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Coach Brett Brown said he "personally" would be disappointed if Joel Embiid didn't play summer-league basketball. "Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 11, 2015 Updates

Brett Brown said he “personally” would be disappointed if Joel Embiid didn’t play in the summer league. “Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league,” Brown said. “But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now.” Brown raised a few eyebrows Wednesday when he would not commit on whether the 7-foot rookie center would play this summer. Embiid has missed the entire season as he recovers from right foot surgery. Brown continues to say that former Kansas standout is making progress. Philadelphia Inquirer

April 9, 2015 Updates

I spoke with him at length before the Raptors game. He’s going to spend most of the offseason here in Charlotte, play in Orlando’s Summer League and then spend time working out in Los Angeles with other NBA players. He said that he’s going to work on all aspects of his game. I asked him if he is more comfortable playing outside or inside, and he categorically said “outside.” He said like a “3/4” (small forward/power forward hybrid) but can play the post as well. His favorite 3-point location is from up top (where he hit one last night). He also enjoys the right corner on those deep shots. NBA.com

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he intends to play in the NBA summer leagues this year. The Celtics are expected to have entries in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, and Smart is likely to play for both teams. He participated in last year’s summer league in Orlando. “I’m sure I will be playing — that’s the plan,” he said. “First-year, second-year guys play. [Phil] Pressey played, [Kelly] Olynyk played their first two years, so I don’t think I’ll be any much different than those two guys were. It will be a great experience, to get more familiarity with the game. I will have known a lot more. It will be good for me.” Boston Globe

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Josh Pace '05, a key member of Syracuse's 2003 NCAA Championship squad, has decided to retire from professional basketball at the conclusion of the current American Basketball Association (ABA) season. A 6-5 guard-forward, Pace has played professionally all around the world since earning his undergraduate degree from Syracuse in 2005. Pace was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but did earn an invitation to play in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz. He did not earn an NBA contract but it 2006 signed with the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL). He averaged 19.1 points and 6.6 rebounds and was named an NBL All-Star. The following season, Pace was named the league's MVP after helping the Giants to the NBL championship. Syracuse University Athletics

April 2, 2015 Updates

Trudell: With your recovery, what can we expect from these coming months before summer league? Randle: I’ve been doing a little bit of contact stuff; not crazy but just a little bit. For a timetable, I don’t know. I have no clue. I think I go to the doctor in May, and we’ll see. Hopefully I just get cleared all the way there. Honestly, I’m just taking it day by day. The x-rays and stuff look good. We just kind of want to take it slow. It’s more of how my body is feeling and how I’m reacting to things more than a timetable. NBA.com

March 31, 2015 Updates

Coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that Frazier will play for the Blazers' at the Las Vegas Summer League in July and be invited to participate in training camp next fall for the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. Frazier was scheduled to arrive into Portland Tuesday evening and will be in uniform for the Blazers' Wednesday night home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "I have not seen him play, but from what I've been told, he's a good point guard, he's a good defender," Stotts said. "He's the kind of guy you would want in your program." Oregonian

Frazier, 24, is not expected to play -- barring an injury, he will be inactive against the Clippers -- but he will practice, giving the Blazers an extra guard during 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 drills and scrimmages. He will be eligible to play in the postseason. "Moving forward, I think it's in the best interest of the franchise," Stotts said. "This is not a playoff move. This is a moving forward move." Oregonian

March 30, 2015 Updates

Ian Clark underwent a cram session on the Nuggets' playbook on Monday afternoon, knowing that his stay will last beyond the final eight games of the season. "It's like a new start for me," Clark said. "That's how I look at it." The plan for Clark, a 6-foot-3 guard the Nuggets were awarded off of waivers last week, extends into the summer. He said he'll be part of the Nuggets' summer league team. Clark has spent the majority of his first two years as a pro bouncing between the Utah Jazz and their D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede. He was let go by the Jazz on March 26. Denver Post

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The Knicks will only say they hope to see Labeyrie play for their summer-league team in Las Vegas in July. His agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Post Monday night “It’s 100 percent definite he will.’’ New York Post

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