The Indiana Pacers will once again play in the Orlando Summer League, held at the Amway Center from July 5-11. 10 teams are each slated to play five games over seven days. Games will be televised on NBA TV.
The other nine teams involved: Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers.
Summer League is about giving players an opportunity to play competitive games and impress teams, in hopes of earning a contract. Obviously there is greater interest in players who are currently under contract and trying to improve their game. However, it’s always interesting to evaluate other talent throughout both summer leagues and observe the interactions between guys that have only been together for a short time.
“Certainly it’s going to be about looking at Solomon Hill getting extended minutes and some other guys, Donald Sloan, … guys that have been in our system,” Frank Vogel said earlier this week. “Getting a chance to get extended minutes and work on their games and improve.”
Pacers longtime assistant coach Dan Burke will coach their Summer League entry for the second consecutive summer.
The Pacers will bring in a mix of free agents and undrafted rookies. Last summer it was 19 players in total. Among them was veteran Rasual Butler, who made a big impression. From there, he earned an invite to training camp and was on the roster throughout the season.
Players are scheduled to begin arriving in Indy on Sunday. The Pacers plan to release the roster on Monday.
While not complete, the following are the players I have confirmed will take part in camp:
*Reserve big man Lavoy Allen, who the Pacers must make a qualifying offer to by June 30th to ensure that he remains a restricted free agent, plans to attend camp and may also participate in Summer League games.