Mavericks' Justin Anderson: Stars in summer league
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(7/24/2016) Anderson strung together 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game over five Las Vegas Summer League appearances.

The second year talent out of Virginia was a catalyst for the Mavericks in many ways this summer. Anderson led Dallas in both rebounds and assists while serving as the team's second leading scorer. There is no debate as to whether or not Anderson will make the roster, but the real question pertains to how big of an impact the 6-foot-6 guard will have on the season. With Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes firmly cementing their spots in the rotation, it is likely that Anderson will be next in line for any leftover production.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Rolls ankle in win over Argentina
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(7/22/2016) Butler rolled his ankle in Friday's game against Argentina, but it is considered a minor injury, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.

He rolled the ankle in a 111-74 blowout win in an exhibition against Argentina as the U.S. men's basketball team prepares for the Olympics in Rio. It certainly shouldn't be an injury that lingers past the Olympics, and he'll likely be able to get back in action in the coming days/weeks.

Tyler Harvey: Signs on with Italian club for 2016-17
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(7/22/2016) Harvey signed a one-year contract Friday with Italian club Auxilium CUS Torino, Sportando reports.

The Magic still hold the draft rights to Harvey after selecting him with the 51st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but the 6-foot-1 combo guard doesn't seem to be on the NBA radar just yet. The 23-year-old spent the 2015-16 campaign with the D-League's Erie BayHawks, with whom he averaged 11.9 points (on 36.5% shooting from the field), 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 26.2 minutes per game.

Trail Blazers' Pat Connaughton: Shines in summer league outings
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(7/21/2016) Connaughton went for 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game over five Las Vegas Summer League appearances.

There really isn't anything this guy can't do as an athlete. The former baseball and football standout has chosen to pursue a basketball career and it seems to be paying dividends. Connaughton finished summer league play as Portland's second-leading scorer and buried a game winning three-pointer in overtime to beat the Jazz on July 12. Last season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. As for right now, Connaughton will presumably be stuck behind the likes of C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe in the rotation. However, he could end up pushing Gerald Henderson for minutes as the season progresses.

Grizzlies' D.J. Stephens: Signs deal with Grizzlies
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(7/21/2016) Stephens signed a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies on Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Stephens has played a total of six games during his NBA career, all of which came during the 2013-14 season. He was signed as a training camp body for the Pelicans and Cavaliers during the last two seasons, but ultimately failed to stick on the roster, which will likely be the case again as he heads to Memphis on a partially guaranteed deal. Stephens played three games with the Grizzlies during the Las Vegas summer league recently, posting averages of 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists over 21 minutes per outing.

Spurs' Manu Ginobili: Dealing with sore calf
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(7/21/2016) Ginobili is dealing with a sore calf, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

Ginobili is set to play with Argentina's national team this summer during the Olympic Games, but could miss Friday's exhibition outing versus the USA if the calf doesn't feel better over night. Even if he does play in that matchup, there's a good chance he remains limited, as Ginobili likely doesn't want to complicate the injury further. The injury isn't considered serious, however, so it shouldn't impact his training camp availability. After re-signing with the Spurs on a one-year, $14 million contract earlier this month, Ginobili is expected to take on his usual sixth-man role in his 15th NBA season.

Jason Terry: Won't be back with Rockets
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(7/21/2016) The Rockets recently informed Terry that he wouldn't be re-signed for the 2016-17 season, Justin Termine of Sirius XM NBA Radio reports.

Terry will turn 39 in September and is coming off a season in which he saw his field-goal (40.2%) and three-point (35.6%) percentages both noticeably dip from the prior campaign. The Rockets lack veteran depth at both guard spots, but evidently, Terry wasn't viewed as a solution after spending the past two seasons with the team. Terry has indicated he has no plans of retiring, so it wouldn't be surprising to see another team bring him aboard for the veteran's minimum.

Nets' Sean Kilpatrick: Impresses in Vegas
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(7/20/2016) Kilpatrick averaged 19.2 points and 4.8 rebounds across four Las Vegas Summer League contests.

The Cincinnati product knocked down 48.1 percent of his field goals but struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 4-of-16 attempts on the week. Kilpatrick's role for the new-look Nets is somewhat undefined heading into the season, but he figures to hold down a consistent bench role for what might be the weakest team in the league.

Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Produces for Brooklyn in summer league
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(7/20/2016) Hollis-Jefferson turned in 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game over the course of five Las Vegas Summer League contests.

Last season, as a rookie, Hollis-Jefferson proved to be a bright spot on otherwise bleak Brooklyn roster. However, now with a full season under his belt, the 21-year-old is expected to be one of the Nets most valuable players on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest hopes for Hollis-Jefferson was that he would spend the summer developing his perimeter game. If the Las Vegas summer league was any indication, the former Arizona star still has ways to go before he becomes any true threat from outside. Over the five game span, Hollis-Jefferson shot just 25 percent from beyond-the-arc. If he can refine his game away from the basket, the 6-foot-7 guard may be poised for a strong sophomore season.

Celtics' James Young: Quiet in Las Vegas
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(7/20/2016) Young averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds across six Las Vegas Summer League games.

While Young was playing in his third summer league, he was still the third-youngest player on the Celtics' roster. As such, the former blue-chip recruit remains an intriguing project, but he hasn't made tangible strides since entering the league in 2014, having played in just 60 NBA games. The 20-year-old's effort was reportedly questioned by an assistant coach in Las Vegas, which certainly doesn't bode well for his chance of cracking the rotation, let alone the roster, in 2016-17. Given the Celtics' considerable backcourt depth, Young's time to prove his long-term worth may be running short.

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