Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 3, 2017
Jazz open Summer League play vs. San Antonio

Top overall pick Fultz to play for Philadelphia; No. 3 pick Tatum suits up for Celtics during three-day event in Salt Lake City 

The Utah Jazz will show off their 2017 NBA Draft class during the annual Utah Jazz Summer League, which gets underway Monday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City.

The round-robin event also features the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, with games Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The event was moved to the Huntsman Center this year because of ongoing construction work at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Jazz’ summer league roster includes fourth-year guard Dante Exum, who hopes to find an increased role in Utah’s rotation after struggling with injuries in the first few years of his NBA career. Joel Bolomboy, who was drafted by the Jazz out of Weber State in 2016, also is on the roster, as are 2017 draftees Donovan Mitchell, Nigel Williams-Goss and Tony Bradley.

Dejounte Murray, Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes are among those with NBA experience on the Spurs’ roster, while 2017 first-round pick Derrick White of Colorado and Jaron Blossomgame of Clemson will get their first taste of the NBA-style game.

The headliner of the summer league is Philadelphia’s No. 1 overall pick, former Washington star Markelle Fultz. Second-year players Alex Poythress and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are also on the Sixers’ roster, as well as 2017 second-round draft pick Jonah Bolden.

Jayson Tatum, the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s draft out of Duke, leads the Boston Celtics’ contingent into Salt Lake City. Semi Ojeleye, Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen, who were all picked in the second round, are also with the Celtics, as is Jaylen Brown, Boston’s first-round pick in 2016 who was just named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.

The Celtics face the 76ers at 5 p.m. Monday, with the Jazz facing San Antonio at 7 p.m. There are no games Tuesday.

Boston faces San Antonio at 5 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Utah and Philadelphia at 7 p.m. The summer league wraps up Thursday with Philadelphia and San Antonio at 5 p.m. and The Jazz playing the Celtics at 7 p.m.

All three of the Jazz’ games will be broadcast on KJZZ. The other three games of the summer league will be on NBA TV.

Tickets are available for $8 per day or $15 for a three-day pass. They can be purchased by calling 801-581-UTIX, visiting the box office at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, or by visiting utahjazz.com.

Darren Vaughan
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