NBA plans to introduce 2018 Sacramento Summer League which will include Lakers, Warriors
In the last several years, the NBA has taken the approach of continuing to alter its format in various situations to improve the league. One of which has seen a more concerted effort in focusing on how the summer league is being conducted.
According to Ben Dowsett of The Athletic, the NBA is planning on introducing the Sacramento Summer League this upcoming offseason that will include a handful of teams located in California.
League sources: In addition to tournaments in Las Vegas and Utah, the NBA plans to introduce a 2018 Sacramento Summer League. The event is tentatively scheduled to include the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.
— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) May 6, 2018
The league already has in place the summer league in both Las Vegas and Utah in the coming months after the decision was made to shut down the Orlando Summer League last year. At this point in time, each team will play in Las Vegas in July that will be held from July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack center along with Cox Pavilion.
NBA has held the summer league in Las Vegas since 2004 while the event has taken place in Utah since 2015 that was all proceeded by the Orlando location that ignited it all back in 2001 before being shut down. The addition of Sacramento could open up another avenue for the Lakers, Warriors, Kings, and Heat to build a foundation for a new location.
This could be a new dynamic to the event that spreads out the summer league action to continue to be played at three separate spots across the country. The NBA could add another alteration to the format if this change is beneficial to bringing more attention and exposure to the annual event.