July 10, 2018, 1:48 am
After putting on an offensive clinic their last game, the Wolves relied on their defense to win this one. Who better man for the job than Josh Okogie?
Once again the Wolves’ first round pick put on a show with his athleticism, swiping three more steals and even more deflections. In three games Okogie now has seven steals, including this beauty.
Okogie playing free safety out here pic.twitter.com/cftYgDATu1
— Hoop Ball Wolves (@HoopBallWolves) July 10, 2018
Offensively he’s still struggling to find his footing, but he’s been aggressive in each game. Tonight he finished with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer. He’s averaged 12.3 points per game so far, though on 38 percent shooting. Luckily, come the regular season the Wolves aren’t going to be looking for his offense, it will be his defense that earns him minutes.
Keita Bates-Diop followed up his dominating performance yesterday (24 points, 11 rebounds) with a more modest, but well-rounded game. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers.
Okogie and Bates-Diop have quickly meshed well together and their camaraderie on the court is already noticeable. The classic rookie mistakes are there (blown pick-and-roll coverage, guys running into each other, speed of the game etc.), but the dynamic on the court with both guys is unlike anything the Wolves had on their bench last year. These guys aren’t stepping in day-one and making a huge impact, but looking ahead (maybe even a couple years) it’s easy to see how these two play well off each other.
Amile Jefferson scored just five points, but pulled 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Jefferson is a bit of an odd fit for the modern NBA. He’s undersized at 6’9″, but is a tenacious rebounder. He’s quick and has tools to succeed defensively guarding most ‘fours’ and some ‘fives’, but his offensive profile is extremely limited, which makes it tough to keep him on the floor.
You’d like to see him add some range offensively because his rebounding can be really useful in a pinch (especially for the Wolves, who surprisingly struggled in that regard last year). A tough rebounder that can hit a 3-pointer would be a nice addition to this roster.
Charles Cooke started again, but scored just six points and had just a single rebound.
Jared Terrell matched his scoring output from last night with 13 points, but he had no assists for the second time in three games. He now has just two assists this summer in 55 minutes (but only three turnovers, at least).
After their 78-69 victory, the Wolves sit at 2-1 headed into the bracket portion of the Summer League. Their next game is yet to be determined, but they will have at least two more coming up.
June 26, 2019, 10:02 pmKevin Porter Jr. - PG-SG - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that they have officially acquired the draft rights to Kevin Porter Jr.
This trade was confirmed on draft night but it has now officially gone through. Porter Jr. figures to see opportunities off the bench as a score first guard for a Cleveland team in desperate need of bench production in his first season. He'll get his first look with his new team in Summer League.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 9:10 pmStanley Johnson - SF - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have opted to not extend a qualifying offer to Stanley Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise. Johnson struggled to make much of an impact both in Detroit and in New Orleans this season, despite possessing defensive upside that has been mired by his inconsistencies elsewhere throughout his career. He's still 23, and should find an offer elsewhere for next season. Wherever that may be, he will have a long way to go before he will become fantasy relevant.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 7:49 pmDerrick Favors - PF - Utah Jazz
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Derrick Favors will field calls from several interested teams and act as if he will be an unrestricted FA, a sign that he doesn't expect the Jazz to pick up his team option.
Favors has gone on the record indicating that he'd love to return to Utah, but it appears that they are interested in allocating the 17 million he would have made, elsewhere. Favors has always struggled to maximize his fantasy potential playing next to Rudy Gobert, and perhaps a situation with a less clogged paint could do more for his value.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 7:13 pmThomas Bryant - C - Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant has been given a qualifying offer from the Wizards, making him a restricted free agent.
Bryant surprised last season, coming from obscurity to finish with top-125/100 value (8/9-cat). That despite Scott Brooks toying with his minutes. If the Wizards can keep Bryant around last season's workload he'll easily be a steal in fantasy leagues, though we're obviously hoping he takes hold of the starting job.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 6:30 pmRomeo 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
June 26, 2019, 5:58 pmEnes 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
June 26, 2019, 5:51 pmCheick 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
June 26, 2019, 5:43 pmNikola 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
June 26, 2019, 5:39 pmTobias 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
June 26, 2019, 5:30 pmJulius 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