Unlike many of the teams that will step on the hardwood in Sin City, the Lakers will field a Las Vegas Summer League squad beginning on July 7 that represents a significant portion of their regular-season roster.
They will field their prized lottery pick in rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. Lakers second-year forward Brandon Ingram and second-year center Ivica Zubac will provide encores. The Lakers’ other draft picks in rookie forward Kyle Kuzma (No. 27), shooting guard Josh Hart (No. 30) and center Thomas Bryant (No. 42) will also play.
The Lakers announced the rest of their team on Friday, which included two players that had been on the Lakers and Development League affiliate in Vander Blue and former UCLA product Travis Wear. The Lakers will also feature center Alec Brown (Spain), guard Alex Caruso (Oklahoma City Blue of G League), forward PJ Dozier (South Carolina), guard Matt Thomas (Iowa State) and guard Gabe York (Erie Bayhawks of G League).
The Lakers will begin practicing on Monday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo before playing games at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7 (Clippers), July 8 (Boston) and July 10 (Sacramento).
As Southern California News Group previously reported, Lakers assistant Jud Buechler will be the summer league’s head coach, while assistants Mark Madsen, Brian Keefe and Miles Simon will fill the same role. This will mark Madsen’s fourth consecutive stint with the Lakers’ Summer League coaching staff after also serving as the team’s head coach in 2014 and 2015. Lakers assistant Jesse Mermuys was the team’s summer-league head coach in 2016.
Fans can purchase tickets for the 2017 NBA Summer League here.
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