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  • OKC Small Forward #13
    Ousmane Dieng posted a full line on Tuesday with 20 points (8-of-18 FGs), five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers against Utah.
    Third year players are supposed to dominate Summer League, but that wasn’t the case in Dieng’s first game on Monday. However, he was much better in his second appearance. He’s still only 21 years old, and he was initially seen as a high-upside wing, so it isn’t surprising that he hasn’t played a consistent role for OKC so far. If he continues to play like he did in this game, there may still be hope for him. However, if he turns in more outings like he did in Monday’s loss, it will be difficult to still believe in him.
  • FA Shooting Guard #15
    Alondes Williams finished Monday’s 120-118 overtime win over Memphis with 21 points (8-of-16 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, six assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
    Williams, who produced the dunk of the NBA 2K25 Summer League last week, capped his time in Las Vegas with another solid showing in Monday’s championship game. And the timing was great, as he is an unrestricted free agent, and Miami has filled all three of its slots. One of the three slots is occupied by guard Dru Smith, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last November. While the Heat remain high on Smith, it’s fair to wonder if Williams’ performance in Las Vegas has kept him in the conversation. At a minimum, he may have earned an opportunity with another team once training camp rolls around.
  • MEM Point Guard #1
    Scotty Pippen Jr. shot 9-of-24 from the field and 10-of-13 from the foul line in Monday’s 120-118 overtime loss to Miami, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, two blocks, and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
    Some believed Pippen deserved to be named MVP of the NBA 2K25 Summer League, especially since the winner (Brooklyn’s Jalen Wilson) was a second-team selection while the Grizzlies point guard made the first team. Pippen was outstanding throughout Memphis’ time in Las Vegas, but the question is what this will do for his chances of winning the backup point guard job. Derrick Rose remains on the roster, but his injury history may leave the door ajar for Pippen. Regardless of who wins the job, backing up Ja Morant doesn’t do much for one’s fantasy value. However, given Pippen’s fight to stick in the NBA, having the opportunity represents a step in the right direction.
  • MEM Small Forward #45
    GG Jackson accumulated 28 points (11-of-16 FGs, 3-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in Monday’s 120-118 loss to the Heat.
    Jackson did not leave Las Vegas with the NBA 2K25 Summer League title, but Monday’s title game defeat capped a very encouraging summer for him. The 2023 second-round pick did more than just score, making strides as a facilitator while consistently taking on challenging defensive matchups. With a healthy Grizzlies roster, Jackson must provide value off the bench. He took significant steps in the right direction this month, which should only benefit GG and the Grizzlies moving forward. His fantasy value will take a hit with Memphis at full strength, but Jackson will be worth a roll of the dice as a late-round pick.
  • MEM Small Forward #3
    Jake LaRavia amassed 32 points (11-of-21 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes in Monday’s 120-118 overtime loss to the Heat.
    LaRavia produced one of the best individual performances of the NBA 2K25 Summer League in Monday’s title game, but it wasn’t enough to get Memphis the victory. Overall, he had a good summer, putting up quality numbers as one of the summer Grizzlies’ primary scoring options. The biggest issue for LaRavia in his first two seasons has been availability, as he’s played 70 NBA games. If the 2022 first-round pick can remain healthy, he can be a solid contributor off the bench.
  • MIA Center
    Kel’El Ware finished Monday’s 120-118 win over Memphis with 21 points (8-of-10 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 10 rebounds, and one blocked shot in 32 minutes.
    Not only was Ware one of the best-performing rookies at the NBA 2K25 Summer League, but he was one of the best players overall. The first-round pick was named first-team All-Summer League before Monday’s championship game, and Ware posted another double-double in the overtime victory. Ware’s fantasy potential this season will depend on how much Erik Spoelstra is willing to play him alongside Bam Adebayo. The former Indiana standout can step away from the basket, but can he do it well enough to avoid negatively impacting Miami’s offensive spacing? Regardless of the answer, Ware is a rookie who needs to be selected in all drafts.
  • MIA Shooting Guard
    Pelle Larsson finished Monday’s 120-118 overtime win over the Grizzlies with 21 points (7-of-9 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs), three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.
    Larsson set the tone for the Heat on Monday, getting off to a hot start before foul trouble forced him to the bench. While the fouls and turnovers (five) weren’t great, the second-round pick played well overall, with the title being a fitting capper to Larsson’s summer. He’s a player the Heat expect to contribute this season; the question is whether or not the minutes will be enough for Larsson to achieve fantasy relevance. At a minimum, he’s worth tracking during the preseason, and Jimmy Butler’s recent availability issues may also boost the former Arizona guard’s fantasy value.
  • FA Shooting Guard #13
    Josh Christopher played 31 minutes in Monday’s 120-118 overtime win over the Grizzlies, amassing 24 points (9-of-17 FGs), four rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks, and six 3-pointers.
    Christopher’s experience in Las Vegas was what unrestricted free agents hope for every summer. The 2021 first-round pick made big plays throughout Miami’s run to the championship, and he was impactful on both ends of the floor on Monday. In addition to shooting 6-of-10 from three, Christopher racked up five “stocks,” earning championship game MVP honors. The last two weeks could go a long way toward ensuring he gets a shot in training camp, whether with the Heat or another organization.
  • NOP Shooting Guard
    According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Pelicans are signing Antonio Reeves to a three-year, $5.41 million contract.
    Reeves, the 47th overall pick in last month’s draft, played well for the Pelicans in Las Vegas. While the upside may be limited, his ability to provide instant offense helped the second-round pick secure his NBA status for next season. According to Scotto, the third year of Reeves’ deal is a team option.
  • FA Power Forward #7
    The Raptors and Sasha Vezenkov have agreed to a contract buyout.
    Vezenkov spent his first NBA season in Sacramento before he (along with Davion Mitchell and the 45th overall pick in last month’s draft) was traded to the Raptors on June 27. It was reported that Vezenkov was looking to return to Europe, specifically Olympiacos in Greece. Monday’s agreement, with the former Kings forward leaving more than $6.5 million on the table, frees him to sign with a team overseas.
  • FA Shooting Guard #0
    The Raptors have waived Javon Freeman-Liberty.
    Freeman-Liberty’s contract for the 2024-25 season was not guaranteed, so his departure will not significantly impact Toronto’s cap situation. As a rookie, he appeared in 22 games last season, averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 18.3 minutes. Freeman-Liberty’s departure will not impact fantasy basketball.