The Las Vegas Summer league gets under way Friday, and a fair share of Maryland basketball alum will see the courts this weekend. There are multiple Terps in action every day and every game can be streamed on ESPN3.
Friday night will have two Terps starting their second summer league journey, except with new homes this go-around.
Diamond Stone gets the ball rolling, playing his first game with the Atlanta Hawks against the Brooklyn Nets’ summer squad Friday night. Once Stone is done, Robert Carter Jr. will play in the Denver Nuggets’ summer league opener against the Houston Rockets to wrap up play for the day.
Nostalgia could be in full swing on Saturday, as two program legends will take the court, though under different circumstances.
If anyone else has really missed Jake Layman, the wait ends Saturday afternoon. Layman averaged 2.2 points on a disappointing 29.2 percent shooting from the field and 25.5 percent from beyond the arc in 35 games, including a start, for the Blazers his rookie year. He’ll use this summer league run to prove he’s been working on his game since last season ended.
Melo Trimble will start his second run with the Philadelphia 76ers in the last matchup on Saturday’s slate. The Sixers take on the Warriors, as Trimble hopes to use Vegas to prove he belongs in the league. Trimble only played in one of the Sixers three games in Utah, but Vegas’ 10-day run should give him ample time to make his case.
All four Terps are back in action Sunday. Stone and the Hawks take on the New Orleans Pelicans, Carter and Denver are up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Layman and the Blazers face the Boston Celtics and Trimble and the Sixers showdown with the Spurs to end the weekend.
How to watch
Time: Friday (7/7) — Stone at 8 p.m. ET and Carter Jr. at 10 p.m. ET.
Saturday (7/8) —Layman at 6 p.m. ET and Trimble at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday (7/9) — Stone at 4 p.m. ET, Carter Jr. at 6:30 p.m. ET, Layman at 8:30 p.m. ET, and Trimble at 10:30 p.m. ET.
(Note: Start times have been updated. Story originally didn’t account for the time zone difference.)
TV: Friday — both games on NBA TV.
Saturday — Layman on ESPNU and Trimble on ESPN2.
Sunday — Stone on NBA TV, then ESPN2 will have the rest.
Live stream: Every game will be streamed on ESPN3
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