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Summer League, Game 5: Wizards win streak stops at two games

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Summer League, Game 5: Wizards win streak stops at two games

The Wizards were looking to advance to the quarterfinals to take on the Golden State Warriors, but fell in the second round against the New Orleans Pelicans. This won't be their last game of Las Vegas Summer League -- their final matchup will be against the Nuggets on Friday. 

The Wizards had built momentum during the past two games with wins over the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz, but couldn't take care of the ball Thursday. Mistakes staggered them as they committed 19 turnovers in their 97-81 loss to the Pelicans.

  • Kelly Oubre struggled with his shot and didn't score a field goal until the third quarter. He scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and shot 4-of-13 from the field in 28 minutes of action. The majority of his points came on aggressive drives to the basket. He ends his first summer league in the NBA averaging 14.2 points and 6 rebounds in five games.
  • Aaron White only saw 11 minutes on the floor and put in a mid-range jumper as well as a layup to total four points for the game. The second-round pick came off the bench for the third straight game. 
  • Jarrid Famous, who was playing well for the Wizards throughout the Summer League, went scoreless on Thursday and only saw eight minutes of action. He entered Thursday's game averaging 12 points and eight rebounds, but didn't register a field goal and only brought in one rebound.
  • Seth Curry, younger brother of Stephen Curry, played like his big brother. Curry came into the game averaging 25 points and had no problem getting his buckets again on Thursday. He scored 26 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. 
  • The Pelicans had five guys reach double figures including Curry (26), Larry Drew II (13), and Victor Rudd, Khem Birch as well as Fuquan Edwin scoring 12 points a piece. 

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Carmelo Anthony to sign with Rockets on minimum contract, report says

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Carmelo Anthony to sign with Rockets on minimum contract, report says

After over a week of speculation, it appears that Carmelo Anthony will indeed sign with the Houston Rockets, as a new report from the New York Times has confirmed Anthony's plans.

Marc Stein notes that Anthony will join the Rockets once he clears waivers and will sign a veteran minimum contract. Anthony will make about $1.8 million from the Rockets on top of the $27.9 million he received in his buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. Anthony was first traded from Oklahoma City to Atlanta.

Anthony teaming up with James Harden and Chris Paul is big news, though his acquisition does carry some risks. The Rockets had a good thing going last year, as they finished one win short of a berth in the NBA Finals. They were up 3-2 on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and lost the last two games after Paul got injured.

Adding Anthony, it would seem, could help push them over the top. But Anthony isn't the player he once was and there are questions about whether his style is conducive to winning. Anthony has traditionally been at his best when he's a large focus of the offense and he won't be in Houston.

Plus, the Rockets let some important players walk at Anthony's position. Trevor Ariza signed with the Suns and Luc Mbah Moute went to the Clippers. There will likely be a noticeable drop-off on defense.

There is a chance, however, that Anthony thrives in Houston's system. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has set up a structure of isolation ball while spacing the floor with three-point shooters. Anthony could succeed if he can make his possessions count and score more efficiently with less shots. Last year he wasn't able to do that, as he shot just 40.4 percent from the field, but he also wasn't operating in as lethal an offense as the Rockets.

Anthony going to the Rockets represents an interesting point in the career of a guy who will someday be in the Hall of Fame. This should be the best team he's ever played on and if things go right, he could rewrite some narratives about his inability to win in the playoffs.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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