“I feel confident,” Valanciunas said. “First of all, I like what we do. I enjoy it. I give myself to it. It was a great summer. I worked a lot on a lot of things, different areas. I’m coming back in a good mood. [The Lithuanian national team] didn’t win, but at least we played good at [FIBA EuroBasket]. So now I’m coming back ready to play, mentally in good shape, physically in good shape.”
July 19, 2018 | 8:27 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: Nuggets guard Monte Morris has agreed to a three-year, $4.8M deal with the team. First two seasons guaranteed. Denver converts Morris, the No. 51 pick in 2017, from a two-way contract to a standard deal.
Royce Young: Dennis Schroder appears to be excited about his move to OKC. (And if you’re wondering, he spoke with Sam Presti and Billy Donovan before the trade and understands his role will be as a sixth man.)
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas the winners of the 2018 Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. They are Puerto Rico native, disaster relief advocate and NBA Champion J.J. Barea; five-time WNBA All-Star, education and heart health activist Tina Charles; and 14-year NBA veteran and global education and leadership supporter Boris Diaw. The winners will be recognized on Thursday, September 6that the Reunion Dinner at the Hall of Fame during Enshrinement Weekend.
July 19, 2018 | 7:03 pm EDT Update
David Aldridge: Sixers got involved with deal after Nemanja Bjelica pulled out of verbal agreement to sign with Philly. It left a need for another big/floor stretcher which @Mike Muscala (@PL_MBB !) can help fill. Career 38 percent shooter from three with Hawks.