Matt Norlander: Jake Wiley has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Brooklyn Nets, a source tells @CBSSports. He’ll be on a two-way contract.
David Pick: British rookie guard Luke Nelson will play for the Los Angeles Clippers at the NBA Summer League, according to source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Arizona's Kobi Simmons will sign a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Matt Norlander: T.J. Williams, the CAA Player of the Year out of Northeastern, has agreed to play Summer League with the Cavaliers, per a source.
Jordan Strack: Nigel Hayes will be playing with the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League according to his mom.
Kennedy Meeks: North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources say.
Michael Scotto: Former Kentucky Wildcats PF Derek Willis agreed to a Summer League deal with the Miami Heat, league sources told Basketball Insiders. #BBN
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets and Kamari Murphy (Miami) have agreed to a Summer League deal, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Mark Berman: Daryl Morey says Isaiah Hartenstein will play with the #Rockets this summer and continue to develop overseas. pic.twitter.com/Aa6k820Zk1
Jake Fischer: Deonte Burton will join the Minnesota Timberwolves in Summer League, according to a leaugue source. Has a real path to making the roster.
Chris Haynes: Undrafted rookie Zak Irvin of Michigan has committed to playing Summer League with the Miami Heat, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin's all-time 3-point leader, has agreed to join the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Chris Haynes: Undrafted rookie P.J. Dozier out of South Carolina has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell ESPN.
J. Michael: Kevin Pangos, Maalik Wayns ans Marcus Keene will play for #Wizards at Las Vegas summer league, league sources tell @CSNMA
Chris Haynes: Undrafted guard Melo Trimble of Maryland has agreed to a free-agent deal with Philadelphia, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Undrafted seven-footer rookie Luke Kornet out of Vanderbilt has agreed to a two-way deal with the New York Knicks, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Miami Heat have agreed to a Summer League deal with London Perrantes (Virginia), a league source told Basketball Insiders.
David Pick: Source: Undrafted SMU forward Ben Moore has agreed on partial-guarantee deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Michael Scotto: Washington Wizards have agreed to a Sumer League deal with Devin Robinson (Florida), a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Mark Berman: According to NBA sources the #Rockets have an agreement with undrafted free agent LJ Peak, small forward from Georgetown
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a Summer League deal with Milton Doyle, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Paul Garcia: Dejounte Murray, Derrick White & Jaron Blossomgame will all play at Summer League, Spurs' assistant GM confirms.
Susie Giese: Big news coming out of the US that @WarrnamboolS' & @Adelaide36ers' Nathan Sobey has signed with Utah Jazz for summer league @WboolStandard
Emiliano Carchia: Italian power forward Achille Polonara will play the NBA Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks, per source
Alex Kennedy: Former NBA player Bryce Cotton (who spent last season in Australia) will play Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks, according to sources.
Baker, 24, said he’s unclear if he’ll visit other clubs and stressed his agents are in charge. “It’s kind of up in the air,’’ Baker said of summer-league. “I’m not sure how the (free-agent) process works. I think I played a lot of quality minutes. I feel like the Knicks and other organizations know what I bring. Not that I’m shying away from summer league. Free agency is obviously a very important part of an athlete’s career. The decision not to play might be better than to actually play sometimes .’’
Los Angeles D-Fenders point guard Josh Magette will play for the Indiana Pacers in Orlando Summer League before suiting up for the Atlanta Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
IThe Celtics likely will have the most intriguing summer league team in Utah and Las Vegas when play begins next month. In addition to adding the No. 1 overall pick and potentially three second-round choices, director of player personnel Austin Ainge said Boston’s core of returning players is expected to include Jaylen Brown, Jordan Mickey, Ante Zizic and Demetrius Jackson, among others.
But 6-foot-9-inch forward Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have bone spurs removed from his ankles. Ainge said that Yabusele will not accompany the team during summer league play, instead remaining in Boston to maintain his rehabilitation schedule.
Anthony Puccio: I'm told Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead will be at LV Summer League. #Nets
David Pick: Philadelphia agreed on Summer League deal with former Sixers guard Larry Drew, according to source.
Rod Beard: I've heard that #Pistons Hilliard won't be playing at summer league. Might be to avoid injury again like last year.
Rod Beard: It appears that Henry Ellenson will be #Pistons focal point at summer league. If they keep the draft pick, he will be a second key player.
Michael Hart: 6'6 G/F Perrin Buford will play with the Boston Celtics in Utah and Las Vegas during *NBA summer league looking to earn a roster spot.
Clifford said he plans to bring O’Bryant, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber to Orlando for summer league next month, along with rookies chosen with the 11th and 41st overall picks.
As reported by French journal Var-Matin (h/t to BeBasket.fr), French forward William Howard, who recently signed a one-year deal with Limoges CSP, is expected to join the Memphis Grizzlies in July to play in the Summer League. Howard played in Pro B this season with Hyeres-Toulon, averaging 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Mitchell Creek, who has already locked in a Summer League spot with the Utah Jazz, will participate in Utah’s free agent mini-camp ahead of playing with the Jazz in both the Salt Lake City (July 3-6) and Las Vegas (July 7-17) Summer Leagues.
Nets Daily: Told Prince Ibeh is working out with Nets this summer. After going undrafted out of Texas he joined LI Nets last year. 6'11' C 7'5" wingspan. Ibeh @P33zus was DPOY in Big12. Lobs and blocks guy.
Will you play with the Spurs in the NBA Summer League? Bryn Forbes: "Yeah, I’ll play in the Summer League"
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).
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It speaks to both the Lakers’ historical relevance and standard of excellence as well as their current level of talent that Anthony feels this way. He clearly knows how good of a shot they have, no matter how “old” the veteran-laden roster is: “You’ve got to change your way of thinking, you’ve got to change your perspective… Being out there at this point in time of my career, we hear all of it. We hear that ‘they old’ and ‘the senior citizen home for basketball,’ but we just know what we bring to the game and what we bring to the table. And I say we’re wiser. Like we’re wise. We’re not old. 37 is young, 36 is young, it’s only old in the sports world, the basketball world. So like LeBron said, like other guys said, just watch and see. And I think people will enjoy the show.”
Now, with his real and best shot at a title in front of him, he’s putting the pressure back on himself and his talented cast of teammates to get it done (via “The Daily Show”): “There’s nothing that I’m trying to prove. If I hadn’t picked L.A., I would have been at peace walking away from the game, knowing that I gave everything I could and I still couldn’t win a championship. I would have been at peace with that. I would have been good. But now that I’m with the Lakers, I can’t be at peace with not winning a championship (laughs).”
When asked, Barnes said his favourite thing to do on the floor is applying defensive pressure, which should be no 20-year-old’s favourite thing to do on the floor. As is normal for a kid whose size and athleticism were obvious from an early age, Barnes got involved in the AAU system early, with all the attendant skill development that comes with it. That is not what defined his basketball infancy, though. “I was always playing with older guys. Me growing up, I loved playing,” Barnes said. “I’d just go to the Salvation Army, LA Fitness. And when you go to LA Fitness, it’s a bunch of 40-year-olds, 30-year-olds. I was probably like 13, 14, 12, going to LA Fitness, going to hoop, being a little kid and having fun playing those sorts of people. But it teaches you the game, seeing their knowledge, seeing how they play, seeing their patience, how they read the floor, because those players have played a long time ago. They’ve got a little bit of knowledge about basketball. … It would be so packed that if you lose, you’re not getting (back) on for two or three games.”
Moses Moody, who Golden State selected with the 14th pick in this past draft, went on to team up with Barnes (and top pick Cade Cunningham, among other future NBAers and top college players) and Montverde. His first experience with Barnes was as an opponent. “On the court, you just think he’s crazy,” Moody said. “My first time really playing against him, he did a close out, he was on the other team, I’m shooting a 3. He had his hair going everywhere — that’s when he had his dreads and stuff. He’s coming out screaming. I missed the shot. It’s crazy. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with this dude?’”
“I can predict the future, at least when it comes to basketball. Scottie Barnes is gonna be a big-time player in the NBA,” Young said, interrupting. “I think some of the knocks on him are that he doesn’t shoot it well. He’s not a polished offensive player. He does have to improve offensively. His jump shot has improved from when he got to us to, where it is now, and he’s gonna improve it more because he’s a high-character gym rat. “I get frustrated because a lot of people say he’s Draymond Green. He ain’t Draymond Green. He’s Scottie Pippen. That’s what I first saw when I saw him in the ninth grade. I saw Scottie Pippen.”
The newest Grizzlies big man recently spoke candidly about his possible tarnished reputation in the area. Via Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian: “My reputation here is actually not that great I don’t think,” Adams said. “Because Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) punched me in the face as a rookie, and then you guys lost Game 7 because of it — just to bring up some old stuff.”
A clearly agitated Randolph straight up socked a fresh-faced Steven Adams. The hilarious part is that the Kiwi big man barely even flinched, and didn’t look at all like he wanted to retaliate against his Grizzlies rival. “I definitely remember the type of battles (in Memphis), because they had a real gritty team,” he said. “(Oklahoma City) had a gritty team. Memphis had a gritty team. But Memphis has always been known as the Grindhouse, you know what I mean? “I think I have a good idea (what the culture is like), from playing against it. But I’ll just have to see what it is like when you are a part of it.”
“We’re good now, and we’re going to be good year in and year out. We’re going to build our own building, more of our own identity, more of our own personality. And I think some of the fans on the other side, if you will, it’s like, ‘What? You dare to question our supremacy?’ No, we do. “There’s 30 teams in the league. There’s 29 others. And we got one that happens to be based in L.A. And we got our fans. We use our expression, ‘LA Our Way.’ And we’re building our own presence, identity. And if the other guys feel a little threatened — the other guys’ fans, I mean; the players are actually a little different deal — but if they feel a little threatened, that’s OK. It means we’re doing good.”