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JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Clippers.

Yes, this has what it's come to for the Clippers. They can't sign anyone big because of their cap space, so they might actually have to sign Pierre McGee. This could get weird, but he does have some potential.
Jul 4 - 3:32 PM

Second-round pick Branden Dawson looked like a bargain on Saturday against the Magic, scoring 14 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 27 minutes.

He was awesome today and had a couple beautiful higlight-reel jams. The Clippers used $600K to buy the 56th pick off the Pelicans and didn't have a first-round pick (Doc Rivers trade), so Dawson could be one of the best players for them at summer league. He's a small forward and will have a very tough time getting minutes with the big club.
Jul 4 - 3:10 PM

Royce White missed one shot from the field and both from the line against the Magic on Saturday, adding two assists, two turnovers and no rebounds.

He looked to be in shape, but he just wasn't active on either end. White is going to have to improve to even get a training camp invite.
Jul 4 - 3:10 PM

Elfrid Payton struggled with his shot during a 75-74 overtime win over the Clippers on Saturday, making 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

He's been working on his jumper a lot and it was looking good in practice, but it didn't translate today. Payton did have some confidence and he was on balance more often in this game. He's still a mid-round player to think about in standard leagues.
Jul 4 - 3:08 PM

Aaron Gordon started his summer league with a bang against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 18 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

The bad news here is he only made 4-of-10 from the line, so that continues to be a big problem for him. He had a lot of confidence in his mid-range jumper, which was a big question for him coming into this offseason. Gordon is an athletic freak and has length to defend, so an improved jumper would go a long way. That said, he's really in a tough spot for playing time with Tobias Harris coming back.
Jul 4 - 3:05 PM

Dante Cunningham agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Pelicans.

The Pelicans dropped over $225 million on their big men on Wednesday, so they were lucky to spend a lot less here. Cunningham is not a fantasy factor.
Jul 4 - 3:02 PM

Mario Hezonja hit a game-winning 3-pointer during overtime in his summer league debut, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers.

His 3-pointer was from two feet behind the line and it was nothing but net. Hezonja plays with a lot of swagger and his first step was on full display. He also had a wrap-around pass and a no-look dish in transition. The rookie wasn't very active off the ball, but it'll come. He might be your favorite rookie in no time.
Jul 4 - 2:59 PM

The Spurs have interest in Carlos Boozer.

The Spurs most likely won't be after him if they can sign David West. Boozer wants to join a contender, so he may want to sign with the Spurs. Obviously other teams would be able to pay him more and he would get more playing time with them, too.
Jul 4 - 2:50 PM

Trey Lyles has not been practicing because he hasn't signed his contract yet.

Usually, rookies have no problem signing deals, but the Jazz are trying to save some cap space right now to help them in free agency. He'll sign soon.
Jul 4 - 2:34 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood was held out of practice on Saturday due to a sore left shoulder.

Hood has battled several injuries in his brief NBA career, and he only managed to make 50 appearances during his rookie season. Hood has plenty of talent and is a legitimate threat from 3-point range, but he will need to stay healthy in order to fight for minutes with Alec Burks. It's probably a minor issue and the Jazz have every right to be cautious, but we will update Hood's status when we know more.
Jul 4 - 2:02 PM

The Wizards are still monitoring the David West situation, but they are also reportedly moving on to re-sign Drew Gooden and adding another wing.

The feeling is mutual between Gooden and the Wizards, so it's possible that a deal gets done relatively quickly. Gooden emerged as the primary big off the bench down the stretch last season, and the fact that he developed a 3-point shot bodes well for his chances of getting playing time next season. He is still not worth a look in standard leagues, though.
Jul 4 - 1:51 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Mavericks are still "firmly" in the mix for Jeremy Lin.

The Lakers, Pacers, Bulls, Clippers, Spurs, Grizzlies and Rockers are also rumored to be interested in Lin, but Dallas is easily the most desperate for a point guard. Lin would likely be the starter in Dallas with the way their roster is currently set up, so that would certainly be a best-case scenario for his fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 1:47 PM

Bismack Biyombo has agreed to sign a two-year, $6 million deal with the Raptors

It's a great value for the Raptors, as they now have a solid rim protector that they can bring off the bench behind Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo never really made a significant impact in Charlotte, but he really stepped up and showed some nice flashes when Al Jefferson injured his knee towards the end of last season. Biyombo is still raw on offense which will limit his upside, but he can be viewed as a blocks specialist in deeper fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 4 - 1:40 PM

Raul Neto arrived in Utah on Saturday to discuss his future with the Jazz.

The Jazz have had their eyes on Neto for a while now, and it looks like we could see him on the Jazz roster for the 2015-16 season. However, with Trey Burke and Dante Exum competing for minutes at point guard, Neto would have a difficult time cracking the rotation in Utah.
Jul 4 - 1:37 PM

The Pacers are discussing a sign-and-trade with the Clippers and Mavericks that would involve Roy Hibbert, DeAndre Jordan and Monta Ellis.

To be clear, Jordan would still go the Mavericks and Ellis would go to the Pacers, but a sign-and-trade would allow the Clippers to shore up their frontcourt by adding Hibbert. This won't be the last rumor we hear regarding Hibbert, but we will let you know if this report picks up any steam. For what it's worth, Myles Turner is a name to watch for the Pacers after his impressive summer league debut.
Jul 4 - 1:05 PM



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