• Day 6 didn’t bring the same historic development as Day 5 in Rio, but we got another full slate of close action.

    Lithuania asserted themselves as serious contenders on the back of strong team play, raining on the parade of Argentina’s Golden Generation with a bit of an upset victory. They got key contributions from a number of players and really look strong despite some momentary lapses against weaker teams earlier in the tournament. Croatia held off another tenacious showing from Brazil thanks to the scoring prowess of their most talented player while Spain finally got on the board.

    Day 6 had some goodies, so hop to it.

    Today’s Results

    Men’s

    Croatia 80 vs. Brazil 76
    Spain 96 vs. Nigeria 87
    Lithuania 81 vs. Argentina 73

    Women’s

    Turkey 74 vs. Belarus 71
    France 74 vs. Brazil 64
    Australia 92 vs. Japan 86

    Croatia 80 vs. Brazil 76

    Brazil took another opponent down to the wire but came up short, as Croatia held on for a 80 to 76 win over the hometown boys. They were once again done in by a poor second quarter, being outscored by eight in the frame. They trailed by 14 late in the third but battled back and kept Croatia within one possession for much of the closing minutes. Croatia held on thanks to some more terrific games from their NBA contingent and timely shooting to put down Brazil’s surges.

    Bojan Bogdanovic can flat out score. He poured in 33 points on 10-16 shooting while going 10-11 from the free throw line. When Croatia needed a big bucket, he was ready to deliver with nice drives, a few sneaky floaters and some nice one-on-one shots over defenders. One of his three triples was a clutch three to extend a late lead to six and keep the Brazilians at bay. Dario Saric looked really good once again, connecting on three triples and recording a nice block as part of a 15-7-3 line. Saric’s block was part of a wonderful play where he recovered the ball and fired a full court pass for an easy layup. There were a few shaky moments where the youngster got tunnel vision but was a huge part of the win today. Croatia shortened their rotation this afternoon, with only eight players appearing. It seemed to work, though there were instances where they looked fatigued and made some poor decisions.

    Leandro Barbosa had a slow start but a nice fourth quarter on his way to a team-high 16 points. His 2-7 mark from deep could use some improvement but Brazil turned to him as a scorer in the final quarter and for the most part he delivered. Marcelo Huertas looked great again today, whipping perfect passes all around the court and working the drive and kick game nicely with his array of quick dribble moves. Marquinhos (#14) was the hero against Spain but couldn’t produce a full 40 minutes today; he had a very nice first half but slowed down and finished with 12 points. Nene had a really bad shooting day, finishing with 5 points on 2-10 from the floor. While one of those was a nice long jumper to bring Brazil within 10 to close the third quarter, he’ll have to be better if Brazil wants to pick up more wins. Giovnannoni (#12) hit some big time triples to draw Brazil within three late in the fourth quarter and got the crowd going, but they couldn’t complete the comeback today.

    Top Performers

    Croatia Brazil
    Points Bogdanovic 33
    Saric 15
    Ukic 7
    Barbosa 16
    Marquinhos 12
    Giovannoni / Lima 11
    Rebounds Saric 7
    Bogdanovic 6
    Simon / Planinic 5
    Lima 6
    Garcia 4
    Four with 3
    Assists Ukic 4
    Saric / Bogdanovic /
    Babic / Simon 3
    Huertas 8
    Barbosa 3
    Nene / Lima / Garcia 2

    Stray Thoughts:

    • Saric had a few possessions where he was dead set on shooting that resulted in either a bad shot or a turnover; needs to settle down
    • Looks like the crowd got to Croatia a little bit in the 4th
    • Brazil goes on terrific short runs, particularly towards the end of quarters
    • Some really bad play in the fourth quarter; Hezonja in particular had two stupid turnovers
    • Nene had a rough shooting night but showed off some nice passing skills; that’s something that we don’t get to see from his NBA play
    • Bogdanovic blows on his fingers before every free throw
    • Croatia has sneaky versatility; Saric, Ukic (#10), Simon (#7) and Bogdanovic can all bring the ball up and break a full court press

Fantasy News

  • Romeo Langford - PG - Boston Celtics

    The Celtics start Summer League practice this weekend but first-round pick Romeo Langford will not be cleared for full contact.

    Langford is recovering from right thumb surgery, which is not expected to have any significant long-term effects. This is just the Celtics taking it easy on their new rookie. Hopefully he's cleared before Summer League ends, otherwise we'll get our first look at him in preseason.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Enes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers

    The Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are among the teams that will be interested in free agent Enes Kanter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Portland knows Kanter well and would surely like to have him back after his admirable work filling in for an injured Jusuf Nurkic, while playing through his own serious ailments, in the playoffs. The Celtics could use a ferocious rebounder to replace Aron Baynes and are barren at the center spot with Al Horford's departure, while the Lakers are lining up cost-effective depth with their roster almost completely empty. Kanter might not replicate his Knicks numbers, but he'll be a standard-league asset no matter where he lands.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo - PF - New Orleans Pelicans

    Cheick Diallo will be an unrestricted free agent after the Pelicans decided not to extend him a qualifying offer.

    Diallo has solid per-minute output but the playing time has never been there for him in New Orleans. He's got talent and good work ethic, but the league is flooded with available big men at the moment. Hopefully Diallo lands in a spot where he can continue his development.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nikola Mirotic - PF - Milwaukee Bucks

    Nikola Mirotic is another player on the Mavs' list of free agent targets, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas News.

    Mirotic is not as high on the list as Patrick Beverley, but the Mavs see the stretch forward as a potential fit. While Mirotic ended the postseason out of the rotation for Milwaukee, he's going to be a hot commodity given his floor-spacing and should hold solid standard-league value no matter where he ends up.

    Source: Dallas News

  • Tobias Harris - SF - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Clippers, Mavs, Nets, Nuggets, Wolves, Kings, Grizzlies and Pelicans are expected to be interested in Tobias Harris once free agency opens.

    The Clippers are the most surprising team on the list, but only because they dealt Harris unexpectedly last season. Even so, the team and player had success together and the relationship wasn't necessarily damaged by the deal. Harris is one of the top second-tier free agents available and should have his pick of competitive offers. The Sixers are said to be confident about re-signing him, but they won't be able to do so without a fight.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Julius Randle - PF - New Orleans Pelicans

    The Bulls are expected to indicate "early interest" in Julius Randle, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

    Randle is coming off a career year and is looking to cash in. The Bulls have plenty of space available and won't be in the mix for max players, so there's definitely a fit salary-wise if Chicago can get in on Randle before other teams pivot off the top players. It would be a pain for fantasy players however, as Randle joining a frontcourt that already features Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. would put a cap on each player. The Knicks and Nets are also interested in Randle, and we'll hear about more suitors in the coming days.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - SF - Brooklyn Nets

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Wolves, Rockets and Suns are among the teams that are interested in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

    Hollis-Jefferson had a brutal season, injuring his groin in a charity game last summer and never catching up. He fell out of the rotation at times, just one year after emerging as a potential long-term solution at power forward. RHJ is a worthwhile reclamation project for any team and is not that far removed from top-100 fantasy output. He's not someone to forget on draft day, depending on where he lands.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Cory Joseph - PG - Indiana Pacers

    The Suns, Wizards, Kings and Bulls are among the teams that have shown interest in Cory Joseph, per Shams Charania.

    Point-guard-needy teams should be all over Joseph, as he can be a cost-effective backup and acceptable fill-in starter to help any young players learn the ropes. CoJo figures to get more interest as the top guards on the market sign on, as his game fits with just about any team — from rebuilds to contenders.

    Source: The Athletic

  • D'Angelo Russell - PG - Brooklyn Nets

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers' interest in D'Angelo Russell is "real," and that the team likes that he is familiar to the organization.

    Reports of L.A.'s interest in Russell continue to roll in, and if they do pursue him it would mean that they're passing up on adding a third superstar. The Nets have the right to match any offers coming Russell's way, and with the Lakers likely to have between $24 and $28 million available, Brooklyn would have quite a decision to make if they don't get Kyrie Irving as rumored.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Terry Rozier - PG - Boston Celtics

    The Knicks are expected to be one of Terry Rozier's suitors in free agency, per Shams Charania.

    Rozier will be an understandable option if the Knicks miss out on their top point guard acquisitions, which seems likely to happen based on current speculation. New York would rather give short-term deals to players like Rozier than lavish huge contracts on second or third-tier free agents. A starting spot would put Rozier on the standard-league map, though his fantasy stat set is not without serious holes.

    Source: The Athletic