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Kristaps Porzingis withdraws from NBA Draft

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Kristaps Porzingis will not be drafted on June 26.
Kristaps Porzingis will not be drafted on June 26. (USATSI)

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Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot Latvian prospect, has pulled out of the 2014 NBA Draft, agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Porzingis, 18, had a chance to be a top-20 pick in the draft, but believes he can move even higher in the 2015 draft. He's a versatile and offensively gifted forward.

International players have until Monday to withdraw from the draft.

Porzingis had inspired a great deal of interest with NBA teams in the middle part of the first round, and some executives believed he could've even risen into the back part of the lottery. He'll return to play for Sevilla in the elite Spanish ACB League this season.

Porzingis' combination of size, length and inside-out game make him intriguing, and a strong season in Spain could help his draft stock.

He was projected to go late in the first round or early in the second by CBSSports.com. ESPN's Chad Ford reported earlier this month that he had a promise from the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 21. It'll be interesting to see what the story is this time next year.

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