Do you plan on playing summer league with Denver? Juan Hernangomez: Yeah, I think I’m going to play summer league. I like to compete. They asked me if I was down for it and I really would like to go and play a couple of games, be around the team and keep developing as a player.
Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source.
Zizic is expected to join the Celtics once his Turkish season is complete and should play in summer league. Yabusele will be able to resume basketball activities this summer and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Euroleague forward Victor Rudd agreed to play Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies.
David 'Dubi' Pick: L.A. Clippers and James Bell, I'm told, agreed on Summer League deal. He's an MVP contender for No. 1 seed in Israel.
After Detroit Pistons swingman Stanley Johnson told reporters late in the season that he was open to playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League, that's now unlikely to happen, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says.
The Mavericks have put the wheels in motion to sign veteran Chinese swingman Ding Yanyuhang and have him play in their summer league and likely be on their training camp roster, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said.
Ding has become one of China's best players and the Mavericks are hopeful he can grow into a solid NBA contributor. The fact that he fits in with the team's youth movement helps, too.
Owner Mark Cuban declined to comment about Ding. He said more will be known after July 1 when the signing can become official. However, Cuban last year hired a Mandarin-speaking employee, Ryan Kline. He is from Dallas and attended Yale. He, too, declined to talk about the impact that Ding might have on the Mavericks off the court.
Vincent Ellis: Another tidbit, SVG: Stanley Johnson likely won't play at Orlando Pro Summer League for Detroit Pistons on.freep.com/2qDWT6L via @freep
Vincent Ellis: SVG also said Henry Ellenson and Mike Gbinije would definitely play for #Pistons at summer league.
The Mavericks have put the wheels in motion to sign veteran Chinese swingman Ding Jinhui this summer and have him play in their summer league and likely be on their training camp roster, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said.
Derek Bodner: "I think everybody should bunker in to hear that news" (that Ben Simmons won't play in summer league). Brett Brown on @975TheFanatic
Ben Standig: Some Wizards Summer League news for ya. Chris McCullough told me he'll be in Vegas. Maybe all assumed, but no lock for 3rd year players.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source tells me OKC met with Monaco SG Billy Yakuba Ouattara as recruit to Thunder Summer League team.
If the franchise does start in 2017-18, the Clippers would push harder to have 2016 second-round pick David Michineau come to the United States to develop in their system rather than spend another season in France. At the very least, the hope is that Michineau will play in summer league in Las Vegas.
The Thunder will go its separate ways for the offseason, but one player will be back in an Oklahoma City uniform this summer. Rookie Domantas Sabonis plans to play for the Thunder's team at the Orlando Pro Summer League in July.
Mark Medina: Nwaba has non guaranteed contract on his second season. So he'll be with Lakers for summer league and training camp in hopes to crack roster
Brian Windhorst: Ben Simmons has been cleared for 5-on-5 work after a clean scan on his right foot today. But he is not expected to play in summer league.
Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked about the possibility of Ben Simmons playing in the summer league. "I think it would be good if he did," Brown said. "But I wouldn't say it is a prerequisite. Still, his health and the judgment of his health rules the day. I don't know what that looks like when we are talking about the summer league."
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Sixers summer guard Bryon Allen, of the Italian SeriaA2, is signing in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Brian Seltzer: Lloyd Pierce confirms both Jerami Grant and Nik Stauskas have finished their playing stint with Sixers in Vegas. https://t.co/wLN4R31rUi
The third surgery installed a synthetic material that is mostly indiscernible and believed to be the first in a pro basketball player. It requires a close view to notice scarring under his hair, the only visual remnants of his ordeal. It sure does not show in his play, which included returning for Gran Canaria’s last 10 games in April and May. “It was never a question of 'if,'” Kuric said. “It was just 'when.' Afterward, I’m just so much more thankful about everything. I don’t have bad days. Nothing bothers me. Somebody cuts you off in traffic. It’s no big deal. Whatever. Go ahead.
“Nobody here knows what happened, which is great. I don’t want people looking at me thinking, ‘Awwww, get him a basket please. Let him shoot, like the 13th guy coming off the bench when you’re down by 30.’" Instead, entering Tuesday's summer league action, Kuric has been the Suns "guy coming off the bench" for 16 points in 28 minutes of play … eight months after nearly dying.
Mike Richman: Shabazz Napier will play for the Blazers summer league team. Should get real minutes since he's the only roster guy who can play PG.
Paul Garcia: Livio Jean-Charles and Davis Bertans are both on the Spurs' Summer League roster for Vegas. https://t.co/M0yqofUi0l
Alex Kennedy: Nate Wolters will play with the Washington Wizards' Summer League team in Vegas. He played with the Indiana Pacers in Orlando Summer League.
Alex Kennedy: Source: Brandon Paul will play with the 76ers' Summer League team in Las Vegas. He did well with the Hornets while in Orlando Summer League.
Alex Kennedy: D-League MVP Jarnell Stokes is playing for the San Antonio Spurs' Summer League team. He averaged 20.6 PPG (on 66.5 FG%), 9.3 RPG last year.
Chris Reichert: Erick Green (Reno Bighorns in 15/16) will be at Las Vegas SL with the Portland Trail Blazers, per a league source
Scott Howard-Cooper: 76ers say Ben Simmons will not play Tues vs Spurs, but not because he left tonight’s game with leg cramps. Probably would have rested anyway
Mitchell Brown: BIG NEWS! Former @ODUMBB guard Trey Freeman is now playing with the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League. @WTKR3 #WTKRSports
David Mayo: #Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije has suffered a right ankle sprain and will miss the rest of summer league, team announces.
Chris Reichert: Jerrelle Benimon with be at LVSL playing for the Brooklyn Nets, per a league source #DLeagueAlum
Chris Reichert: Tu Holloway (Texas Legends) will play for the NBA D-League Select team at LVSL, per a league source
Alex Kennedy: Micheal Eric will be playing for the Washington Wizards' Summer League team, per sources.
Alex Kennedy: Quinn Cook to play for D-League Select Team in Summer League. He was D-League ROY (19.6 PPG, 5.4 APG, 3.9 RPG 1.2 SPG, 46.6% FG, 38.2% 3PT).
Marc J. Spears: Landry Fields and 7-6 center Mamadou N'Diaye from UC Irvine on Warriors' summer league team. twitter.com/warriorspr/sta…
Tim Kawakami: Warriors announce that assistant Jarron Collins will coach their summer league team (if that hadn't already been announced, I'm not sure).
Alex Kennedy: Arinze Onuaku is playing Summer League with ORL. He has history with Vogel. He was with IND for camp/preseason in 2014-15, and SL last year.
Adam Johnson: In addition to the Knicks, Ognjen Kuzmic is expected to play for the Golden State Warriors summer league team, sources tell D-League Digest.
Tony Jones: Former Utah State star Spencer Butterfield will play with the Utah Jazz in summer league, League sources tell The Tribune
Chris Reichert: Scotty Hopson and Nate Wolters both playing for the Indiana Pacers at Orlando SL -- yeeeesssssss! #DLeagueAlum
Brad Turner: Clips roster for Orlando Summer League: Brice Johnson, CJ Wilcox, Branden Dawson, Andrew Andrews, Alex Hamilton, Vince Hunter, David Michineau, Royce O'Neale, Greg Stiemsma, Diamond Stone, TaShawn Thomas, Julian Washburn, Wes Washpun. Brendan O'Connor is head coach.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Alex Tyus, won the Euroleague under David Blatt, agreed to play for Washington Wizards in Vegas.
Chris Kroeger: #Hornets announce Frank Kaminsky will not play in summer league. Kaminsky is having procedure to remove "pocket of air" from chest.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Shonn Miller, forward from UConn, agreed to Summer League deal with Utah Jazz.
Alex Kennedy: Darington Hobson will be playing on the Atlanta Hawks' Summer League team, per sources.
After going without selection in the NBA draft, former Alabama basketball player Retin Obasohan will get his shot as a free agent. The Sacramento Kings signed him to a summer league contract for another tryout in the 11-day Las Vegas league.
They have non-guaranteed deals with Jarell Eddie and Drew Gooden to make decisions on by July 15, before they become fully guaranteed. Eddie will play at Las Vegas summer league. If they move on from Gooden, there's a strong chance he can be used in a trade package to fill out the roster.
The Portland Trail Blazers are still two weeks away from heading to Las Vegas for NBA Summer League, but their potential roster is starting to take shape. Four players from last year's roster –Pat Connaughton, Cliff Alexander, Luis Montero and Noah Vonleh – are all slated to play in Vegas again this season. They will be joined by second-round draft pick Jake Layman, who plans to arrive in Portland in early July to practice with the rest of the summer league roster.
The Courier-Journal reported last week that point guard Russ Smith has also accepted an invitation from the Blazers to join the summer league roster.
Aaron Johnson: Former Arizona State center, Jordan Bachynski informed me that he will play in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Portland Trail #Blazers.
Cleanthony Early, Phil Jackson’s first-ever draft pick, will be featured on the Knicks summer-league team that will compete in Orlando as he attempts a comeback from last season’s gunshot. Early, selected in the second round at No. 34 in 2014, is a free agent and has been a major disappointment. His career hit rock-bottom last December when he was shot in the knee in a robbery after leaving a Queens strip club in the early morning.
Kevin Durant's looming free agency will overtake Oklahoma City and, really, the entire sports world at the start of July. But for the Thunder, another important summer checkpoint will be ongoing at the same time: summer league. A few of OKC's young pieces are expected to compete: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary. But perhaps the Thunder's most anticipated young talent, rookie Domantas Sabonis, won't be in Orlando for summer league, The Oklahoman has learned. But it's for good reason. Sabonis, the 11th overall pick acquired in the Serge Ibaka trade, will focus on competing for his home country of Lithuania in the summer Olympics. His father, Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, is the president of the Lithanian Basketball Federation. The country has a well-respected history in international hoops competitions, including three Olympic bronze medals. Sabonis is expected to play a role on the team, alongside fellow NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Kyle Kuric, overcame brain surgery to remove tumor, has joined the Phoenix Suns for Summer League. This dude is a HERO.
Former Wyoming guard Josh Adams has signed with the Denver Nuggets after he wasn't taken in the NBA draft. Adams will audition for his hometown team during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July 8-18.
Jake Fischer: Sixers forward Richaun Holmes will play both Utah and Las Vegas summer league, according to a league source.
David 'Dubi' Pick: I'm told Mavericks agreed to Summer League deal with Casey Prather. He won the championship in Australia.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Devin Booker, MVP in France, agreed to Summer League deal with New York Knicks.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Former San Antonio draftee Cady Lalanne, gold-winner in Puerto Rico, added to Spurs roster for Summer League (Orlando and Vegas).
Alex Kennedy: Former Illinois star Brandon Paul is playing Summer League with the Charlotte Hornets.
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Clutch Points: Isaiah Thomas is expected to work out with the Golden State Warriors on Monday, sources tell @markhaynesnba. pic.twitter.com/aXdiqpdJcl
Lakers legend Pau Gasol, Marc’s older brother, recently sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca as he discussed the future of his sibling. Pau’s response was cryptic, but it is clear that he is hoping that Marc returns to Spain: “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Pau said (h/t Sam Yip of Fan Nation). “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
“I’ve been on him about things I need from him,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Nurk, I know you are going to be a free agent, and I understand you have to have a great year. You need me for you to have a great year, and I need you for us to have a good year. We need each other, right?’ “I’m going to give him every opportunity to have a great year. Because if he has a great year, that means we are a pretty damn good team. Because he is a good player. But that means he has to be focused and be in shape. Because you are only going to play as many minutes as you are physically able. If you are out there tired, uh-uh, come on, gotta get you out. There are good players behind you.”
It is unclear exactly what Nurkic and his role will look like under Billups, but to hear Nurkic talk, Billups has given him a vision of being more involved on both ends. Billups has been careful not to publicly define roles, but in general, he has preached that the offense will include more ball movement. “I just want to feel wanted, and I think I just need more support, and what I mean by that is different playing style, more inside-out game, more chance,” Nurkic said. “More chance to be successful and the position where they put you in. It’s all about the coach and where they put you, and I think Chauncey has figured out that certain people are going to have one to three points less, but the team is going to be way more successful with ball movement and playing together and be more fun. Even at the defensive end.”
Virtus Bologna’s win over LBA newcomer Tortona in SuperCup Quarterfinal game yesterday night was overshadowed by a serious injury occurred to Nigerian center Ekpe Udoh, who appears to have injured his patellar tendon in a no-contact situation. Former Fenerbahce center was taken out of the court in a stretcher and after the game coach Sergio Scariolo confirmed the seriousness of the injury, adding that the team will look for a replacement in the market: “He’s our cornerstone, both on attack and on defense. It’s dramatic, I hope that it serves to understand that you need to respect the players. Here there are stickers on the court everywhere, in the NBA it’s not the case. We will look for a replacement”.
“We are in shock and worried,” Scariolo said after the game on Udoh’s injury. The Italian coach spoke against the use of slippery stickers on basketball floors which have often caused players to hurt themselves.
However, if you ask former Suns forward Matt Barnes, the Suns aren’t favored to make it back to the Finals. In an episode of “The Jump”, Barnes had this to say. (via Fadeaway World, NBA on ESPN YouTube): “Love CP! Love Book! Experience is the best teacher and they have that now. But if the West is healthy, it’s going to be loaded, and it’s going to be tough [for the Suns] to get out. I wouldn’t bet on them, with all due respect. Like I said, great young team, one of the best floor generals we’ve ever seen in the history of this game. But again, a lot of things lined up perfect for them to do what they did last year.”