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Heat beat writer Jason Leiser reports that Tyler Johnson has a "decent chance" to overtake Shabazz Napier on the depth chart.

Johnson doesn't even have a guaranteed deal with Miami, but he had a solid finish to the 2014-15 season and Napier is rumored to be on the trade block. Assistant coach Dan Craig said Johnson "is one of the hardest workers we’ve had and he eats everything up in terms of learning from the coaches." If he does make the roster, Johnson is likely to split his minutes between PG and SG.
Jul 8 - 12:07 AM

Kevin Seraphin has drawn interest from at least five teams including the Mavericks, Suns, Lakers, Wizards and Spurs.

He'd be a backup on every one of those teams, which is noteworthy since Seraphin has publicly stated that he "want[s] the chance to be a starter." We can also probably rule out the Suns with Tyson Chandler and Alex Len, as well as the Spurs now that they have David West. It would take an ideal situation for Seraphin to emerge as a reliable fantasy factor next year.
Jul 7 - 11:41 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

The Jazz escaped with a two-point win on Tuesday, led by Rodney Hood's 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes of action.

Hood was coming off a nice 23-point game on Monday and is making a strong case for minutes in Utah's crowded rotation, showing improved confidence with the ball in his hands. An injury could spring Hood into a fantasy-relevant role, but for now he's a longshot on a roster that includes Alec Burks, Joe Ingles, Gordon Hayward and even Elijah Millsap.
Jul 7 - 11:17 PM

Spurs F Kyle Anderson poured in a game-high 25 points vs. Utah, hitting 8-of-14 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs with one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Anderson saw limited run as a rookie and it's hard to envision him playing a big role on the playoff-bound Spurs this season. His clever passing and length have been undermined by weak defense and a shaky jumper -- he shot 34.8 percent last season, including a combined 3-of-11 mark from deep -- so it's at least encouraging to see SloMo make his shots tonight.
Jul 7 - 11:16 PM

Keith Bogans is playing for the Trail Blazers' Summer League team in the hopes that he can land another NBA contract.

"My goal is just to be around the game," said Bogans, who is 36 years old. "I can still play the game. Still in shape ... I know it would be more of a coach/player type role." Bogans' 2013-14 season ended on a downbeat (he was exiled from the Celtics and eventually waived by the 76ers) but it's conceivable that some team will sign him as a veteran presence in the locker room.
Source: Columbian
Jul 7 - 10:34 PM

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is encouraging Anthony Davis to extend his range to the 3-point line.

Davis made just one 3-pointer last season but Gentry is challenging him to make 300 corner 3-pointers every day he works out. "That's got to become a consistent shot for him," Gentry said. "We want him to shoot that shot. So I think you probably see him make more 3s than he's made his entire career." Davis is also expected to play more center this season as Gentry tries to increase the pace. It was hard to imagine Davis' unreal fantasy ceiling getting any higher, but Gentry just made it happen.
Jul 7 - 10:19 PM

Jordan Mickey blocked three shots in 26 minutes as a starter for the Celtics on Tuesday, but he scored only four points on 1-of-7 FGs and 2-of-4 at the FT line.

Mickey could give Boston some rim protection in a minor role as a rookie, but he faces an uphill battle to earn minutes. He's clearly not a fantasy option in a frontcourt that already includes Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, David Lee, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko.
Jul 7 - 9:28 PM

James Young had a rough night vs. Philly on Tuesday, going 2-of-11 from the field to finish with nine points, one rebound and one steal in 21 minutes.

We've heard nothing but glowing reports about Young's added muscle and improved work ethic all summer, but through two Summer League games he's shooting 23.7 percent and is 2-of-12 from downtown. There's plenty of time for him to turn it around during Summer League, training camp and the preseason.
Jul 7 - 9:28 PM

Jahlil Okafor scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Tuesday, as the 76ers won the second of back-to-back Summer League games.

Okafor didn't have much room to operate offensively due to Philly's lack of perimeter threats (they were 6-of-21 from deep), and he finished 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line. He also had his shot blocked three times, turned the ball over four times and committed three fouls in 29 minutes. He's currently a late-round gamble in fantasy drafts, but a strong summer could easily bump up his value.
Jul 7 - 9:27 PM

Terry Rozier started Tuesday's Summer League game and had 14 points (4-of-11 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Marcus Smart was given the night off, allowing Rozier to log 29 minutes in the Celtics' sloppy loss -- they shot 26.8 percent as a team, and coach Brad Stevens noted that there was zero on-court communication. He also praised Rozier's upside and it sounds like the rookie will at least carve out a reserve role this season.
Jul 7 - 9:24 PM

Furkan Aldemir put on a show vs. Boston on Tuesday, knocking down three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes.

Aldemir is in great shape and has been focusing on his corner 3-pointer this summer, but this is the epitome of a Summer-League fluke -- he went 0-of-5 from downtown during the course of the entire 2014-15 season. That said, he's a rebounding machine and it sounds like he'll vie for a significant bench role.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 7 - 9:23 PM

X-rays on P.J. Hairston's left shoulder were negative and he's listed as day-to-day with a contusion.

We don't expect to see him in uniform on Wednesday, but at least it's not a long-term injury. Hairston shot 32.3 percent as a rookie and is nowhere near being a standard-league fantasy asset.
Jul 7 - 9:14 PM

Gerald Henderson had a left hip debridement arthroscopy on Tuesday, and the Blazers expect him to be ready for training camp.

The 27-year-old Henderson had surgery on the same hip in 2011, reportedly because of a "congenital defect" in his hip, so this isn't an encouraging start to his Blazers career. He still projects as Portland's starting shooting guard on opening night and is a capable scorer, but contributes limited across-the-board stats and hasn't returned standard-league value since 2012-13. He's not a likely fantasy asset even if he holds off C.J. McCollum for the starting SG job all season.
Jul 7 - 8:53 PM

Kings big man Eric Moreland said after Tuesday's practice that his surgically-repaired left shoulder "feels really good."

"I’ve been hurt for a long time, so just to be able to move my shoulder any type of way, that feels like a superpower," Moreland said. The Kings drafted Willie Cauley-Stein this summer before adding Kosta Koufos in free agency, assuring that Moreland won't have a substantial role this season.
Jul 7 - 8:45 PM

Jabari Brown (left eye) is expected to miss the Lakers' first two Summer League games.

He was diagnosed with a "small laceration" which shouldn't have lasting implications, though Brown could certainly use all the on-court time available as he fights to earn a role in L.A.'s backcourt.
Jul 7 - 8:35 PM


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