University of Virginia men’s basketball fans can watch two former Cavaliers in action tonight (July 5), the opening day of 2019 MGM Studios NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Point guard London Perrantes is expected to play in Friday’s featured game pitting the New Orleans Pelicans versus the New York Knicks. Perrantes is a member of the Pelicans, who boast the no. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson. New York features Williamson’s former Duke teammate, the no. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, R.J. Barrett. Watch the two teams square off live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EST.
In the mood to see a Jack Salt screen? You may get your wish if you stay tuned to ESPN following the NO/NY game, as the former Virginia center Jack Salt and the Phoenix Suns will take on the Denver Nuggets.
Fellow former Hoos Kyle Guy (Sacramento Kings) and Devon Hall (Oklahoma City Thunder) begin Las Vegas Summer League action on Saturday, July 6. Oklahoma City opens the summer by taking on Utah. Game time is 3:00 p.m. EST and NBA TV will televise. Another notable matchup for Hall is Monday (July 8) afternoon’s 3:00 p.m. EST tilt with a Philadelphia 76ers squad that includes Marial Shayok. Shayok and Hall were teammates at UVA before Shayok transferred to Iowa State in 2017. ESPNU will televise this contest.
The Kings take on China at 11 p.m. EST on NBA TV. Guy is coming of a standout performance in the California Classic, a 4-team summer league event that took place in Sacramento July 1-3. He averaged 12.3 points (ninth best in the event), 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in three games. His 33.3 minutes played per game was fifth most in the event. Guy flashed his outside shooting prowess, making 40.9% from beyond the arc.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 4, 2019
(On a side note, click here to check out this July 4 Q&A feature on Guy, who discusses how Virginia helped prepare him for the NBA, among other things.)
Pending trades being made official (which can happen as early as July 6, the start of the new league year), two more of Guy’s running mates from Virginia’s 2018-19 NCAA champion team are expected to play at some point in the summer league, which runs through July 15. Guard/forward De’Andre Hunter will play for the Atlanta Hawks, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in last month’s draft, while point guard Ty Jerome will suit up for the Phoenix Suns, who selected him with the no. 24 pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
In case you missed my Summer League primer piece earlier this week, below is a rundown of the schedules of those teams who will feature former Hoos. The schedule includes opponent, date, time, and what station will televise.
ATLANTA HAWKS (Hunter)
– Milwaukee vs. Atlanta, Saturday, July 6, 5 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Atlanta vs. Minnesota, Sunday, July 7, 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
– Atlanta vs. Indiana, Tuesday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Washington vs. Atlanta, Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
PHOENIX SUNS (Salt, Jerome)
– Denver vs. Phoenix, Friday, July 5, 11:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
– Phoenix vs. New York, Sunday, July 7, 9:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
– Memphis vs. Phoenix, Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Phoenix vs. San Antonio, Wednesday, July 10, 9 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (Perrantes)
– New Orleans vs. New York, Friday, July 5, 9:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
– Washington vs. New Orleans, Saturday, July 6, 10 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Chicago vs. New Orleans, Monday, July 8, 9:30 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– New Orleans vs. Cleveland, Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (Hall)
– Utah vs. Oklahoma City, Saturday, July 6, 3:00 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Philadelphia vs. Oklahoma City, Monday, July 8, 3 p.m. EST (ESPNU)
– Oklahoma City vs. Croatia, Tuesday, July 9, 3:30 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Oklahoma City vs. Portland, Thursday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
SACRAMENTO KINGS (Guy)
– China vs. Sacramento, Saturday, July 6, 11 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Dallas vs. Sacramento, Monday, July 8, 3:30 p.m. EST (NBA TV)
– Houston vs. Sacramento, Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
– LA Clippers vs. Sacramento, Thursday, July 11, 10 p.m. EST (NBA TV)