HoopsHype Summer League rumors

April 12, 2014 Updates
April 9, 2014 Updates

Alba Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg are interested in NCAA Champion Niels Giffey. The German forward won his second NCAA title with the Huskies averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds as senior in college. There were already reports about a deal reached with Alba Berlin but the rumors were denied. Giffey hopes to play NBA Summer League this summer and see if he can get a spot in the NBA. It is more likely that he will start his pro career in Europe and the German bigs are already pursuing him for next seasons. Sportando

April 7, 2014 Updates

Sources with knowledge of the situation suggest that the NBL are set to announce a new & exciting partnership with the NBA. The opportunity will consist of the NBL staging an exposure camp for potential imports in Las Vegas during the 2014 NBA Summer League. It is understood that every NBL team will attend the camp, sending along their coaches along with two players each. This is an exciting step forward for the NBL in establishing closer ties with the NBA & shows just how far the league has come under the new administration. AndTheFoul.net

March 22, 2014 Updates
March 21, 2014 Updates

Back in 2004, the Vegas Summer League was formed and its growth eventually led to the demise of the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz, which had supported the summer league event in its city, vowed not to participate in Las Vegas. But the Jazz, which has had a connection to Las Vegas going back to the mid-1980s when it played some of its home games at the Thomas & Mack Center, has had an apparent change of heart. It will field a team for the first time when the NBA Summer League tips off its 11-day run July 11 at the Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavilion for what will be its 10th anniversary season of competition. Utah had been competing in the Orlando Summer League. “Las Vegas has always supported the Jazz and it was clearly a consensus among my staff that Utah needed to be included,” said Warren LeGarie, the founder of the summer league and who helps run the event for the NBA. “I think it was just a matter of being persistent and persistency won out. Las Vegas Review Journal

March 10, 2014 Updates

There are numerous reports that the Sixers will be working out a number of D-League players, though Brown said that is not set in stone. “Nothing has been confirmed,” Brown said. “The only boring comment I have that is true is that this next period of time we are going to be all eyes and ears and wondering can a guy continue on in summer league or with our team. This time of year is that for a lot of teams and we are no different.” CSNPhilly.com

March 5, 2014 Updates
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Canisius senior Billy Baron is almost certain to not be a lottery pick—and there's a chance he may not be drafted at all—but several teams say they'd be the first to offer him a summer league and training-camp invitation if he were available. He is, in that, the antithesis of Fredette: a gifted scorer (averaging 24.4 points for the Golden Griffins, including 43.2 percent from three-point range) who teams would love to have at the right price. Bleacher Report

So do you think defense in the NBA is not what it used to be? DA: It's a joke nowadays. That's why Ray Allen is still playing. You can't touch him! If Michael Jordan had these rules, he would average 40 points a game, he would have a bunch of 60-point games... It would be crazy. It was a real man's game back then, not a bunch of summer league games. HoopsHype

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Former Wisconsin standout Kammron Taylor has accepted the Boston Celtics’ invitation to training camp, his agent Keith Kreiter told RealGM. Taylor has starred oversees since going unselected in the 2007 NBA draft, playing in Spain, France, Germany and Ukraine. He averaged 10 points and 2.3 assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ summer league team in July. RealGM

August 11, 2013 Updates

In a Seattle Jamal Crawford Pro-Am game, Spencer scored 58 points and collected 17 rebounds. I can’t believe a guy on the Sixers actually knows how to rebound first of all. Spencer went 19/30 from the field and 18/22 (WHAT?!) from the free throw line. He now has the highest scoring mark by an NBA player this summer. I think those 22 free throw attempts is more than the Sixers had all of last season. I wonder what Doug Collins thinks of this video, what do you guys think? The Sixers Sense

August 8, 2013 Updates

But whether it’s important or not, it is the first opportunity for rookies to initiate themselves into the NBA, and Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. wishes he had gotten a chance to have more of an extended run in Las Vegas last month. “I really wanted to play,” Hardaway told The Post at the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program Wednesday in Florham Park. “I really wanted to go out there and showcase my abilities at the next level. I only had one game, a game and a quarter, to do it, and I know if I had more opportunities to play that I would blossom and show everybody I am a better player than I was in that first game.” New York Post

August 5, 2013 Updates

Dwayne Davis received training camp deals from a few NBA teams, but the Golden State Warriors’ summer league guard signed a one-year contract with Murcia of the Spanish ACB on Monday, a source told RealGM. Davis won’t hold an opt out in his deal, deciding to accept their offer of significant playing time and shifting his focus to pursue the NBA next season. RealGM

July 29, 2013 Updates

Suffice it to say the mayor got schooled, but earned plenty of admiration with a stellar offensive move in the charity all-star game hosted Sunday by Seattle NBA star Jamal Crawford's basketball Pro-Am. The annual summer league brings together the best players from around the city and country, featuring current and former NBA, international, minor league, and collegiate players. The video on YouTube shows McGinn getting left in the dust by a vicious crossover move from Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans that had him flailing at air. But McGinn more than redeems himself immediately after with a full court dribble followed by a beautiful no-look pass to a streaking teammate, who converts the layup and draws a wild cheer from the crowd at Seattle Pacific University. MyNorthwest.com

July 27, 2013 Updates
July 26, 2013 Updates

Some in the crowd wonder if Brett Salap will ever shut up. Most accept that he’s part of an eclectic scene in Las Vegas. His sideline antics are met with curious smiles, quizzical looks and, sometimes, annoyed expressions. But the NBA junkies quickly fall in love. A dad tells his son to get a photo with him. "This guy knows everything!" Salap has attended every single Las Vegas Summer League since 2004. For most in attendance, summer league is a stop on the line, a step in the process, a window of opportunity. For Salap, it's the only place where he can truly feel comfortable watching the game he loves, and since the beginning, his act has always been the same. If he sat quietly, merely observing the action, you wouldn't know Salap from any other jersey-wearing aficionado. But he’s not quiet at all. Sitting in the first row, he’s the gym’s self-appointed play-by-play guy. Salap calls the game out loud with vivid accuracy, and is missing only a color analyst by his side. ESPN.com

He announces the result of a referee’s whistle before the call makes its way to the public address system. If points are accidentally assigned to the other team by the scoreboard operator, it doesn’t get past Salap. A call doesn’t go the way he sees it? He will give his opinion otherwise. But it’s not just the action unfolding in front of his eyes, Salap has an incredible ability to pull context out of thin air with his encyclopedic knowledge of pro basketball. Salap has Asperger's syndrome, which, according to the Mayo Clinic website, is a "developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others," and where the person has "an all- absorbing interest in specific topics." ESPN.com

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