Summer League Rumors
Russell said Walton has stressed to him the importance of being a leader. “I can’t give any specific information, just kind of coaching me through it,” Russell said. “Just giving me the guidance on how to do right. And when I do right, he lets you know, ‘I saw, I noticed.’ ” Some fruits of Russell’s off-season work appeared during this year’s summer league games in Las Vegas. Russell averaged 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and four assists per game. He made 47.7% of his shots.
Brown then joined Anthony Gargano and the Fanatic Morning Show Monday to further discuss the state of the Sixers. Along with the drafting of Ben Simmons number one overall this past June, and his subsequent promising play in the Utah Jazz and Samsung NBA Summer Leagues, one of the most significant off-season plotlines concerning the Sixers has been the improving health of Joel Embiid. Brown said Friday on The Lowe Post podcast that the seven-plus foot tall center is “on track” to be ready for the pre-season, and during his talk with Gargano Monday, the head coach appeared to double-down on that statement.
Eric Pincus: I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven’t gotten word on terms.
Singler got in the gym right after the season. When players were preparing for summer league, Singler was right there as well. “You basically went through training camp with us,” said Huestis. “When I was trying to think about how I want to maximize my summer, my first thing I wanted to do was play as much basketball as possible,” Singler said. “I knew that summer league was coming around and guys were gonna be here working out, playing. I thought that was a great opportunity to come in for sure.”
In the meantime, Maker will head to Milwaukee and get settled. He calls it “relieving” to land there after a positive pre-draft workout. He met some new teammates at Summer League. “They’ve shown we could fit together, we are gonna be together and we’ve gotta find a way to jell early on,” he says. Maker’s been FaceTiming with Giannis, once just another extremely tall bundle of what-if himself. We don’t know yet how Maker fits in long-term or how many years away he is from being an impact player. But in the meantime, he just wants to make himself useful, and for what it’s worth, he’s made the getting-to-know-you part seem easy. “He makes a hell of a first impression,” says Taylor.