HoopsHype Summer League rumors

July 10, 2014 Updates

Azzurro Napoli Basket, team of the italian league two, have reached an agreement with the power forward De'Mon Brooks, as reported to Sportando. Brooks, 22 year-old rookie, 2.01, was a four-year starter for Davidson Wildcats, averaged 19.0 points last season, shot 58.6 percent from the field, hit 14 of 31 3-pointers and averaged 7.1 rebounds. He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. From tomorrow Brooks will play the Las Vegas Summer League with the Charlotte Hornets. Sportando

Arturs Kalnitis: Dairis Bertans will resume his SL appearance very soon. Minor neck injury that won't keep him off the court for more than couple of days. Twitter

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

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