Also, Knicks fans will get a look at some familiar faces. A source close to center Mitchell Robinson confirmed on Friday evening that Robinson plans to join the team and suit up in Las Vegas next month. The source advised that he won’t play in every contest, but “likely at least two games.” Robinson, who went on to become the first rookie in NBA history to average over two blocks and shoot better than 65% from the field, had his coming out party last July in Vegas.
According to other league sources, Robinson is expected to be joined by both Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier. It has apparently has not yet been determined exactly how many games Knox and Trier will play.
Eric Woodyard: Former Utah Jazz two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long will play Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a Deseret News source.
Harrison Faigen: One last name for the night: Codi Miller-McIntryre is also joining the Lakers' summer league roster, per league sources. He spent time this year with the Texas Legends in the G League and overseas with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Alec Lewis: A note from the past life — I'm told former #Mizzou basketball forward Jordan Barnett will play Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs
Alex Kennedy: Willie Reed will play Summer League with the Utah Jazz, per source. Reed is a 3-year NBA vet who averaged 20.1 PPG, 11.3 RPG and 1.8 BPG in 21 games last season with Utah's G League affiliate. He seemed poised for an NBA call-up before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. pic.twitter.com/IjsRzHfqRn
JD Shaw: Free agent sharpshooter John Petrucelli has committed to summer league with the Orlando Magic, agent @BJ Bass tells @HoopsRumors.
Tacko Fall wasn’t the only UCF Knight to land an NBA gig Friday. Two of his former teammates, point guard B.J. Taylor and forward Chad Brown, agreed to join the Orlando Magic’s Summer League team.
Oshae Brissett: Really excited to play with the @LA Clippers in Summer League No where close to being finished, but ima let my game do all the talking #KillMode
Adam Zagoria: 6-foot-5 G Jaylen Morris has committed to play summer league with the Brooklyn Nets, per league source
Former Villanova guard Phil Booth has agreed to a deal to play in the NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source said Friday.
Jason Anderson: I'm told @Marvin Bagley and @Harry Giles will play in the California Classic July 1-3 at Golden 1 Center. How many minutes/games will be up to the coaching staff. @Kyle Guy and @Justin James will also participate. @Vanja Marinkovic will "continue to develop while playing internationally."
Alan Horton: Speaking of summer league, Josh Okogie told the crowd at Cargo last night he WILL be playing this year.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves had interest in a 2-year 2-way with Chris Clemons. But that second year is a big ask. He's off to Houston to play summer league. He's one of the best college scorers of all-time. Impressed Wolves the multiple times they saw him in person. pic.twitter.com/1XrTsvXIhi
Olgan Uluc: Undrafted Australian guard, William McDowell-White, has agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with the Houston Rockets, per a league source. He’ll play Summer League basketball with the Rockets next month.
Sam Vecenie: Jordan Murphy has committed to play Summer League with the Minnesota Timberwolves, per a source.
Emiliano Carchia: Undrafted rookie Sedrick Barefield will play the Summer League for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a source told me
Emiliano Carchia: Undrafted rookie guard Josh Perkins will play the NBA Summer League for the Charlotte Hornets, a source told Sportando
Barry Jackson: Alonzo Mourning's son, Trey (the former Georgetown forward), will be part of Heat's summer league roster, joining Tyler Herro and a bunch of players to be added in the coming hours (and days). Heat will play summer league games in Sacramento and Las Vegas.
Andrew Greif: Clippers president Lawrence Frank says both picks taken tonight will play on the team’s summer league team. Said team had been targeting both for a while. Wanted them because they fit team’s priorities of defense, toughness.
Jordan Schultz: Former @USFDonsMBB Frankie Ferrari has agreed to play Summer League with Utah #Jazz, a source tells ESPN. @FrankieFerrari2
Kane Pitman: Horst says DJ Wilson and Sterling Brown are expected to play at Summer League to continue developing their game. He also said Donte DiVincenzo is healthy but is less likely to play based on what he was able to produce with the Bucks and not wanting to risk further injury.
Joshua Newman: Matt Farrell will go to Summer League with the Bucks, his agent, Tyler Glass, told USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. Former Point Beach/Notre Dame star spent last season in the G-League with Delaware, the Sixers affiliate
Emiliano Carchia: Alessandro Gentile is going to USA where he will have some workouts in Santa Barbara at P3. Gentile will also play the NBA Summer League (team still unknown yet). He was expected to play SL with Rockets last summer but he underwent surgery. After SL, Gentile will join Italy’s NT
Australian centre Isaac Humphries will play for the Los Angeles Clippers at this year’s NBA Summer League. The former Sydney Kings big man will link up with the Clippers next month for the annual Las Vegas event as he looks to secure a contract for the upcoming NBA season. Speaking with NBL Media this morning from his training base in Irvine, California, Humphries said he’s looking forward to making the most of his next NBA opportunity.
Emiliano Carchia: Marcus Foster will go to summer league with the Orlando Magic, I am told. Foster spent his rookie season as a pro between South Korea and Lebanon
Emiliano Carchia: Kendrick Ray will go to summer league with the Boston Celtics, I am told. Ray has started the season with Maccabi Tel Aviv before moving to Le Mans
Emiliano Carchia: Erik McCree is going to summer league with the Orlando Magic, a source told Sportando. McCree spent the season with VL Pesaro
These are the real boys of summer, the grinders using the 12-day audition in the desert to impress NBA executives enough to earn the honor of an invitation to training camp. Take Cooley, 27, the unofficial dean of NBA Summer League stars. This is Cooley’s sixth stint in Vegas. He’s a member of the Phoenix Suns now, a teammate of Ayton’s. Before that he was a Sacramento King, setting screens for De’Aaron Fox, and before that a Cleveland Cavalier, throwing outlet passes to Andrew Wiggins. For Cooley, this was never a dream. In 2009, he chose Notre Dame, not for a springboard to the NBA, but because it had a top business school. “I used basketball to get the best education,” Cooley said.
But when he graduated, NBA teams called. Some 18 brought him in for pre-draft workouts. When he went undrafted, he started getting invitations to Summer League. “I remember my first year I was struggling to remember all the plays,” Cooley said. “Now my sixth year, this is the most complicated offense I’ve had, but it’s second nature, basic easy stuff. It’s a lot easier to understand.”
There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
As Summer League winds down, most of the boys of summer will disperse. Some will sign on with G League teams, to maximize exposure. Others will ink European contracts, where the money is better. They will ride buses to small towns in the U.S. or live in isolation in far-flung cities around the world. They will do it, and they will hope for an invitation back to Las Vegas next summer, for the opportunity to impress once again. “There’s only about 1% of me that thinks about not playing,” Cooley said. “This life is pretty intense. But I love it, I’m glad it’s not easy. Not playing would be a terrible itch that I wouldn’t be able to scratch. I know once the time comes, I will definitely be a part of the game, because I’ll go crazy if I go cold-turkey out of basketball. But right now, I’m a player. The body of work I have put together has caused a pretty good stir here. I believe I’m an NBA player. I believe I can play in the league for a long time.”
Josh Lewenberg: Icelandic giant Tryggvi Hlinason (DNP in Friday's Summer League opener) is making his Raptors debut. Early analysis: he's a large man.
Kyle Goon: Wade Baldwin and Grayson Allen separated after a hot exchange. Baldwin might’ve shoved Allen in the face as Allen got in tight on defense. Under review.
David Pick: Dallas and Real Madrid have reached a buyout agreement for Luka Doncic, according to sources in Las Vegas. Mavs waiting for the official LOC to clear the Euroleague MVP for the NBA Summer League.
Brett Dawson: With the trade official, Hamidou Diallo is available to play for the Thunder in today’s Summer League game. Expectation is that he will play here in Vegas, but might or might not be today.
Michael Wallace: Couple @Memphis Grizzlies housekeeping items. The summer league roster in Vegas next week will be slightly different than the one in Utah. Dillon Brooks, fresh off 2019 World Cup Qualifying games with Team Canada, is slated to join the Grizzlies. DJ Stephens also in after arriving today.
Adam Johnson: Looking over summer league rosters and the Pacers have 10(!) of 13 players on their roster with G League experience. Incredible numbers.
Mark Montieth: Pacers Summer League coach Steve Gansey says he'll start @Aaron Holiday, @Edmund Sumner, @TJ Leaf, @Alex Poythress and @Ben Moore when play opens in Las Vegas on Friday.
Sexton is expected to compete with the Cavs in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League that starts Friday.
Harrison Wind: Can confirm Nuggets intend to sign 58th overall pick Thomas Welsh to a two-way contract. Welsh is a true 7-footer with a knockdown jumper. He hit 40% of his threes last season at UCLA. He’s in line for a significant role later this week at Summer League @BSNDenver
Adam Himmelsbach: I'm told Celtics draft pick Robert Williams is at summer league practice this morning.
Challenged by coach Don Verlin before the start of his senior season to become a player Idaho could count on every game, Brayon Blake responded with a dozen double-doubles and scored 20 or more points 11 times last season. The NBA noticed. Blake signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to compete in the NBA MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas.
James Ham: After not receiving a qualifying offer on his two-way contract from Sacramento, Jack Cooley will play summer league with the Phoenix Suns next week in Las Vegas.
Kyle Neubeck: Been told Sixers do not currently expect Jonah Bolden to be a Summer League participant. Still currently under contract with Maccabi, which complicates things
Jessica Camerato: Markelle Fultz will not play in summer league. He's been working out in LA w Drew Hanlen. #Sixers have been in frequent contact w Fultz and feel his offseason development won't be defined by summer league participation. Sixers following a formal plan w Fultz's offseason training.
Kyle Neubeck: #Sixers guard Markelle Fultz will not play in Summer League, a team source tells PhillyVoice. Story to follow shortly.
Former Nevada Star Cameron Oliver will play for the Philadelphia 76ers in this years NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Jovan Buha: The Clippers announced their Las Vegas Summer League roster, which notably includes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans and Angel Delgado (two-way). Clippers begin summer league against the Warriors on Friday, July 6.
Scott Agnes: 2017 second-round pick Ike Anigbogu obviously left off the summer league roster. League souce says he’s dealing with an injury.
Harrison Wind: As expected, draft picks Michael Porter Jr and Jarred Vanderbilt will not play at Summer League for the Nuggets. Here’s the team’s full roster including 2017 draft-and-stash Vlatko Cancar, who’s playing for Slovenia in 2019 World Cup qualifiers right now.
The Indiana Pacers announced Friday their rookie/free agent camp roster. Highlighting the roster are 2018 first-round pick Aaron Holiday from UCLA and second-round pick Alize Johnson from Missouri State, as well as returning players TJ Leaf, Ben Moore, Alex Poythress, and Edmond Sumner.
Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry won’t participate in the team’s summer league games over the next two weeks as he recovers from April surgery to repair a fractured right wrist.
Bembry participated in portions of the team’s practice Friday. He said plans to travel with the Hawks to Utah and Las Vegas. “As you can see I’m shooting and working out and everything like that,” he said. “It’s still a process. I’m almost back, not quite yet.”
Brian Robb: Celtics summer league roster is out. Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, Semi Ojeleye, Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen are all on the roster
Nets Daily: Although Nets SL roster includes @Dzanan Musa he will not play. Nets resting him after long year. Musa played 75 games in three leagues and FIBA since last summer. He will accompany team to Las Vegas much as @Jarrett Allen did last year while he recovered from hip injury.
Nets Daily: One of the Nets two stashes, @Juan Pablo Vaulet will finally play for the Nets in Las Vegas. The other, @Aleksandar Vezenkov is in Botevgrad, Bulgaria playing in FIBA World Cup qualifiers. He had 19 points and 7 rebounds today as Bulgaria beat Iceland.
Sean Cunningham: Kings PG De’Aaron Fox says he’ll be playing in just the Sacramento Summer League games - not in Las Vegas.
Kristian Winfield: Nets Summer League roster includes Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and rookies Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs. Assistant coach Jacque Vaughn will be head coach during Summer League. Kenny Atkinson coached last season.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors announce their Summer League roster, which includes OG Anunoby, Alfonzo McKinnie, Malachi Richardson, Malcolm Miller and Canadian Chris Boucher. Nick Nurse will coach. pic.twitter.com/JgV5ksCsdA
Ian Begley: The expectation is that Luke Kornet, who was on a 2-way contract with the Knicks last season and is a restricted free agent, will play Summer League with New York.
Mark Berman: NBA source confirms Isaiah Wilkins (@isaiahwilkins21), 6-8 forward from Virginia who went undrafted, invited to play for the #Rockets Summer League team. In 2018 Wilkins started all 34 games, averaging 6 points & 6.2 rebounds. He's the stepson of Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today the 19-man roster for the team’s mini-camp beginning July 2 in advance of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas. The team’s full mini-camp roster is listed below. The four-day mini-camp will take place at the Novant Health Training Center inside Spectrum Center from Monday, July 2 through Thursday, July 5. Hornets Head Coach James Borrego and players participating in the mini-camp will be available to the media after the first practice each day.
The Atlanta Hawks announced their 2018 Summer League roster today, which will compete in the Utah Jazz Summer League in Salt Lake City, UT from July 2-5, and the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, NV between July 6-17 under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Lloyd Pierce and his staff. All of Atlanta’s games will be televised on either NBA TV, ESPN or ESPN2.
Tiwian Kendley, who spent two years at Morgan State University, will play for the Washington Wizards in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas. Kendley, who went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, signed an agreement to play for Washington’s summer league team earlier this week.
Three years —and two surgeries— after he was drafted, Juan Pablo Vaulet will finally don a Nets uniform at the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Vaulet, a month younger than D’Angelo Russell, was drafted at age 19 in the second round of the 2015 Draft, the Nets sending two second rounders and $880,000 to Charlotte to secure his rights.
”I was very happy to be invited to the Summer League,” Vaulet told NBA Mexico. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me, not only to be seen, but also to continue learning, to see how they are handled there, how they play and what are the issues basketball and physical I must continue to improve, it will be a great opportunity to see how I feel in that environment.“
May 17, 2022 | 3:25 pm EDT Update
When it comes to the NBA post-season, Scottie Pippen knows a thing or- six about winning. The NBA hall of famer and six-time NBA champion weighed in on the Lakers disappointing season. “I just felt like, this season, the sacrifice wasn’t there,” explained Pippen, who was a Lakers fan growing up. “The players are obviously very talented. They brought in some players who are very knowledgeable about the game and can still play at a very high level, but I just felt like there wasn’t a lot of sacrifice from the individuals. That really caused that team to have a lot of chaos throughout the season.”
The Chicago Bulls alum said the Lakers lacked “chemistry” this season and compared them to the Golden State Warriors who have “figured it out. ” “Steph, Klay, Draymond- those guys are leaders on their team. Those guys make that team go.” Pippen knows quite a bit about having an ideal teammate, when asked if he’d ever play with Michael Jordan again he didn’t hesitate with the answer. “Yes! I would play with only Michael Jordan,” Pippen explained.
Malika Andrews is capping off a quick journey that has taken her from the sidelines of NBA games to a central seat at many of its big events. The sportscaster is taking over the host duties of ESPN’s NBA Draft, succeeding Rece Davis, who led the broadcast for more than a decade.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to the wife of detained American Brittney Griner on Saturday as the WNBA star’s imprisonment in Russia continues. According to a senior State Department official, the top US diplomat told Cherelle Griner that her wife’s release is a top priority for the department and has his full attention. Blinken said the State Department is working on the case day and night, and that Cherelle Griner should not to hesitate to reach out if there’s anything she is not getting.
On Monday, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said Russia had denied the embassy permission to visit her for the third time in a month. “This is unacceptable. We call on @mfa_russia to provide timely consular access, in line with Russia’s intl & bilateral obligations,” Sullivan said in a tweet posted by the embassy.