Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer League Schedule

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 2:32 PM

The schedule for the Las Vegas summer league — which the Grizzlies will participating in again this year — came out last week, but I never got around to posting it amid all the pre-draft goings-on.

The Grizzlies team is set to play five games, starting July 12th against Oklahoma City. The official roster for the squad hasn't been announced yet, but a team official I spoke to after yesterday's press conference said the team's three new draft picks will be joined by Darrell Arthur and Hamed Haddadi from the current roster. (O.J. Mayo apparently expressed interest, but will not play.) Among free agents, I was told UCONN power forward Jeff Adrien and former Clipper point guard Daniel Ewing will be on the squad. A subsequent media report has said that center Greg Stiemsma will be on the Grizzlies' team. Stiemsma participated in the team's recent free-agent mini-camp and a team official at the time had told me he was the most impressive player there, so this makes sense.

I haven't seen a television schedule anywhere yet, but the Grizzlies' game schedule is as follows:

Sunday July 12th
COX Pavilion
5 PM — Oklahoma City vs. Memphis

Tuesday July 14th
COX Pavilion
3 PM — New York vs. Memphis

Thursday July 16th
Thomas & Mack
7:30 PM — LA Clippers vs. Memphis

Saturday July 18th
COX Pavilion
5 PM — Memphis vs. Phoenix

Sunday July 19th
COX Pavilion
5 PM — Memphis vs. San Antonio

Likely opponents: James Harden, B.J. Mullens, Jordan Hill, Danillo Galinari, Toney Douglas, Blake Griffin, Earl Clark, Robin Lopez, Dajuan Blair, Jack McClinton, George Hill.

In other words, plenty of NBA caliber bigs for the likes of Thabeet, Hadaddi, and Carroll to test themselves against.

Following the summer league, O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay will also be in Vegas to participate the USA Basketball national team mini-camp July 22-25. Gay and Mayo are among 25 "rising stars" invited to the camp.

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