Neil Olshey's thoughts on Summer League
Goals for Summer League
"Just growth. I think with our young guys we want to see where they are relative to how they played in college, how they were utilized there, how we are going to utilize them in our system. A player like Anfernee Simons we are looking at how long the physical transition is going to take going from high school basketball to the NBA: the speed of play, the athleticism, the physicality. Then we’re evaluating free agents from other teams that are potential trade targets."
Networking in Summer League
"I think proximity lends itself to more collaboration in terms of having discussions about players but honestly that goes on everyday. So if you see trade talks going on, they are probably happening by phone back at the hotels rather than out in the open in the lobby of Thomas & Mack."
Signing Seth Curry
"He had a great year, the year before in Dallas. We love his shooting and his I.Q. We are really looking to build our second unit with Evan Turner playing more of a facilitator role, and we need to surround him with shooters. So Seth has the ability to be a secondary ball handler as well as a knockdown shooter that can play with and pairs with Evan and some of the other guys we brought in."
"I think we’ve said ‘we’re not going to overreact’. A playoff loss there was some contextual things there: we had some injuries to Moe [Harkless] and Evan [Turner]. They [New Orleans] were a unique matchup for us in terms of style of play. So we didn’t have much of a foundation in terms of them playing us small with [Nikola] Mirotic, he obviously had a great post season, much better than he had in the regular season.
But we’re not going to under-react to it either. I think we’re losing a bit of perspective but we did win 49 games and we finished third in the toughest conference and won the division outright and I think we need to take some pride in that and understand that we need to keep building on it while also having the second youngest roster in the NBA last year. So there is a great foundation there, we need to continue to add veterans, the draft was the draft. We didn’t have a lot resources of trades with the tax payer mid level. We broke that up. And now we’ll go into the rest of the offseason looking to make trades to bolster our top nine guys in the rotation."