NBA Las Vegas Summer League Returns In August
May 19, 2021, 6:14 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA Summer League will return to Las Vegas this August.
The NBA officially announced the summer showcase will return to the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas August 8-17.
The Vegas Summer League was canceled last season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
MGM Resorts NBA Summer League returns!
🗓️ 8/8 – 8/17
📍 Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/uK70mW71az
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 19, 2021
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the league will feature all 30 NBA teams, who will play five games each, followed by a championship game. The teams traditionally feature rookies and roster hopefuls looking to prove themselves at the NBA level.
In 2019, the last time the Las Vegas Summer League was held, the event lasted 11 days, and games were played at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada.
The NBA has two other annual summer leagues, though neither has made any official announcements on their future.
The NBA will hold its annual Summer League in Las Vegas, Aug. 8-17, with all 30 teams playing five games and a championship game on Aug. 17.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 19, 2021
The Salt Lake City Summer League traditionally consists of four teams including the Utah Jazz. The San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers have also taken part in the event.
Sacramento has also hosted the California Classic Summer League which features the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat. The league was previously held in Orlando before moving to Sacramento in 2018.
The NBA playoffs are set to conclude on July 22, with the NBA Draft being held on July 29.
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