Las Vegas summer league announces schedule, with Heat playing opener on July 7

Miami Heat’s Matt Williams, left, and Bam Adebayo, right, battle for the ball with Dallas Mavericks’ Brandon Ashley during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MIAMI — The 2017-18 season just came to a close, but the start of summer-league basketball is just weeks away.

The Las Vegas summer league begins July 6 and will continue through July 17, and the full schedule was released Tuesday. All 30 NBA teams will play in it for the first time, with games taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on UNLV’s campus.

The Heat begin Las Vegas summer-league play at the Cox Pavilion on July 7 at 5 p.m. against the Pelicans’ summer-league roster. Miami will play three opening-round games (vs. Pelicans on July 7 at 5 p.m. on NBA TV; vs. Hornets on July 8 at 5 p.m. on NBA TV; vs. Jazz on July 10 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU).

After those three preliminary contests, each team will be seeded in a tournament that begins on July 11 and concludes with the championship game on July 17.

The Heat announced that video coordinator/player development coach Eric Glass will lead the organization’s summer-league teams this year. The roster hasn’t been set yet, with teams waiting until after the June 21 draft to finalize their summer squads.

Miami doesn’t own a draft pick this year, so its summer-league team could be full of undrafted players unless the Heat trade for or buy a pick.

Before heading to Las Vegas, the Heat will participate in the newly formed Sacramento summer league that will feature four teams (Kings, Lakers, Warriors and Heat). Miami will arrive in Sacramento on June 28 for four days of practice before playing games on July 2, 3 and 5.

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