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Groups revealed for 2024 NBA Cup

Fri Jul 12 9:31pm ET
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The NBA released the groups for the second edition of the NBA Cup, the league's in-season tournament, on Friday night.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the inaugural tournament last December, will face the Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference's Group B. That pits the Lakers against last year's surprise No. 1 seed of the West as well as star players Kevin Durant of Phoenix and Victor Wembanyama of San Antonio.

West Group C is a star-studded collection, featuring Nikola Jokic's Denver Nuggets, Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks, Zion Williamson's New Orleans Pelicans, Steph Curry's Golden State Warriors and Ja Morant's Memphis Grizzlies. That group also pits Klay Thompson against his old friends in Golden State after he was sent to Dallas in a sign-and-trade this offseason.

The reigning NBA champions headline East Group C, while last year's in-season tournament runners-up, the Indiana Pacers, are in East Group B, with Milwaukee and Miami posing a threat.

The groups were selected based on last year's final standings. Teams were divided into five "pots" for the draw, much like how the FIFA World Cup groups are determined. All six groups have one team from each pot.

A single round robin will take place across four Tuesdays (Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3) and three Fridays (Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Nov. 29). The quarterfinals of the single-elimination knockout bracket will be played Dec. 10 and 11.

Then the tournament will shift from NBA team markets to Las Vegas, where T-Mobile Arena (home of the NHL's Golden Knights) will host the semifinals on Dec. 14 and the championship game on Dec. 17.

The six groups are as follows:

West Group A: Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers

West Group B: Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs

West Group C: Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies

East Group A: New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets

East Group B: Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons

East Group C: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards

Player Notes
Reed Sheppard Sat Jul 13 12:20am

Houston Rockets guard Reed Sheppard scored a team-high 23 points in Friday's Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. While the rookie had four turnovers, he certainly made up for it, amassing five assists, three blocks, and a steal. He also shot an efficient 4-for-6 from behind the arc. With that said, Sheppard looked great in his unofficial NBA debut, so fantasy managers will continue to watch him closely during his time in Vegas and into the 2024-25 campaign.

Zaccharie Risacher Sat Jul 13 12:10am

Atlanta Hawks forward Zaccharie Risacher had 18 points in Friday's Summer League loss to the Washington Wizards. The 2024 No. 1 overall pick led his team in scoring, adding five rebounds, one steal, and one block. However, he struggled shooting, going 7-for-16 from the field and 3-for-9 from deep. All things considered, it was a decent showing from Risacher. With that said, he'll likely find his rhythm offensively, and there's a good chance he'll be one of the top producers of Summer League, assuming Atlanta keeps him on the floor.

Bronny James Sat Jul 13 12:00am

Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James finished with eight points, five rebounds, and two steals in Friday's Summer League loss to the Houston Rockets. The 19-year-old had another uneventful showing offensively, going 3-for-14 from the field and 0-for-8 from deep. He also had three turnovers. Despite James' offensive struggles, he has shown promise defensively. However, it's evident the 2024 No. 55 overall pick has some work to do, although he will likely get some shots to fall at some point during his time in Vegas.

Scotty Pippen Jr. Fri Jul 12 9:40pm

Memphis Grizzlies guard Scotty Pippen Jr. had 16 points in Friday's Summer League victory over the Sacramento Kings. He added five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. The 23-year-old appeared in 21 games for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 13.3 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.9 steals in 16 games as a starter. While Pippen will likely spend time in the G League during the 2024-25 campaign, dynasty managers may benefit from keeping him stashed.

Jake LaRavia Fri Jul 12 9:30pm

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jake LaRavia recorded a game-high 22 points in Friday's Summer League win over Sacramento. The 22-year-old had five turnovers in this one. However, he made up for it by amassing six steals. LaRavia is coming off a decent 2023-24 campaign, averaging a career-high 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 34.0% shooting from behind the arc. Granted, most of the roster was injured late in the season. But LaRavia should get minutes again for the Grizzlies during year, although he likely won't be a consistent fantasy provider.

Tyus Jones Fri Jul 12 9:10pm

According to NBA insider Michael Scotto, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in free agent guard Tyus Jones. The former Duke Blue Devil spent last season with the Wizards, averaging a career-high 12.0 points, 7.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 steals while shooting 41.4% from deep. However, Jones' numbers would likely decline if he heads to Los Angeles, especially if he comes off the bench. Still, he would likely play enough minutes and draw some starts during the 2024-25 campaign, so he'll continue to have value for fantasy managers.

Jalen Brunson Fri Jul 12 5:50pm

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson agreed to a four-year, $156.6 million contract extension with the team. He could have received more. However, the 27-year-old took less money to give the front office flexibility to improve the team even more. Brunson is coming off a stellar 2023-24 campaign, averaging a career-high 28.7 points with 6.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds. He also shot 40.1% from deep and appeared in 77 contests. Without question, the 2018 No. 33 overall pick has become one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, and his MVP upside makes him an attractive fantasy commodity heading into the 2024-25 season.

Bryce McGowens Fri Jul 12 4:50pm

The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly signed guard Bryce McGowens to a two-way deal. The 21-year-old was waived by the Charlotte Hornets after averaging 24.5 points in a pair of Summer League games. McGowens averaged 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds through 59 games with the Hornets last season. He'll head into a crowded Blazers rotation that already has a ton of young wings. It's hard to imagine McGowens having legitimate fantasy value next season.

Jeff Green Fri Jul 12 4:40pm

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal with forward Jeff Green. The veteran forward has agreed to a one-year, $9.6 million deal for the 2024-2025 season. Green averaged 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds through 78 games with the Rockets last season. He only played an average of 16.8 minutes per game, which will possibly decrease next season. The Rockets frontcourt is getting more crowded, so this looks like nothing more than a depth move for Houston.

Johnny Juzang Fri Jul 12 4:40pm

Utah Jazz guard Johnny Juzang has agreed to a long-term extension with the organization. The 23-year-old has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $12 million deal with the Jazz. He has been fairly quiet through his first two seasons in Utah. Juzang averaged 7.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 18.6 minutes per game through 20 games last season. He'll will have to compete with Jordan Clarkson and first-round pick Cody Williams for minutes in the rotation. It's unlikely that Juzang has a major role on the Jazz next season.

Saddiq Bey Thu Jul 11 10:40pm

Free-agent forward Saddiq Bey agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Washington Wizards. The 25-year-old averaged 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists last season. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL, limiting him to only 63 games. While Bey is still working his way back from the injury, he has a chance to carve out a meaningful role with the Wizards during the 2024-25 campaign, making him a stashable fantasy asset for when he returns.

Kobe Bufkin Thu Jul 11 10:20pm

Atlanta Hawks guard Kobe Bufkin (shoulder) won't play in the Las Vegas Summer League. The 2023 No. 15 overall pick suffered a right shoulder injury during a practice session on Tuesday night, with an MRI revealing "findings consistent with right shoulder subluxation." He's expected to be ready for training camp. However, Bufkin appeared in only 17 games during his inaugural year due to a thumb injury, so his latest injury is still concerning. He also averaged just 4.8 points, meaning his fantasy stock can't get much lower heading into the 2024-25 campaign.

Devin Carter Thu Jul 11 10:10pm

Sacramento Kings guard Devin Carter (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He's expected to be sidelined for six months. The 2024 No. 13 overall pick averaged 19.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 33 games with Providence last season. However, he's now expected to sit out a significant portion of the 2024-25 campaign, negatively impacting his development. As a result, Carter shouldn't see much interest from managers in redraft formats, and his fantasy stock in dynasty setups should drop considerably.

Evan Mobley Thu Jul 11 10:00pm

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Evan Mobley is eligible to sign a contract extension. While it's unknown when an agreement will occur, ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes negotiations between both sides won't be a lengthy process. "I would expect the contract to be done somewhat soon," said Windhorst during an interview. "I think the Cavs are willing to give him the max." The 2021 No. 3 overall pick has spent the last three seasons in Cleveland, averaging 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 198 appearances for the club. He was limited to just 50 games last season due to injury. However, if Mobley can stay healthy during the 2024-25 campaign, he has top-25 fantasy potential.

Kyle Lowry Thu Jul 11 10:00pm

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, free-agent guard Kyle Lowry agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers on Thursday. The 38-year-old appeared in 23 games for Philadelphia in 2023-24, averaging 8.0 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 40.4% from behind the arc. He should remain a part of Nick Nurse's rotation. However, Lowry's best days are behind him, so he's not expected to be a reliable fantasy option.

Josh Okogie Thu Jul 11 9:50pm

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Okogie agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal to remain with the team. The 2018 No. 20 overall pick didn't do much in his 60 appearances with the Suns last season. But he at least averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 11 starts. With that in mind, Okogie will likely mirror his numbers from the 2023-24 campaign this season, meaning he won't draw interest from fantasy managers in any format.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thu Jul 11 9:20am

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with lowly 3-for-10 shooting as Team Canada dropped Wednesday's exhibition match against the U.S. 86-72. Gilgeous-Alexander nailed two of his four attempts from deep and made all of his free throws, but he hurt his shooting numbers badly with a 1-for-6 effort on his two-point shots. The two-time All-NBA First Team member settled for 10 points, four rebounds, and one assist in 19 minutes. This was a rough outing for Gilgeous-Alexander, but he has plenty of time to get momentum for the Olympics and should be the team leader in the tournament.

RJ Barrett Thu Jul 11 9:10am

Toronto Raptors guard/forward RJ Barrett was Team Canada's top scorer with 12 points in Wednesday's 86-72 loss to the USA. Barrett played a large role in Canada's 11-1 start in the game, but the Americans soon took over and dominated. The Raptors star finished with 3-for-6 shooting, hitting 2-for-3 from outside. He struggled at the free-throw line, going 4-for-8. Barrett completed his line with five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes. After enjoying an impressive finish in last year's World Cup, Barrett looks ready to continue where he left off in Paris.

LeBron James Thu Jul 11 9:00am

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James logged a busy 19 minutes in Team USA's first pre-Olympics exhibition matchup against Canada, finishing an 86-72 victory with seven points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block. He shot 3-for-7 from the field, missing both attempts from downtown. James, who will be chasing his third Olympics gold in Paris, was part of the starting unit alongside Stephen Curry, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, and Joel Embiid. Team USA is stacked with talent, but even at 39, James remains a vital piece for the squad with his all-around ability.

Anthony Davis Thu Jul 11 9:00am

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis needed only 19 minutes of action to register a double-double in Team USA's 86-72 win over Canada on Wednesday. He came off the bench to score 10 points and grab a game-high 11 rebounds. Davis also had the most blocks in the game with four, picking up two assists and two steals. With Joel Embiid starting at center, Davis likely has to settle for a reserve role in Paris, but he can still fill up the box score, as he proved in Wednesday's victory.