NBA Player News

  • Spurs' Jonathon Simmons: Performs well in summer league outings

    Simmons averaged 16.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    As a 26-year-old, Simmons is a bit late to the party. During his rookie campaign last season, the Houston product appeared in 55 games for the ageless Spurs and averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. If the season started today, Simmons might just make the roster. But, the emergence of Kyle Anderson this summer combined with Manu Ginobili's decision to return for another season could ultimately keep the 6-foot-6 guard off the roster when 2016-17 campaign rolls around.

  • Nik Stauskas SG | PHI

    76ers' Nik Stauskas: Concludes summer league stint

    Stauskas tallied 11.0 points, 3.0 boards and a single assist per game in two Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    The former top-ten draft choice opted to head back home after appearing in just two summer league games, making his future with the 76ers even more cloudy than before. Stauskas started 35 games for Philadelphia last season and averaged 8.5 points per game over the course of 73 contests. However, the 76ers currently have 17 players under contract for the summer. With roster cuts on the horizon, Stauskas will likely have to compete with the likes of Hollis Thompson and Gerald Henderson for not just playing time, but also a job.

  • Heat's Josh Richardson: Limited to three summer league games

    Richardson participated in only three games at the Orlando Summer League and did not play for the Heat's entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.

    Richardson established himself as a legitimate NBA-caliber player last season, so it was no surprise to see Miami exercise caution. In his three Orlando Summer League contests, Richardson averaged 16.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting to go with 4.7 assists and one steal. The Tennessee product looked to be in position for an increased role next season following the departure of Dwyane Wade, but the Heat brought back Tyler Johnson and added both Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington in free agency. As a result, Richardson will have to fight for minutes at his natural shooting guard position, but coach Erik Spoelstra could also employ his versatility at point guard or small forward.

  • Heat's Rodney McGruder: Starts eight summer league games

    McGruder started all eight games in which he played for the Heat's entries at the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.

    Across both leagues, the Kansas State product averaged 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 49.4 percent from three. His outside shooting ability and defensive tenacity are what particularly piqued the Heat's interest, so much so that the team inked McGruder to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal on July 7. The expectation is that McGruder will be on the roster next season, though he'll still have to earn his way onto the team in camp.

  • Shabazz Napier PG | POR

    Trail Blazers' Shabazz Napier: Plays sparingly in summer

    Napier averaged 5.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in two Las Vegas Summer League appearances.

    Napier's summer was cut short courtesy of a left shoulder sprain suffered in Portland's second Las Vegas Summer League game. It's tough to gauge Napier's performance based on these two games alone, especially since he left the second game early. Many basketball fans can recall Napier's college tenure at Connecticut where he willed the program to its fourth national title, but that was three years ago. Napier is no longer the star of the show and will have to adjust to his role of primary backup to the likes of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

  • Joseph Young PG | IND

    Pacers' Joe Young: Has up-and-down summer league

    Young was inconsistent at the Orlando Summer League, during which he averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

    Young played in the Pacers' first four games before sitting out with a bruised tailbone, which he suffered in a July 6 matchup with the Thunder. In Indiana's opening game, Young finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting (5-of-7 3Pt) to go with four assists, but he followed up with back-to-back single-digit scoring performances. Young scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting against the Thunder prior to departing. The Oregon product was reduced to a deep bench role as a rookie, and that's not likely to change much next season with Jeff Teague, Aaron Brooks and Rodney Stuckey firmly ahead of Young on the depth chart.

  • JaKarr Sampson SG | PHI

    Nuggets' JaKarr Sampson: Quiet at Las Vegas Summer League

    Sampson averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in four Las Vegas Summer League games.

    Sampson came off the bench to average only 13.0 minutes per game, preventing him from making more than a nominal impact. His highlight of the week came in a win over the Grizzlies in which he scored 16 points to go with three assists in 16 minutes. As training camp approaches, Sampson will compete for a roster spot with the Nuggets, but at this point he may be on the outside looking in.

  • Jarrett Jack PG | ATL

    Hawks' Jarrett Jack: Might not be ready for beginning of season

    Jack's rehabilitation is apparently going "very well," but it's uncertain if he'll be ready to play at the start of the regular season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    After he was waived by the Nets shortly before his contract for 2016-17 became guaranteed, Jack, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL last January, was brought in by the Hawks to serve as a veteran mentor to the 23-year-old Dennis Schroder, who will assume a full-time starting role for the first time in his career. Jack has been a capable backup or fill-in starter for most of his 12-year career, but the fact that he's coming back from a major injury and is set to turn 33 before the season begins suggests the Hawks aren't counting on him to play major minutes. If Jack's recovery from the torn ACL stretches into the upcoming season, free-agent pickup Malcolm Delaney, who played in Russia in 2015-16, would likely open the year as Schroder's top backup.

  • Aaron Harrison SG | CHA

    Hornets' Aaron Harrison: Struggles in summer league

    Harrison averaged 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in four Orlando Summer League contests.

    While the counting stats were encouraging, Harrison struggled shooting the ball, converting just 30.8 percent of his field goals and 19.0 percent (4-of-21) of his three-point attempts. The former Kentucky standout appeared sparingly in only 21 games for Charlotte last season, and at this point it's difficult to imagine him taking on a much larger role in Year 2.

  • Hawks' Dennis Schroder: Won't play for Germany this summer

    Schroder won't play for his native Germany this summer, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    The German national team didn't qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the team was set to compete in qualifying play in August for EuroBasket 2017. Schroder said he still intends to suit up for Germany in the 2020 Olympics if the team qualifies, but for now, the 22-year-old will turn his attention to getting ready for the upcoming season with the Hawks. After serving as a backup to Jeff Teague in his first three NBA campaigns, Schroder is set to ascend to a starting role in 2016-17 and should be in line for a big jump in production after averaging 11.0 points, 4.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals across 20.3 minutes per game last season.