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Thursday Summer League Notes: Dion Waiters puts up some numbers

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The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action.

• Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball.

Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning the ball over too much. But Thursday he looked great in the first 20 minutes, hitting making 7-of-10 from the field for 15 points. He looked like what we expected, a guy capable of dominating at this level.

Of course, in the second half he was jacking up contested everything and went 5-of-13 from the floor. So a return to bad form. But he had 27 points on the night so maybe he can build on it.

• Raptors fans, your backup point guard Dwight Buycks has looked pretty solid all Summer League (he’s averaging 10 assists a game), then he looked fantastic on Thursday — 18 points and 10 assists. He was a Marquette player who bounced around Europe and the D-League sharpening his game, and it shows in Las Vegas.

• Another day, another strong outing for John Henson of the Bucks — 16 points, 13 rebounds. He has had a very good Summer League.

• We also could do the “another day, another strong outing” for Jonas Valanciunas 15 points, 12 rebounds and a couple of nice blocks. He was steady and patient when he got the ball on the block and just backed his man down.

• Another guy who has been pretty impressive all week is Golden State’s Kent Bazemore. Thursday was another example with 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, (although he was 1-of-6 from three) and he grabbed six rebounds. He’s been the best player on an undefeated team in Vegas, which will get you in the Summer League MVP conversation.

• Dallas forward Jae Crowder tweaked his left ankle in the first half of Thursday’s game and did not return to action. Didn’t look too serious, but they are careful with these thins.

• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out for the Bobcats (soon to be Hornets again) on Thursday. No injury, just a day off.

• Friday is consolation game action — 14 teams play, and it is the last game in Vegas for all of them. The eight teams still standing in the Summer League standings resume action on Saturday.

• Along the consolation game lines, the Trail Blazers have said they will sit all their starters Friday.

Dion Waiters explains decision to sign with the Heat in an Instagram post

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 24:  Dion Waiters #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the first quater against the Golden State Warriors in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.

Here’s what he said:

I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly

It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.

Report: Celtics sign second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to four-year deal

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 27:  Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks to the bench late in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional Final at Wells Fargo Center on March 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.

Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.

Hawks sign former Michigan State center Matt Costello

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 18: Matt Costello #10 of the Michigan State Spartans handles the ball against Darnell Harris #0 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.

Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Watch Jamal Crawford drop an effortless 44, hit game winner at Seattle pro-am

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Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.

He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.

Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.