Despite all the unanswered questions the Lakers face with their No. 2 draft pick, free-agency sweepstakes and young roster, two things have remained certain.
The Lakers hate the Boston Celtics. The Lakers despise the Clippers, too. So it only seems fitting that the Lakers’ summer league schedule in Las Vegas opens with games against their loathsome opponents. First, the Lakers will play the Clippers on July 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center (5:30 pm PT, ESPN). Then, the Lakers will play the Celtics at Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, a matchup that will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 picks against each other.
That game could center on the Celtics’ presumed selection (Markelle Fultz) against the Lakers (Lonzo Ball). But with the Lakers holding other workouts for other candidates as well, that game could very well feature De’Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson.
The Lakers then resume play against the Sacramento Kings on July 10 (5:30 pm PT, NBA TV) at Thomas & Mack Center. Though each team will play a minimum of five games in summer league play, the Lakers’ remaining schedule hinges on the results of their first three games. The quarterfinals (July 15), semifinals (July 16) and championship game (July 16) will conclude the event.
The Lakers will feature a significant part of their young roster. In addition to the Lakers’ No. 2 and No. 28 picks making their debut, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and center Ivica Zubac plan to play for the second consecutive year. Lakers guard David Nwaba plans to join them too after signing with the team late in the 2016-17 season following a productive year with the D-Fenders, the team’s Development League affiliate.
All of the Lakers’ summer league games will be broadcast on both through Spectrum SportsNet, the team’s cable partners. Fans can buy tickets at NBATickets.com.