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  • CLE Shooting Guard #45
    According to Yahoo Sports’ Donovan Mitchell, the expectation across the league is that Donovan Mitchell will sign a contract extension with the Cavaliers this summer.
    Mitchell can sign an extension this summer, and Cleveland must get something done. Given how much the franchise gave up in acquiring him from the Jazz in 2022, the last thing the Cavaliers need is to have Mitchell going into the final season of his contract without a deal. According to Fischer, the feeling across the league is that the two sides will get something done, locking in Mitchell as a cornerstone for a team that hopes to contend in the East.
  • PHX Center
    Oso Ighodaro finished Saturday’s 87-77 loss to the Kings with four points (2-of-3 FGs), five rebounds, nine assists, and one blocked shot in 26 minutes.
    Ighodaro’s summer league experience has concluded, with the second-round pick showing off his playmaking abilities in Saturday’s consolation game. He dished out nine assists against Sacramento, impacting the Suns’ offense as a playmaking hub. While Phoenix did sign point guard Monte Morris and center Mason Plumlee in free agency, the passing ability could make Ighodaro fantasy-relevant despite his competing for the right to serve as Jusuf Nurkic’s backup. Plumlee’s experience could give him the edge heading into training camp.
  • ATL Small Forward
    Zaccharie Risacher (right quad contusion) will not play in Saturday’s game against the Knicks.
    Risacher will miss a third consecutive summer league game, meaning we won’t see him in action again until the preseason. In two games, he averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 2.0 3-pointers, shooting 39.3% from the field and 42.9% from the foul line. Overall, Risacher did not have a great summer league experience, but there were moments when his perimeter shooting and playmaking were on display.
  • BKN Small Forward #45
    Keon Johnson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Nets, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
    Johnson finished last season on a two-way deal with the Nets, but he has played well enough this summer to earn a full contract. In four appearances, he has averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 triples per game. If the Nets end up tanking this upcoming season, Johnson may be able to provide some fantasy value later in the season.
  • PHX Shooting Guard
    Ryan Dunn (left knee soreness) will miss Saturday’s game against the Kings.
    This is the second leg of a back-to-back, and Dunn sitting out is seen as precautionary. This is their final game of Summer League, and in his four appearances, Dunn averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. The No. 28 pick in the draft will look to carry over this defensive production into the regular season for the Suns.
  • PHX Small Forward #35
    Kevin Durant (strained calf) will remain sidelined for Saturday’s scrimmage against South Sudan.
    Durant returned to practice on Friday according to reports, but he won’t play in this exhibition. There is no reason for them to force him back into action early and risk further injury. They still have another scrimmage on Monday against Germany, which Durant may be back for.
  • Donovan Clingan finished Friday’s 84-66 loss to Charlotte with 16 points (7-of-13 FGs), 12 rebounds, two steals, four blocks, and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
    Not needing to attempt many perimeter shots during his two seasons at UConn, Clingan has been given the leeway to take those shots in summer league. On Friday, seven of his 13 field goal attempts came from beyond the arc, and the 7-foot-2 center was one of two Blazers (Olivier Nkamhoua) to hit multiple 3-pointers. Spending more time on the perimeter did not detract from Clingan’s production in other areas, as he was dominant on the boards while recording six “stocks.” He should be one of the first rookies off of boards in drafts, and Portland moving Robert Williams III (or Deandre Ayton) would raise Clingan’s fantasy ceiling even higher.
  • FA Point Guard
    Matt Morgan finished Friday’s 84-66 win over Portland with 36 points (11-of-11 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), one rebound, and seven 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
    After spending the last three seasons overseas, Morgan hopes to use Summer League as a springboard for an opportunity in the NBA. Friday’s performance will get him some buzz among NBA scouts and decision-makers, as the former Cornell standout did not miss a shot from the field. Seven of Morgan’s 11 makes came from beyond the arc, with two missed free throws keeping him from setting the high point total for this year’s summer league (Chicago’s DJ Steward scored 37 earlier Friday). Morgan doesn’t have an NBA job locked up for next season, so there’s no need to consider his fantasy potential, but he was outstanding against Portland.
  • DET Small Forward
    Ron Holland played 32 minutes in Friday’s 91-90 loss to the Knicks, tallying 20 points (8-of-19 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks, and one 3-pointer.
    Holland has been highly active on both ends of the floor in Las Vegas, with the athleticism and motor (10 fourth-quarter points) being two reasons he was the fifth overall pick in last month’s draft. The perimeter shot remains a work in progress, as Holland was 1-of-5 on Friday, but he’s willing to take those shots. And that can be a big part of the battle for a young player whose shooting struggles are well-known. Even with Holland not being a great shooter, he stands to be a valuable fantasy option with the Pistons rebuilding. The hope is that new assistant coach Fred Vinson, who’s well-known for his work with struggling shooters, can give Holland a needed boost.
  • DET Point Guard #25
    Marcus Sasser shot 6-of-14 from the field and 11-of-13 from the foul line in Friday’s 91-90 loss to the Knicks, amassing 24 points, three rebounds, five assists, and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
    The 25th overall pick in the 2023 draft, Sasser led all scorers with 24 points in Detroit’s narrow defeat. Last season, he appeared in 71 games for the Pistons, averaging 19.0 minutes, and that number could have been higher if Detroit had not begun the year with Killian Hayes in the rotation. While Cade Cunningham is Detroit’s point guard of the present (and future), Sasser is well-positioned to earn the backup role. That isn’t a great spot to be in fantasy-wise, but he’ll have streaming value based on Cunningham’s injury history as a pro.
  • CHI Small Forward #15
    Julian Phillips played 33 minutes in Friday’s 103-99 win over the Hawks, accounting for 21 points (6-of-10 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), two rebounds, three steals, one blocked shot, and four 3-pointers.
    Friday’s performance was Phillips’ best of summer league, as the second-year wing shot 4-of-7 from three and tallied four “stocks.” While lottery pick Matas Buzelis has dominated the early conversations, fantasy managers should not ignore Phillips. He didn’t play significant minutes as a rookie, but DeMar DeRozan’s departure will free up opportunities for the 2023 second-round pick. How much Phillips plays will depend on the health of Patrick Williams (he’ll be good to go for the start of next season) and whether or not the Bulls will commit to a rebuild or continue to chase a play-in tournament spot.