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Jahlil Okafor reportedly has not received interest from any NBA clubs thus far in free agency.

The former No. 3 overall pick has had a tough time adjusting to the modern NBA, and his inability to find meaningful minutes in Brooklyn this past season was a bit of a red flag. He should be able to get an offer at some point, but it won't be for much money and he'll be relegated to a backup role. It's tough to see him landing in a situation where he'd be a factor in fantasy hoops.
Source: Amico Hoops
Jul 15 - 3:17 PM

Jaylen Brown says Jabari Bird is a "really, really good player" and that he'll "show everyone."

He's had a good summer league and will probably make the Celtics roster, but he's worked to get here. According to A. Sherrod Blakely, Bird drove an hour for 6 a.m. workouts in San Francisco earlier this summer and would break down the 400 or so shots he would take in those workouts afterward. Trainer Packie Turner, who has also coached Steph Curry said, "He has always wanted to be in the gym." Adding, "but you could tell, he could see how close he was and came in committed to doing everything he could to make it happen, now." Maybe we'll see his work pay off this season with the C's.
Jul 15 - 1:55 PM

Coach Doc Rivers believes it's easier to rebuild when you haven't won and they "haven’t won crap in L.A."

"But we're trying to," he added. Rivers was being asked about the rebuild the Celtics have gone through and this led him to talk about the Clippers own rebuild which may have caused a little frustration. "It’s called being with the Clippers," he said when talking about his up and down tenure in L.A. He did finish the interview on a positive note, however, saying, "I like where we’re at as a team; I’ll say that."
Jul 15 - 12:40 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg praised Jabari Parker and believes he is a "really good fit" with the Bulls.

"He’s great in transition," Hoiberg added. "He’ll fit in very well with the way we want to play as far as getting up and down the floor with pace. I think all across the board it’s a really good fit for us." Parker is still very young and as long as he can get and remain healthy, still has the potential to have a fantastic career. Playing for his hometown Bulls could motivate him even further.
Jul 15 - 11:49 AM

Coach David Fizdale is flying to Latvia to meet with Kristaps Porzingis and one of his priorities is showing Porzingis "a lot of film of Kevin Knox."

Fizdale has talked about how well he thinks they'll complement each other and is already dreaming of a pick-and-roll play featuring the two. Fizdale believes Porzingis and Knox can be a "dynamic duo for the next several years." Knox had this to add about KP, "He’s one of the best players in the league, so it will be fun to play with him." Hopefully, the Unicorn has a speedy recovery and we can see this sooner rather than later.
Jul 15 - 11:12 AM

Mitchell Robinson has switched agents from Raymond Brothers to John Spencer because of how his pre-draft process was handled.

He believes he could have been a first-round pick had he taken part in the combine, but his reps decided he shouldn't the day before. "He had trained two months just for the combine and he was ready for it,’’ one source said. Robinson would have been in store for a much bigger payday than his 4-year, $6.4 million deal had he gone in the first round.
Jul 15 - 10:55 AM

According to reports, Georgios Papagiannis is more likely to return to Europe than to continue playing with the Blazers.

He's on contract through the 2018-19 season, but it seems the likely scenario is that he returns to play in Greece. Papagiannis is expected to get heavy interest from his former team Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, where David Blatt is the head coach. Papa G only logged four minutes for Portland, so this shouldn't hurt the Blazers too much if he does decide to leave.
Source: Hoops Hype
Jul 15 - 10:19 AM

Jaren Jackson Jr. swatted seven shots during a win over the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

Those seven blocks tie the Vegas record for blocks in a game. Jackson has put up a slew of blocks on smaller players, and it's becoming even more clear that he can play defense in space. As the Grizzlies try to expand his offensive limits, Jackson Jr. has trended down since his 29-point opener, but he continues to be an impactful player.
Jul 15 - 12:15 AM

Jevon Carter scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

He had a strong game on Thursday with Kobi Simmons sitting, but this time Carter did damage on offense with Kobi in the starting lineup next to him. Carter was viewed as a defense-first guard for his big-time steals numbers, but his offense has been eye-catching. If he has a big camp, maybe Carter can find some time with the big club before 2019.
Jul 15 - 12:13 AM

Christian Wood scored 27 points with 12 rebounds, one steal, one 3-pointer and five blocks in 29 minutes against the 76ers.

A line like this could mean something sometimes, but Wood is from UNLV and just went off in his old stomping grounds. Plus, it was a revenge game against his former team. Maybe the Bucks give him a camp invite, but for now he's not someone to monitor.
Jul 14 - 10:46 PM

De'Anthony Melton scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

He's impressing his GM, the summer-league staff, and head coach Mike D'Antoni. The Rockets have whiffed for the most part in free agency, so maybe Melton can compete with James Ennis. Considering his motor and how he'll be taking a ton of threes, Melton is a guy to watch. He's also part of the Drew Hanlen crew.
Jul 14 - 8:55 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. scored six points with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Pistons during an event-ending loss on Saturday.

He finally struggled on offense, making just 1-of-8 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line. Carter's rebounding has been a focus for the Bulls coaching staff, but now his rim protection on defense moves to the foreground because he'll have to help Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker on the wings. You can bet WCJ get at least 1.0 blocks per game in his rookie year. Maybe closer to two.
Jul 14 - 8:52 PM

Antonio Blakeney scored 24 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

It's too bad the Bulls signed power small forward Jabari Parker, because there was a chance we could've seen Blakeney in some spots in possible three-guard lineups. Blakeney just dropped 28 on Wednesday and scored 25 on Saturday, so he's proven to be one of the better scorers in Vegas. He's helped his chances to move up the depth chart.
Jul 14 - 8:50 PM

The Celtics will release Kadeem Allen, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

The Celtics will pursue another player to go as a two-way deal. We saw some spot action of Allen during the season when the Celtics were banged up, but Allen only scored 3.0 points per game with 2.0 assists.
Jul 14 - 6:45 PM

Chimezie Metu fractured his left wrist during action at the Las Vegas Summer League.

That means he should be out anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on the severity. It was a little odd that Metu had a huge cast on his wrist earlier this week, but the team called it a sprained wrist. He was an adept rim protect and showed he could be a roll man in PNR. He's not NBA-ready yet.
Jul 14 - 6:02 PM


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