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Wednesday / February 28.
  • Kentucky will have 13 ex-players in NBA Summer League

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    Opportunity awaits a host of Kentucky men’s basketball players in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas over the next couple of weeks.

    With play slated to begin Sunday, 13 former UK players were in line to participate in summer league action.

    Leagues in Sacramento and Salt Lake City took place earlier this week with a handful of teams, but the Las Vegas league will feature all 30 NBA teams.

    The Las Vegas league will include Kentucky two’s NBA Draft picks, Isaiah Jackson (Indiana Pacers via a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers) and Brandon Boston Jr. (Los Angeles Clippers via a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies).

    Other notable participants include Brandon Knight (Brooklyn Nets), who led Kentucky to the Final Four in 2011, Immanuel Quickley (New York Knicks), the 2020 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, and Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers), a 2020 NBA Draft pick.

    Here is a list of the former UK players scheduled to play in the Las Vegas league (does not include former players who transferred or did not finish their last season with Kentucky):

    • Brooklyn Nets – Brandon Knight
    • Charlotte Hornets – Nick Richards
    • Golden State Warriors – Mychal Mulder*
    • Indiana Pacers – Isaiah Jackson
    • Los Angeles Clippers – Brandon Boston Jr.
    • Memphis Grizzlies – Olivier Sarr
    • New York Knicks –Kevin Knox II*, Immanuel Quickley, Reid Travis
    • Philadelphia 76ers – Tyrese Maxey
    • San Antonio Spurs – Skal Labissière
    • Toronto Raptors – Ashton Hagans
    • Utah Jazz – Nate Sestina^
    *Originally on the team’s official Summer League roster but is not list on the Las Vegas roster

    ^Played on the Utah Jazz Blue squad in the Utah league but no Utah roster has been announced for Las Vegas at this time

    The Las Vegas League will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. All 75 games of the 10-day competition will air live on ESPN’s family of networks or NBA TV. Every game will also be available to stream on the ESPN app.

    All teams will play five games each. After every team plays four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games (with tiebreakers) will meet in the championship game on Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The 28 teams that do not play in the championship game will play a fifth game on Aug. 16 or Aug. 17.

    Fans can access box scores, game recaps and cumulative statistics at

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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