Blazers Announce 2013 Las Vegas Summer League Roster

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The Portland Trail Blazers have released their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League roster.

The Portland Trail Blazers have released their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League roster.

The roster includes both 2013 Draft picks -- Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and California's Allen Crabbe -- as well as all three 2012 Draft picks.

Meyers Leonard and Will Barton were both expected to play. 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard's inclusion is a bit of a surprise: Lillard is expected to be in Las Vegas for a USA Basketball minicamp after Summer League is concluded so perhaps he's on the list in case he gets the urge to play with his new teammates. Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters on the night of the 2013 Draft that he didn't expect Lillard to be at Summer League, so he was either bluffing or it's probably safe to assume that Lillard's role will be limited.

Thomas Robinson, who the Blazers agreed to acquire in a trade with the Houston Rockets, isn't listed because that trade can't be made official until July 10, when the free agency moratorium is lifted. It's not clear yet whether he will play or not.

Here's the release.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced their roster for the 2013 NBA Summer League today, highlighted by 2013 draft picks CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, who will join returning Trail Blazers Will Barton, Victor Claver,Joel Freeland and Meyers Leonard for at least five games from July 12-22 in Las Vegas.

Portland drafted McCollum (10th overall) and acquired Crabbe (31st overall) in last week's NBA Draft. Barton, Claver, Freeland and Leonard all completed their first campaign with Portland last season.

The Trail Blazers will begin NBA Summer League practice this Tuesday, July 9, at the team's Practice Facility at 11 a.m., followed by 10 a.m. start times on Wednesday and Thursday before concluding Portland training sessions on Friday at 11 a.m. Media availability will follow each session.

The Trail Blazers will tip off their NBA Summer League slate on Saturday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m. against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center. Following the opener against the Suns, Portland will play the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, July 14 (3:30 p.m.), completing the preliminary round Tuesday, July 16 vs. the Chicago Bulls at the COX Pavilion (5 p.m.).

This summer's event will feature the debut of a tournament style schedule on the campus of University of Nevada Las Vegas that will crown the first ever NBA Summer League Champion on Monday, July 22. Twenty-two teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 12-16, before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 22. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.

Tickets for the NBA Summer League are on sale now. Fans will be able to purchase tickets by calling 702-739-FANS, through UNLVtickets.com or by visiting any UNLV ticket outlet.

Name Pos Ht/Wt
Birthdate
Last Played NBA Years
Will Barton
G
6-6/177
1/6/91 Trail Blazers
1
Victor Claver
F 6-9/224
8/30/88 Trail Blazers
1
Allen Crabbe
G 6-6/197 4/4/92 California (NCAA)
R
Olek Czyz
F 6-8/237
3/3/90 Virtus Roma (Italy
R
Joel Freeland
F/C 6-10/225
2/7/87 Trail Blazers
1
Cedric Jackson
G 6-3/190
3/5/86 New Zealand Breakers
1
Dallas Lauderdale
C 6-9/260 9/11/88 Idaho Stampede
R
Meyers Leonard
C 7-1/250 2/27/90 Trail Blazers
1
Damian Lillard
G 6-3/195 7/15/90 Trail Blazers
1
CJ McCollum
G 6-3/197 9/19/91 Lehigh (NCAA)
R
Dexter Strickland
G 6-3/177 10/1/90 North Carolina
R


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