HoopsHype Summer League rumors

September 15, 2014 Updates
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An NBA source said the Celtics are working to clear roster space over the next few weeks in order to make room for Evan Turner in the rotation. The Celtics aren’t expected to announce the signing until those moves are made, although the sides have reached an agreement. The Celtics have 18 players on their roster, including the nonguaranteed deals of Keith Bogans, Chris Babb, and Chris Johnson. The Celtics really like Johnson’s work ethic, but he averaged just 6.6 points in the five summer league games and shot 30.6 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from the 3-point line. The fact Johnson and Babb each played in all five games was a testament that team officials were taking a long look as to whether they would make a contribution next season. Boston Globe

The Celtics would love to use Bogans’s contract in a trade that would perhaps net a draft pick and create salary-cap space and have been holding onto that option. It is uncertain if the Celtics would waive Bogans before the season or offer a camp invitation since he has been away from the team since February. Boston Globe

July 25, 2014 Updates

It’s undeniable that in three full NBA seasons, the No. 2 overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft has failed to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon such highly touted prospects. Heading into this offseason, his game was in need of significant adjustment, and that was why he consented to play in Las Vegas. Or at least that should have been the primary reason. “Man, I don’t feel like I really need to prove anything,” Derrick Williams said after practice between the Kings’ first two summer league games. “I just know I want to get better with the team. That’s what I use summer league for. Just all get better, not just myself. Obviously you want to get better individually, but we’re here to play together and get this chemistry going. Myself, Q (Quincy Acy), Ray (McCallum), Ben (McLemore), some of the returners, we gotta get that chemistry since we’re so young.” Cowbell Kingdom

July 22, 2014 Updates

There might be some finds on the summer league roster. Forward Quincy Acy has a team option that must be picked up by Saturday to guarantee his contract for next season. Acy showed he can still be energetic defensively while adding an improved jump shot. For approximately $915,000, the Kings have to seriously consider bringing him back. Sacramento Bee

July 21, 2014 Updates

Moreland is averaging 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in five summer league games. His rebounding and defense might be enough to earn him an invitation to training camp. “I would think so; I think I earned a contract,” Moreland said. “That’s what they asked for, that’s what they’re looking for, that’s what the team needs. But at the same time, I’m not worried about that. I’m focused on winning this game (today).” Sacramento Bee

In a good news, bad news situation, Glen Rice Jr. learned he would not leave Las Vegas empty handed moments after the Wizards were bounced from the summer league. Rice was named the Las Vegas summer league Most Valuable Player after leading all scorers with 25 points per game. He had 36 points in Washington's triple-ovetime against San Antonio on Saturday and tallied 24 in Sunday's 74-62 loss to Sacramento. CSNWashington.com

Nakase, the Clippers’ assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers’ bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach — something no woman has ever accomplished. “I don’t want to just coach,” Nakase said. “I want to win championships.” New York Times

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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

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