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Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant coach Jim Boeheim said Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been "the most impressive guy" at Team USA's training camp, according to ESPNChicago.com. | 07/29/2014 9:39 PM
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Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant coach Jim Boeheim said Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been "the most impressive guy" at Team USA's training camp, according to ESPNChicago.com.
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Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus after sitting out all of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, another Team USA assistant, also praised Rose. "The same (speed and explosiveness). The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That's all there," Thibodeau said.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) has apparently not been granted permission by the Spurs to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. | 07/29/2014 12:06 PM
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Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) has apparently not been granted permission by the Spurs to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
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Ginobili wanted to play for his country in the World Cup, but only if healthy. After a long and successful playoff run, it's not surprising that the team wanted the 37-year-old to rest as much as possible in the offseason.
Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin will not play for Team USA so that he can rest from a small fracture in his back, according to a FOXSports report. | 07/29/2014 12:02 PM
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Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin will not play for Team USA so that he can rest from a small fracture in his back, according to a FOXSports report.
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The injury isn't considered serious, but we will stay concerned until we see Griffin (24.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg) running the floor at training camp.
Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka (calf) says he's still not 100 percent, but hopes to be able to play in September with Spain during the World Cup of Basketball. | 07/29/2014 11:58 AM
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Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka (calf) says he's still not 100 percent, but hopes to be able to play in September with Spain during the World Cup of Basketball.
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Ibaka should be ready to go for the start of training camp, but if he doesn't play for Spain in September then we be concerned.
Guard Mo Williams has signed with the Timberwolves for one year and $3.75 million. | 07/28/2014 8:59 PM
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Guard Mo Williams has signed with the Timberwolves for one year and $3.75 million.
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Williams was Portland's sixth man last season and averaged 24.8 minutes, 9.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 74 games. While the 'Wolves roster isn't a finished product at the moment -- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are on the block -- any trade would bring back players that will start ahead of Williams so he'll be a bench player regardless.
Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will not compete for a Team USA spot, instead opting to rest the foot for next season. | 07/28/2014 12:21 PM
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Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will not compete for a Team USA spot, instead opting to rest the foot for next season.
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Jefferson averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 2.1 apg last season and that's top-tier fantasy value and we wouldn't want anything to slow his recovery. Team USA still has plenty of talent in the middle.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose will compete for a Team USA roster spot without any restrictions based on past injuries. | 07/28/2014 12:17 PM
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Bulls guard Derrick Rose will compete for a Team USA roster spot without any restrictions based on past injuries.
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Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus. It will be pretty tough competition to make the final roster as Rose will be going up against Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving. If he can beat any of those guys, it bodes well for his fantasy value next season.
There will be no Christmas in Phoenix this season, the team waived guard Dionte Christmas Thursday. | 07/24/2014 8:25 PM
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There will be no Christmas in Phoenix this season, the team waived guard Dionte Christmas Thursday.
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The Suns are loaded in the backcourt with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis, Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green. Christmass averaged just six minutes per game over 31 contests scoring 2.3 ppg.
Guard Jimmer Fredette has signed a deal with New Orleans. | 07/24/2014 8:21 PM
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Guard Jimmer Fredette has signed a deal with New Orleans.
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Fredette finished last season averaging 5.6 ppg between Sacramento and Chicago. He's proven to be useless to fantasy owners because of limited minutes and not being able to fill up a box score.
Former Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. | 07/24/2014 8:16 PM
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Former Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Nelson will join a crowded backcourt with point guards Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. Considering all three have had their share of injuries it might be wise for the Mavericks to keep them all. Nelson averaged 12.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.0 apg last season in Orlando but lost his job to a youth movement.
The Cavaliers have signed G/F Andrew Wiggins - the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft. | 07/24/2014 4:46 PM
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The Cavaliers have signed G/F Andrew Wiggins - the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft.
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This doesn't mean he's going the play in Cleveland next season, only that the team can't trade him for 30 days. He's been rumored to be part of a deal to pry Kevin Love out of Minnesota.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) says he no longer feels any pain, according to an interview he gave to Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com. | 07/22/2014 11:11 AM
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Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) says he no longer feels any pain, according to an interview he gave to Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com.
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Ginobili would like to play for his country in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but only if healthy and free of pain. We expect Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hopes he bypasses the games and rests for the upcoming season.
James Johnson on good terms with Casey | 07/21/2014 12:02 PM
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James Johnson said he's over not seeing eye to eye with coach Dwane Casey from back in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
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"It never was bad, we had our bumps, but that's war," Johnson said. "It's a war out there when we're playing a game and sometimes you say stuff that you regret or you say stuff that you don't really mean." He won't be seeing major minutes with the Raptors this upcoming season.
Chris Singleton getting some interest | 07/21/2014 11:51 AM
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Chris Singleton has received some interest from the Heat and Pacers.
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These two teams lost some notable free agents on the wings and are just looking for depth here. Singleton hasn't really improved in the past three seasons and would just be an end-of-the-bench guy at best.
Ian Clark wants to prove he can play PG | 07/21/2014 11:48 AM
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Ian Clark said he wanted to show he can play point guard.
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The Jazz used him off the ball more often than not in Las Vegas, but he was still able to average 2.0 assists per game. Clark's game has been primarily making 3-pointers and he hit 1.4 per game in his 21.4 minutes of action. He has a chance to make the team, but it'll likely be as a shooting guard.
Malcolm Thomas could make the team | 07/21/2014 11:44 AM
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Assistant coach Brad Jones said Malcolm Thomas "had a really good week" at summer league.
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Thomas ranked second on the Jazz in Vegas with his 11.8 points per game and started all five games. Thomas has a very good chance to make the team and they could use his hustle off the bench. Of course, he's no lock to make the rotation despite his improvement.
Trevor Ariza talks about contract with HOU | 07/21/2014 11:36 AM
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Trevor Ariza said he joined the Rockets because he was "familiar" with his surroundings.
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"I just felt like the fit here was similar to what I had in Washington," Ariza said. It sounds like the Rockets and Wizards offered very similar money, but Ariza went with the four-year, $32 million offer from the Rockets. He's a great fit with Houston's up-tempo, triple-happy offense and he should be able to put up solid numbers.
Suns looking into signing Greg Monroe | 07/21/2014 10:52 AM
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The Suns are looking into signing restricted free agent Greg Monroe to an offer sheet.
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This could just be a leverage move by the Suns in talks with Eric Bledsoe, or it would make sense to add a guy like Monroe. The Suns only have Miles Plumlee at center right now with Alex Len unable to stay healthy, so Monroe would give them added size. He thrives around the rim, which would complement the backcourt-heavy attack of Phoenix.
Kings still committed to Ben McLemore | 07/21/2014 10:03 AM
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The Kings are still committed to 2013 draft pick Ben McLemore.
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I told him," coach Michael Malone said of McLemore, " `Listen, we drafted Nik Stauskas. That's not any slight on you. We still believe in you. You're still our guy and we still expect great things from you from Year 1 to Year 2.'" McLemore has really struggled on both ends of the floor. At times, he was replaced defensively by Marcus Thornton, which is saying something. On offense, he really hasn't been able to separate. There's little reason to draft him in any fantasy league.
Vasilije Micic playing overseas next year | 07/21/2014 9:53 AM
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Vasilije Micic is finalizing a deal to play in Germany for FC Bayern next season.
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There was little doubt the Sixers were going to stash him and the length of the deal is not yet known. Chances are he'll be overseas for a couple seasons. Micic is not worth a pick in any keeper format.
Kobe Bryant afraid of life after basketball? | 07/21/2014 9:49 AM
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Kobe Bryant said he's "afraid" of life after basketball.
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"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it's fun at the same time," Bryant said. He seems like a basketball lifer and may play beyond the two years of his current deal. Bryant should be 100 percent healthy coming into the 2014-15 season and is a decent risk-reward pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Knicks working out Dahntay Jones again | 07/21/2014 9:35 AM
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The Knicks are expected to work out Dahntay Jones.
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The Sixers and Nets are also expected to give him a look. Jones is from Hamilton, NJ, so staying close to home may explain the location of these workouts. He is a longshot to make any team's rotation.
Andrew Wiggins not available in a trade | 07/21/2014 9:31 AM
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Andrew Wiggins has not been made available to the Wolves in a trade for Kevin Love, according to the New Herald.
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There are about a half a dozen reports saying the contrary and with LeBron James playing a general manager-like role saying he's intrigued by adding Love, those trade rumors aren't going to stop. The Cavs are expected to sign Wiggins soon, which would affect their cap space, but not really any possible deal.
T.J. Warren is named to second team | 07/21/2014 9:25 AM
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T.J. Warren, Rudy Gobert, Tim Hardaway Jr., Russ Smith and Jordan McRae were named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
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Warren was one of the more well-rounded scorers in the tournament and was taking great shots all week. He said that he would like to work on his perimeter game a little, but really likes attacking the basket. He figures to be slotted in behind P.J. Tucker and will have to earn his minutes. Although, the Suns did play him at power forward and center at summer league, so that could help him.
Otto Porter named to first-team Vegas squad | 07/21/2014 9:15 AM
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Glen Rice Jr., Otto Porter, Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas were named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team.
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Impact
Porter really showed some extra confidence in his offense, attempting countless mid-range jumpers. He was also an improved passer to join Glen Rice Jr. as the focal points of the offense. He could be looking at minutes in the mid-20s this season.
Glen Rice Jr.'s 24 pts not enough for Wizards | 07/20/2014 10:23 PM
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Glen Rice Jr. scored a game-high 24 points before being named the Summer League MVP on Sunday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and six steals in a losing effort.
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Rice Jr. has been a step ahead of the competition throughout Summer League, averaging 25.2 points on 50.7 percent shooting prior to Sunday's outburst. He was also shooting 44.4 percent from downtown and warrants attention as a potential 3-point specialist while Martell Webster (back) is out of commission. The Wizards' offense sputtered and they finished with only 62 points on 35.2 percent shooting, including an abysmal 3-of-29 mark from downtown.
Sacramento advances to Summer League finals | 07/20/2014 10:18 PM
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The Kings advanced to the Las Vegas Summer League finals with a win vs. the Wizards on Sunday, led by MarShon Brooks' 14 points and five rebounds off the bench.
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Brooks scored with ease and finished 5-of-7 from the field in just 16 minutes, but in true Summer League fashion he also committed four turnovers and five personal fouls. Sacramento led 39-10 at one point in the first half and cruised to the victory with nine different players scoring at least four points. They'll face the Rockets for the Summer League championship.
Donatas Motiejunas double-doubles on Sunday | 07/20/2014 8:12 PM
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Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled with 18 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday, helping the Rockets advance to the Summer League tournament finals.
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There's nothing at stake beyond pride and player development, but Motiejunas has averaged a healthy 16.7 points on 64.4 percent shooting while helping Houston to a 5-3 record. He has yet to develop reliable 3-point range and his lack of defensive stats are a major obstacle to fantasy value this season, but he deserves close attention in deeper leagues.
P.J. Hairston scores 27 pts in Hornets' loss | 07/20/2014 8:07 PM
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Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston scored a game-high 27 points in a losing effort on Sunday, as Charlotte was eliminated in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Summer League.
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Assistant coach Patrick Ewing said this week that Hairston "has the ability to be a rotational player in the NBA," and he has a chance to carve out a bench role during the regular season. He made three 3-pointers with seven rebounds and one steal in Sunday's game, but will need to improve his shot selection -- through six games he was shooting a mere 32.3 percent from the field.
Cavs likely to sign Andrew Wiggins this week | 07/20/2014 7:18 PM
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The Cavaliers are expected to sign Andrew Wiggins to a rookie-scale contract in the coming week, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
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Impact
Wiggins can't officially be traded for 30 days after signing his contract, but that's not expected to impact potential trade talks with the Wolves for Kevin Love. It remains uncertain whether the Cavs would even agree to part with Wiggins in such a deal. Cleveland likely would have already signed Wiggins if they weren't exploring creative ways to use their remaining salary-cap space to fill out their roster with minor moves.
Bucks officially claim PG Kendall Marshall | 07/20/2014 6:48 PM
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The Bucks officially claimed PG Kendall Marshall off waivers on Sunday.
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Marshall's contract will pay him a relatively meager $915k next season, making him a cost-effective addition to the Bucks' backcourt. He started 45 games for L.A. last year, and despite struggling after the All-Star break he still shot 39.9 percent from downtown. Unfortunately, he's unlikely to have a big fantasy impact while Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters are healthy, especially if coach Jason Kidd follows through on his plan to use Giannis Antetokounmpo at PG.
Iman Shumpert may again be on the trade block | 07/20/2014 6:05 PM
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Iman Shumpert may be on the trade block due to the Knicks' surfeit of shooting guards, according to ESPN.com.
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This comes as no surprise since Shumpert was dangled in multiple trade offers last season, and New York already has Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith available at the SG position. Shumpert shot just 37.8 percent from the field last season, including 33.3 percent from downtown, which doesn't help his trade value. Teams may also be turned off by the fact that Shumpert has missed 22.6 percent of the Knicks' games during his three-year career.
Report: Knicks consider trading J.R. Smith | 07/20/2014 6:00 PM
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The Knicks are reportedly considering trade options involving J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin.
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"They're working on trying to make a move in the backcourt," a source told ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks have shown zero interest in moving Tim Hardaway Jr. to clear their logjam at SG, and for the moment there are no details about which teams might be involved if a trade does occur. Smith's trade value may be hampered by the $12.4 million he's owed over the next two seasons, and it doesn't help that he admitted he "was playing like a person who didn't want to be [in New York]" last season.
Wolves, Cavs still discussing Kevin Love deal | 07/20/2014 5:28 PM
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The Timberwolves and Cavaliers have continued to discuss a possible Kevin Love trade over the weekend, according to ESPN's Darren Wolfson.
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Impact
There are still conflicting reports about the Cavs' willingness to include Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Love. The Warriors remain very much in the picture, but it's similarly uncertain whether they might agree to include Klay Thompson. The Wolves would almost certainly jump at the chance to acquire Wiggins, an elite prospect on a rookie-scale contract, and it's noteworthy that the two teams are still having a dialogue. Check back soon for the latest updates in the Summer of Love.
Adreian Payne aiming to improve jump shot | 07/20/2014 4:11 PM
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Hawks rookie Adreian Payne said that he hopes to develop a more consistent jump shot.
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"Coach wanted us to play defense, rebound and run the floor," Payne said. The Hawks aren't likely to thrust their No. 15 pick into a huge role immediately, and it was clear during Summer League that Payne will need some seasoning at the NBA level. He averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Las Vegas, but shot only 37.5 percent from the field with 3.5 turnovers and 4.8 fouls in under 29 minutes per game.
Pelicans make two-year offer for Patric Young | 07/20/2014 2:59 PM
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The Pelicans have reportedly extended a two-year contract offer to undrafted big man Patric Young.
Sportando

Impact
Young played five games for New Orleans during Summer League, averaging 7.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks without a single assist to his credit. It's nice to see his blue-collar work rewarded with a contract offer (which is likely unguaranteed) but he's very unlikely to make an impression in fantasy leagues.
Cody Zeller asked to improve on both ends | 07/20/2014 2:52 PM
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The Bobcats' coaching staff has encouraged Cody Zeller to improve his offensive repertoire in post-ups and isolations.
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The bulk of Zeller's offense last season came in pick-and-rolls and spot-ups, and the fleet big man was most effective in transition. Assistant coach Patrick Ewing was also critical of Zeller's defense in a recent interview, saying, "We need for [Zeller] to do it on both ends, not just look to score." He played well at Summer League but faces competition from Marvin Williams and rookie Noah Vonleh, and there are no guarantees that he'll have a breakthrough sophomore campaign.
Nerlens Noel works to add weight this summer | 07/20/2014 2:30 PM
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Nerlens Noel feels that he "played well" during five Summer League appearances, but admitted that he must "keep building up [his] body to get ready for the regular season."
NBA.com

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The need to add muscle to his lean frame will be a theme for Noel, but his play at Summer League was very encouraging for patient 76ers fans. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, but made his biggest impact defensively with 1.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in under 26 minutes per game. The Sixers won't overload Noel with playing time during his rookie campaign, but he's still poised for a big role with Joel Embiid (foot) out of commission.
Mike Malone wants to run a SA style offense | 07/20/2014 1:55 PM
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Mike Malone would like his team to run a more team-oriented offense like the Spurs.
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"The reality is we cannot come back and play the same way we played last year," Malone said. "Changes have to be made. And the fact that all three of those guys [Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, and Nik Stauskas] who are going to play on our perimeter played unselfishly [during Summer League]... they're moving, they're attacking, they're playing with pace. Those guys can help set the tone when our veterans come back in September." Malone has made it a point to emphasize ball-movement, and defense as the Kings try to improve on last year's record of 28-54.
Nowitzki took pay cut for Chandler Parsons | 07/20/2014 1:26 PM
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Dirk Nowitzki originally agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Mavericks, but when the Mavericks needed additional money to bring on Chandler Parsons, Dirk agreed to shave off an additional $5 million to help them complete the deal.
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"He's just such a unique bird," Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said. "In a lot of respects, where the common stance in today's modern day game is guys are their own CEOs, and they've got a gazillion interests out there and endorsements, and they're like their own companies, Dirk is a true old-school throwback in that his craft is the most important thing to him... He's all about winning a championship." Dirk's pay cut from $22.7 million earned last season, to the $7.97 million he will earn next season, is one of the largest one-year reductions in salary in NBA history.
Donte Greene attempting to return to the NBA | 07/20/2014 12:03 PM
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Donte Greene, a former lottery pick from the 2008 draft, is attempting to make a return to the NBA.
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"I'm just trying to come back and be a pro. I'm older now, more mature, and I've got a big family to take care of," said Greene. "[During Summer League I] Try to be a leader on the floor, be active, always be in the right spots. Play smart. Play hard. Trying to do the little things. Me being older now, it's not so much coming out and having 30, 40 points as it was when I was younger. Now it's about coming out and show teams I know how to play the game." Greene spent the last season in China, but even if he's able to land on an NBA roster, he will not have any fantasy value.
Scottie Pippen wasn't surprised LBJ left MIA | 07/20/2014 11:50 AM
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Scottie Pippen stated in a recent interview that he wasn't surprised LeBron James returned to Cleveland.
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"I wasn't surprised, I kind of figured he'd go back [to Cleveland]," Pippen said. "I don't know if he could hold that team up. I think [Dwyane] Wade's physical ability had him thinking like, `Hey, maybe this is not the place I need to be.' It was a great run for them. They weren't as successful as they thought they would be, but you went to the Finals four times, so you can't hold your head down too much about that."
Andrei Kirilenko says Nets goal is a title | 07/20/2014 11:41 AM
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Andrei Kirilenko stated in a recent interview that the Nets goal for next season is to win a championship.
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"We intend to seriously compete for the title," said Kirilenko. He also took a subtle jab at Jason Kidd stating: "When Kidd led the team, no one knew what to expect from him. It is clear that he had huge experience as a player, but there was no coaching experience. No one knows how we will sparkle with Lionel. Maybe it's better. Maybe worse. But we do know one thing - Hollins, unlike Kidd, has vast experience of coaching. And he perfectly represents what we need to do and how to build a team game."
Doc Rivers likes Delonte West's intensity | 07/20/2014 11:16 AM
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Doc Rivers cited Delonte West's willingness to sacrifice his body on every play as a reason as to why he decided to give West a second chance, and Summer League invite.
Boston Herald

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"He's just doing out there what he always does - he's been one of the best players in the summer league," said Rivers. "I would rather have that guy who puts his body on the line every time... Maybe that's why our relationship was so close. Fans love guys who give everything, and Delonte is one of those guys" Rivers has always been a fan of West, but he stopped short of guaranteeing West a training camp invite. "I have no idea [if Delonte will be given an invite to training camp]. Right now we have 1,000 guards. But if the situation fits, then we'll see."
Nikola Mirotic excited to make jump to NBA | 07/20/2014 10:51 AM
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Nikola Mirotic is excited to begin his NBA career, but knows his development will be a slow process.
Chicago Tribune

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"All this is a big challenge for me," Mirotic said. "I know it's going to be hard, especially in the beginning. But as Coach is saying - and that helps me a lot - they want me to progress step-by-step. I strongly believe that I'm ready for this challenge. And I'm going to show it by practicing and working out hard and playing." That "step-by-step" quote is telling, and with Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in town, Mirotic is unlikely to crack the rotation on a regular basis.
GSW has decision to make on Nemanja Nedovic | 07/20/2014 10:23 AM
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The Warriors have until October 31 to decide on whether they will exercise Nedovic's third-year $1.15 million option for the 2015-16 season.
Mercury News

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The Warriors already have $56.1 million committed to five players for the 2015-16 season, plus team options on Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, and a pending big contract for Klay Thompson. With all these decisions to make, it wouldn't be shocking to see them part ways with the $1.5 million that will be owed to an underwhelming Nedovic for the 2015-16 season. Nedovic was severely out-played by undrafted rookie Aaron Craft during the Las Vegas Summer League, and so far, Nedovic doesn't even look like a decent third-string point guard.
Al Jefferson: 'I'm excited about Lance' | 07/20/2014 9:57 AM
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Al Jefferson is excited to be playing alongside Lance Stephenson.
NBC Sports

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"I'm excited about Lance," Jefferson said. "We're all going to be on the same page as far as defense, and defense dictates the offense. But Lance is a playmaker. That's the reason he led the NBA in triple-doubles last year. He's got this nastiness about his game that you want on your team. I was really excited to hear he signed with us and he wanted to do that. I think he's got a lot to prove, and he wants to show people he can be a great superstar in this league." Stephenson is set to have big year in Charlotte.
Chandler Parsons surprised HOU didn't match | 07/20/2014 9:46 AM
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Chandler Parsons was surprised when Houston did not match Dallas' offer.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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"I definitely was a little surprised that they didn't match," Parsons said. "I thought that was the plan going forward that they were going to [match]. But I think [agent] Dan Fegan and my agency ... did a great job with this contract and really put pressure on them. They decided what they thought was best for their future and they told me to go get my best individual contract, and we both did what we thought was best for ourselves." Rockets GM Daryl Morey stated that Parsons contract was "untradeable," which was his reasoning behind not matching Dallas' offer.
Defense why GSW won't part with Klay Thompson | 07/20/2014 9:01 AM
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The Warriors are citing defense as the primary reason as to why they will not include Klay Thompson in a Kevin Love deal.
NBC Sports

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Thompson is able to take a lot of pressure off Stephen Curry on the defensive end, and in the purposed deals so far, Golden State wouldn't be getting defensive players in return. Kevin Love isn't a two-way player, and it appears that Warriors management doesn't believe that adding Love while losing Klay will not put them into the conversation for immediate contention. Stay tuned.
Glen Rice Jr. beats buzzer, scores 36 in win | 07/20/2014 12:19 AM
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Glen Rice Jr. hit a 3-pointer to send Saturday's win over the Spurs to triple-overtime, finishing with 36 points, 11 boards, three assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He set a summer-league high in scoring and also moved back into the top spot for points per game in summer league. Rice could get some minutes with the Wizards due to the Martell Webster back injury and he is a possible target in very deep fantasy leagues.
Tony Snell drops 20 points in loss on Sat. | 07/19/2014 10:19 PM
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Tony Snell scored 20 points vs. the Kings on Saturday with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Rotoworld.com

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He said he's going to work on his 3-point shooting and his defense this offseason, both of which are going to be extremely important for him to get minutes with the Bulls. Snell will likely backup Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy on the wings.
Josh Huestis could start in D-League | 07/19/2014 9:13 PM
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Josh Huestis could start his career off in the D-League.
Oklahoman

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The Thunder were expected to take an overseas player so they could stash him, but they may be the first team to draft a first rounder at 29th in the draft and stash him in the D-League. The developmental league continues to grow and a move like this would help. If the Thunder go this route, it would save them a roster spot while keeping Huestis' restricted free agency rights in his fourth year.
McBuckets out with a minor left foot | 07/19/2014 8:41 PM
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Doug McDermott will not play on Saturday due to a minor left foot injury.
Bulls on Twitter

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It's extremely minor and there was nothing noticeably wrong in his previous action. In his last three games, McDermott made all 18 free throws to go with a sterling 62.9 effective field goal percentage. He'd have to come out like gangbusters to get significant minutes with the Bulls this upcoming season.
Donatas Motiejunas goes off vs. Hawks | 07/19/2014 8:34 PM
News
Donatas Motiejunas excelled vs. the Hawks in a win on Saturday with 19 points, 13 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's scored at least 13 points in all seven of his summer-league games. Motiejunas had a couple great games last year during the season, but he's still going to be behind Terrence Jones. He'd likely need an injury in order to be a consistent player in the NBA.
Dennis Schroder puts up another decent game | 07/19/2014 8:26 PM
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Dennis Schroder ran the offense for the Hawks again on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, four turnovers and five fouls.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
After a horrible start, Schroder was very good at scoring and spreading the ball around. It was his second impressive summer showing in a row and now he now has a better chance for minutes now that Lou Williams is north of the border. He's still not on the radar in standard leagues.
Mike Muscala puts a nice bow on Vegas week | 07/19/2014 8:22 PM
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Mike Muscala scored 16 points with seven boards, two assists and one block in 26 minutes vs. the Rockets on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He played well and entered today's game with averages of 13.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 27.4 minutes over his previous five. Muscala still is buried on the depth chart and is no lock for minutes off the bat.
Adreian Payne plays well in loss | 07/19/2014 8:16 PM
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Adreian Payne made 4-of-15 from the field for 11 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He shot 1-of-8 from downtown and the Hawks really seem to be giving him the green light from out there. Payne shot at least four attempts from downtown in each of his six games in Vegas, which explains why his field goal percentage was below 40 percent in that span. He is at least a couple years away.
Brandon Knight could get more minutes at SG | 07/19/2014 7:22 PM
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Brandon Knight could be playing more minutes at shooting guard this season with the addition of Kendall Marshall.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He played next to Nate Wolters quite a bit last season and actually posted better numbers. Knight had higher efficiency and assist percentages next to Wolters while his usage rate was down. Plus, he ranked last in assist:turnover ratio in his last season with the Pistons before he lost his starting job to Jose Calderon. The Bucks are a bit of a mess right now and they could even ask Giannis Antetokounmpo to play some point guard. The Bucks also added Jerryd Bayless. A messy rotation in Milwaukee certainly wouldn't be a change from last season and that's exactly where we're headed.
Bucks to claim Kendall Marshall off waivers | 07/19/2014 6:50 PM
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The Bucks will be claiming Kendall Marshall off waivers.
Marc Stein on Twitter

Impact
The Lakers had to have known there was a strong possibility that another team would be claiming Marshall. Perhaps rookie Jordan Clarkson playing so well at summer league made it a risk they were willing to take in order to open up some cap space. Marshall will compete with Nate Wolters as the backup or he could start and move Brandon Knight to the shooting guard. Just like last season, the Bucks have some very interesting lineup decisions to make.
Vonleh puts up a nice double-double | 07/19/2014 6:41 PM
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Noah Vonleh kept his improvement trend going on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 boards and one block in 28 minutes.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He showed some great awareness and low-post presence today. Vonleh started his summer league with an 0-of-13 showing, but then put up three double-doubles in his next five games. The ceiling is there for the 2014 lottery pick once he puts on some extra size. It may just take a year before he really makes a splash.
Cleanthony Early puts a nice cap on Vegas run | 07/19/2014 6:35 PM
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Cleanthony Early double-doubled vs. the Hornets on Saturday with 15 points, 10 boards, two assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He was an asset to the summer-league squad and fit in nicely on the wing. Early doesn't put the ball on the floor a lot, so he'll really have to work on his shot from distance in order to make a significant impact. He'll make the team, though.
Raptors cut Diante Garrett | 07/19/2014 6:32 PM
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Raptors waive G Diante Garrett.
Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

Impact
His contract wasn't guaranteed next week and there was no way they'd keep him. Garrett was brought over in the Steve Novak trade to help clear out cap space. He's probably not going to be much of a factor in the NBA this season.
Raptors waive Dwight Buycks | 07/19/2014 6:29 PM
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Raptors waive G Dwight Buycks.
Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

Impact
His contract would have been guaranteed in a couple days and there was really no way they'd be bringing him back after picking up Lou Williams from the Hawks. Buycks was a terrific guard in summer league last year, but just couldn't get anything going in the past calendar year. He's almost certainly going overseas next year.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 27 in final Vegas gm. | 07/19/2014 6:25 PM
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Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points in his Las Vegas Summer League finale on Saturday, adding two rebounds, no assists, two turnovers and three 3-pointers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He leapfrogged Glen Rice Jr. for the Vegas-high in points per game, but he has very little interest in assists or rebounds. Hardaway Jr. does have a chance to start, but his usage rate obviously won't be too high next to Carmelo Anthony. He's a better target for points leagues than in standard leagues.
Knicks interested in Metta World Peace | 07/19/2014 5:12 PM
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The Knicks are interested in signing Metta World Peace.
New York Post

Impact
MWP has been doing radio shows and posting entertaining tweets in the past year, so it's not clear how well he'd perform. He said he still has some left in the tank and he's not going to retire. We'll see how this plays out, but he won't be worth drafting in fantasy leagues.
Jan Vesely headed to Euroleague | 07/19/2014 4:31 PM
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Jan Vesely will sign with Fenerbah‡e šlker in the Euroleague.
Sportando on Twitter

Impact
It's not a surprise after he really struggled in his first three seasons in the NBA. Vesely will forever be linked to being selected over Kawhi Leonard, who was the heavy favorite to go sixth in the draft 2011 draft. Vesely shot just 33.9 percent from the line in his career.
Nerlens Noel says he's close with MCW | 07/19/2014 4:19 PM
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Nerlens Noel said he is very close to Michael Carter-Williams and played with him on the AAU circuit.
NBA.com

Impact
In an interview with NBA.com, the rookie said he has no problems with his knee right now and he's continuing to work on his body. Noel is in a great position to put up stats in his first season, but there will be some risk and an adjustment period due to how long he's been off the court. It's also encouraging that he's familiar with his point guard, so he's shaping up to be a decent target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Madsen and Randle talk on Friday afternoon | 07/19/2014 3:27 PM
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Assistant coach Mark Madsen was happy with how Julius Randle performed on Friday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
"When Julius catches the basketball at the elbow or at the mid-post, all the other players on the court are like a swarm of bees," Madsen said. "He's letting everything develop and Julius is finding [the open man]." Madsen added that Randle wanted to run a four-flat play late in the game and that the rookie also took a cab back to the arena before Sunday's game to get his shoes. Randle also said he was "excited" to have Carlos Boozer on his team, and he's going to focus on getting into game shape. Randle and Madsen both said the rookie is going to be a very tough cover in one-on-one. The addition of Boozer is going to hurt Randle's production, which is unfortunate because he could have turned in a big rookie season.
Bulls finalizing deal on Aaron Brooks | 07/19/2014 12:57 PM
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The Bulls are finalizing a contract with Aaron Brooks.
Marc Stein on Twitter

Impact
He'll move into a role similar to D.J. Augustin's, who thrived in the Bulls' system last year and is now in Detroit. Brooks has some nice range from the outside, but would not likely see major minutes while the Bulls are healthy.
Chalmers speaks about LeBron James | 07/19/2014 12:53 PM
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Mario Chalmers said he was surprised about LeBron James leaving the Heat.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Impact
"I never thought anybody would want to leave Miami for Cleveland but you grow up and you move on," Chalmers said. "That's what happened and there's no love lost." LeBron yelled at Chalmers more times than most people can count and it should be interesting to see his demeanor with the different roster. Chalmers' fantasy value figures to increase now that he'll have more responsibilities on offense.
Bulls have interest in John Lucas III | 07/19/2014 12:31 PM
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The Bulls have interest in acquiring John Lucas III.
Marc Stein on Twitter

Impact
He's a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau and it would likely be at the veteran minimum. Lucas started for the Jazz to start the season while Trey Burke dealt with a hand injury in 2013-14, but he didn't play well. He'd just be insurance for Derrick Rose.
Andrew Wiggins hasn't been available to MIN | 07/19/2014 11:20 AM
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Andrew Wiggins has not been made available to the Wolves, according to CSNNW.com.
Chris Haynes on Twitter

Impact
The Cavs are not moving from their asking price on Kevin Love and on the surface it seems like they're the ones holding up the deal. If the Cavs really do want to win now, it may behoove them to get a deal done. Wiggins would obviously have more fantasy value on another team.
Zach LaVine finishes on a high note on Friday | 07/19/2014 10:56 AM
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Zach LaVine finished his summer league in impressive fashion on Friday, scoring 22 points with four boards, four assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. LaVine's shooting numbers have been trending up and he's shown the ability to play at both positions. The 6'5" guard was usually taller than his opposition at UCLA, but he hasn't disappointed so far in his NBA career. He'll be worth watching in the preseason.
Wizards could lose Sam Cassell to Clips | 07/19/2014 10:45 AM
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The Clippers are working on a deal to add Sam Cassell as an assistant.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

Impact
He is currently with the Wizards and has been a coach at summer league for the past two season. Cassell has been one of the most vocal coaches at summer league and he's shown some potential as a head coach some day.
Shabazz Muhammad sits out due to ankle | 07/19/2014 10:42 AM
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Shabazz Muhammad did not play on Friday due to right ankle soreness.
Alan Horton on Twitter

Impact
He didn't have the greatest summer league, making just 37.1 percent of his shots on his way to 16.2 points per game. Muhammad had a 24-shot game in the opener back on July 12 and was able to finish strong with a 24-point game on July 17. He still has to add more to his game than just scoring.
Josh Smith to Kings has 'no legs' | 07/19/2014 10:16 AM
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There are "no legs" on a deal involving Josh Smith being sent to the Kings, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
The Kings sound interested in Smith because they need a power forward, but they don't have much to offer in return. Smith isn't a great fit with the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy's system, so the right deal would certainly get it done.
Andrew Wiggins sits out on Friday night | 07/19/2014 10:06 AM
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Andrew Wiggins did not play on Friday night.
Jason Lloyd on Twitter

Impact
The Cavs said the plan was just for them to play four games in Las Vegas, so there's really no need to completely blame this DNP on a trade rumor. Still, that's what everyone will do because there has just been so much speculation of a Wiggins-Kevin Love deal. Stay tuned.
Howard says losing Parsons doesn't affect HOU | 07/19/2014 10:02 AM
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Dwight Howard said losing Chandler Parsons to the Mavericks won't affect the Rockets at all.
Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

Impact
"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have the best center and the best two-guard in the game on the same team. It's on us." He's not having a great summer in the publicity department after saying some earlier comments about the Middle East over the past week. Howard might want to just sit the next couple plays out and stop talking for a while.
Madsen raves about Jordan Clarkson | 07/19/2014 9:49 AM
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Summer league coach Mark Madsen said on Friday that Jordan Clarkson had a "phenomenal" week at Las Vegas Summer League.
Mike Gallagher on Twitter

Impact
Madsen was asked about Kendall Marshall being waived and just talked about how great Clarkson was this past week. "He learned every set. He learned multiple options out of each set for other positions," Madsen said. "That's the sign of a point guard who is growing into the position." It sounds like the Lakers are going to use Clarkson at the point, but he could line up at shooting guard for his ability to slash to the basket. Clarkson also added on Friday that he prefers an up-tempo style of play.
Klay Thompson looking for a max deal? | 07/19/2014 9:41 AM
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Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, is looking for a max extension for his client.
USA Today

Impact
Thompson has just three years of experience, so a max deal for him would only be around $15.7 million for the first season, which isn't as high as it would be for Kevin Love. The Warriors have been hesitant to include Thompson on a deal for Love and may have lost ground to the Cavs.
Jazz interested in Cisco Garcia? | 07/19/2014 9:35 AM
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The Jazz could look to add Francisco Garcia, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Salt Lake Tribune

Impact
They are reportedly looking to add a shooter or a point guard. If the Jazz do not add a shooter, it will serve as confidence in rookie Rodney Hood, who was impressive in summer league. Garcia probably wouldn't see significant minutes with Utah.
Heat to re-sign Shabazz Napier | 07/19/2014 9:31 AM
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Heat sign G Shabazz Napier.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He hasn't played very well in summer league, making just 27.7 percent of his shots in Vegas and 27.3 percent of his shots in Orlando. Napier being so small has really hurt his ability to get a good shot, and it's even kept him from getting a clean look from beyond the arc. He has an opportunity in Miami, but it's not going to be easy.
Lakers to re-sign Wesley Johnson to a deal | 07/19/2014 9:27 AM
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Lakers sign G/F Wes Johnson.
Chris Broussard on Twitter

Impact
It's just a one-year, $1 million deal for Johnson, who had a terrific season in 2013-14. The Lakers were decimated by injuries last year and it was the main reason why Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game. He is unlikely to match that average next season and won't be worth a pick in most fantasy drafts.
Lakers to re-sign Ryan Kelly | 07/19/2014 9:23 AM
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The Lakers will re-sign Ryan Kelly.
Mike Bresnahan on Twitter

Impact
It's expected to be a two-year deal and it's likely at the veteran minimum because it wouldn't affect the salary cap. The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall's contract and they may have a tough time getting him back. They likely did this so they can bid on Carlos Boozer, who would be a strange fit on the Lakers. Kelly is likely going to start the season out of the rotation.
Andrew Bynum (knee) could sit out next season | 07/19/2014 9:13 AM
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Andrew Bynum (knee) could sit out all of the 2014-15 season.
NY Post

Impact
He is looking into the Regenokine Program made famous by guys like Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez. Bynum was completely out of shape last season and his career obviously wouldn't last with the way it's going right now. If the rest goes well, he could wind up back with Phil Jackson for the 2015-16 season.
Trey Burke (illness) not playing on Friday | 07/18/2014 7:42 PM
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Trey Burke will not play on Friday due to an illness.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He had an up-and-down summer league next to Dante Exum. Burke shot just 30.4 percent from the field and he's now put up two horrible shooting performances in a row after making just 24 percent last summer. He'll have to have a big season to keep Exum at bay.
Kevin Seraphin signs a $3.8 million QO | 07/18/2014 7:04 PM
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Kevin Seraphin signed a $3.8 million offer sheet to stay with the Wizards.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

Impact
The Wizards could pull their qualifying offer back, so it's not certain Seraphin will be with them next season. He has been a project for them the past couple years and is unlikely to see major minutes.
Jabari Parker puts up a big game in finale | 07/18/2014 6:59 PM
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Jabari Parker had his best game at summer league on Friday, making 8-of-15 from the field for 20 points with 15 boards, two assists and six turnovers in 30 minutes.
Mike Gallagher on Twitter

Impact
After the game, Parker said he only has about a "50 percent" understanding of how the Bucks will use him. That's not really an indication of how he's coming along and it's more about how much is up in the air with the Bucks. He really showed off his versatility on both ends and will be a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Carlos Boozer will play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season. | 07/18/2014 5:32 PM
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Carlos Boozer will play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
Boozer was cut from the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision earlier this week and Los Angeles won a blind auction to claim him. Boozer started 76 games last season and played 28.2 minutes per game, but he'll have to battle Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis for playing time in 2014-15.
Carlos Boozer will be playing with the Los Angeles Lakers next season. | 07/18/2014 5:32 PM
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Carlos Boozer will be playing with the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
Boozer was cut from the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision earlier this week and Los Angeles won a blind auction to claim him. Boozer started 76 games last season and played 28.2 minutes per game, but he'll have to battle Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis for playing time in 2014-15.
Nerlens Noel won't play on Friday night | 07/18/2014 5:23 PM
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Nerlens Noel will not play vs. the D-League team on Friday.
Keith Pompey on Twitter

Impact
It's just rest for Noel today. He's looked fantastic vs. the summer league guys, and we will get a chance to see how he looks in a couple months. Fantasy owners can look to target him in the middle rounds.
Alec Brown dislocates left shoulder | 07/18/2014 5:16 PM
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Alec Brown suffered a dislocated left shoulder vs. the Mavericks on Friday.
Suns on Twitter

Impact
His injury didn't look good and he was grabbing the outside of his shoulder as he went to the locker room. Brown's injury will likely keep him sidelined for multiple week.
Marcus Smart among invitees for Team USA | 07/18/2014 5:10 PM
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Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are among the invitees to the USA Basketball Select Team in Las Vegas.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

Impact
Smart hasn't played well to this point in his pro career and will get a chance to learn from some more experienced players. He's likely going to come of the bench and play both guard spots for the Celtics.
ESPN: Cavs could still deal Wiggins | 07/18/2014 4:43 PM
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The Cavs and Wolves have discussed a blockbuster trade involving Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins, according to ESPN.com.
ESPN.com

Impact
It's all rumors all the time for the Wiggins-Love deal and it's still unclear how the Cavs want to handle it. The Wolves have almost no choice but to accept this deal to get a high-end talent at a rookie contract, so they may have to give up a little more rather than a one-for-one deal.
Alec Brown hurts left shoulder on Friday | 07/18/2014 4:14 PM
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Alec Brown suffered an apparent left shoulder injury on Friday.
Mike Gallagher on Twitter

Impact
He was in some pain and was escorted back to the locker room. Brown started off his summer league on a bad note, missing his first 11 shots from the field, but he's looked a litter better.
Giannis Anteokounmpo out on Friday | 07/18/2014 4:07 PM
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Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play vs. the Warriors on Friday.
Mike Gallagher on Twitter

Impact
He is on his way back to Greece for FIBA. While the Bucks are the only winless team in either Orlando or Las Vegas summer leagues, Antetokounmpo has been very impressive. Coach Jason Kidd said he will try and use the Greek Freak at the point guard spot this season, so we'll see how that works out. He's a very interesting target late in drafts.
Lou Williams close to 100 percent | 07/18/2014 3:55 PM
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Lou Williams said on Friday that he's close to 100 percent.
Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

Impact
He had ACL surgery 17 months ago and still didn't look great with the Hawks last season. The Raptors invested a ton on money on point guards this offseason and will likely throw Williams in with the second unit. He's not going to put up great numbers while the team is healthy.
Garrett Temple to re-sign with Wizards | 07/18/2014 3:41 PM
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Garrett Temple will re-sign with the Wizards.
J. Michael on Twitter

Impact
It's a two-year deal for Temple at around the veteran minimum. The Wizards were relavtively healthy last season, so Temple only played 8.5 minutes per game. They may need him to start the season with Martell Webster's (back) injury, or they could give Glen Rice Jr. some run.
Mavs sign Eric Griffin to contract | 07/18/2014 2:49 PM
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Mavericks sign F Eric Griffin.
Earl Sneed on Twitter

Impact
He's looked great at summer league with a couple highlight reel dunks. Griffin averaged 9.3 points, 2.8 boards and 2.0 blocks in 19.3 minutes per game. He'll need a small miracle to make the rotation.
The Lakers waive Kendall Marshall on Friday | 07/18/2014 2:26 PM
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Lakers waive G Kendall Marshall.
Lakers on Twitter

Impact
The team is hoping to pick him back up after he clears waivers and are just clearing out some cap space since his contract wasn't guaranteed. A team may look to pick him up after he really improved as a scorer and did a solid job running the point. Jordan Clarkson should help the Lakers' depth behind Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin.