NBA Reportedly Planning Sacramento Summer League Featuring Warriors, Lakers

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2018

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The NBA continues to expand its summer league, reportedly adding a league in Sacramento this year in addition to Las Vegas and Utah, according to Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders.

The Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are among the teams expected to compete in the 2018 league.

There were three different locations for the 2017 NBA Summer League, with games in Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas. The latter was by far the biggest, with 24 of the teams competing across 11 days culminating in the tournament for a title.

The Lakers beat the Trail Blazers for the summer league title behind the play of Kyle Kuzma.

This year, the Vegas Summer League will be even bigger with all 30 teams participating for the first time. The league began in 2004 with just six NBA teams.

It's clear the rest of the league has found value in the exhibition games featuring newly drafted players and other young stars trying to prove themselves. It also has grown in popularity among fans, with last year's Celtics-Lakers game setting a record in total viewers.

Adding another league in a new location will only help gain more exposure for the future stars of the NBA.


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