After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, the Utah Jazz’s Salt Lake City Summer League will be returning in 2021.
The Jazz announced Monday that the event, which will be in its sixth year, will be held Aug. 3, 4 and 6 at Vivint Arena. In years past, the Jazz have been joined by three other teams — in 2019, it was the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers — but will be joined by only two others this year, the Grizzlies and Spurs.
To get a fourth team for round-robin tournament purposes, the Jazz will field two teams. It is not clear which players will comprise that fourth team. Generally, squads are composed of an NBA team’s young players, recent draft picks and free-agent hopefuls.
Ahead of Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, the Spurs are slated to have the 12th pick in this year’s draft, which would represent the highest selection who will presumably be at the summer league (the Grizzlies are slated to have the 17th pick and the Jazz the 30th in the first round).
The draft will be held July 29.
Tickets for the the summer league will go on sale Wednesday. Each of the three days will feature two games, one at 5 p.m. MDT and one at 7 p.m., and three-day passes for all six games will start at $18 (each team will play three games total). One-day passes will go on sale at a later date and will provide access to both games on that day.
The schedule, broadcast info and team rosters will be announced at a later date.
Immediately after the Salt Lake City Summer League, the Jazz will play in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which will run Aug. 8-17. All 30 NBA teams will be there and play at least five games. In all, 75 games will be played during the course of the 10-day event.