SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – There is a chance Zion Williamson could make his NBA debut in Utah.
The Jazz announced their newly renamed Salt Lake City Summer League is returning to Vivint Arena July 1-3, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of four teams, along with the Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs that will be participating.
The Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns each have the best odds at 14 percent to land the #1 overall pick, which is expected to be Williamson, in the NBA Draft through the Draft Lottery, which will be held on May 13.
The Jazz, Cavs, Grizzlies and Spurs will each play three games in three days as part of daily doubleheaders on Monday-Wednesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Salt Lake City loves basketball and has a tremendous year-round hoops community. Summer is no exception as evident by our record attendance last year,” said Jonathan Rinehart, summer league executive director. “We seek to capture the essence of summer with its casual, accessible and fun atmosphere. The downtown location uniquely merges professional sports, entertainment amenities and a world-class facility for the public and participating teams to enjoy.”
The Salt Lake City Summer League showcases rookies selected in the 2019 NBA Draft competing in their first NBA games, sophomores, select free agents and athletes competing to make NBA and G League regular season rosters.
Three-day attendance for last year’s summer league at Vivint Smart Home Arena was a record 33,884. The previous best had been 31,751 in 2015 when summer basketball returned to Salt Lake City for the first time since 2008.