Tucked away near the bottom of a fairly lengthy column about the NBA Draft, Yahoo! NBA beat writer Adrian Wojnarowski offers insight into the now falling stock of former Kentucky center Daniel Orton. Interestingly, it’s not entirely related to his on-court performance either as, due to “an internal family struggle over control”, Orton still doesn’t have an agent. Entering the NBA Draft without any formal representation seems to about as smart as bringing a bearhug to a gunfight and NBA decision-makers seem to agree, throwing up the proverbial “red flags” and causing Orton’s stock to drop.
Here is what Wojnarowski had to say:
There’s a great deal of uncertainty and caution surrounding Kentucky center Daniel Orton, who has cancelled several workouts in the final days before the draft, but has tentatively planned a visit with Indiana on Tuesday.
League executives say Orton has been out of shape and struggling with knee issues during the predraft process. Orton, a 6-foot-10 freshman, had planned to hire agent Raymond Brothers, but sources said an internal family struggle over control has kept him without formal representation. With so much uncertainty surrounding Orton, he could face a steep drop Thursday night.
Orton has been working out with former NBA coach Bob Hill. As one Eastern Conference executive said Monday, “There are too many red flags right now.”
I know. I’m as shocked as you are. He didn’t even try to link this to Worldwide Wes or LeBron James. Step your game up, Wojo!
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