Not to sound all Wheel of Fortune-y, but it's Vegas week! Well, it's really Washington Wizardssummer mini-camp week, but that means the team is prepping for the Las Vegas Summer League, which tips off on Friday and runsfor nearly two weeks.The Wizards stay will encompass the first six days and Iwanted to get everyone updated regarding CSNwashingtons planned coverage.The first game is on Friday, July 13 and have no fear, we will be on the scene with a first-hand account, starting with the teams preparation in D,C, this week before heading West. There will bearticles on Jans jumpers and Beals bombs, posts on Mack mastering the point guard role, onSingletonsskill and anything about the largely unknown Tomas Satoransky. Look for plenty of updates, analysis and reaction - plus constant tweeting over at @benstandig. I will be in Vegas for the opening three games against the Hawks, Rockets and D-League All-Stars while Frank Hanrahan and Brian Jackson keep tabsfrom the home front...Mini-camp: Starting on Monday, the Wizards are assembling all the troops for four days worth of practices two daily sessions - before flyingto Las Vegas. The media willis expected to see a few minutes of the first daily practice plus talk and afterwards talk with players and coaches. I've got a few questions at theready, but if there is something on your mind, post them in the comments section.Las Vegas: While this is my second time attending the annual summer league, it will be my first doing the credential reporter thing, so, yeah, kind of excited. There will be some table-setting going on with pre-game thoughts followed by post-game analysis (and like I said, in-game tweeting), likely focusing more on the specific players than the actual results. In addition to all things Wizards, I also hope to catch up with former DMV-area college players and ex-Wizards plus other NBA folk of interest while Im out there. Schedule: The entire Wizards on-court itinerary is here, the entire Las Vegas summer league schedule is here.Roster: You can look at the Wizards expected roster here. Three current players Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack plus the two draft picks, Bradley Beal and Satoransky are the headliners and thus will receive the bulk of the attention. That's not to say if Middle Tennessee State forward and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year LaRon Dendy looks interesting or old schoolers like Shavlik Randolph or Earl Calloway have a story to tell we won't listen.What's been happening The Wizards, at least in terms of what has been reported, have been quiet on the free agent front. Of course, thats not surprising after adding the meaty contractsattached tocenter Emeka Okafor and forward Trevor Ariza. Tacking on a backup point guard remains a priority. Same goes for adding an additional shooter or two even after draftingBradleyBeal, who is getting ready for the NBA life. After writing about the possibility of signing free agent guard Courtney Lee hereand here, I think were done with updates for now unless the situation changes. Looks like the Celtics aretargeting Lee, a 40-percent 3-point shooter, now that Avery Bradley is undergoing shoulder surgery. The free agent pool of guards has already lost one of its bigger names now that Kirk Hinrich reportedly agreed to terms with the Bullsthough that move also ended guard C.J. Watson's run in Chicago. The actual signings begin on July 11. That's also when the clock truly begins on another transactional time frame onlookers have been focusing on, one that has a one week shelf life. Channeling my inner Vanna White, I'm talking about the A-N-D-R-A-Y B-L-A-T-C-H-E A-M-N-E-S-T-Y D-E-A-D-L-I-N-E. Pretty sure we know how the masses hope this plays out. While the Wizards haven't spelled out their intentions, the reading between the lines suggests The Captain could be back.
Las Vegas Summer League primer
July 9, 2012, 12:57 pm