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  • Isaiah Whitehead: Officially waived by Denver

    Whitehead (wrist) was waived by the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Whitehead was traded to the Nuggets last week as part of a salary dump from Denver, as Brooklyn took on the contracts of both Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Whitehead is yet to make much of an impact at the professional level, but as soon as he clears waivers, he'll be free to sign on with any team before the start of training camp.

  • Bulls' Antonio Blakeney: Signing minimum deal with Chicago

    Blakeney will sign a two-year, minimum contract with the Bulls on Thursday, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Blakeney appeared in 19 games with the young Bulls last season and averaged 7.9 points while on a two-way contract. After being named G League Rookie of the Year for his work on the Windy City Bulls, he'll now be a full-time member of Chicago and provide some decent depth on the wing.

  • Svi Mykhailiuk SF | LAL

    Lakers' Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Tallies 10 points to close out SL play

    Mykhailiuk generated 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes during the Lakers' 91-73 loss to the Trail Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Tuesday.

    Although he closed out summer league play in modest fashion relative to his other efforts, Mykailiuk still set the stage for a strong training camp and preseason with a sensational body of work overall in Las Vegas. The rookie finished with averages of 16.6 points (on 48.0 percent shooting), 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 24.7 minutes over seven games, displaying a deft shooting touch from all over the court in nearly every contest. He'll look to continue making an equally strong impression this fall in an attempt to secure a steady second-unit backcourt role during his first NBA campaign.

  • Josh Hart SG | LAL

    Lakers' Josh Hart: Team-leading scoring total in SL championship loss

    Hart managed 12 points (3-12 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-9 FT), two assists and two rebounds across 22 minutes during the Lakers' 91-73 loss to the Trail Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Tuesday.

    Hart often was head and shoulders above the competition in Las Vegas, although Tuesday was one of his more modest performances. The second-year pro still finished summer league play with averages of 22.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals across 27.0 minutes over seven games while checking in third in scoring overall in the desert. He'll look to carry over his considerable momentum into training camp and preseason as the Lakers embark on a highly anticipated season, and he'll presumably have an opportunity to make a case for a solid backcourt rotation role.

  • Caleb Swanigan PF | POR

    Trail Blazers' Caleb Swanigan: Fills out stat sheet in SL championship win

    Swanigan delivered seven points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), nine rebounds and five assists across 26 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 91-73 win over the Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Tuesday.

    Swanigan made well-rounded contributions in the championship game win, putting the finishing touches on a solid summer league resume for the second consecutive year. The 2017 first-round pick averaged 8.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists across 26.3 minutes over seven games in Las Vegas, and he'll now try to parlay his momentum into a strong training camp and preseason. Swanigan only averaged 7.0 minutes per contest in his rookie season, so the Trail Blazers will undoubtedly be looking for a much better return on investment in the coming campaign.

  • Trail Blazers' Wade Baldwin: Tallies 14 points in SL championship win

    Baldwin provided 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 FT), six assists and four rebounds across 20 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 91-73 win over the Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Tuesday.

    The 22-year-old wrapped up a solid tenure in the desert with the second-highest scoring total for Portland on the night. The 2016 first-round pick finished with averages of 13.4 points (on 45.0 percent shooting), 7.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 25.4 minutes over seven contests. He'll now look to up his NBA opportunities in the coming season after logging only seven games of regular-season action with the Blazers in the 2017-18 campaign. However, he'll have a steep hill to climb in terms of playing time while navigating a crowded shooting guard depth chart.

  • Spurs' Jakob Poeltl: Sent to San Antonio

    Poeltl has been traded to the Spurs as part of a package that brings Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The Raptors didn't have to dip too far into their war chest of young assets, but they'll send Poeltl as the sweetener in the deal alongside DeMar DeRozan. Poeltl played in all 82 games last season, coming off the bench to average 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 18.6 minutes per game. He'll likely play slightly increased role in San Antonio, which doesn't have a ton of depth at center outside of LaMarcus Aldridge and an aging Pau Gasol.

  • Danny Green SF | TOR

    Raptors' Danny Green: Headed to Toronto

    Green has been traded to the Raptors as part of a deal that also brings Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The Raptors didn't have to give up OG Anunoby, or even an unprotected pick, but acquiring Leonard will mean taking on Green and his $10 million salary for next season. Green played in 70 games last season and shot better than 36.3 percent from three, but that's still a handful of percentage points lower than his peak seasons. Green will likely come off the bench in Toronto, but with DeRozan now out of the picture, there will certainly be minutes available at the two.

  • Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Traded to Spurs

    DeRozan has been traded to the Spurs as the centerpiece of a deal that brings Kawhi Leonard to Toronto, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The Raptors will trade DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-rounder to the Spurs, who will send back Leonard, as well as veteran guard Danny Green. DeRozan is coming off of another strong offensive season and will immediately slot in as the co-No. 1 option in San Antonio alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. DeRozan averaged 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.

  • Kawhi Leonard SF | TOR

    Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: Traded to Raptors

    The Spurs have agreed to trade Leonard, along with Danny Green, to the Raptors in exchange for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Leonard's long standoff with the Spurs has finally come to an end, and he'll now head north to join what was the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. Of course, that was with DeRozan leading the charge, but a healthy Leonard is an even better No. 1 scorer and defender. Leonard's health is the biggest question mark heading into next season, and it's likely part of the reason the Raptors didn't have to overpay for his services. Leonard played in only nine games last season amid a lingering quad injury, and the entire situation remains shrouded in mystery. Toronto is gambling that Leonard, who has only one year left on his contract, will get back to his 2016-17 form, when he averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

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