HoopsHype Summer League rumors

July 19, 2014 Updates

Khem Birch doesn't pay much attention to what's said about him, turning pro after his junior season at UNLV. Assistant coach Sam Cassell, who is running the Wizards' summer league team that plays Saturday vs. the San Antonio Spurs, paid the highest compliment to the undrafted free agent. Cassell said if it were up to him, Birch would be part of the Wizards' 15-man roster to begin the regular season. "Oh really? That's cool," Birch said when told of Cassell 's comments. "A lot of people doubted me, thinking I shouldn't have left early. I know I was ready. Even if I don't make the team it shows that I still have a chance to make it in the league." CSNWashington.com

July 18, 2014 Updates
July 17, 2014 Updates

As Langston Galloway continues to play for the Knicks during NBA Summer League, a source tells RidiculousUpside.com that Galloway also has an offer to play for a team in Israel next season. Ridiculous Upside

Summer League can be a great measuring stick. A year ago Gorgui Dieng looked a little confused by the speed and style of the NBA/Summer League game. He was thinking and not just playing, and with that he looked like a lost rookie. A year later he is owning it — Dieng had 13 points and 19 rebounds in Minnesota’s win over the Suns Wednesday. “I feel more comfortable but I’ll let you guys judge,” Dieng said after the game. It doesn’t take much of a judge to see the leap he has made. NBCSports.com

“I’ve been working a lot on that this summer.,” Dieng said. I’m always looking out for something to improve my game and I think something like that added to my game will really help me.” He’s just fun to watch play. “He’s going to be a work in progress but every day he gets better,” said David Adelman, who coached the Timberwolves at Summer League. “We’re trying to teach him a lot of little nuances, just playing off the ball, scoring on the block, things like that…. “The main thing with him is keeping his ear on things and letting him know he’s got to run front rim to front rim every time down the court. He’s got to be the first big down the court, with his athleticism and how he moves his feet, that should be the thing. And just playing off the ball, like if a big guy like (Kyrylo) Fesenko has the ball on the block he should be up at the free throw line where he can see him. Just kind of playing in a tandem.” NBCSports.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

What you see here is the Dallas Mavericks' Ivan Johnson getting tossed from a summer league game against the Charlotte Hornets for the crime of looking staring at an official and saying "Really, motherfucker?" after having fallen to the floor. Johnson appeared to trip or be pushed in the back on the play. After the ball went out of bounds, Johnson simply stared at the official, and that was apparently enough for an ejection. Update: As has been pointed out, Johnson also said "Really, motherfucker?" to the official. I had watched it in a Vine (with sound on) and didn't catch it. I apologize for not hearing the "motherfucker." Deadspin.com

July 15, 2014 Updates
July 14, 2014 Updates

Tony Jones: Mark Cuban may be the only owner I've ever seen at summer league. And he's chilling with his players, not greasing palms. Cool stuff Twitter @Tjonessltrib

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