Summer League Rumors
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.
Shams Charania: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash — a top HS recruit — has agreed on a summer league commitment with the Houston Rockets, source tells RealGM.
Jahlil Okafor drew praise from one of his new coaches after his first minicamp workout for summer league play. The 76ers’ new cornerstone on Thursday displayed the characteristics of someone destined to be a fan favorite. “He did excellent today,” said Sixers assistant Billy Lange, who will coach the team’s Utah Jazz Summer League squad. “His energy was great. He looks you in the eye. He’s coachable. He’s engaged with his teammates. He asks the right questions. He’s humble. “And he’s exactly what you would want him to be on the first day.”
Jody Genessy: Dennis Lindsey said the Jazz have almost finalized their summer league roster. Training camp begins tomorrow, by the way.
The Lakers on Thursday announced their Las Vegas summer league roster. Current players and draft picks on the squad include guards D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, guard/forward Anthony Brown, forwards Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. and center Tarik Black.
Hezonja’s debut in a Magic uniform – he decided to wear No. 23 after some well-thought-out internet research – could come as soon as Saturday’s opening of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. Hezongja’s start was delayed a bit because of a minor clearance issue with FIBA, but it was resolved on Thursday afternoon and Hezonja – who negotiated his buyout with his Spanish League team earlier in the week – practiced for the first time with his new Magic teammates. Because he’s already played 53 Spanish League and EuroLeague games this season, Hezonja’s playing time in Summer League is expected to be limited.