DeVaughn Akoon Purcell and Malik Beasley each score 19 points as the Denver Nuggets defeat the Boston Celtics, 82-69.
Winning is always the goal when it comes to playing in the NBA, but Summer League results are more about making progress than making game-winning shots. The Celtics lost 82-69 to the Denver Nuggets, but there were indeed some positives they could take away from the experience. Here are three takeaways from Boston's matchup against the Nuggets.
LAS VEGAS – Celtics Summer League coach Jay Larranaga and Robert Williams told reporters this morning that the 6-foot-10 top pick of the C's will be a game-time decision tonight against the Denver Nuggets.Williams, drafted with the 27th overall pick last
While no deal is imminent, two NBA officials whose teams have had some level of interest in Marcus Smart are getting a strong sense that he will sign the $6.1 million qualifying offer made by the Celtics and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. Recent reports indicate Smart has not been pleased by the lack of reaching out by the Celtics to get a deal done.
The Golden State Warriors' offseason shopping spree continued Saturday with the addition of former Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko, who was waived by the Utah Jazz hours earlier. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Jerebko, the 6-foot-10 Swede who played
The Celtics made the re-signing of big man Aaron Baynes official on Saturday. The team announced the deal, which had been agreed to just after free agency opened on July 1. Baynes, 31, started 67 of 81 regular-season games in his first season with the Celtics, averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins put pen to paper on Friday, and officially joined the Golden State Warriors. "I mean, the potential is scary," Cousins told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday. Prior to the injury, Cousins averaged 25.2 points per game, plus a career-high 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season.
76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz dropped 40 points on just 18 shots — and went 8-of-14 from the 3-point line — on Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League. Not many people outside of Philadelphia have heard of Furkan Korkmaz — and even a good chunk of 76ers fans have never seen him play. The 20-year-old guard out of Turkey, though, is already doing enough to prove he deserves more time on the floor for the 76ers next season on the first day of the Las Vegas Summer League.
Friday night marked the start of summer league for the Sixers, but Furkan Korkmaz looked ready for 2018-19 opening night. Korkmaz went off for a game-high 40 points with head coach Brett Brown watching in attendance. The Celtics closed the game on a 14-4 run to hand the Sixers the loss.
Here are the three takeaways from Boston's 95-89 summer league win against Philadelphia on Friday night. After having played 70 games as a rookie last season, Ojeleye came in as the most experienced member of the Celtics roster. It's only a summer league game, but the confidence that Yabusele played with offensively was undeniable.