SALT LAKE CITY — NBA basketball in August? No, it's not the return of the famous Orlando Bubble, but it is the return of the admittedly not as famous but still good Salt Lake City Summer League.
After taking a pandemic-forced hiatus last year, the Salt Lake City Summer League will return in August, the Utah Jazz announced on Monday.
The four-team event will be held on Aug. 3, 4 and 6 at Vivint Arena.
"Basketball is back this summer in Salt Lake City in a casual, affordable and fun atmosphere at Vivint Arena," said Jonathan Rinehart, summer league executive director. "We are excited to watch the younger players from two Jazz teams along with the (Memphis) Grizzlies and (San Antonio) Spurs play in daily doubleheaders. Summer hoops are a great tradition in Utah and a wonderful community event."
Here's a quick guide to the tournament:
Which team will be playing? The Jazz will be joined by the Summer League teams from the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. Utah will actually field two teams to make up the four-team tournament.
What's the format? Each team will play three games as part of a round robin tournament. The teams will all play a game on each of the three days of the tournament. Yes, that means there will be some Jazz vs. Jazz action.
Which players will be playing? Summer League is used as a showcase for recent draft picks, young players and free agents looking to catch on in the NBA. San Antonio will have a lottery draft pick (barring any trades) and Memphis guard Desmond Bane, who was named to the All-NBA Rookie Second Team, said he planned on playing Summer League
For the Jazz, Udoka Azubuike, Elijah Hughes, Trent Forrest, Jarrell Brantley will likely see action — along with any of the team's draft picks. The Jazz currently have No. 30th pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
What's the cost? Three-day passes for all six games start at $18. One-day passes will go on sale at a later date and will provide access to both games played on that day.