The players are filing in to support Grayson Allen and the Utah Jazz Summer League team in Las Vegas. Those who I have seen are Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks, Jae Crowder, Raul Neto, Royce O’Neale, and there might still be a couple I missed.
.@rudygobert27 is front row supporting his @utahjazz! pic.twitter.com/41A78AZsU4— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) July 9, 2018
@utahjazz #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/uApQC4RECx— NBA (@NBA) July 9, 2018
These guys truly are friends with one another, it’s special to see a group of guys like this spending time with one another of their own accord during the Summer, and supporting the young up-and-comers on the Summer League roster.
Donovan even got his own Snapchat Filter at the Vegas Summer League.
I couldn’t resist capturing the “Spida” Man with his Snapchat filter at the #SummerLeague pic.twitter.com/1zHr9HLHEe— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) July 9, 2018
It’s definitely been an entertaining Summer. We’ve gotten a near constant insider’s perspective of the players and their chemistry with one another. Something tells me this upcoming season is going to be good.
Utah Jazz Summer League player Trey Lewis enjoyed playing for the record-breaking crowd at the Vivint Arena, and expressed as much over Twitter.
Can definitely get use to playing in front of the fans at the Vivint Arena #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/ouBvmu8MzH— Trey Lewis (@Treylew3) July 6, 2018
I was able to make it to the Monday game vs. the Spurs, and having so many people show up made it the most exciting Summer League game I have been to. The whole state of Utah is really rallying behind this team, even behind the Summer League guys that are brought in.
Here is your daily dose of Donovan Mitchell. Donovan was interviewed on NBA TV about the attention he is receiving, his Independence Day party crashing, and his take on Grayson Allen.
“When I first got drafted, people didn’t know who I was. Things have changed a little bit.” @utahjazz's @spidadmitchell talks life in the spotlight, crashing pool parties in Utah & more! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/3UL3Qk3Efz— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 9, 2018
Some details were released about Dante Exum and Derrick Favors’ contracts. Specifically how much room for incentives there is, and how little they could possibly be paid if they reached no incentives. Per Eric Pincus of BBall Insiders:
Dante Exum will have a cap hit of $9.6 mil flat over 3 - but that can drop to $9.1 mil or climb to $11 mil per based on incentives w/Utah Jazz @BBallInsiders— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 7, 2018
Derrick Favors' deal with the Utah Jazz will have a cap hit of $16.9 mil both seasons but could reach $18.8 mil with incentives or drop to $16 mil per. Second year non-guaranteed until 7/6/19 @BBallInsiders— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 8, 2018
The more I learn about these contracts, the more I like them. Dante could certainly be worth $11mil this year, but if he isn’t we might only be paying him around $9.6mil which is probably the price point many of us expected in the first place. Derrick deserves to be overpaid after taking so many pay cuts and changing his game to sacrifice stats in favor of doing the little things that usually don’t show up on the stat sheet. These contracts are great for both sides, and I’m excited to see what these guys can do as they return to Utah this next season.
Grayson Allen has not had the best Summer League ever, as he has reportedly been battling a minor injury, and getting back into playing shape after taking a month off following his final pre-draft workout. I am not particularly concerned with that, he has shown plenty of flashes on the court of a really intriguing player. His shot is smooth, his release is quick, his defense is scrappy at times, and he has a smile that gets under opponent’s skin like none other. He seems to be a perfect fit for this team.