HoopsHype Las Vegas rumors

June 4, 2013 Updates

Former Knicks center Jerome Jordan will play on their summer league team in Las Vegas this July, his agent, Todd Ramasar, confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com. ESPN.com

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The Detroit Pistons have committed to returning to the Orlando Pro Summer League this year, president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed Monday. The Pistons had been regular participants in the Las Vegas Summer League until last year, when they shifted and became one of the eight teams in Orlando. Booth Newspapers

March 16, 2013 Updates

NBA teams have been notified that the Las Vegas Summer League is incorporating an NCAA-tournament style bracket that will crown a definitive champion, sources say, with an incentive beyond bragging rights to win it all: the winner has their additional expenses for playing longer covered by the league. The recompense is an important component because teams are looking at their line-item expenses more than ever these days and the costs of having a Summer League team is one of the biggest. One general manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it is the second-biggest item on his budget, topped only by the cost of preseason training camp. Teams, on average, bring with them a 40- to 50-person contingent that includes players, coaches and support staff. The league schedule is held over 10 days but teams often come in several days early for a pre-league mini-training camp. CSNBayArea.com

March 14, 2013 Updates

The latest confirmation of that came this week, when the Sun Sentinel learned that the Heat not only would be returning to the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas in mid-July, but also would be participating in the NBA summer league in Orlando earlier in July. For a team that dealt its 2013 first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the July 2010 James sign-and-trade transaction and then dealt its 2013 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to unload Pittman's contract, the Heat could wind up with little more than undrafted prospects and young free agents on their summer-league rosters. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 13, 2013 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers athletic guard Elliot Williams, who is sitting out the 2012-13 season after tearing his left Achilles last September in a voluntary team workout, has informed CSNNW.com that he will be a participant in this offseason's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in order to prove to teams that he'll be completely healthy. “It's really not about me proving if I can play or not,” Williams told CSNNW.com. “I know I can play. I just feel that I have to get out there and show the league that I'm fully recovered.” CSNNW.com

March 11, 2013 Updates

Sources: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is adopting an NCAA-tournament elimination style format that will crown a definitive champion. Every team will be guaranteed a minimum of five games, per usual, but only three will have a scheduled opponent. The teams with the top three-game results will be then given a one-game bye and the remaining teams will square off, the winners advancing to play the top-seeded teams. After all that, the top eight teams will then pair off, the winners advancing to play in the semifinals; the semifinal winners will then play one game for the Summer League championship. Teams reaching the finals will play a total of eight games. If teams choose to use the summer strictly for player development, they'll certainly have that chance; but teams looking to test prospective future head coaches or see how players respond to the pressure of elimination running their system will get that. It also will provide some compelling basketball for broadcast at a time of the year when hoops TV is a little barren. Sulia

March 4, 2013 Updates
February 24, 2013 Updates

He had the opportunity to be an Olympian last year, but Kyrie Irving passed on playing for Australia to preserve his chance of playing for Team USA in the future. In a few weeks, he’ll get a little closer. Irving will be one of about two dozen players invited to Las Vegas at the end of July in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup team (formerly known as the FIBA World Championship). No invitations have been formally extended yet, but USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo confirmed in a phone interview on Saturday that Irving will be among those invited. “You can be assured that he’ll be one of the invitees,” Colangelo said. “He’s already established himself as one of the top three or four point guards in the league.” Akron Beacon Journal

Whether or not Irving follows with similar success remains to be seen, but Colangelo is anxious to see what he does in the coming years. “Kyrie is special,” he said. “He’s put himself in a little bit of a different class already.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 21, 2013 Updates
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“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high.” Asked to clarify, Williams said: “There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’ ” He noticed the nervous laughter around the kitchen table. “You think I’m playing,” Williams said. “Can you imagine! Guys are gambling. They’re playing dice in the back of the plane for money. Like, we just lost by 30 tonight! And we’ve got a game tomorrow! It bugged me out.” Still, Williams did not live like a monk back then. He attended the rookie symposium and listened to little of what was said. He fell into a lifestyle he described as “typical” of the N.B.A. He took private planes to Las Vegas with his friends, gambled, frequented nightclubs, fought with his parents. “I lost who I was,” Williams said. New York Times

October 19, 2012 Updates

Dwight Howard gave his back one final test last night before he gets ready to make his Los Angeles Lakers debut ... by getting his grind on with a few girls in Sin City. In the video, D12 can be seen dancing on a stage with a very attractive woman ... but then he calls an older woman on stage (still attractive in her own right) and gets down with her too! TMZ.com

September 3, 2012 Updates

NBA superstar LeBron James has promised Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his teammates an unforgettable holiday in Las Vegas along with good friend and pop star Kanye West, but only if the Reds manage to win some silverware this season. The Miami Heat ace recalled a conversation with Gerrard in the summer about how he could reward a successful campaign. “I spent some time with Steven Gerrard and he is passionate about his team. Everybody in sport needs incentive and if the guys at Liverpool win something this year I will give them the best weekend of their life in Vegas. Kanye is in and trust me, nobody does Vegas like LeBron and Kanye,” the Sun quoted James, as saying. “We will take them to places in Vegas 99 per cent of people don’t even know exist. There is Vegas and then there is Vegas,” he added. Dailymail.co.uk

August 7, 2012 Updates

Predictably, the always-cagey Presti didn't reveal anything regarding possible contract extensions for Harden and Ibaka, two soon-to-be fourth- year players who would become restricted free agents next summer if they don't agree to new deals by Oct. 31. But in Harden's case, the Sixth Man Award winner was confident his future would be with the Thunder when we spoke at Team USA's Las Vegas training camp in early July. "I'm pretty, a hundred percent, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be in Oklahoma City," Harden said with a slight stutter. "I'll let my agent and Mr. Presti and [Thunder owner Clay] Bennett discuss all that, so I'll let them handle that and stay out of it for right now and worry about the USA Olympics." SI.com

July 18, 2012 Updates

The Cavaliers would land Lakers center Andrew Bynum for a package of draft picks and veteran power forward Anderson Varejao, according to one league source. The Lakers would receive Howard for Bynum. Orlando would get Varejao and draft picks. The source said this was merely the framework of a deal being discussed. Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant was in Las Vegas watching summer-league action but made an unplanned return to Cleveland, sources say, and is not expected to return. In the frenzy of anticipating if, when and where Howard might be dealt, such otherwise innocuous events have been enough to inspire massive speculation that a deal is near. The Lakers have engaged both the Rockets and Cavaliers in their attempt to land Howard, sources say, because those two teams have both interest in acquiring Bynum, and have the requisite salary-cap room to accept larger player salaries than they send out in a deal. ESPN.com

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