SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2015) – NBA action will return to Salt Lake City this summer with the 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League, which the Jazz will host at EnergySolutions Arena from July 6-9, the team announced today. In addition to the Jazz, the six-game, four-team event will also feature the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.
“Jazz fans are among the most loyal and passionate supporters you will find anywhere in the world, and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be able to bring them the Utah Jazz Summer League beginning this July,” said Utah Jazz president Randy Rigby. “On behalf of the Jazz and the Miller family, I would also like to express our gratitude to Adam Silver and the NBA for their support in helping us return summer league basketball to Utah.”
Each participating team will play three games over the four-day span as part of nightly double-headers on Monday, July 6; Tuesday, July 7; and Thursday, July 9. No league games will be played on Wednesday, July 8.
The Utah Jazz Summer League will feature newly drafted rookies seeing their first NBA action, along with young NBA players, select free agents and undrafted rookies looking for an opportunity. Current Jazzmen who played on the team’s 2014 summer league entry in the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas include Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood.
“Summer league is a very valuable resource for player development, talent evaluation and organizational growth. The opportunity to once again host our own league is one that we have been interested in for a number of years,” said Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “We are pleased to see this possibility become a reality with the creation of the Utah Jazz Summer League, and are proud to play host to three class organizations like the Celtics, 76ers and Spurs.”
NBA summer league games will be returning to Salt Lake City for the first time since 2008. Many current NBA stars appeared in summer action in Utah early in their careers, including Carmelo Anthony (2003), Tim Duncan (1997), Kevin Durant (2008), Kyle Korver (2003), Paul Millsap (2006, 2007), Steve Nash (1997), Joakim Noah (2007), Dirk Nowitzki (1999, 2000), Tony Parker (2001) and Zach Randolph (2001).
Utahjazz.com will have correspondents covering the Jazz and the Utah Jazz Summer League, and fans will be able to access box scores, game recaps, cumulative statistics, behind-the-scenes coverage and much more by visiting www.utahjazz.com and following the official Jazz twitter account, @utahjazz.
Further details on the 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League, including a complete schedule of games, ticket package options, broadcast information and team rosters will be announced at later dates.