Las Vegas Rumors
Although Las Vegas is still without an NBA franchise, Silver said he considers the area part of the league due to the Summer League that has occurred annually in some fashion — outside of 2020 due to the pandemic — since 2004. Silver said he jokes that the Summer League in Las Vegas is “almost like our 31st team with the kind of presence that we have. It’s a huge presence in Vegas in the summer. We sell well over 100,000 tickets and all of our teams are out there. It’s sort of like baseball winter meetings.”
So did it all work? Did the Jazz get what they wanted out of their Vegas trip? “It almost forces you to kind of hang out and spend time together,” Joe Ingles said. “Obviously, like the bubble, which was a very similar feeling, obviously, to this.” The newer players started to get a feel for their teammates and picked up on some of their tendencies while also getting a deeper understanding of their personalities. Make no mistake, this wasn’t just about team-building and bonding. “This isn’t vacation,” Snyder was quick to point out. “This was a real training camp, and at the same time, I think it provided us opportunities to be around one another.”
The season opens up with a new big three as the main attraction in L.A., with Russell Westbrook teaming with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to put the Lakers back into championship contention. The Lakers got an early start with a trip to Las Vegas, a minicamp organized by James that was more about team bonding than intense court work, according to sources.
Example: During the Las Vegas summer league, word circulated that Lore and Rodriguez would have loved to have made a run at Toronto’s Masai Ujiri to lead Minnesota’s front office. Ujiri recently signed a lucrative contract extension to stay with the Raptors — and the Wolves realistically had no shot at him — but the whispered interest only reinforces the notion that Lore and Rodriguez want to make splashy hires.
It’s looking more and more like the last professional sports league that will come to Las Vegas – if it actually ever happens – will be the NBA. The first league to embrace Sin City currently has no plans to expand or relocate. Meanwhile Las Vegas officials are working on attracting an MLB team and an MLS team over the next few years. Executives from the Oakland Athletics have made numerous trips to Las Vegas over the past year, looking at different locations for a possible $1 billion new stadium. A’s president Dave Kaval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently that they have reduced their list of potential stadium sites in Las Vegas from 20 to 10-12 and will release a list of the finalists sometime after the World Series.
Right now, the Rockets have 14 fully guaranteed contracts for the season. Khryi Thomas, Armoni Brooks, Dante Exum and Daishen Nix are on non-guaranteed contracts. Matthew Hurt and Anthony Lamb are Houston’s designated two-way players. So how will the depth chart look like when camp officially opens next week? Before we dive in, there are a few things to note. This year’s group will spend time both in Houston and Galveston for camp, sources tell The Athletic. In past seasons, the Rockets have traveled to areas like Lake Charles, La., the Bahamas and Las Vegas.