Get ready for the Nick Collison retirement tour. The longtime Oklahoma City forward has re-signed with the Thunder for one more year, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, and will retire after this year, ending what will be a 15-year career with a single team.
The Lakers took the gifted passer with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. And after a dull Summer League debut, Ball recorded a set of triple-doubles, including a 36-point outburst in front of LeBron James, who was in attendance.
The UCLA product and Chino Hills, Calif., native has easily been the star of the summer after dominating almost every game he’s led for Los Angeles. But he wasn’t the only player to earn honors Monday night.
The NBA also announced its Vegas Summer League First and Second Teams, the former of which was uncharacteristically loaded with five rookies and no veterans.
Headlining the First Team was Portland’s Caleb Swanigan, who may be cut from a similar cloth as Draymond Green with his versatile offensive skill set. Phoenix’s Josh Jackson, Dallas’ Smith Jr., and Atlanta’s John Collins joined Swanigan and Ball on the First Team, while Bryn Forbes, Cheick Diallo, Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and Wayne Selden Jr. were named to the Second Team.
If they offer him anything less than what the Kings did, then Porter Wholesale NFL Jerseys China could easily take that offer sheet instead, forcing Washington to match it or let Youth Cheap Jerseys him walk.
Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He doesn’t want to play with LeBron James anymore, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, and he wants to be the focal point of a team.
Forbes will continue to compete to keep his spot on the Spurs’ roster. Forbes has $1.31 million left on his salary for next season, but that won’t be guaranteed to him until Jan. 10. All the more reason this Summer League outing has been so important for him.
Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine both had solid games for the Bulls on Tuesday, but it was Antonio Blakeney who stole the show.
The third quarter belonged to Blakeney. Blakeney opened the second half by nailing a three to boost the Bulls’ lead to 19 points, but then the Bulls failed to score any points for the next four minutes. In fact, none of the Bulls other than Blakeney managed to score any points during the entire third Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys quarter, as the Wizards completely bottled up Markkanen and Valentine. The Wizards whittled down the Bulls’ lead to single digits, but Blakeney roared back over the last five minutes to score seven points to keep the Bulls somewhat comfortably in front. Blakeney went into the final quarter of play leading the team in scoring with 21 points on 8-15 shooting (4-5 from deep), and the Bulls subsequently entered the last Wholesale Jerseys NFL 10 minutes with a 62-53 lead.
The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t play on Sunday night, so there was no frenzy over Lonzo Ball and whether he’d follow his Saturday night triple double with another. But the league’s eight-game slate of NBA Summer League games gave fans enough to hold them over before the work week kicks into full gear on Monday.
Milwaukee took an 88-83 win over Brooklyn behind 31 points from Rashad Vaughn, who could do no wrong on 13-of-18 shooting. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. put up 25 points in yet another impressive showing against the Phoenix Suns. Spurs point guard Bryn Forbes scored a Summer League-high 35 points in a win over the 76ers, and Quinn Cook dropped 25 points in the Pelicans’ losing effort to the Hawks.
As for the rookies, No. 3 picks Jayson Tatum was averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Summer League until he put up just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting against Portland. De’Aaron Fox was impressive for the Kings with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, and while Donovan Mitchell sat out, Tony Bradley finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.
Alex Caruso filled in for Ball beautifully with 15 points Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China and nine assists. Sharpshooter Matt Thomas finished with 23 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from Soccer Cheap Jerseys downtown (8-of-9 from the field), and Vander Blue added 20 points and six assists of his own.