Summer League Rumors
Power forward Carlos Boozer didn’t play in the NBA last season but contacted the Spurs last spring and told them he wanted back in. Buford suggested he play in San Antonio’s June minicamp, but Boozer declined. “Then he was going to come for a piece of our summer league, but then he said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to do that, either,'” Buford says. “So we moved on. How can we evaluate him if he’s not playing?” Boozer ended up signing with the Guangdong Tigers in China on July 30.
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.