Las Vegas Rumors

But according to the team, Porzingis is on schedule to play in Vegas and is back working out after missing a few days. Janis Porzingis said on the radio his brother’s injury occurred because of the strenuous workouts he underwent leading to his ballyhooed Las Vegas workout June 12, which was attended by Phil Jackson and almost every NBA team’s top executives.
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 “[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.