HoopsHype Summer League rumors

July 9, 2014 Updates
July 8, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers are expected to have one of the better teams entered in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts on July 11. As expected, David Blatt will coach the team. The roster includes current Cavs players Anthony Bennett, Matthew Dellavedova, Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev and Scotty Hopson. Also on the team are the Cavs’ two draft picks, Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 overall) and Virginia swingman Joe Harris (33rd overall). The Cavs will play three preliminary round games, all broadcast live on NBA TV, before being seeded in the summer league tournament. Morning Journal

Not even the prospect of an injury, which could interfere with his plans and affect his contract status, is enough to keep James off the Mavs’ summer league roster. “Knock on wood, but I managed to stay healthy pretty much throughout college and these last two years in the NBA,” James said after Monday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “So I’m not really worried about it. “I know how to take care of my body.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

James knows the summer league route is his best chance to get a leg up on the competition and prove that he’s worthy of receiving more minutes. “I feel like contractually it’s the same as the last two summers,” James said. “The first year I wasn’t guaranteed a contract, the second year it was a team option. “And this year I’m a free agent, so for me it’s the exact same situation. I’m playing for a contract, so that’s the way I’m going to go out there and play. That’s my mindset.” The 29-year-old James, who spent six years in the U.S. Air Force, knows what he must improve to earn more court time. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

After a sophomore slog in which his stats and his sentiment suffered, Timberwolves shooting guard Alexey Shved has accepted his new job duty as a point guard. "It doesn't matter -- point guard, shooting guard," said Shved after the Wolves' first minicamp practice before the Las Vegas summer league. "I just want to play." St. Paul Pioneer Press

July 7, 2014 Updates

Warriors center Festus Ezeli will not play in NBA Summer League games due to right shin inflammation, the team announced Monday on the eve of its first workout in Las Vegas. Ezeli after missing all of last season recovering from right knee surgery will have his return delayed because of precautionary reasons, according to the Warriors, who believe the latest injury is “nothing serious.” Contra Costa Times

Boston Celtics rookie James Young will not make his NBA debut this week in Orlando. Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters Monday that the swingman will not play with Boston’s summer league team due to lingering health issues following a car accident Young was involved in last month. "He had a little whiplash,” Ainge said of Young’s health issues. “With whiplash comes concussion-like symptoms and dizziness here and there. We're just not messing with that stuff." Boston Globe

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.