Summer League Rumors
In the latest episode of “Rookie On The Rise” from Young Hollywood, Young explains how a few NBA veterans have helped him make the jump to the NBA. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback since I’ve gotten drafted. Really throughout the Summer League, throughout the summer process and throughout these summer games, I’ve gotten a lot of texts from a lot of vets and a lot of guys I look up to. One of the main people I’ve been talking to is Kevin Durant. He reached out to me after our games in Utah, just trying to be encouraging and giving me a lot of advice about different things – on how to handle the media, and just everything that goes into basketball. Getting advice from him, guys like Donovan , guys like Allen Iverson…. One of the main things they’ve told me is to just remain the same. Remain the same person I am no matter what level I go to – because it’s gotten me this far and gotten me to this point. So, not to change anything, to continue to do things the right way.”
“I don’t think it’s an overreaction to say there was a little bit of a wake-up call after the last election,” Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez says. This year, for the first time, the NBA and NBPA partnered with RISE to Vote to bring voter registration tables to the Las Vegas Summer League and the Rookie Transition Program. “Commissioner Adam Silver has really emphasized that the players should do their social duty, their civic duty to vote and to speak out,” Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says. “I think that’s relatively new — the last five to six years — and I think it’s great for the NBA to do that.”
With general manager Sean Marks personally flying to scout Kurucs, the Nets gladly plucked him in the second round. But even then, his huge buyout kept him from playing in summer league. Only now has Kurucs started to show outsiders what the Nets claim they’ve seen for awhile. “Extremely impressive,” Spencer Dinwiddie said. “He brings a lot of energy, he’s a high-effort guy. Everybody is surprised — or pleasantly surprised — with the way he’s been shooting the ball, which is a huge added bonus. “But we knew coming in after the training camp that he had a chance to be effective for us, and he’s just showing you guys what we’ve been able to see for about a month.”
Ian Begley: David Fizdale has been impressed by Allonzo Trier this far. He said the Knicks have charted six chase-down blocks from Trier in scrimmages dating back to Summer League. Trier is on a two-way contract.
The Chicago Bulls have signed free agents Kaiser Gates and JaKarr Sampson to round out their 2018-19 training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gates (6-8, 227) played in three games on the Bulls’ 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League team, averaging 6.7 points per game. Prior to his Summer League experience, Gates played three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), appearing in in 97 games (22 starts). He finished his career with an average of 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Gates’ statistical averages improved in each season at Xavier, averaging 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds per game and scoring in double figures in 11 games in his final season. As a junior in 2017-18, his .378 shooting percentage from behind the arc ranked second on the Big East-champion Musketeers.
Marc Berman: According to his agency, Division II Morehead State guard Tyrius Walker, who played on Knicks summer league team, is signing an Exhibit 10 deal. He gets this new $50,000 bonus to join Westchester Knicks after he’s waived from training camp.
ORLANDOMAGIC.COM: You’ve gotten to see Mo Bamba play in Summer League and in some of the pre-camp workouts. How much of a load will he be ready for early in the season and how much of a chance to does have to be special in this league? STEVE CLIFFORD: “I certainly wouldn’t put any limits on who he can become, but I just hope that right now people are fair with him. He’s younger and physically he’s still developing. He’s worked hard this summer and since summer league he’s come in here every day and he’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s so easy to deal with and I’m so excited about working with him going forward.’’