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Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) has a cast on his right foot.

He suffered three left foot injuries, so this is something new for the Kentucky product. He went 41st in the draft for injury concerns and apparently those concerns are justified.
Jun 23 - 7:49 PM

Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said drafting two guards was about the direction the Clippers are going.

The Clippers are already pretty guard heavy with Lou Williams locked up, Austin Rivers coming back, and Patrick Beverley for a year, so maybe the team thinks they can unload Pat-Bev's contract or something along those lines. They're likely going to lose DeAndre Jordan this summer, so apparently they're banking on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Jerome Robinson breaking out.
Jun 23 - 3:27 PM

Carmelo Anthony has informed Oklahoma City that he will not exercise his early termination option and has opted into the final year of his contract.

It was a no-brainer for Melo. He'll stay in OKC and earn $27.9 million in 2018-19. Last season, he became the first player since 2015-16 to attempt at least 15 shots a night, yet shot below 41 percent from the floor. Had Anthony elected to enter free agency, he would have had to take a massive pay cut.
Jun 23 - 12:42 PM

Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that the Hornets planned to stash Arnoldas Kulboka in Europe next season.

The Hornets drafted Kulboka 55th overall pick in the 2018 draft. "We had earmarked him as the only player that we thought might be available to take at 55 ..." Kupchak said after the draft. "He's 20 years old; he's got one really, really good skill — he can really shoot the ball." As long as Kulboka stays overseas, he won't take up a roster spot.
Jun 23 - 12:32 PM

Former Bucks assistant Sean Sweeney has agreed to a deal to become one of Dwane Casey’s new top assistants.

After getting fired by the Raptors, despite winning the 2018 NBA Coach of the Year Award, Casey inked a five-year deal with Detroit. He is now rounding out his staff.
Jun 23 - 12:28 PM

Pistons rookie Bruce Brown (foot) said he is 100 percent healthy.

Brown had surgery on his left foot last season as a sophomore but is now ready to roll. "I’m good to go," Brown said. "I’m fully cleared. All my medicals look fine at the combine so I’m ready to go 100 percent." The versatile guard averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 boards and 4.0 assists in 2017-18.
Jun 23 - 12:17 PM

ESPN's Chris Hayes is reporting that Portland plans to add John Jenkins to their summer league roster.

Jenkins was originally drafted 23rd overall by the Hawks back in 2012. His last NBA appearance came in 2016-17 with Phoenix. Last season he played for San Pablo Burgos in Spain.
Jun 23 - 11:00 AM

There is tension between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets, according to NBA reporter Chris Broussard.

Paul opted into the final year of his contract last July to facilitate his trade to Houston. In the process, he sacrificed approximately $10 million. He reportedly believed the Rockets would pay him the max this summer. Broussard says that may not happen. "There was definitely some type of handshake, wink wink, 'we’re going to max you out' last summer. But here’s the thing: Now, they’re not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn’t want to do that. But they’ve got an out, because they have new ownership. So, Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like, 'I want to do it, but we’ve got the new owner doesn’t want to give you five years, four years.'"
Jun 23 - 10:19 AM

The Knicks have tendered Luke Kornet a qualifying offer, according to Mike Vorkunov of the Athletic.

Kornet is now a restricted free agent. It's a two-way contract and New York can match any offer he receives. However, Kornet still has the right to sign an NBA contract with another team. The UniKorn averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers in 16.3 minutes per game for the Knicks last season.
Jun 23 - 9:42 AM

The Lakers have officially informed LiAngelo Ball he will not be on their Summer League team.

Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers were "determined to make this a basketball decision but as one source put it, 'obviously there’s more to it than basketball.' In other words - the LaVar effect was real." It remains to be seen if this has any adverse impact on the relationship between Lonzo and the team, although Lonzo has done a good job of separating himself from the drama surrounding his father.
Jun 23 - 9:39 AM

Kawhi Leonard has made it "very, very clear" that he wants to be traded to the Lakers, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

Here's the full quote from Smith: "From what I am being told… he’s made it very, very clear that he’s looking to go to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers and he does not care about the $219 million super max he could sign." Spurs GM R.C. Buford said after the draft on Thursday night that the Spurs would prefer to keep Leonard, but that they would explore all of their options. San Antonio will continue to try and mend fences, but it appears Kawhi may have played his last game as a Spur.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:19 AM

Coach Ty Lue said he plans to take a personal interest in Collin Sexton's development.

"I'm just excited, man," Lue said. "Just to be able to have a young talent that I can help mold and build and make better and teach him." You could read between the lines on this regarding LeBron James, and it sure does sound like the Cavs will be focusing on player development. Sexton is going to take time to develop, so he has more value in dynasty than in redraft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 8:20 PM

General manager Neil Olshey said Gary Trent Jr. will be able to contribute right away.

The Blazers were never really able to fill the void left by Allen Crabbe with the likes of Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton and Moe Harkless lacking consistency. Trent Jr. is one of the better shooters in the draft and Olshey added that the Blazers are good at developing guards. Maybe he can get 15-20 minutes before January.
Jun 22 - 8:08 PM

The Blazers are going to be patient with Anfernee Simons, according to general manager Neil Olshey.

Not surprising at all for a guy that didn't play in college last year after he de-committed from Louisville. Simons was viewed as one of the better prospects for 2019 mock drafts, but the Blazers will likely have him develop in the G League.
Jun 22 - 8:05 PM

Zach Collins will play at Summer League for the Blazers.

He should absolutely dominate after he showed some promise down the stretch last season. If Collins has a strong offseason, he may be able to earn a starting job. He's someone to watch, especially if the Blazers don't bring Jusuf Nurkic back.
Jun 22 - 8:02 PM



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