Pelicans’ Liddell out indefinitely with torn ACL

The New Orleans Pelicans forward E.J. Liddell will be out indefinitely after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday.

According to the team, an MRI done Monday night confirmed the injury. A date for surgery has not yet been determined, and further updates will be provided appropriately.

The injury occurred during the third quarter of Monday’s Summer League game against the Atlanta Hawks. 

New Orleans selected Liddell with the 41st overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

The 6-7 Liddell is coming off a junior campaign at The Ohio State University in which he averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game en route to consensus third-team All-American first team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten All-Defensive honors. Liddell led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throws made and attempted, and was second in assists.

Mavs officially sign Jaden Hardy, Pinson

The Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday that they have signed guard/forward Theo Pinson. 

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Pinson (6-5, 212) returns for his second season with Dallas after he joined the club midway through the 2021-22 campaign. In 19 games for the Mavericks last year, the 26-year-old averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. The four-year veteran scored a season-high 16 points (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) in the team’s regular-season finale against San Antonio on April 10.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, native originally signed a pair of 10-day contracts with Dallas under the COVID-related hardship allowance (12/20/21 and 12/31/21) before signing a two-way contract with the club (1/10/22).

In 87 career games with Brooklyn, New York, and Dallas, Pinson has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 8.7 minutes.

In addition, the team announced that they have signed second-round pick Jaden Hardy. 

According to Marc Stein, it’s a three-year, $4.8 million deal that will make Hardy a restricted free agent after Year 3.

Dallas acquired the draft rights to Hardy, the 37th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, from Sacramento in exchange for 2024 and 2028 second-round picks.

The 20-year-old spent the 2021-22 season with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged a team-high 19.8 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 24 games.

Hardy, a former Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and Las Vegas Review-Journal Boys Athlete of the Year, will compete for the Mavericks’ Las Vegas summer league team that tips off against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

The 6-6 guard will wear the number 3. 

Complete schedule for 2022 NBA Summer League

The NBA announced today the game and broadcast schedules for the 2022 NBA Summer League 2022, which will take place July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

All 75 games of the 11-day competition will air live on television on ESPN networks or NBA TV.  Games will also be available to stream on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.

The 17th NBA Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams playing five games each.  After every team plays four games July 7-15, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The tiebreak criteria to determine the participants in the Championship Game are available here.  The 28 teams that do not play in the Championship Game will play a fifth game on July 16 or July 17.

NBA Summer League 2022 will tip off on Thursday, July 7 with a doubleheader on ESPN.  First, the Orlando Magic, which owns the No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm, will face the Houston Rockets, who have the third and 17th overall picks, at 10 p.m. ET.  In the second game, the Detroit Pistons (No. 5 pick) will meet the Portland Trail Blazers (No. 7 pick) at 12 a.m. ET.

NBA TV will begin its live game coverage of NBA Summer League with three games on the second day of action (Friday, July 8), starting with a matchup between the San Antonio Spurs (Nos. 9, 20 and 25 picks) and Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 14 pick) at 5 p.m. ET.  ESPN networks will air the other four games on the seven-game schedule, including the Indiana Pacers (No. 6 pick) taking on the Charlotte Hornets (Nos. 13 and 15 picks) at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

On Saturday, July 9, the top four picks in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm will potentially be in action when the Magic (No. 1 pick) meets the defending NBA Summer League champion Sacramento Kings (No. 4 pick) at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Nos. 2 and 12 picks) faces the Rockets (No. 3 pick) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  In addition, the Trail Blazers (No. 7 pick) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (No. 8 pick) at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The top two picks in NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm will potentially go head-to-head on Monday, July 11, when the Magic faces the Thunder at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN.

Cavs’ Outlaw on Mobley: ‘He’s extremely talented and has a lot of gifts’

Versatility: the quality or state of having many uses or being able to do many different kinds of things.

After two summer league games, versatility is the one thing we have seen out of the third overall pick in this year’s draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Evan Mobley. Against the Magic on Wednesday night, Mobley’s versatility was on full display.

The 7-footer had 14 points(5-15 FG, 1-3 3pt), seven rebounds, and six assists as the Cavaliers(1-1) defeated the Magic(1-1) 94-84 in Las Vegas. The fifth overall pick by the Magic, Jalen Suggs, led Orlando with 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Mobley scored in all different ways on Wednesday night. He scored in the post, midrange, and made a three. 

At times, Cleveland was running their offense through Mobley, and according to Cavs Summer League head coach J.J. Outlaw, while Mobley worked a lot from the left elbow, he can work from anywhere on the floor.

“He’s extremely talented and has a lot of gifts,” Outlaw said. “He’s good with the ball anywhere. I just wanted to make him as comfortable as possible when he got his touches.”

Mobley added: “I feel like my game is very playmaking, and I saw a lot of reads tonight; guys were cutting, and they were able to finish.”

Outlaw believes that the rookie will be a big part of what Cleveland does this season.

“He’s going to be an extremely integral piece for us throughout the season,” he said. “And his willingness to share the ball and then also be able to get his own shot when he wants it is extremely important.”

The 20-year-old Mobley oozes with potential. Although it’s only Summer League, and most of the guys he’s playing against won’t be in the NBA, you can see that he checks all the boxes.

Cleveland continues their Summer League schedule on Friday against the Pelicans.

NBA Summer League is back!

The NBA Summer League is back and will take place August 8-17 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the league announced on Wednesday.

Fans will be in attendance, and all 75 games of the 10-day competition will air live on television on ESPN networks or NBA TV.  

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2021 will tip-off on Sunday, Aug. 8, with eight games, highlighted by the four teams that hold the first four overall picks in NBA Draft 2021. The Detroit Pistons, who have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, will face the Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 6 pick). The Houston Rockets (No. 2 pick) will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 3 pick), which follows a matchup between the Toronto Raptors (No. 4 pick) and the New York Knicks.     

The eight-game schedule on the second day of action (Monday, Aug. 9) includes a matchup between the 2019 NBA Summer League champion Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. In addition, the Orlando Magic (Nos. 5 and 8 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft) will meet the Golden State Warriors (Nos. 7 and 14 picks) at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV.  

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, the first and second overall picks in NBA Draft 2021 presently will potentially go head-to-head when the Pistons face the Rockets at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

The 16th MGM Resorts NBA Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams playing five games each. After every team plays four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  

Here is the complete schedule below:

2021 Summer League Schedule

Tournament schedule for Las Vegas Summer League

The Boston Celtics earned the top seed in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 tournament, following the first seven days of action in Las Vegas.  the Detroit Pistons (2), Minnesota Timberwolves (3), New Orleans Pelicans (4), Miami Heat (5), Dallas Mavericks (6), Brooklyn Nets (7) and Memphis Grizzlies (8) round out the eight tournament teams.  This marks the first year of the eight-team tournament format.T

The single-elimination tournament tips off on Saturday, July 13, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  The tournament will culminate in a championship game on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Saturday’s tournament slate features four quarterfinal games.  The top-seeded Celtics tip off the day when they take on the Grizzlies at 1:30 p.m. PT at the Thomas & Mack Center, followed by the Pelicans and Heat (3:30 p.m. PT), Detroit and Brooklyn (5:30 p.m. PT) and Minnesota and Dallas (7:30 p.m. PT).

The 24 teams who did not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game, tipping off Friday, July 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion and conclude Saturday, July 13 at Cox Pavilion.

Each of the 32 teams played four games apiece since the event tipped off on July 5, with the results of those games determining the tournament seeding.  Seeding for the tournament was determined by win-loss records, with ties being broken using quarter-points followed by point differential.

ESPN and NBA TV will present the remaining 19 games from Las Vegas with ESPN and ESPN2 exclusively televising the tournament rounds on Saturday, July 13; Sunday, July 14; and Monday, July 15.  Additionally, all remaining games will be available live on the ESPN App.

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 Schedule & Results

Friday, July 5

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Detroit 96, Croatia 80

2 p.m. – Minnesota 85, Cleveland 75

4 p.m. – Dallas 96, Brooklyn 92

6 p.m. – Charlotte 93, Golden State 85

8 p.m. – Orlando 75, San Antonio 59 (Final)


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Philadelphia 107, Milwaukee 106

2:30 p.m. – Miami 103, China 62

4:30 p.m. – Chicago 96, Los Angeles Lakers 76

6:30 p.m. – New Orleans 80, New York 74 (Final)

8:30 p.m. – Denver vs. Phoenix – Cancelled


Saturday, July 6

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Utah 78, Oklahoma City 66

2 p.m. – Milwaukee 89, Atlanta 83

4 p.m. – Memphis 101, Indiana 75

6 p.m. – Dallas 113, Houston 81

8 p.m. – Sacramento 94, China 77


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Detroit 93, Portland 73

2:30 p.m. – Boston 96, Philadelphia 82

4:30 p.m. – LA Clippers 93, Los Angeles Lakers 87

7 p.m. – Washington 84, New Orleans 79

9 p.m. – Golden State 80, Toronto 71


Sunday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Brooklyn 74, Croatia 58

3 p.m. – Denver 84, Orlando 79

5 p.m. – Miami 93, Utah 81

7 p.m. – Portland 97, Houston 87


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – San Antonio 106, Charlotte 96

2:30 p.m. – Minnesota 90, Atlanta 66

4:30 p.m. – Cleveland 82, Chicago 75

6:30 p.m. – Phoenix 105, New York 100 (OT)

8:30 p.m. – Memphis 87, LA Clippers 75


Monday, July 8

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Oklahoma City 84, Philadelphia 81 (OT)

2 p.m. – Detroit 102. Indiana 84

4 p.m. – San Antonio 93, Toronto 90

6 p.m. – Minnesota 100, Milwaukee 91

8 p.m. – China 84, Charlotte 80


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Sacramento 105, Dallas 101

2:30 p.m. – Brooklyn 88, Washington 85

4:30 p.m. – Boston 89, Cleveland 72

6:30 p.m. – New Orleans 109, Chicago 72

8:30 p.m. – Golden State 88, Los Angeles Lakers 80


Tuesday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Miami 96, Orlando 92

3 p.m. – Utah 97, Portland 93

5 p.m. – Boston 95, Denver 82

7 p.m. – Houston 94, Sacramento 92


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City 84, Croatia 76

2:30 p.m. – Atlanta 87, Indiana 67

4:30 p.m. – Memphis 79, Phoenix 69

6:30 p.m. – Toronto 85, New York 73

8:30 p.m. – LA Clippers 90, Washington 72


Wednesday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Detroit 96, Philadelphia 81

2 p.m. – Chicago 75, Charlotte 72

4 p.m. – Minnesota 90, Miami 87

6 p.m. – Phoenix 79, San Antonio 78

8 p.m. – Milwaukee 84, China 67


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Dallas 79, Croatia 71

2:30 p.m. – Brooklyn 93, Orlando 85

4:30 p.m. – New Orleans 99, Cleveland 78

6:30 p.m. – New York 117, Los Angeles Lakers 96

8:30 p.m. – Golden State 73, Denver 69


Thursday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto 94, Indiana 79

5 p.m. – Oklahoma City 92, Portland 87

7 p.m. – LA Clippers 83, Sacramento 80


Thomas & Mack

3:30 p.m. – Washington 76, Atlanta 71

5:30 p.m. – Houston 87, Utah 78

7:30 p.m. – Boston 113, Memphis 87


Friday, July 12 – Consolation

Cox Pavilion:

1 p.m. – #27 Philadelphia vs. #14 Toronto (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – #30 Croatia vs. #11 Oklahoma City (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – #28 Cleveland vs. #13 Sacramento (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – #26 Portland vs. #15 Milwaukee (ESPNU)


Thomas & Mack:

1:30 p.m. – #31 L.A. Lakers vs. #10 Golden State (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – #29 China vs. #12 Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – #32 Indiana vs. #9 LA Clippers (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – #25 Atlanta vs. #16 San Antonio (NBA TV)


Saturday, July 13 – Consolation and Quarterfinals

Consolation games:

Cox Pavilion:

1 p.m. – #24 Charlotte vs. #17 Utah (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – #23 New York vs. #18 Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – #22 Orlando vs. #19 Chicago (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – #21 Denver vs. #20 Houston (NBA TV)


Quarterfinal tournament games:

Thomas & Mack:

1:30 p.m. – #8 Memphis vs. #1 Boston (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – #5 Miami vs. #4 New Orleans (ESPN)

5:30 p.m. – #7 Brooklyn vs. #2 Detroit (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – #6 Dallas vs. #3 Minnesota (ESPN2)


Sunday, July 14 – Semifinals

Thomas & Mack: 3 p.m. (ESPN2) and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)


Monday, July 15 – Championship

Thomas & Mack: 6 p.m. (ESPN2)