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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

General manager Vlade Divac said Marvin Bagley III could eventually play some small forward.

To be clear, he's not expected to play the three much or in the short term, but the Kings believe he could play there when he game develops. Bagley is athletic enough to play the three, but there will be limitless concerns about how he'll fair on defense. The Kings have a lot of frontcourt players, so maybe this is an option to help others get minutes. Either way, Bagley is a decent bet to lead the team is scoring in his rookie year.
Jun 22 - 7:49 PM

Markelle Fultz has been working with shooting coach Drew Hanlen in Los Angeles.

Earlier today, coach Brett Brown said the 76ers coaches are going to take an "elementary" approach to reclaim Fultz's shot the summer, but Fultz is already getting a start on it with outside help. Hanlen has worked with a litany of NBA players like Bradley Beal and more recently Mo Bamba. After Fultz had the yips last year, all parties involved in his on-court life seem to know that his improvement starts and ends with his jump shot.
Jun 22 - 7:02 PM

Mo Bamba said he feels like he "can be one of the best rim protectors in the league as a rookie."

"It’s something that I’ve really tried to master early in my career and it’s only going to get better,’’ Bamba said. General manager John Hammond had to be salivating over taking Bamba and his 7'10" wingspan, and the team mentioned he loved his character. While Bamba has been parading his improvement on his jumper this offseason, his impact on shot blocking makes him a great fantasy target in a year without much depth at center.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 22 - 6:40 PM

Wilson Chandler will exercise his player option for next season.

It's a $12.8 million decision for Chandler, so it wasn't a tough call for the 31-year-old forward in what should be a tight free agency for spending. Chandler has bounced back nicely from missing the entire 2015-16 season with a only 19 games missed over the last two seasons combined, including 71 stars last year. He'll still be 32 years old and likely will be looking for one more big contract next summer.
Jun 22 - 6:22 PM
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