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Watch Spurs’ Jonathon Simmons hit Summer League game winner vs. Warriors

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The Spurs have a couple of NBA regulars on their Summer League roster, and those two got them a win against Golden State on Saturday.

Kyle Anderson threw a lob pass to Jonathon Simmons, who got the shot off with a soft touch as the buzzer sounded, giving the Spurs the 63-61 win in Las Vegas. Anderson had 14 points to lead the Spurs.

After helping Croatia qualify for Olympics, Dario Saric again says he will play for Sixers next season

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Dario Saric is consistent. He has been saying for a while that he will play for Philadelphia next season, even though financially it would be wiser for him to play one more season in Europe then come over.

Saturday the 6’10 guy with the point forward skills was named the tournament MVP in leading Croatia to an Olympic berth, and immediately after he — and later his father — confirmed that Saric wants to come play in the NBA next season. Here are a couple of tweets postgame, via CSNPhilly.com.

The Sixers continue to say nothing is official and they are working on a buyout with his Turkish team, but they are hopeful he will be with the team come training camp.

The question isn’t skills, Saric has those. He brings impressive ball handling skills for his size, great scoring instincts (in the post and transition), plus he is a gifted passer. His game is ready to be tested at the NBA level, the only reason not to is money.

If Saric comes to the NBA next season (two seasons after he was drafted), he is locked into the 2014 rookie scale, meaning he would have $4.7 million guaranteed and $10.8 million for the four years of the contract. After three seasons, the Sixers could offer a contract extension beyond this deal, but he would be locked in for the rookie scale that fourth year. If Saric waits one more season and comes over for the NBA’s 2017-18 season, he is not bound by the rookie scale and can negotiate any deal he can get from Philadelphia. Nikola Mirotic did this (as did Timofey Mozgov and others), and Mirotic negotiated a 3-year deal worth $16.6 million last summer — he’s a lower pick than Saric with less potential, and he got that deal before the salary cap spiked. Conservatively, if Saric waits one more a season he should be able to to get three years $21 million from the Sixers — that’s $10 million more guaranteed and he would still be on to his second contract at the same time.

But Saric remains clear, he wants to come over now, and we apparently will at least get to meet him in Las Vegas.

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.