The 2017 Las Vegas Summer League schedules were released, including for the San Antonio Spurs.
The 2017 NBA offseason began for the San Antonio Spurs when they were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. That meant the free agency and NBA Draft processes were about to take off, with the latter taking place on Thursday, June 22.
After the Draft and while free agency takes place, the 2017 NBA Summer League will get underway. It’s the annual short set of games, with a double-elimination playoff, at least for the Las Vegas Summer League, which the Spurs are part of.
On Thursday, the NBA released its official schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League. It has the Spurs playing three games before the playoffs begin:
- Miami Heat – Saturday, July 8
- Philadelphia 76ers – Sunday, July 9
- Portland Trail Blazers – Tuesday, July 11
The Heat own the No. 14 pick, so the Spurs may see a lottery pick play his first game, unless Miami trades back in the NBA Draft. Someone like Rodney McGruder, who completed his first season in the league, could be someone San Antonio faces in Vegas.
While the 76ers have exciting young talent, don’t expect ones like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to play. Embiid lost the last part of his rookie season to a knee injury and Simmons missed the entire year with a broken right foot. However, whoever they pick at No. 3 overall could make his way onto the court.
The Trail Blazers also have a pick at No. 15. It’s another chance for the Spurs to get a glimpse at someone they’ll face in the Western Conference a few times per season.
These games will be an opportunity for everyone to see the future of the Spurs, if any of their draft picks play in the Summer League. That will become clearer after Thursday’s selection show.