If you’re looking for the star of Day 1 of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, it was Minnesota’s Kris Dunn.
The rookie out of Providence put up 27 in his Summer League debut — and somewhere Tom Thibodeau was smiling like the Cheshire Cat. He racked up the points driving the lane, pulling up for jumpers, showing off a catch-and-shoot game, he was just an all around stud.
One should take all Summer League performances with a grain of salt, but this was certainly encouraging and another weapon for everyone’s favorite team on the rise in the West.
LeBron James isn’t leaving the Cavaliers this summer. We just need to say that up front before some commenter makes a ridiculous leap. LeBron has said he’s going to re-sign with the Cavs, plus if he were going to leave he wouldn’t have waited until every good team had filled up their cap space.
That said, he hasn’t told the Cavaliers when he will put pen to paper, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
LeBron James has yet to notify the Cleveland Cavaliers when he intends to re-sign, league sources informed cleveland.com during NBA Summer League….
Team officials have reached out to the camp of James for an answer to no avail, sources say. However, there are some officials within the organization who don’t view the situation as a concern. James will eventually put the pen to the paper, but his hesitancy is unclear at the moment. The day of the championship parade, James told cleveland.com he was returning to defend the city’s first professional title in 52 years.
There seems to be lingering tension between LeBron and the Cavaliers organization, but that will not change the outcome this summer.
LeBron has some difficult contract decisions to make about the one-year deal he will sign, but he will sign. He will be back for a victory tour with a Cavs team that is a massive favorite to come out of the East and make the Finals.
Beyond that… it remains to be seen.
Joel Embiid is not going to take the court with the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team in Las Vegas.
However, he is in Sin City with the team working out with them in practices, something Jessica Camerato wrote about at CSNPhilly.com.
Embiid has been cleared for monitored, controlled five-on-five scrimmages. He will not be playing, but traveling west with the summer squad is an important part of working his way back on to the floor.
“His progression is very separate from the rest of the team,” Sixers Samsung NBA Summer League coach Lloyd Pierce said. “This allows him to still be around the coaches and players on and off the court.”
She also got this video of him working out with the team.
There’s certainly an “I’ll believe it when I see it” aspect to Embiid’s return, but for his sake — and the Sixers — hopefully, we will see what he can do on the court in the fall.
Friday saw Summer League tip off in Las Vegas, and it came to a close out in Florida where the Pistons and Magic’s White team (they also had a blue team) faced off for the league title.
While high draft picks Henry Ellenson (22 points) and Stanley Johnson (21) played well for Detroit, the balanced attack of five Magic players in double digits, led by Kevin Murphy’s 19 points.
Keep checking out NBC for the latest on Summer League where we will have a couple reporters on scene in Las Vegas.
The Cavaliers are playing in Summer League in Las Vegas, opening play with a loss to Milwaukee where second-year point guard Jordan McRae dropped 23 points (on 3-of-15 from the floor, but he got to the line 17 times).
While the game was going on, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue swung by NBA TV and broke a little news — the Birdman Chris Andersen is on his way to Cleveland.
This is a good pick up, a lower cost replacement for Timofey Mozgov (who was overpaid by the Lakers). The way Lue wants to play, smaller and faster, the backup center spot is going to get limited minutes anyway, this would be a solid pickup for the spot.
It’s not official yet, but expect that news soon.