Kevin Durant’s looming free agency will overtake Oklahoma City and, really, the entire sports world at the start of July. But for the Thunder, another important summer checkpoint will be ongoing at the same time: summer league. A few of OKC’s young pieces are expected to compete: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary. But perhaps the Thunder’s most anticipated young talent, rookie Domantas Sabonis, won’t be in Orlando for summer league, The Oklahoman has learned. But it’s for good reason. Sabonis, the 11th overall pick acquired in the Serge Ibaka trade, will focus on competing for his home country of Lithuania in the summer Olympics. His father, Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, is the president of the Lithanian Basketball Federation. The country has a well-respected history in international hoops competitions, including three Olympic bronze medals. Sabonis is expected to play a role on the team, alongside fellow NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas.
Tony Jones: Olivier Hanlan – drafted by the Jazz last year – will play with Utah’s summer league team. The combo guard played in Lithuania this season
After an unanimous vote, Arvydas Sabonis will continue to be president of the Lithuanian Basktball Federation for four more years. “We are third in the basketball global ranking after the USA and Spain. Also we will participate in the Olympic Games for the seventh time in a row. This is a unique achievement for a small country”, said Sabonis. “And these are the merits of our basketball community. We are one big basketball family.