Summer League Rumors
Colangelo hasn’t ruled out Embiid playing summer league ball in July, which would be 11 months after his second straight season-ending right foot surgery. “It’s an evolving process,” Colangelo said. “We hope to get to the point where we get him healthy, ready and prepared to play basketball. At some point, people will be very happy to see him in a uniform. I do not want to try to speed that up. I can tell you he’s been handled the right way, based on what I can tell. It seems like he’s moving in the right direction every day. The good news is he’s in Philadelphia and we can have daily contact. He’s got a very regimented, planned-out schedule.”
The Celtics will be part of the Utah Jazz Summer League for a second consecutive year, along with the Jazz, 76ers, and Spurs. The Celtics also will play in the Las Vegas Summer League after having three of the draft’s first 23 picks.
NBA action will return to Salt Lake City this summer with the 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League, presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried & Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission, the team announced today. The Jazz will host the event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on July 4 and 5, before games shift to the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center on July 7. In addition to the Jazz, the six-game, four-team event will also feature the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs for the second straight season.
Jonah Ballow: Should be noted, @Phil Jackson said the #Knicks will participate in the Orlando Summer League this year instead of Vegas. #Knicks
The NBA tried this in a pilot program at Las Vegas Summer League last season and distributed the numbers to media and teams there. The reaction was positive, and the NBA decided to compile the stats in games that count. “We decided to take this to the next level,” said Evan Wasch, the NBA’s senior vice president of basketball strategy and analytics.