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Anthony Barber: Joins Pelicans' summer league team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barber agreed to a deal Thursday to join the Pelicans' summer league team, Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Barber went undrafted after throwing his name into the 2016 NBA Draft as an early entrant out of North Carolina State, with his slight frame (6-foot-3, 173 pounds) and shoot-first mentality likely scaring some teams off. He'll try to show a more balanced game during his time in the summer league, and if Barber impresses, he could earn an invite to training camp.

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Abdel Nader: Will be stashed in D-League
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nader will spend the 2016-17 season in the D-League rather than with the Celtics, Jonathan Givony of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Had Nader, the No. 58 overall pick in last Thursday's draft, signed a contract with the Celtics, he would have had little chance of cracking the roster out of training camp, so he'll aim to develop his skills more in the D-League. The Celtics will track the 22-year-old's performance this season and determine if the former Iowa State standout is ready to contribute at the NBA level in 2017-18.

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Hornets' Marco Belinelli: Breaks jaw over weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Belinelli suffered a broken jaw while playing in an exhibition game with Italy on Sunday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Belinelli's injury comes just days after the Hornets agreed to acquire him via trade on draft night, and while that deal can't be completed until after July 7, the Italian's broken jaw is not expected to prevent the trade from going through. Rather, Belinelli's injury could impact his availability for next month's Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy. Regardless, the veteran should be ready for the start of the next NBA season, when he figures to add a proven shooter to the Hornets' rotation.

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Hornets' Marco Belinelli: Suffers broken jaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Belinelli sustained a broken jaw Sunday while playing in an exhibition game with the Italian national team, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Belinelli, who the Hornets acquired in a draft night deal with the Kings, is without a return timetable, but he's currently remaining with Team Italy, which begins Olympic qualifying play next month. Surgery will presumably be necessary to repair Belinelli's jaw, potentially knocking out of Olympic competition. But with just over four months until the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, there would seem to be a good chance he'll be ready for opening night.

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Warriors' Harrison Barnes: Claims final spot on U.S. roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes will play for Team USA during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Barnes wasn't USA Basketball's first choice for the final spot on the 12-man roster, as he's easily the least-accomplished player on the team. The small forward was projected by many to take a step forward in 2015-16 with the prospect of a big payday looming this summer for the restricted free agent, but he only made marginal improvements on his stat line during the regular season, and struggled mightily in the playoffs. In 24 postseason contests, Barnes averaged just 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the field. He'll likely struggle to find minutes in Rio behind fellow small forwards Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler and Paul George.

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