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Jahlil Okafor worked out for four teams in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

Okafor averaged just 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds over 28 games with the Nets and Sixers last season. He has not generated much interest on the open market. The Sporting News report indicates that Okafor is currently weighing in at 258 pounds, down from the 275 pounds at which he was last listed. He will likely have to settle for a deal at the veteran's minimum, or he may head overseas.
Jul 17 - 1:53 PM

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne are reporting that Kawhi Leonard is "seriously considering" participating in Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

This news is notable for several reasons. First and foremost, this would be a chance for Leonard to show that he has finally healed from the crippling quadriceps injury that cut short his 2017-18 season. That could have an impact on what teams are willing to give up in a trade for him this offseason. In addition, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the head coach for Team USA. Pop and Kawhi on the same sideline could potentially lead to some awkwardness. San Antonio is likely hoping that it allows Kawhi and Pop to mend fences. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 12:20 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

Davis played two seasons for Memphis. He saw limited time as a rookie in 2016-17, but appeared in 65 games (including six starts) for the Grizz last season. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 15.2 minutes per contest. He never made the leap Memphis was hoping for, but he is still just 21 years of age. In Sacramento, he'll compete for minutes at center with Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos.

Coach James Borrego said he's expecting Tony Parker to play 14-16 minutes per game.

For the second time, Borrego said that he does expect Parker to close games in some spots, which should be next to Kemba Walker. The coach also said his younger guards will be able to learn from Parker, and that Parker's play in the clutch should help his team in crunch time. This also likely means Malik Monk is going to have to log his minutes on the wing.
Source: The Woj Pod
Jul 17 - 12:10 PM

Kemba Walker said he plans on being a Hornet "for a long time."

There have been rumors on a Kemba trade at the 2018 deadline, the 2018 NBA Draft, and there will likely be more going forward. Walker has a new house in the Charlotte area, and he's been passionate about being in Charlotte since the heavy rumors came about in February. Additionally, coach James Borrego said that coach Gregg Popovich's advice was to talk to Kemba at his first chance. Plus, Walker is excited to learn from Tony Parker, according to the coach.
Jul 17 - 12:09 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

McLemore spent the first four seasons of his career in Sacramento after the Kings drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but never lived up to expectations. Last season in Memphis, he averaged a career-low 7.5 points to go along with 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists. The Kings have solid depth on the wing, so it's unlikely McLemore will see the requisite playing time to emerge as a fantasy factor in standard leagues in 2018-19.
Jul 17 - 11:59 AM

Sacramento is finalizing a trade to send Garrett Temple to Memphis in exchange for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

The Grizzlies needed an upgrade on the wing and got one in Temple. Last season, he averaged 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 treys in 24.8 minutes over 65 games for the Kings. He shot 41.8 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line, but an impressive 39.2 percent from downtown. He'll have a chance to start for Memphis and should see 20-plus minutes a night, but likely won't make an impact in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 17 - 11:44 AM

Nemanja Bjelica, who had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the 76ers, informed the team on Tuesday morning that he will stay in Europe this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Bjelica had never actually signed the contract with Philly, giving him the opportunity to reverse course. It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were counting on Bjelica to provide depth at forward. This will open up some minutes for the newly acquired Wilson Chandler. In addition, Furkan Korkmaz may see an uptick in playing time as well. The Sixers also now have their mid-level exception back, and can add another player to the roster.

LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas next week, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The training camp will take place July 25-27. It will be the first official USA Basketball practice sessions with Gregg Popovich as the head coach. Team USA will eventually be whittled down to 12 players to represent America at the 2019 World Cup in China and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. LeBron is expected to address the media for the first time since the end of the NBA Finals on July 30th.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:42 AM

The Pacers announced Monday they signed second-round pick Alize Johnson.

Indiana took Johnson with the 50th pick in the 2018 draft. He averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers Summer League squad in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 23 minutes per game. Johnson is not on the fantasy radar, as he is highly unlikely to secure a spot in the Pacers rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 17 - 10:31 AM

Georgios Papagiannis is reportedly close to signing a three-year deal with Panathinaikos in Greece.

The Blazer have until July 19th to guarantee his contract for the 2018-19 season. Portland is expected to pass, allowing Papagiannis to sign overseas.
Jul 17 - 9:25 AM

Roy Hibbert hinted that he plans to retire from the NBA, saying that he's "moving on from basketball."

Hibbert did not play in the league in 2017-18. His last appearance was for the Denver Nuggets in April of 2017. A former two-time All-Star, it appears he may have played his last game in the NBA.
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 17 - 9:22 AM

Zach Collins played 28 minutes and hit 5-of-11 shots for 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's 97-92 win over the Grizzlies.

He played quite well with a mask on his face and his ankle looked fine for this one. Collins figures to be Jusuf Nurkic's primary backup at center, while Caleb Swanigan could also see minutes in the middle for the Blazers this year. But you'd have to be in a pretty deep fantasy league for Collins to be on your radar on draft night. At least, for now.
Jul 17 - 1:10 AM

Wade Baldwin started, but hit just 2-of-13 shots for eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of Monday's win over the Grizzlies.

Baldwin is hoping for a backup point guard job in Portland, but even if it happens, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are going to hold him back, barring injury. And his shooting performance tonight was dreadful.
Jul 17 - 1:07 AM

Archie Goodwin hit 4-of-5 shots and 14-of-16 free throws to score 22 points in just 19 minutes of Monday's 97-92 Summer League win over the Grizzlies.

Goodwin was waived by the Blazers in training camp last year so he's simply trying to make the team. He was nice offensively, making his mark by getting to the hoop and drawing fouls tonight, but he has a long way to go if he's going to make any noise for the Blazers this season. Especially with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum standing in the way.
Jul 17 - 1:05 AM



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