Las Vegas Rumors

Former basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal hung up his sneakers on Saturday night and instead wore gold headphones when he returned to Las Vegas to play deejay. The former center for the Los Angeles Lakers and other NBA teams brought down the house at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas, where he appeared for the second time as DJ Diesel. A year ago, he made his deejay debut at the nightclub.
With the NBA Draft completed on Thursday, the Spurs have quickly turned their attention to summer league, assembling a handful of names for the teams that will compete in Utah (July 6-9) and Las Vegas (July 10-20). Massachusetts forward Cady Lalanne, taken 55th in this year’s draft, was confirmed on Thursday by R.C. Buford, and it’s a given that 2014 first-rounder Kyle Anderson will join him after a rookie season in which he received scant playing time. (This year’s top pick, Serbian center Nikola Milutinov, will remain overseas to represent his country at Eurobasket 2015, where he could cross paths with future teammates Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.)
Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, expected to be picked in the top four, as well as 7-foot-1 Latvian Kristaps Porzingis also will be in attendance, sources said. Porzingis, who worked out in Las Vegas on June 12 in front of representatives from all 30 teams, could fall anywhere among the top five picks, with sources saying the Orlando Magic are unlikely to pass on him if available at No. 5. A number of NBA sources have said Porzingis could be the best player in this draft, but some teams might shy away from taking him over a more established name like Towns, Okafor or Russell.
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their schedule for Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 in Las Vegas. Twenty-four teams will participate in a tournament-style format to crown this year’s champion. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 10-14, before being seeded in a tournament running through the championship game on July 20. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
Lamar Patterson has arrived in Atlanta where he will work out until playing for the Hawks entry in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Patterson was a 2014 second-round pick by the Bucks and obtained by the Hawks in a draft-day trade last year. He spent the past season in Turkey playing for Tofas Bursa. In 29 games, Patterson averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.0 minutes. He shot 50 percent for the field, including 35.3 percent from 3-point range, playing shooting guard and small forward.
The thinking is that if a player doesn’t make it in the NBA, he will have a level of security with the Dealers, who are aiming to play 35 games in Las Vegas (possibly at the Cox Pavilion) and then 15 games in Europe against to-be-determined competition. Brown said he was in contract talks with former college assistant Scott Adubato about coaching the team. Adubato was not immediately available for comment. “You would get some security if you don’t get drafted,” the source said of the players. “You can come back and play on the team and be at the same salary level.”
“He’s throwing out $700,000 and he’s going up to $1.2 million on some kids,” the source said. “He’s offering a three-year deal with the first year as a team option and the second- and third- year as a player option. “All of them [the players Brown has contacted] have interest in getting paid right now.” Said one NBA scout: “Obviously, you want that money up front and guaranteed because they’re coming out of nowhere because who are these masked men?”
The Las Vegas Dealers semipro basketball team has offered up to $1.2 million for at least one 2015 McDonald’s All-American and has garnered interest in having several play for the fledgling team, a source close to the team told SNY.tv. “[Dealers head Cerruti Brown] is offering some lofty money,” the source said. “There’s people actually considering it now, don’t think people aren’t considering it.”
Police say NBA star John Wall was kicked off a flight in Las Vegas on Tuesday after a disturbance was reported. Las Vegas police said Friday that the Washington Wizards’ All-Star point guard was with a group of people on an American Airlines flight around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say one of the people with Wall got into a verbal fight with another passenger who was unrelated to the group.
But the 20-year-old Parker is looking forward to rejoining his teammates on the court and believes he is on schedule to take part in training camp in the fall. “I’m feeling great,” Parker said after the Bucks players’ exit interviews at the team training center Friday. “I think I’m going to stay around here for June. “July I will be out in summer league (in Las Vegas) and eventually be on the court, not playing, of course. “After that in August maybe do a combined session with some (other) forwards. We’ll go out somewhere; I don’t know where we’re going to train. “I’d be right on schedule for where I want to go. It prepares me right before the season to get the wind going. It’s always good to be a part of the team in the preseason.”
It is in this gap that the Milwaukee Bucks and their ambitious out-of-town new owners want to lead a massive effort in urban revitalization — an arena-focused development funded with a blend of private and public money. Or, if they fail to raise adequate public political support, it is here that this city’s fraught relationship with professional basketball will end, with the Bucks moving on to Seattle; Las Vegas; Louisville, Kentucky; or some other city with more ready cash for stadiums. After months of progress, promises of hundreds of million in investment and the release of mock-ups of an architectural gem, the Bucks’ future in Milwaukee is looking shaky. The battle for the team’s future is coming to a head quickly.
Griffin was chosen for the 2012 Olympic team, but was a late scratch (replaced by Davis) due to a knee injury. A back issue forced him to pull out of consideration for the 2014 World Cup team. And with so much time between now and August, he couldn’t say that he’d definitely be in Las Vegas. Paul was similarly unsure. Attendance at this summer’s mini-camp isn’t necessarily mandatory for those who want to be considered for the Olympic team, but it is a measure of a player’s commitment to USA Basketball. “All of our players are invited,” Colangelo said. “By who attends and who might not attend, that in itself is saying something. Really, this is all up to the individual guy. Each player makes his own decision on how he figures into USA Basketball.”
Tribune: You support the idea of sports betting on the NBA. Are you at all concerned that criminal elements could lead to point shaving or throwing games or things of that nature? Silver: I’m always concerned about that. Making it legal with transparency and making it a regulated industry will decrease the likelihood of a scandal involving betting on our games, and allow us and the government to monitor betting as it’s done in Las Vegas in a way we can’t right now, when it’s almost exclusively underground.
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A mark of the sign of the Lakers’ current demise that coach Byron Scott suddenly looked ahead to the team’s summer league squad in mid-February. But Scott revealed something far more notable than anything surrounding when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) at Staples Center. Scott said that Lakers rookie forward will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team.
The Clippers will bypass Las Vegas and head to Florida for the NBA Orlando Summer League. Rivers said he prefers playing in the Sunshine State and not just because he lives in Orlando during the off-season. “I just think it’s a better format,” he said. “It’s a better teaching thing … It’s a teaching summer league to me. It’s the perfect summer league. It’s not too many games. I like the smaller audiences where you can hear and you can teach. It’s not a show, if you know what I’m saying.”
David Harrison: I landed at LAX, rented a car, and began a drug binge that would have made Hunter S. Thompson proud. I was trying to die “Leaving Las Vegas” style, but some force had other plans for me. I blacked out in my room at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood and woke up in my apartment in Indianapolis. Apparently I tried to jump off my balcony but one of the people I was with (who shall remain nameless but thanks) saw I was completely out of control and called my agent. They found me the that night and got me home. He describes the 4-day rager in a way that makes me think the movie “Get Him to the Greek” should pay me royalties.
It certainly wasn’t a defense and not even an explanation, but in an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Mike Krzyzewski talks about why he chose his former center for Team USA … and how USA Basketball only decided at the last minute to choose a select team to practice against the senior team. “We weren’t even sure we were going to have a Select team for the training in Las Vegas, so that was a last-minute addition, just having a Select team,” Krzyzewski told Bret Stretlow of The Fayetteville Observer. “The Select team did a terrific job, and Mason all of a sudden came to the forefront and made us say, ‘Shouldn’t we look at this guy? We have the perimeter, but what about the bigs?’
Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer’s U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers announced Monday, along with new additions DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.
The team reports to Las Vegas on July 27 under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and is scheduled to play a showcase game Aug. 1 at the Thomas and Mack Center. From there, the players venture to Chicago for more training, Aug. 14-16, with a game at the United Center against Brazil at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Drummond and crew then head to New York where they are scheduled to play games at Madison Square Garden against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22. Then, Aug. 24-26, the hectic schedule shifts to Gran Canaria, Spain, with a game against Slovenia.
Azzurro Napoli Basket, team of the italian league two, have reached an agreement with the power forward De’Mon Brooks, as reported to Sportando. Brooks, 22 year-old rookie, 2.01, was a four-year starter for Davidson Wildcats, averaged 19.0 points last season, shot 58.6 percent from the field, hit 14 of 31 3-pointers and averaged 7.1 rebounds. He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. From tomorrow Brooks will play the Las Vegas Summer League with the Charlotte Hornets.
The Cavaliers are expected to have one of the better teams entered in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts on July 11. As expected, David Blatt will coach the team. The roster includes current Cavs players Anthony Bennett, Matthew Dellavedova, Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev and Scotty Hopson. Also on the team are the Cavs’ two draft picks, Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 overall) and Virginia swingman Joe Harris (33rd overall). The Cavs will play three preliminary round games, all broadcast live on NBA TV, before being seeded in the summer league tournament.
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal put Vegas into a frenzy on Friday night as he made his official debut as DJ Diesel behind the turntables at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. Shaq arrived shortly after 1 a.m. with an entourage of friends who were ready to party at the Strip-side venue. Fans were in awe of the towering four-time NBA champion as he greeted the crowd and posed for photos on the club’s Rooftop. When asked about the future of his DJ career, DJ Shaq Diesel replied, “I would love to do a Vegas residency.”