Charania tweeted that Culver, 20, is not expected to play in Summer League until he “fully integrates himself into the Timberwolves system.”
Sources: Minnesota No. 6 overall pick Jarrett Culver is not expected to play in NBA summer league as he fully integrates himself into Timberwolves system ahead of his rookie season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019
Culver was selected with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, who then traded him to Minnesota for Croatian forward Dario Saric and the T-Wolves' 11th pick, which the Suns used to draft 23-year-old University of North Carolina product Cam Johnson.
Culver played two collegiate seasons at Texas Tech University in the Big 12. He averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals in 32.5 minutes per game and 38 appearances in his sophomore season in Lubbock. Culver was also a huge contributor to his team's NCAA tournament run, culminating in Tech's national championship loss to the University of Virginia.
This isn't the first news of a top-10 pick missing Summer League. After only appearing in one half of his first game, the number one overall pick Zion Williamson out of Duke University has been ruled out for the remainder of the summer. Williamson made knee to knee contact in his matchup with former Duke teammate R.J. Barrett and the New York Knicks before leaving the game (and the match eventually suspended when the effects of a California earthquake were felt at the Thomas & Mack Center).
It's possible that Culver appears in Vegas for the Wolves, but don't count on it, as lottery teams often take special precautions to prioritize the health and future wellbeing of top picks like Culver.