• Victor Oladipo
    SG/SF, Indiana Pacers

    Pacers insider, J.Michael is reporting that Victor Oladipo is training extremely hard in Miami this offseason.

    This training includes working on about 600 different combinations of footwork, a la Kobe Bryant and he is working on much more complex things than just step-backs and drop-steps. J.Michael also notes that Oladipo is working on a lot of game situational training, more notably getting his shots up quicker. He wants to be more efficient and is preparing for all of the extra attention he will be getting this season, fully expecting teams to double-team him. Michael also reported that Oladipo will already be in game shape by the time training camp starts and wants to go from a star to a superstar. Well, most already view Oladipo as a superstar as he led the Pacers to 48 wins last season and finished in the top-15 in fantasy. Owners should have no concerns selecting him at the bottom of the first round.

    Source: Indianapolis Star

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  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have announced the signing of first-round pick Goga Bitadze.

    Bitadze's visa issues prevented him from playing in Summer League, but he has a chance at cracking the rotation in his first season. He will be playing behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, however, which means it's unlikely he receives significant playing time. Bitadze's versatile game warrants attention in dynasty formats but he could require some patience.

    Source: Indiana Pacers

  • Kyle Alexander
    C, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Kyle Alexander to an Exhibit 9, 10 contract.

    An Exhibit 9 contract is for one year at the minimum, and they cannot be signed by teams until there are 14 players on the roster already. In essence, it's the sort of contract that can help hard-capped teams (like Miami) in the case of preseason injury, where a similar injury to a player on a different contract would have larger cap ramifications. An injured player's salary becomes fully guaranteed until he recovers, while an Exhibit 9 player can be waived at a cost of $6,000 to the team. Alexander averaged 4.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in Summer League. Look for him to spend his season in Sioux Falls.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Rookie Brandon Clarke has been named the 2019 Summer League MVP.

    Clarke put the Grizzlies through to Monday's championship game with a game-winner in Sunday's semifinal matchup, and he'll look to put the finishing touches on his strong debut with another trophy tonight. He's averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks on .570 shooting across five games so far, all in only 21.4 mpg. Clarke has increased his stock as much as anyone in Vegas, though the presence of Jaren Jackson Jr. could make it hard for him to carve out huge minutes from the jump. Still, there's a chance that Clarke puts himself on the standard-league map and he can be considered a late-round flier in competitive formats.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson, Jarrett Allen, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke and Kendrick Nunn have been named to the Summer League First Team.

    Robinson averaged 13.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in only 25.2 mpg in Vegas, and the hype train will continue to roll. Allen had a slow start to his Summer League but came around to dominate as a player of his caliber should. Alexander-Walker and Clarke showed out for the rookie class, with NAW finishing third in scoring at 24.3 points per game. Nunn put up 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his summer session and will look to crack the backcourt rotation in Miami this year.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    The 2019 Summer League Second Team is comprised of Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Anfernee Simons, Jaxson Hayes and Chris Boucher.

    Of the bunch, Hachimura looks the most likely to be fantasy-relevant this season. He's going to have a great chance to log minutes for a Wizards team that's short on depth at the forward spots. In three games in Vegas, Hachiumra averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Walker is looking to crack the rotation after an injury-plagued rookie season but might have a hard time outplaying San Antonio's capable guards. Simons could slot into the Portland backcourt with the departure of Seth Curry while Boucher is the reigning G-League MVP and Hayes looks like an interesting long-term prospect next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans.

    Source: NBA on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Lakers should be considered an "unlikely destination" for J.R. Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Lakers are the only team that's really been tied to Smith, so that's not great for him. L.A. has done a decent job filling out their roster and no longer has a need for Smith, and his market figures to be fairly limited. Rebuilding teams are unlikely to see him as a typical veteran presence considering the Cavs told him to go home rather than sulk around their young players, and he has a lot to prove after last appearing in a game on November 18.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Bob Myers says that the Warriors did not sign D'Angelo Russell just to trade him.

    Saying otherwise would surely draw the ire of the league and players association, so Myers' hands are sort of tied here. It's already been reported that the Warriors will try and move Russell when Klay Thompson returns, and that makes plenty of sense. That uncertainty is something to keep in the back of your mind when fantasy drafts open, but Russell is still going to come off draft boards in the middle rounds with a great opportunity in front of him while Thompson is out.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood, per Shams Charania.

    Wood was a dominant force in Summer League last season and that carried over into the G-League, where he averaged 29 points, 14 boards and two blocks. He burst onto the scene with some big games for the Pelicans late in the season, ending up with 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.8 threes in 23.6 minutes per night across eight contests with New Orleans. Unfortunately for him, the Pels added Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes to the frontcourt mix. Wood will be a name to watch in deep leagues on the chances that he lands in a favorable situation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Miye Oni
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially signed rookie Miye Oni to a contract.

    Oni was the 58th overall pick in the draft and figures to spend most of his year in the G-League, though he did have a few strong moments in Summer League, averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 25.4 mpg. The Ivy League Player of the Year is only a target in deep dynasty formats.

    Source: Utah Jazz

  • Josh Okogie
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Josh Okogie (left ankle/shin contusion) is not facing a serious injury, though there's a chance that he sits out Monday's Summer League title game.

    Okogie had played well throughout the summer schedule but sat out Sunday's semifinal game. The Wolves already have a good idea of what they have in him and there's no need to push him into action. Okogie is a deep-league source of cash counters but he could be worth a pickup depending on the validity of the rumors about Robert Covington's trade availability.

    Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter