NBA News of the Day: July 11th Summer League news and signings across the league
Ricky Gray | July 11, 2022
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James Wiseman makes his return and Danilo Gallinari signs with the Celtics.
Summer league in the NBA is seeing rookies and veterans get some much-deserved attention. A standout in regards to the veterans is James Wiseman.
Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman are building chemistry as they play through the summer league together. Wiseman scored his first bucket since March when he played in a trio of G League games during this time.
Before the G League games, Wiseman hadn’t played since 2021 after tearing his right meniscus. This is what forced him out of the 2022 NBA season.
Wiseman said: “It felt good. There are a lot of things for me to work on, I mean, my timing was pretty off. But this was my first game. I had fun out there.”
Jama Mahlalela, the Warriors' summer league coach said: “For him to be able to come out and play in a summer league game like today with good composure and playing at the rim, blocking some shots, he just looked like a really good basketball player.”
In other NBA news, free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari has agreed to a two-year, $13.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics. Gallinari's deal includes a player option on year two and is fully guaranteed.
Along with Gallinari, the Celtics recently acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. With the recent additions, Boston is looking to push themselves further in the 2022-23 season.
Gallinari has made 1,426 career 3-pointers, the fifth-most by a player 6-foot-10 or taller all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
In this regard, he’s behind only Dirk Nowitzki (1,982) Rashard Lewis (1,787) Kevin Durant (1,770), and Peja StojakoviÄ‡ (1,760).
Over in Portland, Damian Lillard has made it known that he plans to finish his career with the Trail Blazers. He also noted that he’s proud to be known as a player unwilling to abandon his team.
Lillard said: “I feel proud to be that guy. Because I don't think you earn something like this just by going out there and scoring a bunch of points.”
He continued: “And something that's missing in our league is the character and the fight and the passion and pride about not just the name on the back, but the name on the front and how you impact the people that you come in contact with.”