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Summer League Rumors

Today, the Sacramento Kings, in collaboration with LAVA and Flow, the blockchain that supports NBA Top Shot, announced the release of the first-ever Smart Ticket NFT Experience Pass for lucky fans during California Classic. A select 100 fans with tickets to the NBA Summer League games, set to take place August 3 and 4 at Golden 1 Center, will have the opportunity to test this unique experience and receive digital art commemorating the games.

Hornets to sign LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball, the brother of rookie of the year LaMelo Ball, is expected sign a with the Hornets and be on their summer league roster when it’s finalized, league sources told SI.com’s All Hornets. The move is on track to happen as the team prepares to fully assemble its roster and depart for summer league in Las Vegas from August 8-17. Playing in the league’s summer showcase next month could provide Ball, 22, with the opportunity he needs to jumpstart his career.
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Ball, who went undrafted in 2018, signed with the Oklahoma City Blue — the G League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder — just three days prior to the league shutting down on March 12, 2020 due to the pandemic and never played for them. He inked an Exhibit 10 contract with Detroit in early December and was waived 12 days later, failing to appear in any games after reportedly suffering a right ankle injury. Besides Ball, the expectation is Vernon Carey Jr., Nick Richards and the team’s first-round pick on Thursday will be among those suiting up for the Hornets during summer league, per league sources.