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Summer League takeaways: Jabari Bird impresses once again

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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.

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Smart likely to sign qualifying offer to return to Celtics

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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.

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Furkan Korkmaz drops 40 points on just 18 shots in insane Summer League performance

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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.

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Summer League takeaways: Semi shines, Williams leaves with injury

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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.

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