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Watch Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell hit game winner in wild Summer League finish


The first half of the showdown between the Sixers and Lakers at Summer League — really a matchup between No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram — was as sloppy a basketball game as you will ever see.

However, in front of a record crowd that filled the Thomas & Mack, the second half was wildly entertaining.

Right down to the contested three game winner from D'Angelo Russell. The finish of this game was wild.

Watch Suns’ Devin Booker drop 28 at NBA Summer League


We didn’t need a Summer League game in Vegas to tell us Devin Booker is legit — he was fourth in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting for a reason.

But as a reminder, he dropped 18 points in the third quarter against Portland Saturday, on his way to 28 points, 8 boards, and 6 assists in the Suns’ win. Check out the highlights above.

Report: Grizzlies acquire backup two guard Troy Daniels in sign-and-trade with Hornets

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The Memphis Grizzlies can’t get enough shooting. It has been their Achilles heel for years, this summer they signed Chandler Parsons to help turn that around.

Another step along that road is signing restricted free agent Troy Daniels to an offer sheet, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. That offer sheet evolved into a sign-and-trade deal.

Free-agent guard Troy Daniels has agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told The Vertical.

The Charlotte Hornets and Grizzlies completed a sign-and-trade agreement that will allow Daniels to join Memphis, sources said. The deal created a trade exception for the Hornets.

Daniels is a three-point specialist who shot 48 percent from beyond the arc last season. His advantage is he can do that well off the catch or the bounce. He can come in off the bench behind Tony Allen at the two and bring a real change of pace. The downside is Daniels doesn’t do much will other than shoot — he’s not a great ball handler or defender.

Good pick up for the price by the Grizzlies.

Serbia, Croatia earn Olympic basketball berths; Canada, France to play for final spot

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Serbia and Croatia are Brazil bound.

France or Canada will get the only Olympic basketball spot left.

Serbia emphatically claimed its first Olympic appearance as an independent country Saturday, crushing Puerto Rico 108-77 in the championship game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament it hosted in Belgrade. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 26 points and eight assists, while tournament MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets added 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Part of an international basketball power in the former Yugoslavia, Serbia made the Olympics for the first time since it became an independent nation in 2006. It appeared two years earlier as Serbia and Montenegro.

Serbia beat Puerto Rico by just six points earlier this week in group play but left no doubt this one wouldn’t be close. The Serbians raced to a 24-3 lead and were ahead 37-11 after one quarter, extended it to 60-27 at halftime, and shot 58.7 percent for the game.

Croatia had a much tougher time, outlasting Italy 84-78 in overtime in Turin, Italy. Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets scored 26 points, former Philadelphia 76ers lottery pick Dario Saric added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Croatians qualified for the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

The other final is Sunday in Manila, Philippines, where Canada gets a second shot to claim the Olympic berth that slipped away last year when it blew a late lead and was stunned by Venezuela in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Cory Joseph of the Toronto Raptors scored 23 points and Tristan Thompson of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers added 13 points and 10 rebounds Saturday in a 78-72 victory over New Zealand.

France beat Turkey 75-63 in the other semifinal, getting 17 points from Thomas Heurtel.

After Sunday’s final, there will be a draw to place the three champions in the Rio field. Two of them will end up in the same group as the two-time defending champion U.S.

Along with the Americans, the other teams who have already qualified for the 12-team field are Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, China, Australia and Nigeria.

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Celtics owner on Celtics’ roster: “our work is not yet done”

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Boston is one of the winners of summer free agency, along with Golden State, Memphis, and Utah. The Celtics make the list because they landed Al Horford, the second best free agent on the market. They got better immediately — Boston is probably the second best team in the East now — and it opens the doors for future free agents.

And Boston isn’t done this summer; they are looking hard at trades, according to the team’s lead owner Wyc Grousbeck. Via Kevin O’Connor of CSNNE.com:

“Well, I feel the phones are definitely ringing. Danny is definitely talking to people for sure, and has indicated that our work is not yet done,” Grousbeck said at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. “But I’ve got to say that I feel good about this team and I feel patient. We have draft picks coming up. We have a long-term strategy. I don’t just want [Banner] 18. I want 19 and 20.”

Ainge supported those comments, telling reporters in Utah, “We are still looking at doing deals and we’re certainly not finished for the summer.”

By landing Horford as a free agent, the Celtics didn’t lose any of their assets — nice young role players, picks (including one more unprotected one from Brooklyn) — they can put in a trade to get the kind of star player that would put the Celtics into contender status. Ainge will keep looking for those.

With the moves in Chicago, Jimmy Butler is off the table as an option, and despite the wishes of many in Boston DeMarcus Cousins was never seriously on it (maybe after this season… maybe). Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are available, but the Celtics likely don’t spend too much to get them.

Danny Ainge should keep his powder dry to see if some of the big potential trade names — Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, others — come on the block. Which will happen. He needs one more real difference maker, and with Horford in the fold it’s easier to land that next one. He just has to be patient.

So do Celtics fans. Which is less likely than Ainge sticking to his plan.