Just as they have done every year since the Las Vegas Summer League began 11 years ago, the Wizards will be headed back to Vegas this July to mark their 10th anniversary of competing in the event.
They join the Cavs, Suns, and Nuggets as one of four teams who have never missed out a Las Vegas Summer League (In 2011, Las Vegas Summer League was cancelled due to the lockout).
This year's Las Vegas Summer League will run from July 11-21 and games will once again be played at the COX Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Although the Wizards Summer League roster and schedule won't be released for a few weeks, there's a very good chance that we'll see both of last year's draft picks, Otto Porter (3rd, 1st round) & Glen Rice (35th, 2nd round), return to this year's squad.
Although he wasn't able to play in Vegas last year, Tomas Satoransky, who was drafted by the Wizards in the second round in 2012, did play in the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League and there is hope that he'll be able to play for them again this summer.
And then depending on who the Wiz take in the second round this year, he'll also likely be invited to join the 2014 Wizards Summer League roster and join another eight or nine guys to finish off the roster.
In past years, the Wizards have held a mini camp with their Summer League guys in the days leading up to leaving for Vegas (which will likely be around July 7-10 if they hold it again this year).
The past few years, there has been a lot of buzz leading up to Summer League with the Wiz having a top pick playing in the event (2010: Wall, 2012: Beal, 2013: Porter). This will be the first time since 2009 they won't bring a top three pick from the most recent draft with them to Las Vegas.
But, Porter only played in two full games last summer and then injuries derailed his 2013-14 rookie season before he fell behind Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster on the depth chart. So there will be a lot of intrigue to see how he performs as a prominent figure on the 2014 Summer League roster.
Tournament Style Play Returns
The single elimination tournament debuted last year and will return again for 2014.
All 24 teams will play three games between July 11-15 and then they will be seeded 1-24 based on those first three games in a bracket for the tournament. Even though it is a single elimination tournament, all 24 teams are guaranteed to play at least five games, so even if a team loses its first tournament game, there would still be one more game to play where the winner would not advance.
The championship game will be held on Monday, July 21st to crown a winner of this year's tournament.
The Golden State Warriors won the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship, defeating the Phoenix Suns 91-77.
NBATV will televise Samsung NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas with a complete schedule of games and broadcast information to be released at a later date. Additionally, fans will once again be able to watch, via a subscription-based package, every Samsung NBA Summer League game live on NBA.com and on the NBA Summer League app.
Tickets for the Samsung NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1, at 9 a.m. PDT. Fans can purchase tickets to the Samsung NBA Summer League by visiting NBATickets.com, a comprehensive online ticketing destination for NBA fans or by calling 702-739-FANS
Monumental Network will be on the scene in Vegas will full coverage starting in July.