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NBA Summer League to play 58-game schedule in Las Vegas

Nobody knows where LeBron James will play next season. But John Wall’s fate is pretty much sealed.

Local NBA fans should get to see Wall make his professional debut next month at Cox Pavilion.

The NBA announced its Summer League schedule Tuesday with 22 teams participating in a 58-game schedule from July 9 to 18 at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center.

It is the seventh year in Las Vegas for the league, which adds the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks this year.

‘‘Miami had been talking about it for a while,’’ said Warren LeGarie, the league’s founder and executive director. ‘‘We thought it was time. We had a relationship with Atlanta general manager Rick Sund when he was in Seattle, so we wanted to bring the Hawks in.

‘‘But the key is having John Wall here. It’s important to us to have the No. 1 overall pick. It just creates a lot of buzz and excitement.’’

The Washington Wizards are expected to select Wall, a guard who left Kentucky after a sensational freshman season, with the first pick in the June 24 draft. The Wizards’ opening game in this year’s Summer League is scheduled for July 11 against Golden State at Cox Pavilion.

Ten of the top 14 picks in next week’s draft are expected to play in Las Vegas.

Among the NBA teams participating will be the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be featured on Day 1. A team of NBA Development League all-stars will also participate.

A minimum of four games will be played each day.
Ticket prices remain $25 for an adult daily pass and $15 for children ages 3 through 12. The price includes all games played at Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2913.

 

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