What to know as Hawks play in Las Vegas Summer League


Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

The Las Vegas Summer League gets underway today with the Hawks beginning play on Saturday.

Here are five things to know about the Hawks and the annual tournament.

1. The Hawks will play at least five games, four in a preliminary round. Following the four games, the top eight teams in the 32-team field advances to the tournament round. The other teams play a final consolation game.

Here is the Hawks schedule:

July 6 vs. Bucks, 5 p.m., NBA TV

July 7 vs. Timberwolves, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2

July 9 vs. Pacers, 5:30 p.m., NBA TV

July 11 vs Wizards, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2

2. The roster currently stands at 11 players, but that is likely to change. The roster will feature Omari Spellman, a first-round pick last year, Jaylen Adams, who has in two-way contract converted last year and Charlie Brown, signed to a two-way contract. Jordan Sibert, who appeared one game for the Hawks on a 10-day contract last season is also on the roster. Alpha Kaba, a second-round pick in 2017 who has played the past two summer leagues, was invited but chose not to participate this year. Assistant coach Greg Foster will lead the team.


3. The Hawks are likely to add draft picks De'Andre Hunter, No. 4 overall, and Bruno Fernando, No. 34 overall, to the roster. The trades in which they were acquired can be official on Sunday. Once the deals are complete, the two will be able to be introduced and join the team. They will likely need some practice time before playing a game.

4. Cam Reddish, the No. 10 overall pick, is with the Hawks in Las Vegas. However, he will not play as he continues to rehab from a core muscle (groin) surgery.

5. Vince Carter, who remains a possibility for the Hawks to re-sign as a free agent, will be working as an analyst for ESPN during the summer league. It would have been tough for the Hawks to sign the veteran, who wants to play an NBA-record 22nd season, before this week's trade (Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee to the Grizzlies for Chandler Parson) freed up a roster spot. He is not scheduled to call a Hawks game. Carter will also appear on ESPN's The Jump as it airs from Las Vegas.

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