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Manu Ginobili has officially agreed to a two-year deal with the Spurs.

This was all but a formality after Ginobili wrote a lengthy blog post about his decision to come back, but his deal is for two years and $5.7 million with a player option, according to Shams Charania of RealGM. Ginobili will likely re-evaluate his desire to return for a 15th NBA season after the 2015-16 season is over, but he's not much of a fantasy asset outside of deeper leagues at this stage in his career.
Jul 7 - 11:29 AM

Cory Jefferson (ankle) is dealing with an ankle injury and will not continue to play in Summer League.

Jefferson showed flashes during his rookie season, so this is a bet of a setback for the 24-year-old. His partially guaranteed contract is expected to be picked up on July 15, so he should have a spot waiting for him in the Nets rotation, but Jefferson can largely be ignored by fantasy owners in standard leagues.
Jul 7 - 11:13 AM

The Timberwolves officially signed Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday.

The signing was mostly a formality as rookie contracts are slotted, but Towns and fellow first-rounder Tyus Jones have officially been signed. The two rookies played in high school together and Towns spoke of their existing chemistry, so it will be interesting to see how they mesh with a young Timberwolves squad. While Towns still has some room to grow as a player, he should be a solid mid-round fantasy pick this season and will provide his owners with plenty of upside.
Jul 7 - 11:06 AM

Dante Exum (ankle) was seen wearing an ankle brace after Monday's Summer League action and will be evaluated on Tuesday.

Exum didn't require a walking boot or crutches after the game, so there's a chance that his sprained ankle won't keep him out too long. The 19-year-old has a tremendous opportunity to seize a larger role in Utah's rotation and could be a late-round fantasy steal if he's able to live up to his potential.
Source: ESPN
Jul 7 - 10:59 AM

Terry Rozier said he's still adjusting to the pace of the NBA game, but added that speed isn't among his worries.

While Rozier said he still needs to adjust his concept of pace now that he's in the NBA, he isn't lacking confidence in his speed. Have to admit, I’m pretty fast," the 21-year-old said said. "Not trying to sound all cocky, but I’m pretty fast, and I’ve been like that since I was young. I’m fast with the ball and damn fast without the ball." While Rozier has some upside, he'll be part of a crowded Celtics backcourt and shouldn't be drafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 7 - 10:49 AM

Manu Ginobili said the desire is still there to return for his 14th NBA season.

"I didn't watch the second round of playoffs, nor the Conference finals," Ginobili wrote on La Nacion. "I was still I bit hurt. Then, when I watched the finals. I missed it a little. I felt that itch telling me I wanted to play again. The fire is still burning." Ginobili is likely to see something similar to the 22.7 minutes he averaged in 2014-15, so while he still has the ability to have a big game once in a while, the 37-year-old can be ignored in standard fantasy drafts.
Source: La Nacion
Jul 7 - 10:44 AM

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said the team is closer to resolving Trey Lyles' contract situation.

While there have been rumors that the Jazz may trade Lyles, Lindsey attempted to keep fans from reading into the situation on Monday. "We’ll have some news for our fans here real short, so no worries," Lindsey said. Lyles has not practiced with the Jazz and Lindsay said the team is temporarily keeping him out of contract in order to maintain some extra cap space. We'll keep an eye on this situation, but it sounds like Lyles should be signed soon.
Jul 7 - 10:29 AM

Bradly Beal said he's working on staying injury-free for the 2015-16 season.

This is music to fantasy owners' ears as Beal has missed 54 out of 246 games in his three NBA seasons. "You just gotta get with a program," Beal said. "You got to figure out a program that’s good for you. I’m getting together with some of our trainers soon to do do that. We’re going to talk about what kind of things I need to eat, what I should stop eating and what I need to do to stay injury-free." If Beal can indeed stay healthy next season, he should be able to provide his fantasy owners with early-mid round fantasy value.
Source: SLAM
Jul 7 - 10:05 AM

Lou Williams said that he wanted to stay with the Toronto Raptors.

Speaking on a radio show in Canada on Monday, Williams said he was "kind of a little disappointed I wasn’t allowed to stay in Toronto, but things happen, you move forward." Williams said he gave the Raptors a chance to match his three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers, but was told to take the offer. The 28-year-old won't see starters minutes with the Lakers, but he should still see enough playing time to make for a useful late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Jul 7 - 9:37 AM

The Phoenix Suns are exploring trading Markieff Morris, according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post.

Morris and Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek haven't always seen eye-to-eye, so this would make some sense with Marcus Morris already being traded to Detroit. Markieff has an affordable $8 million per year deal and should have a decent trade market, so we'll keep our eye on this situation as it develops. He'll continue to provide mid-to-late round fantasy value as long as he lands somewhere where he's starting.
Jul 7 - 9:28 AM

Jack Cooley lived under the boards in his 16 minutes of action against the Celtics, scoring 13 points with 13 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

He had a ridiculous seven offensive rebounds in just 16 minutes. In the most pointless stat you'll see for the day, there have only been 50 instances during an NBA game since 1985 in which a player grabbed seven offensive boards in 16 or less minutes, including J.J. Hickson and Cory Jefferson this past season. As for Cooley, he still has work to do for minutes with the big club.
Jul 6 - 11:30 PM

Marcus Smart hit 6-of-20 shots (2-of-10 3PTs, 12-of-13 FTs) for 26 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

Smart looked like a man playing with boys out there and with all Summer League disclaimers aside, it does look like he had a productive summer. He'll have to vie for touches in the Celtics backcourt, but there should be enough to go around and Smart looks like a post-Hype guy heading into this season.
Jul 6 - 11:25 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood looked fantastic against the Celtics on Monday, scoring 23 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

It was a different Rodney Hood tonight with his effectiveness off the dribble. As it turns out, only 12.6 percent of his shots were off one dribble last season and he only made 40.4 percent on those. Hood showed skills with both hands and really didn't have anyone get in his way for getting the shot he wanted. The Jazz have quite the position battle in store on the wing, but Hood is in the mix for major minutes. He needs to stay healthy, though.
Jul 6 - 11:21 PM

R.J. Hunter missed all five of his field goal attempts in his Summer League debut on Monday.

Hunter logged 20 minutes and on the bright side he did have three steals. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact this season.
Jul 6 - 11:20 PM

Dante Exum left Monday's preseason game with a left ankle injury and did not return, finishing with 20 points on 5-of-11 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 9-of-10 FTs), five rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.

Exum was playing well before he rolled his ankle and hopefully we get to see more of his development before Summer League ends. He looked like he was going to try and make it off the court on his own, but then needed some help from trainers on his way to the back. We'll update you as we learn more.
Jul 6 - 11:03 PM

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