handle. They say because his arms are so long that it's kind of awkward but still he's got to keep the ball lower. The advantage for him is what I had – he knows defense. He's a good defensive player.... He just has to get a little more confident (on the offensive end) and I saw it at times when he started going to the basket (later in the season). I wouldn't give up on him yet. But obviously this is a crucial year for him coming into this season. This is going to be a defining moment for him. His critics have already written him off so if he doesn't perform this year they're going to say, ‘This guy is a bust.' Right now, I have faith in him."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees announced that they have called up OF Clint Frazier today. In the corresponding move, INF Ronald Torreyes was optioned to Triple-A. Frazier is not the 26th man, it appears. Looks like another pitcher will be coming up for the second game.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have announced their training-camp schedule for spectators. Only three practices are open to the general public — July 29, August 18-19. Why only three? Remember, they have three joint practices with the Redskins in Richmond, Va. (Aug 12-14). There's also less parking than in past years at the Florham Park, NJ facility due to construction in the area. The Green & White scrimmage will be Aug. 4 at Rutgers, not MetLife Stadium.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Gardner says he won't be starting the second game tonight, but he believes he'll be available to pinch hit late in that game. Says his sore right knee is feeling better. Hopes this is "maybe a bump in the road."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have a workout scheduled on Tuesday with Loyola's Donte Ingram, sources say. Ingram's workout is believed to be in a group setting. Ingram, a 6-6 guard, has worked out for about ten teams and is viewed by some teams as a potential second-round pick. He's impressed in some workouts with his athleticism and defensive versatility. He's previously worked out for Memphis and Philadelphia, among other teams. Ingram averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Ramblers and helped lead them to an unexpected run to the Final Four.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On the day they announce DeAndre Ayton's shoe deal, Puma signs Walt ‘Clyde' Frazier - the company's original endorser - to a lifetime deal:

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees' lineup for the resumed game features two changes. Brett Gardner, a pinch hitter when he appeared in the sixth, will be replaced: Hicks CF Judge RF Stanton LF Sánchez C Gregorius SS Walker 1B Andújar 3B Gardner PH (will be replaced) Torres 2B

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Turkish news outlets are reporting that Enes Kanter's father, Mehmet Kanter, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a court in Turkey. Enes Kanter believes it is a result of his outspoken stance against the Turkish government and president Recep Erdogan. Kanter's father is not in the country at the moment but could be detained when he returns. "No matter what happens, I will continue to keep fighting for Human rights and Freedom of speech; Justice and Democracy above all," Kanter said in a statement. "I will stand for what I believe in. All I'm doing is trying to be the voice of all those innocent people."

Astros, Yankees battle for top spot (1:22)
Nimmo, Cabrera go back-to-back to give Mets a lead (0:49)
Rays avoid sweep with win over Yankees (1:00)

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner says he was out of the lineup today due to some soreness he was feeling in his right knee. Says it isn't one specific time in which he hurt himself; more of an "over time" issue. MRI today revealed some inflammation, but nothing too serious. Hopes to play Monday.

Doug Kezirian ESPN 

Yankees have now gone UNDER the betting total in 12 straight games, following Sunday's 3-1 loss

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