For the first time ever, all 30 teams will be participating in the Las Vegas Summer League. The annual showcase has been a huge haven for Lakers fans the past few years as they have visited Sin City to get a glimpse at their new first round picks.
This season, the Los Angeles Lakers will also be featured in a new event in Sacramento where four NBA teams will participate in the California Classic. The new summer league event will feature three days of games between four teams: the Lakers, Warriors, Kings and Heat.
The NBA recently announced the schedule for the event, running from the second to the fifth of July.
The schedule for first of the Heat's two summer leagues (times Pacific): pic.twitter.com/gdNy1tAyFc
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The Lakers won’t have a top ten pick to showcase this summer, but there will still be plenty of intrigue around the team. Two rookies, one first-rounder and one second-rounder, will likely be featured along with more established names in Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant, Alex Caruso and more. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will not be participating in Summer League, as Magic Johnson announced at exit interviews.
There is no word on if the Lakers will have more summer players than usual due to their playing in two different events. Las Vegas Summer League will start almost immediately after the California Classic.