The NBA Draft is right around the corner, which means the Las Vegas Summer League won’t be far behind. On Thursday, the Wizards announced who they’ll be facing in the preliminary round of the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League:
- Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m. EST - Memphis Grizzlies
- Monday, July 10 at 4:30 p.m. EST - Miami Heat
- Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. EST - Chicago Bulls
Barring a trade, the Wizards will only face one lottery pick from this year’s draft in the preliminary stage, and that will be Miami’s selection with the 14th pick. However, this will likely be a tough slate for Washington to start things off. The Bulls are defending champions in the Vegas Summer League, the Grizzlies will have intriguing second year players like Wade Baldwin and Deyonta Davis, and the Heat could be very challenging, especially if Justise Winslow is available.
The team also announced Sheldon Mac, Chris McCullough and Daniel Ochefu will be on this year’s roster. That shouldn’t come as a surprise in and of itself, but there are a few things you can infer from that information:
- If Mac and Ochefu are playing for the Summer League team, it stands to reason both players will still be on the team’s roster next month. If the team does not waive either player before July 1, they’ll receive a small, guaranteed part of their otherwise unguaranteed contracts for the 2017-18 season.
- It appears Kelly Oubre will not be participating this season, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. While he should (hopefully) be fully recovered from his PRP treatment by the time Summer League starts, it just isn’t worth the risk he could hurt that knee again or injure something else while playing in Vegas. It’s probably also worth noting he said he hoped he wouldn’t have to go to Summer League during exit interviews, which makes sense after playing through pain in the playoffs.
- Aaron White, the team’s second round pick in 2015, also was not listed in the team’s announcement. It’s probably safe to guess he isn’t going to Vegas either, which is a sad, but not altogether surprising development considering his struggles in Vegas the last two years. On the bright side, White recently signed a 1+1 deal with Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas, so it does appear like he’s moving up the European basketball hierarchy at least.