Links: Bradley Beal working to adapt to speed of NBA game at Washington Wizards minicamp



Only a few more days before the Vegas Summer League gets underway. Excited yet? Links:

  • Bradley Beal is adapting quickly to the NBA game. [Washington Times]
  • John Wall thinks the Wizards can make the playoffs, but says its up to him and his teammates to perform. [Washington Post]
  • The salary cap will remain at $58.044 million next season. Mike tells us what that means for the Wizards.
  • The primary cap question for the Wiz is what to do with Andray Blatche. Sounds like the options include pretty much everything but letting him play in D.C. next season. [Us | Wizards Insider]
  • Ben Standig warns Wizards fans to not count on the team amnestying Blatche. [CSN Washington]
  • I can't tell whether to be encouraged by this video of Jan Vesely shooting practice jumpers or not (By the way, calling them 'jumpers' is being pretty generous). On the one hand, he shows good form and makes his fair share. On the other, it's practice man, practice. [Truth About It]
  • Chris Singleton is well aware of his rookie-year struggles. [Us | Wizards Insider | Washington Examiner]
  • I suppose it's a good sign that Randy Wittman has been impressed with Singleton thus far into minicamp. [Washington Times | CSN Washington]
  • Excellent, excellent stuff from Kyle Weidie on the summer of '95, the potential perils of free agency and the danger of trying to win now at the expense of building a team for the long haul. Did I say this was excellent? [Truth About It]
  • Tomas Satoransky is also trying to adjust at Wizards camp. [CSN Washington]
  • Satoransky hadn't planned on playing in the NBA Summer League, but then the Wizards surprised everybody, including him, by selecting him with the No. 32 pick.
  • Satoranksy is willing to admit Vesely is the more famous Czech, but jokes that of the two, he is the "real player." [Wizards.com]
  • Here's more video of Wizards making jump shots, plus post-practice interviews with Singleton, Satoransky and Wittman.
  • Keep up with the latest summer league news here. [SB Nation]
  • I hope Jordan Crawford realizes that what happens in Vegas doesn't always actually stay in Vegas. [SB Nation DC]
  • The D.C. City Council approved a bill allowing new digital signs outside Verizon Center. Ted is pleased. [Ted's Take]
  • Having cashed in a $13.7 million buyout from the Hornets, Rashard Lewis has landed in South Beach, agreeing to play for the NBA champion Heat (and live in Miami) for two years and $1.35 million per. Ugh. [ESPN | Ball Don't Lie | CSN Washington]
  • Chad Ford breaks down the best remaining free agents. [ESPN Insider]
  • Sam Amick writes that the Nets remain optimistic they could land Dwight Howard even after the Cavaliers removed themselves out of a proposed four-team deal that would have sent Howard to Brooklyn. [SI]
  • But are the Nets about to take themselves out of the running for Howard by signing Brook Lopez to an extension? [Yahoo! Sports]
  • No matter, writes Tomzilla, the Nets should still be pretty good next season. [SB Nation]
  • The Rockets have been mentioned as part of a three-team trade that would send Howard to L.A. and Andrew Bynum to Houston, but they are also trying to work directly with the Magic to get Superman. [ESPN]
  • Though all the focus in Orlando is on Howard, two Magic rookies, including Norfolk State alum Kyle O'Quinn, have made strong impressions thus far at the Orlando Summer League. [ESPN]
  • Blake Griffin finally signed his five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers. [ESPN Los Angeles]
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't sound happy that the Knicks weren't the first team to offer him a contract. [NY Daily News]
  • Zach Lowe wonders how much the Knicks have actually improved this offseason. [The Point Forward]
  • Lou Williams has signed with the Hawks. [ESPN]
  • Convinced the Pacers would match, the Blazers have decided to not extend an offer sheet to Roy Hibbert. [ESPN]
  • Tim Duncan has agreed to a three-year contract with the Spurs. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Marc Stein chronicles the days that led to Steve Nash becoming a Laker. [ESPN]
  • Could Kevin Love be to Team USA in 2012 what Charles Barkley was to the squad in 1992? [SI]
  • Ziller is also mad that Jerry Colangelo chimed in on DeMarcus Cousins and his supposed maturity issues. [SB Nation]
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