Splitter had battled hip problems since last November, and after the pain became too much for him to bear, he underwent season-ending surgery in February. The center, who is in line to serve as the top backup to Dwight Howard when healthy, is now five months into his recovery, but isn't projected to return to action until October. While the hip procedure will prevent Splitter from suiting up for Brazil when the country hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, Splitter hasn't given up hope that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Hamilton saw some late-season run in 2015-16 for an injury-decimated Pelicans squad, logging 11 appearances and averaging 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 27.6 minutes per game. He didn't score particularly efficiently, however, hitting just 42.2 percent of his attempts from the field and 28.9 percent of his three-point tries, and that likely prevented him from gaining much traction with NBA teams this offseason. Hamilton will thus try to rebuild his stock in Turkey for at least the next year as he tries to keep the NBA dream alive.
After being selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Kaun played seven seasons for Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow before making his NBA debut with the Cavaliers in 2015-16. He and teammate Timofey Mozgov would go on to become the first Russian-born players to win an NBA title after the Cavs defeated the Warriors in the Finals, but Kaun played a very minimal role in the team's overall success, appearing in no postseason contests and just 25 regular-season contests, averaging 3.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was traded to the 76ers earlier this offseason and subsequently released, but he still had opportunities to play overseas or join an NBA team on a training camp invite had he elected to keep playing. Kaun said that an ankle injury has presented problems for him throughout his career, and with the pain worsening as he's aged, he decided it was best to preserve his health for the long haul.
Wells started all seven games for the Bulls en route to winning the Las Vegas Summer League championship, but rarely made an impact during his time on the court, averaging just 4.4 points (on 33.3% shooting from the field), 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18.1 minutes per contest. After a stint in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue last season didn't yield a promotion to the NBA, Wells will try his luck overseas this year.
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.
The 6-foot-9 forward was by far and away one of the most impressive players showcased throughout summer league. Anderson blew the competition away with his 41.5 percent shooting from deep and 52.4 percent field-goal shooting. There is no question that he proved his worth this summer. Unfortunately for Anderson, the Spurs loaded roster has stymied him from exploding on the NBA scene. On the plus side, the former one-and-done forward from UCLA is just 22 years old. With San Antonio on the verge of some player turn over, Anderson could figure his way into the regular rotation this upcoming season.
Lyles was unquestionably Utah's most prolific and reliable scorer throughout summer league play. The 6-foot-10 forward connected on 47 percent of his threes and reached at least 20 points in all but one contest. With his dominating summer league performance, it is reasonable to expect Lyles to make some big strides this offseason. Although Derrick Favors currently clogs the middle, Lyles could wind up pressing Rudy Gobert for more minutes. Regardless of how big of jump Lyles takes from his rookie season to this sophomore campaign, there is reason to believe that the former Kentucky star is in store for a better statistical season than one year ago.
Although Johnson was Detroit's leading scorer, his shooting percentages left much to be desired. He shot 35.5 percent from the field and a dismal 26.7 percent from deep. However, Johnson was locked in from the charity stripe, as he made all 18 of his free throw attempts. He also proved to be a force on the defensive end, averaging 2.2 steals per game. With Tobias Harris ahead of the 20-year-old on the depth chart at small forward, Johnson is likely to continue developing his game while serving as Detroit's sixth man in the coming season.
The 29-year-old had previously spent six seasons in the NBA with the Thunder, Hornets and Celtics, but last appeared in the league during the 2013-14 campaign. White was one of the top players on the Torino roster last season, averaging 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 32.2 minutes per game. If he continues to excel in Italy, White could generate some renewed interest from NBA teams.
Clarke made his NBA debut last season with the Celtics, appearing in three games over the course of his pair of 10-day deals. The team chose not to re-sign him after the conclusion of his second 10-day contract, and Clarke ended up latching on with the Timberwolves for summer league play. He averaged 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 23.0 minutes per game in his eight appearances, but that production wasn't enough for him to earn a guaranteed deal from another NBA team. Clarke will attempt to boost his stock overseas before potentially returning to North America in 2017-18.