• The Summer League from Las Vegas came to an end on Monday evening as the undefeated Chicago Bulls took on the rising Wolves from Minnesota. Could MVP Tyus Jones carry the Wolves for one more game or would the Bulls continue their run towards a perfect Summer League record? Here’s Tuesday’s daily dish.

    Monday Whispers

    The Summer League finale was one for the ages with elite performers on both teams, an overtime session and a buzzer beating game winner.

    The Bulls outlasted the Wolves in overtime and completed a perfect Las Vegas Summer League with an 84-82 win over the Wolves. The Bulls were led by Bobby Portis who scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds.

    Jerian Grant also contributed a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds and was named Summer League finals MVP.

    It was rookie Denzel Washington’s winner at the buzzer which allowed the Bulls to wrap their Summer League record at a perfect 7-0. Although Washington was limited to only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, he made the basket that counted at the end and this can only be viewed as a positive for a rookie heading into his first training camp.

    The Wolves were led by Summer League MVP Tyus Jones who chipped in a game high 27 points to go along with seven assists. Forward Adrien Payne also chipped in 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

    Congratulations to the Bulls on a perfect run in Las Vegas Summer League action.

    In other NBA news, LeBron James informed the Cavs of his intention to re-sign with them, however, he gave no details on when that would happen. LeBron has earned the right to work on his terms after the season he just turned in.

    The Thunder rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters making him an unrestricted free agent. Rumors have Waiters possibly leaving the Thunder for greener pastures with either the Nets or Sixers and by greener we obviously mean the $$$ kind.

    That does it for Summer League action and now comes the time when an NBA fan really ponders what to do with his/her time. Luckily training camp is only approximately six weeks away. We also have some Olympic basketball action to look forward to. Maybe it won’t be so quiet after all.

    I’m @radiomunoz and that does it for another tasty dish. Keep it locked on hoop-ball.com and follow @hoopballtweets for the most up to date coverage on breaking NBA developments.

     

Fantasy News

  • Kawhi Leonard
    Team, Los Angeles Clippers

    Sopan Deb of The New York Times is reporting the NBA has begun an investigation centered around whether "improper inducements" were offered to players in order to circumvent the salary cap.

    This follows Stephen A. Smith's reporting on Kawhi Leonard's team demands for his uncle, as well as other rumors suggesting the courtship of free agency went out of bounds in the summer of 2019. It will be interesting to see how deep this matter goes and what sort of penalties will be handed out, if any at all.

    Source: Sopan Deb on Twitter

  • Boban Marjanovic
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have officially announced the signing of Boban Marjanović to a two-year, $7 million deal.

    The Mavs will have two 7'3" bigs on their team as Kristaps Porzingis will be playing his first games in a Mavs uniform this season. Boban has been a reliable big off the bench for all four franchises that he has played for. However, he has never eclipsed the 14.0 mpg mark and therefore, will not sustain fantasy value. He is someone to look at in DFS matchups depending on matchups and injuries.

    Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    There is video that came out showing Giannis Antetokounmpo taking jump shots alongside new teammate Kyle Korver.

    If Giannis is able to improve upon his efficiency when taking shots from outside, he will take the word unstoppable to another level. In his career, he is a 27.7% three-point shooter. Korver, a career 42.9% three-point shooter, will look to help the reigning MVP improve upon the one weakness in his game.

    Source: Bleacher Report on Twitter

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have signed Brandon Goodwin to a 2-way contract.

    Goodwin played in 16 games in his first season with the Nuggets and had a very impressive Summer League showing in July. He will be joining a very youthful roster in Atlanta. Goodwin is off the radar from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Cheick Diallo has officially signed a two-year contract with the Suns.

    Diallo has always been intriguing but he has never seen enough minutes to provide consistent value. He is off the radar heading into the season, but could be a cheap option in DFS depending on the matchup.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA training camp and will not play in this summer's World Cup.

    Lillard is the latest star to sit this one out, and we can't imagine that USA Basketball will hold it against him when it comes time to pick the Olympic roster. Dame's locked in as a first-round fantasy talent as usual, and the extra time off should ensure that he's fully fresh to kick off the season.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal will not participate in Team USA training camp or play in the World Cup as he's expecting the birth of his child in late August or early September.

    Amidst a wave of players withdrawing to focus on the upcoming season, Beal brings a far more legitimate reason to the table. It's widely expected that the Wizards will offer up a three-year, $111 million extension the second they can, though whether Beal wants to sign up for a long-ish term future in Washington remains to be seen. With John Wall out of the picture for next season, Beal is looking at another monstrous fantasy season and will be a surefire early-round pick.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle and Jaylen Brown have been added to the Team USA training camp roster.

    The superstars on the original invite list are dropping out rapidly these days, so Team USA is replacing them with younger players who might not have otherwise had a shot at representing their nation on the largest stage. Both Randle and Brown figure to take on larger roles for their teams this season, and hopefully this selection will be a good first step to what is hopefully a big season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Rockets.

    McLemore was selected by the Kings with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft and he has also spent time with the Grizzlies. The Rockets have limited financial options and they are taking a flier with McLemore who is still just 26 years old. It’s not a lock that he makes the final roster though.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that John Wall “probably won’t play at all” next year as he is recovering from a torn Achilles.

    Nothing new here, Wall ruptured his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home and he is not expected to resume any basketball activity until at least February of 2020. The Wizards are not expected to be very competitive this year and it makes sense to take it slow with Wall’s rehab. Owners should only stash him in dynasty leagues.

    Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter