Summer League Rumors
Tim MacMahon: Jordan Crawford, the ex-NBA gunner who spent last season in China, is on the Mavs summer league roster. Dallas could use another shooter.
Alex Kennedy: Justin Carter (who plays in Europe) will play summer league for the Phoenix Suns, according to source.
Darren Wolfson: Mere formality: told Tyus Jones signed his #Twolves contract. Happened days ago. He’s on the court tomorrow for summer league practice.
With summer league mini-camp set to begin on Monday morning, the Nuggets have finalized their coaching staff under new head coach Michael Malone, according to a source. It is a staff of five new faces, loaded with highly regarded basketball minds. Ed Pinckney comes to the Nuggets after serving under Tom Thibodeau for five years with the Chicago Bulls. Pinckney, best known for his role on the 1985 Villanova basketball team that upset Georgetown to win the national title, will be the lead assistant. The 52-year-old Pinckney has 12 years of coaching experience, including eight in the NBA with Minnesota and Chicago. Next is Chris Fleming, an up-and-coming basketball mind who is currently coach of the German national team. He also coached the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the German League from 2008-14. While he was there, his team was four-time German Cup champions, four-time German League champions, three-time German Supercup champions, and he was German League coach of the year in 2011.
Jake Fischer: Ohio State forward Sam Thompson has left the Sixers’ Utah squad to join the Timberwolves in Las Vegas, according to a league source.
The Jazz still have not signed Lyles, the 12th pick of the June 25 draft, as the team continues to explore transaction options with his lower cap hold and to work on minor contract details with his agent. The Jazz are not commenting on when things might be resolved with Lyles, so it remains uncertain whether he’ll be available for the Utah-hosted summer league, which begins Monday night. Lyles’ cap hold is at 100 percent of the rookie salary scale, which is $1,866,500. He’ll eventually be paid at 120 percent of the rookie scale ($2,239,800), but Utah can use the difference for a trade or a free agent signing before he inks the deal.
Tim Bontemps: Kevin Durant currently hanging out in the gym here in Orlando with former teammate Reggie Jackson & fellow Roc Nation client Justise Winslow
Quincy Miller is out for summer league with broken nose. No surgery, but no basketball for 4-6 weeks.
Steve Kyler: HEAT summer league Joshua Smith listed at 360lbs – and looks like thats a generous number
Alex Kennedy: I’m hearing that Kevin Durant may make an appearance at the Orlando Summer League at some point, showing his support for the Thunder squad.
Becky Hammon is about to become the first woman to serve as the head coach of an NBA summer league team. San Antonio announced Friday that Hammon will lead the Spurs during summer league play in Las Vegas. She is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Spurs.
Jordan McRae was asked Friday where he expects to play in the fall. The swingman knows the 76ers could stash him overseas for the second consecutive season. They could also put him on their 15-man NBA roster. “I would say I would be here,” McRae said after the Sixers’ morning minicamp session for the summer league. “Me just being here with the guys in the summer, and the relationships with the coaches and players and stuff, I think it will help me out a lot.”
Jon Horford, the brother of all-star center Al Horford, will play for the Hawks’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next week. Jon Horford completed his eligibility at Florida last season and was not selected in last month’s NBA Draft. He played four seasons at Michigan before transferring after the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.0 minutes over 31 games for Florida, the alma mater of Al.
Jeff McDonald: Non-free agency update: Becky Hammon will coach Spurs’ Summer Leaguers in Vegas. Will Hardy will coach Spurs in Salt Lake.
Josh Robbins: Orlando Magic rookie Mario Hezonja is expected to make his summer-league debut tomorrow.
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm former Oklahoma St. forward Le’Bryan Nash (6-7, 235) invited to try out for the Rockets Summer League team.