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NBA Summer League: Ayton thriving with competition, schedule at Summer League

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton is having no problem with the competition or the schedule at the NBA level.

Ayton outplayed a fellow top rookie big man for the second time, keeping the Phoenix Suns undefeated in preliminary play in Las Vegas.

Another full day of basketball Monday, highlighted by Ayton against Orlando’s Mo Bamba in a matchup of unbeaten teams, was the third game in four days for the 20 teams in action at the NBA Summer League. The games are shorter than a regular NBA game — 40 minutes instead of 48 — and there’s no travel, but it’s still a lot of action in a short amount of time.

Some teams even gave players a rest day during the stretch of games, knowing there will be more ahead. Every team is guaranteed five games, with the possibility of playing as many as eight games in 12 days.

Ayton didn’t look like he needed a break after scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Suns’ 71-53 victory over the Magic. The No. 1 pick said it was his first victory over Bamba, the No. 6 pick, after he beat fellow high school teammate and No. 2 selection Marvin Bagley III on Saturday.

“With all the excitement and all the fans coming out here, it just really made me a lot more comfortable,” Ayton said in an interview on NBA TV. “And I just want to put on a show for them to be honest and just win as many games as I play.”

There won’t be any more for Bagley, as the Sacramento Kings announced that an MRI revealed a pelvic bone bruise. The Kings said Bagley would rest for a week or two.

Monday was the last of the 10-game slates on the campus of UNLV. There are only five games Tuesday before teams are seeded for tournament play that begins Wednesday.

Monday’s summaries:

SUNS 71, MAGIC 53

Dragan Bender and Shaquille Harrison each scored 11 points for the Suns (3-0). Davon Reed and Jack Cooley had 10 apiece, while Josh Jackson managed nine after shooting 3 for 13.

Bamba had five rebounds and five blocks, but took just four shots and scored four points. Jonathan Issac led the Magic (2-1) with 10 points.

CAVALIERS 93, PACERS 88

Cedi Osman scored 25 points and No. 8 pick Collin Sexton added 21 for the Cavaliers (2-1). Billy Preston finished with 12 points on a day Ante Zizic rested.

TJ Leaf scored 20 points for the Pacers (1-2). Alize Johnson added 16, Edmond Sumner had 14 and rookie Aaron Holiday had 12 points and eight assists but also eight turnovers.

THUNDER 92, RAPTORS 82

Rashawn Thomas and PJ Dozier scored 17 points apiece for the Thunder (2-1), who have won two straight games after losing their first 11 games in the Summer League, dating to when the franchise was based in Seattle. Thomas also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Kevin Hervey added 12 points and Dakari Johnson finished with 10 while also getting into an exchange with Toronto’s OG Anunoby in which both received technical fouls.

Anunoby finished with 19 points and Malachi Richardson had 17 for the Raptors (0-3).

PISTONS 105, PELICANS 97

Henry Ellenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Detroit (1-2) avoided going winless in preliminary play. The former lottery pick also had two steals but committed six turnovers.

Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas each added 12 points for the Pistons.

Cheick Diallo scored 25 points in the Pelicans’ first loss in Las Vegas. Walter Lemmon Jr. and Shavon Shields each finished with 14 points for New Orleans (2-1).

WIZARDS 87, 76ERS 75

Troy Brown Jr. scored 23 points and Devin Robinson had 22 to help the Wizards (1-2) win the game matching teams that entered play winless.

Thomas Bryant finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Furkan Korkmaz, who had a 40-point game earlier this week, was 0 for 9 from the field and finished with one point for the 76ers (0-3). Rookie Zhaire Smith was 1 for 9 for two points.

Chris McCullough led Philadelphia with 20 points.

CELTICS 100, HORNETS 80

Jabari Bird and Jarrod Uthoff each scored 16 points for the Celtics (2-1). Guerschon Yabusele had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Semi Ojeleye chipped in 13 points and seven boards.

Rookie Robert Williams III sat out with a bruised left knee.

Rookie Miles Bridges scored 20 points for the Hornets (2-1). Willy Hernangomez had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

MAVERICKS 91, WARRIORS 71

Phil Greene scored 16 points in the Mavericks’ easy victory. Mitchell Creek added 13 points.

Dennis Smith Jr. sat out for the Mavericks (2-1) on the day No. 3 pick Luka Doncic signed his contract.

Josh Magette and Kendrick Nunn were the only players in double figures with 10 points for the Warriors (1-2), who rested Jordan Bell.

NUGGETS 90, BUCKS 83

Monte Morris led the unbeaten Nuggets (3-0) with 20 points and eight assists.

Sterling Brown scored 27 points, going 11 of 18 from the field, for the Bucks (1-2).

ROCKETS 104, CLIPPERS 90

De’Anthony Melton scored 26 points, making five 3-pointers, to keep the Rockets (3-0) unbeaten.

Melton added 10 rebounds and five assists, while Vincent Edwards added 20 points and eight boards. Zhou Qi finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 25 points for the Clippers (1-2), while Vincent Hunter had 20. Sindarius Thornwell was 3 for 13 but scored 13 points.

TIMBERWOLVES 78, NETS 69

Jared Terrell scored 13 points and rookies Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop each had 11 for the Timberwolves (2-1).

Amile Jefferson finished with 12 rebounds and four blocks for Minnesota in a game where both teams shot about 35 percent.

Yuta Watanabe and Shawn Dawson each scored 14 points for the winless Nets (0-3). Jarrett Allen grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.

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Editor’s note: This page will be updated with contract information and analysis as agreements are made between players and teams. Rankings are based on USA TODAY Sports’ view of the free agent landscape. 

1. LeBron James – Agreed to four-year, $154 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have missed the playoffs the previous five seasons, the longest such streak in franchise history. James, no doubt, will help shift the balance of power back to one of the league’s most illustrious franchises.

2. Kevin Durant – Agreed to two-year, $61.5 million deal to stay with Golden State. Durant had said many times that he planned to re-sign with the defending champs, and that’s exactly what he did. And so the dynasty continues …

3. Paul George – Agreed to four-year, $137 million deal to stay with Oklahoma City. George, who was widely believed to be destined for Laker Land, is sticking it out with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder after his first season with the franchise ended in the first round of the playoffs. Kudos to Thunder general manager Sam Presti for this one.

4. Chris Paul – Agreed to four-year, $160 million deal to stay with Houston. Paul, who forced his way out of Los Angeles last summer after six seasons with the Clippers, is coming off a disappointing finish to a phenomenal season. As elite as Paul is, will the Rockets regret giving the 33-year-old a long-term deal?

5. DeMarcus Cousins – Agreed to one-year, $5.3 million deal with Golden State. In the biggest stunner of the summer, Cousins will become the fifth All-Star on the Warriors. He suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in January, but, contingent on his health, he offers a dominant, low-post presence that the Warriors haven’t had – though have rarely needed.

6. Nikola Jokic – Reportedly agreed to five-year, $146.5 million deal to stay with Denver. This was a done deal before free agency began. Jokic is one of the most talented young big men in the league and the Nuggets’ franchise centerpiece. He wasn’t going anywhere.

7. Clint Capela, Houston (Restricted)

8. DeAndre Jordan – Reportedly agreed to one-year, approximately $24 million deal with Dallas. Jordan is headed to Dallas — again. We have a feeling this will be different than the summer of 2015, when Jordan changed his mind after agreeing to a deal with the Mavericks and returned to L.A.

9. Julius Randle – Agreed to two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans. The fourth-year big man is coming off a career year (16.1 points, eight rebounds per game) and will be a welcome addition in New Orleans alongside Anthony Davis.

10. Aaron Gordon – Agreed to four-year, $82 million deal to stay with Orlando. Injuries limited Gordon to 58 games last season, but the 22-year-old still took a significant step forward in his development. He’s one of the most promising young power forwards in the league.

11. Zach LaVine – Chicago plans to match Sacramento’s four-year, $78 million offer sheet. The offer sheet was agreed upon on Friday, July 6, so the Bulls have until Sunday to officially make their decision. The former lottery pick is just 23, and, when healthy, is one of the league’s most explosive guards.

12. Tyreke Evans – Agreed to one-year, $12 million deal with Indiana. Evans had his best all-around season in 2017-18, averaging 19.4 points and shooting a career-best 39.9 percent on 3-pointers. He also averaged 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He’s a nice addition to a Pacers backcourt with Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo.

13. Marcus Smart, Boston (Restricted)

14. JJ Redick – Agreed to one-year deal to stay with Philadelphia. Keeping Redick is big for the Sixers, who again expect to be one of the top teams in the East. The 34-year-old sharpshooter averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game last season, his first in Philadelphia.

15. Jusuf Nurkic – Reportedly agreed to four-year, $48 million deal to stay with Portland. He’s solid on both ends of the floor and is only 23 years old, but as a 7-footer who doesn’t stretch the floor, what’s Nurkic’s ceiling?

16. Derrick Favors – Agreed to two-year, $36 million deal to stay with Utah. Favors fits at power forward in a big lineup and center in a small lineup and, though he’s more of a traditional big man, he began to extend his range a bit last season, hitting 14 3-pointers.

17. Trevor Ariza – Agreed to one-year, $15 million deal with Phoenix. This is an interesting move for Ariza, who will go from key cog on a 65-win Houston team to a veteran presence on a rebuilding Suns squad.

18. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee (Restricted)

19. Avery Bradley – Reportedly agreed to two-year, $25 million deal to stay with Los Angeles Clippers. Bradley, who’s coming off season-ending abdominal surgery, struggled to find the right role after being traded from Boston, but he provides value as a defender and improved scorer.

20. Isaiah Thomas, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted)

21. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Agreed to one-year, $12 million deal to stay with Los Angeles Lakers. Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 13.4 points per game last season and shot a career-high 38.3 percent on 3-pointers, will be a nice fit alongside James.

22. Will Barton – Reportedly agreed to four-year, $54 million deal to stay with Denver. Barton has developed into one of the top sixth men in the league, and the Nuggets weren’t ready to let him walk. Of players who came off the bench in more than 40 games last season, Barton was tied for third with 13.7 points per game.

23. Fred VanVleet – Agreed to two-year, $18 million deal to stay with Toronto. The Sixth Man of the Year finalist shot 41.4 percent from 3-point last year, his second NBA season.

24. Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston (Unrestricted)

25. Rajon Rondo – Agreed to one-year, $9 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. Another interesting addition for the Lakers, Rondo, 32, reinvigorated his career during his lone season in New Orleans. An interesting move for the Lakers and a big loss for the Pelicans.

26. Rudy Gay – Reportedly agreed to one-year, $10 million deal to stay with San Antonio. Gay, who signed with the Spurs last summer after suffering a ruptured Achilles in January 2017, opted out of the final year of his contract last week, turning down $8.8 million. He’s not the 20 point per game scorer he once was, but he can still contribute.

27. Kyle Anderson – Reportedly agreed to four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet with Memphis. San Antonio has until Sunday, July 8 to match the offer sheet for Anderson, who took a significant step forward in his fourth NBA season, taking advantage of additional minutes due to Kawhi Leonard’s absence.

28. Lance Stephenson – Agreed to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. Lance and LeBron in L.A.? This is just too good.

29. Brook Lopez – Agreed to one-year, $3.3 million deal with Milwaukee. Lopez is headed to Milwaukee on the Bucks’ bi-annual exception. He should solidify the frontcourt and help stretch the flood for new coach Mike Budenholzer.

30. Wayne Ellington, Miami (Unrestricted) 

31. Rodney Hood, Cleveland (Restricted) 

32. Nerlens Noel – Agreed to two-year deal with Oklahoma City. Noel, the No. 6 overall pick in 2013, is coming off the worst season of his career, but this is a great opportunity for him to get back on track.

33. Seth Curry – Reportedly agreed to two-year deal with Portland. Curry didn’t play last season as a result of a stress fracture in his leg, but Steph’s younger brother had a stellar 2016-17 campaign with Dallas, especially after the All-Star break (averaged 16.2 points and made 45.3 percent of his 3-pointers).

34. Joe Harris – Agreed to two-year, $16 million deal to stay with Brooklyn. The Nets clearly saw the value in the 26-year-old forward, who shot a career-high 49.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc last season.

35. Greg Monroe, Boston (Unrestricted)

36. Dwyane Wade, Miami (Unrestricted)

37. Dante Exum – Agreed to three-year, $33 million deal to stay with Utah. Injuries robbed Exum of much of his first four seasons, but he did have a promising end to his 2017-18 campaign. Exum was drafted fifth overall in 2014, and the Jazz still clearly have faith in his talent.

38. Michael Beasley, New York (Unrestricted)

39. Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (Restricted)

40. Elfrid Payton – Reportedly agreed to one-year deal with New Orleans. Payton, the No. 10 overall pick in 2014, averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds with Orlando and Phoenix last season.

Other notable free agent deals

Dwight Howard –Expected to join Washington on two-year, $11 million deal after clearing waivers. This will be Howard’s fifth team since being traded by Orlando in 2012. The eight-time All-Star averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds last season in Charlotte.

JaVale McGee – Agreed to one-year, $2.4 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers. A surprising addition to the LeBron-led Lakers, McGee is coming off two solid years with Golden State, where he provided the Warriors with some much-needed rim protection.

Jonas Jerebko – Plans to sign with Golden State. The stretch four shot 41 percent from 3-point range with Utah last season.

Doug McDermott – Agreed to three-year, $22 million deal with Indiana. The Pacers were one of the NBA’s biggest surprises last season, and adding McDermott will only make them better. He’s a career 40.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Ersan Ilyasova – Agreed to three-year, $21 million deal with Milwaukee. The 31-year-old journeyman will be a solid addition to Milwaukee, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds after signing with Philadelphia in February.

Ed Davis – Reportedly agreed to one-year, $4.4 million deal with Brooklyn. Damian Lillard wasn’t a fan of this, and we don’t blame him. At this price, this is a steal for the Nets.

Aron Baynes – Agreed to two-year, $10.6 million deal to stay with Boston. Baynes may not be as high profile as the Celtics’ stars or the members of their young core, but he still provides the team with some valuable energy and physicality.

Jerami Grant – Agreed to three-year, $27 million deal to stay with Oklahoma City. Athletic and young, Grant is coming off a solid season with the Thunder, who clearly view him as a part of their future.

Marco Belinelli – Agreed to two-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio. Belinelli, who won a championship with the Spurs in 2014, shot 37.7 percent from 3-point territory last season with Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Raul Neto – Agreed to two-year, $4.4 million deal to stay with Utah. The 26-year-old floor general only played 12.1 minutes per game last season, but he made 40.4 percent of his 3-pointers.

Derrick Rose – Agreed to one-year, $2.4 million deal to stay with Minnesota. He’s not the player he once was, but Rose showed some promise with the T-Wolves in their first-round playoff loss to Houston, averaging 14.2 points in five games.

Jeff Green – Reportedly agreed to one-year minimum deal with Washington. Green had his moments for Cleveland in the playoffs (19 points and eight rebounds in Game 7 vs. Boston on the road), and he should be a nice complementary piece for a Wizards team in need of some frontcourt help.

Michael Carter-Williams – Reportedly agreed to one-year minimum deal with Houston. The 2014 Rookie of the Year will join his fifth NBA team. He spent last season in Charlotte, where he averaged a career-low 4.6 points per game.

Raymond Felton – Reportedly agreed to one-year, $2.4 million deal to stay with Oklahoma City. Felton’s return pushes the Thunder into uncharted territory: They are currently projected to pay $150 million in luxury tax, according to ESPN, pushing total team spending to $300 million.

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