Summer League Rumors
Guard Josh Richardson, who impressed the Heat during summer league, agreed to a three-year, $2.5 million contract Tuesday with the Heat. He will assuredly be on Miami’s roster this season; Miami loves his upside as a defender and a combo guard. Richardson will earn the rookie minimum $525,093 this season; that money is guaranteed. The second year of the contract, worth $874,636, is partially guaranteed. The third year is likely going to be a team option at $1.1 million, though the exact structuring of it was still being worked on.
His agent, Scott Nichols, explained it thusly: “The decision was made because while we could have waited until August 1, James and I are traveling to Australia to do some basketball clinics and promotional work and we didn’t want to have this looming over our heads while we are here. Also for James he didn’t come to the Heat to just make the team and get a partial guarantee. “He is fully confident like he was last year that he will come to training camp ready to make a bigger impact this year and help the Heat win. He expects not only to be on the Heat opening night but to be a big part of the rotation.
DA: The league experimented with “off-site” video review during the Vegas Summer League (really, it was just a locker room in the back of the buildings) to try and simulate how replays could be reviewed and decisions made by its league Replay Center in New Jersey during the regular season. At present, the Replay Center only lines up the replays for the officials on site; the referees at the games make the final decisions on reviewable matters. I think the league should take over that responsibility, just as the NHL and Major League Baseball have done. Hockey in particular has done an excellent job of having its replay officials in New York make quick decisions that don’t interfere with the flow of the game.
Ryan Boatright went in facing long odds to win a spot in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets, but because of his performances in the summer leagues, he appears to have shortened those odds considerably. “We saw enough of Ryan’s talents here to understand who he is and what he is and how we need to improve him,” Nets assistant coach Joe Wolf told Newsday. “So that’s the challenge for us as assistant coaches.”
Warren and Goodwin both participated in the Las Vegas Summer League and both were very productive. Warren finished ninth among all players with 18.7 points per game on 54 percent shooting from the field, and Goodwin added 15.9 points per game while shooting 47 percent. Both players have been working out hard this summer and are doing all that they can to improve. “I’m feeling a lot more comfortable out there,” Warren said. “I’m familiar with the NBA style more so basically [I’m] just trying to work on my game. [The game is] coming a little slower. [I] just got to be patient with certain type of stuff [and] just got to use my head and going with my first instinct but that will come with more development and more experience being out there.”
High profile former ESPN analytics guru, Dean Oliver who was hand picked by owner Vivek Ranadive, as Director of Player Personnel, and Head of Analytics a season ago, and who has multiple years left on his contract with the Kings – was told by new Kings VP Vlade Divac not to attend NBA Summer League.