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NBA Summer League returns in August

The Cavs and the rest of the NBA are headed back to Las Vegas this summer.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 6 - Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

After a year off due to COVID-19, NBA Summer League is back this year in August. Per the league, Las Vegas Summer League is scheduled for August 8-17. The Cavs and the NBA’s other 29 teams will participate.

This year, Summer League is later due to the NBA season wrapping up in July due to the 2020-21 season starting late due to COVID-19. When they event last happened, the Cavs participated in both the Las Vegas league as well as the Utah league. The latter does not appear to be happening this year, at least as of now.

For the Cavs, this will be a a likely showcase of the team’s 2021 draft picks, as well as current end of roster/two-way players like Lamar Stevens and Brodric Thomas. It’s possible that Isaac Okoro could play — he obviously didn’t get the experience last year — but he also might not because he’s heading into his second year. (This would be a good question to do if Cleveland made Koby Altman available to the media to speak to the organization’s plans, but that isn’t happening.)

The basketball at summer league isn’t always the best, but it’s a fun event and the sign of the basketball schedule getting back to normal. Also of note: Summer League starts a mere 10 days after the 2021 NBA Draft. That could result in players not participating, but it’s too early to tell.