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Ziaire Williams  • SF  •  Nets

Ziaire Williams Heading To Brooklyn

Memphis Grizzlies forward Ziaire Williams, along with a 2030 second-round pick, is headed to the Brooklyn Nets. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets and Grizzlies have agreed on a deal that sends them to Brooklyn in exchange for Mamadi Diakite. The second-round pick is from the Dallas Mavericks. Williams was drafted 10th overall in 2021 and has played three seasons with the Grizzlies. During his time there, he averaged 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting .426/.301/.803. He hasn't found a consistent role just yet, but should get some opportunities with a rebuilding Nets team.
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Kris Dunn  • PG  •  Clippers

Kris Dunn Moved To Clippers, Signs New Contract

As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kris Dunn has been acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers in a sign-and-trade that saw Russell Westbrook get traded to the Utah Jazz for the second time in his career. Dunn also signed a three-year, $17 million deal in the process. Now that Paul George and Westbrook are gone, the two stars remaining are James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. Dunn has some competition for the backup minutes in the backcourt as Bones Hyland, Amir Coffey, Norman Powell, and Terance Mann are still on the roster. Plus, newcomers Cam Christie and Kevin Porter Jr. will try to get in the mix. Dunn averaged 5.4 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game across 66 appearances with the Jazz.
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Kevin Durant  • PF  •  Suns

Kevin Durant Expected To Return To Team USA Practice

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (calf) has missed the last two weeks of Team USA practices due to a minor calf strain. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to return to full practice on Friday. He may even play in the team's next exhibition game on Saturday against South Sudan. If he doesn't make it in time for Saturday, his next chance to play will be Monday's exhibition against Germany. Team USA hasn't lost in any of their exhibition games yet, but they've experimented with different starting lineups that center around Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Joel Embiid. When Durant returns, it wouldn't be crazy to think he slots into the starting five.
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Clint Capela  • C  •  Hawks

Knicks "Checked In" On Clint Capela

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela has been the center of trade rumors for a few years now, and after the team received the No. 1 overall pick, the rumor mill heated up. According to Ian Begley, the New York Knicks are one of the teams that called and checked in on Capela and what the Hawks' asking price would be after they lost Isaiah Hartenstein in free agency. The big hoop to jump through for the Knicks to acquire the big man is the $22.3 million price tag. To make the money work, they'd have to trade a rotational piece. Capela averaged 11.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game last year across 73 games.
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Russell Westbrook  • PG

Russell Westbrook Traded To Utah, Likely Heading To Denver

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers traded guard Russell Westbrook to Utah in exchange for guard Kris Dunn. This is the second time Westbrook has been traded to the Jazz since February 2023. However, like the first time he was dealt to Utah, both sides are expected to reach a buyout agreement. Assuming the multi-time All-Star clears waivers, he's likely heading to Denver. Westbrook is coming off a rough year, averaging a career-low 11.1 points with 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 steals. He's no longer the player he once was. But with Jamal Murray having issues staying healthy over the years, Westbrook could see more than a few appearances with the starting lineup. It's also possible he's much more productive than last season.
19 hours ago   
Tristan Da Silva  • PF  •  Magic

Tristan Da Silva Stays Hot From Deep Versus Grizzlies

Orlando Magic forward Tristan Da Silva notched 17 points with 4-for-6 three-point shooting in Wednesday's 104-98 loss against Memphis in the Las Vegas Summer League. He finished 6-for-9 overall from the field, adding six rebounds, three assists, and one steal during a good all-around performance. The former Colorado Buffalo has been on fire from deep throughout the Summer League, hitting with a 58.8 percent clip on nearly six attempts per game. The Magic badly lacked outside shooting last season, so seeing da Silva's efforts must be encouraging for the team. The 18th pick of this year's draft has averaged 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in 26.8 minutes during Summer League action.
Yesterday   
Scotty Pippen Jr.  • PG  •  Grizzlies

Scotty Pippen Jr. Totals 25 Points, Nine Assists Wednesday

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. continued his successful Summer League campaign on Wednesday with a 25-point, nine-assist effort in a 104-98 win over Orlando. He also tallied four rebounds and one steal while shooting 9-for-14 from the field with a 6-for-7 record at the charity stripe. Pippen Jr. has averaged 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.4 steals in five Summer League appearances. The 23-year-old also played well last season when given opportunities by the Grizzlies. However, he will likely need to take a backseat in 2024-25, with Ja Morant (shoulder) and Marcus Smart (finger) returning to the lineup.
Yesterday   
Taylor Hendricks  • PF  •  Jazz

Taylor Hendricks Notches 23 Points With Near-Perfect Shooting

Utah Jazz forward Taylor Hendricks scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Wednesday's 86-76 Summer League victory over Toronto. Following Monday's awful outing against the Kings, where Hendricks finished 0-for-6 from the field, the 20-year-old was nearly perfect from the floor, hitting 9-for-10, including 3-for-4 from downtown. Hendricks also notched a steal and a block on the defensive end. Inconsistency has plagued Hendricks throughout Summer League action. But he finished last season as a starter in Utah and could remain in the role for the upcoming campaign, especially if Lauri Markkanen gets moved.
Yesterday   
David Roddy  • PF  •  Suns

David Roddy Pushes Suns Past Thunder

Phoenix Suns forward David Roddy scored a game-high 21 points as the team defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in the Summer League on Wednesday. Roddy's heroics included a made triple and three successful free throws inside the final 20 seconds, which helped Phoenix turn around a 97-94 deficit. He finished 4-for-8 overall from behind the arc and shot 7-for-13 from the field. The 23-year-old bagged six rebounds and had five assists with one steal and one block. Since being selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Roddy has struggled to nail down a role for himself in the league, but he's been playing well this summer. He has averaged 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in three Summer League appearances.
Yesterday   
Keon Ellis  • SG  •  Kings

Keon Ellis Bounces Back With 29 Points Versus Knicks

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Keon Ellis posted a game-high 29 points in Wednesday's nail-biting 106-105 loss to the Knicks. The 24-year-old regained his rhythm offensively after being limited to nine total points across his previous two appearances. Ellis' prolific outing included four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and four blocks with 10-for-18 shooting. He finished 5-for-10 with the three-ball. Ellis is known as a defensive specialist, but his efforts this summer also include a 30-point outing against Golden State. After finishing last season as a starter, Ellis must be desperate to hang on to his spot, but it won't be easy with Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter still around.
Yesterday   
Bronny James  • PG  •  Lakers

Bronny James Helps Lakers To Victory With 12-Point Effort

Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James got going offensively with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting and helped the team to its first Summer League win on Wednesday against Atlanta. After finishing 0-for-15 from deep in his first four Summer League outings, James shot 2-for-5 from three-point range. He also registered one rebound and one steal in an 87-86 win. It's been a rough ride for James in the Summer League, but Wednesday's performance should give him a confidence boost ahead of the final stretch of Summer League action. He's averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 25.2 minutes.
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Josh Richardson  • SG  •  Heat

Josh Richardson Hopes To Be Ready For Training Camp

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (shoulder) resumed shooting on July 2 and is optimistic he'll be ready for training camp. The veteran averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists last season. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in February and underwent surgery in March, limiting him to only 43 appearances. If Richardson can stay healthy during the 2024-25 campaign, he has a chance to land a routine role in the rotation while also seeing a few starts. However, he's not expected to be a consistent fantasy contributor.
Yesterday   
Julius Randle  • PF  •  Knicks

Julius Randle's Recovery "Going Incredibly Well"

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (shoulder) continues to rehab following surgery. Fortunately, he's moving in the right direction, with SNY's Ian Begley reporting things are "going incredibly well." The 29-year-old averaged 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists last season and is eligible to sign a four-year contract worth as much as $181.5 million on August 3. Yet, both sides aren't eager to get a new deal done. Randle believes he can be a difference-maker for the Knicks in 2024-25. However, with Jalen Brunson, OG Anunoby, Josh Hart, Donte DiVincenzo, and Mikal Bridges on the roster, Randle could take a step back on the offensive end.
Yesterday   
Khris Middleton  • SF  •  Bucks

Khris Middleton Has Surgery On Both Ankles This Offseason

NBA Insider Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to be ready for next season after undergoing arthroscopic surgeries on both of his ankles this offseason. The operations were successful and the veteran forward will hope for improved health during the 2024-2025 campaign after he was limited to 55 games last year. During the 2023-24 regular season, Middleton averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Milwaukee will need their sharpshooter to stay healthy to contend for an NBA title.
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Usman Garuba  • PF

Usman Garuba Heading Back To Spain

Spanish forward/center Usman Garuba is set to return to his homeland on a long-term contract with Real Madrid. According to Sportando, Garuba will sign a deal until 2029. The 22-year-old has spent three seasons in the NBA. He made six appearances with Golden State in 2023-24. Garuba has also suited up for Houston, averaging 2.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.7 minutes across 105 appearances in the Association. The Madrid-born big man is a highly-rated rebounder and defender but never really made things work for himself in the NBA. Judging by the length of the contract he's signing with Real, it looks like Garuba isn't planning to return to America any time soon.
2 days ago   
Jarace Walker  • PF  •  Pacers

Jarace Walker Stays Hot From Deep Tuesday

Indiana Pacers power forward Jarace Walker led all scorers with 19 points in Tuesday's 98-94 win over Phoenix, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. He also notched four rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block during a good all-around outing. Walker has now hit nine of his 16 attempts from deep across his last two Summer League appearances. He's posted good numbers in all three games in Las Vegas, averaging 19.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. The Pacers didn't use him much during his rookie campaign, but that could change if Walker continues to impress in the Summer League and preseason.
2 days ago   
Marcus Sasser  • PG  •  Pistons

Marcus Sasser Enjoys Good Two-Way Outing

Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser played a big role in Tuesday's 85-77 victory over Chicago in the Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting and registering five steals. The rest of the Pistons combined for only four steals, while Sasser tied Ronald Holland II for the second most points on the team behind Jayce Johnson's 19-point effort. Sasser went 3-for-5 with the three-ball and dished out three assists. The former Houston Cougar struggled offensively in the first couple of Summer League games but has been a menace on the defensive end, with nine steals racked up in three games. He's looking to carve out a role for the upcoming season on a new-look Pistons backcourt, which now includes Malik Beasley and Tim Hardaway Jr.
2 days ago   
Jalen Wilson  • SF  •  Nets

Jalen Wilson Leads Nets Past Knicks With 27-Point Effort

Brooklyn Nets forward Jalen Wilson led the offense as the team defeated the New York Knicks 92-85 in the Summer League on Tuesday. Trailing 62-57 ahead of the fourth quarter, the Nets produced a nice comeback with Wilson playing a prominent role. 15 of his game-high 27 points came in the final frame. The 23-year-old capped off his line with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Wilson is getting a lot of burn in the Summer League and has now hit the 20-point plateau twice in three contests. He's posted 21.3 points per game, with 48.3 percent shooting from deep.
2 days ago   
Karlo Matkovic  • PF  •  Pelicans

Karlo Matkovic Puts In Big Performance Versus Spurs

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Karlo Matkovic enjoyed a great outing against San Antonio in the Summer League on Tuesday, recording a game-high 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting. The Croatian big man, who finished 2-for-3 from downtown, scored at will and did his part defensively as well by blocking three shots and snagging a steal. His impressive 25-minute shift also included five rebounds and one assist. Matkovic signed a three-year deal with the Pelicans a couple of days ago and could be in contention for a significant role in the frontcourt rotation next season after Jonas Valanciunas was allowed to walk in free agency. The former second-round pick has averaged 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 22.9 minutes in the Summer League this year.
2 days ago   
Alexandre Sarr  • PF  •  Wizards

Alexandre Sarr Goes Scoreless On 15 Shots

Washington Wizards forward Alexandre Sarr had a nightmare in Tuesday's Summer League clash against Portland, finishing an 82-80 loss scoreless on 15 shots. Seven of the misses came from three-point range, and Sarr also came up empty-handed at the free-throw line with two attempts. Per ESPN Stats & Information research, it's the most field goal attempts by a player without a make in a summer league game since at least 2017. If this had been a regular-season contest, Sarr would have been tied for the second most in NBA history. The No. 2 pick of this year's draft has been battling shooting issues throughout the Summer League, going only 19.5 percent from the field. The young Frenchman clearly needs more time to adjust to his new surroundings.
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