Former Sixers guard Grant Riller has fully recovered from shoulder surgery and plans to work out for teams ahead of free agency this summer, a league source told Hoops Rumors. Riller spent time on two-way contracts with Philadelphia this season and Charlotte last season.
The 25-year-old started the 2021/22 season with Philadelphia, but he was waived upon needing surgery. The operation cost Riller over four months of action and ultimately ended his campaign. He averaged 13.1 points and 3.5 assists in 11 G League games, shooting an efficient 49% from the floor and 46% from deep.
Here are some other odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- Bobby Marks of ESPN (Insider-only link) examines the offseason for all 30 teams, identifying every club’s biggest questions and priorities. The NBA draft will be held on June 23, while free agency is set to commence in early July. Some of the biggest free agents will include Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Suns center Deandre Ayton (restricted) and Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. Nets star Kyrie Irving, Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Sixers guard James Harden also hold player options that could be declined.
- Donatas Urbonas of BasketNews.com examines how Serbian star Vasilije Micic appears ready to make a jump to the NBA. Micic, whose NBA draft rights are held by the Thunder, played for Anadolu Efes in Turkey this season and could soon join the NBA if Oklahoma City pushes to make it happen. “I’m in a situation where I have two more years of the contract no matter what happens. But of course, I like to look at all kinds of challenges. If this option comes out, I would be ready to risk (it),” he said.
- Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports shares the schedule for this year’s BIG3, which will tip off on June 18 in Chicago. The season will last 12 weeks and feature the league’s first-ever All-Star Game, according to Haynes. The draft will be held on May 25.
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5 thoughts on “And-Ones: Riller, Offseason, Micic, Thunder, BIG3”
Hyped to see my guy Joe Johnson reclaim his crown as the King of the Big3. The boy Tywon Lawson is definitely gonna take the league by storm & grab ROY honors tho
Joe johnson is in incredible shape right now too. Arguably better shape than he was in the last several years of his career
Man these haters are something else smh.. Joe Johnson was in incredible shape throughout his entire career, especially after he got to Phoenix. This very much includes the last several yrs of his career.
Haters? He has even said it. He also talked about getting in better shape when he was with the Heat. Why do you always fixate on 1 part of something and use that to totally discount the rest?
I liked Grant Riller in the draft a couple of years ago. Obviously, he’s going to need some time to get reacclimated; probably should play summer league. A lot of teams could use his playmaking and shooting at the guard spot