Blazers set to open summer play
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Portland's first game is Thursday vs. Houston
The Trail Blazers open their five-game run at the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday. Portland's first outing is against Houston.
The Blazers also will play Golden State on Friday, Minnesota on Sunday, Washington on Monday and Phoenix on Wednesday.
Blazer first-round draft picks LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy will lead the way for coach Nate McMillan and his staff. Both signed contracts with the team on Tuesday. Aldridge went No. 2 in the June 28 NBA draft.
The No. 1 pick, Toronto center Andrea Bargnani, also is expected to play in the summer league. The 7-0 Bargnani comes from Benetton Treviso in Europe.
The league is mostly for rookies and other young players and prospects, but Phoenix All-Star center Amare Stoudemire could see some action as part of his rehabilitation from injury.
Portland, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, the L.A. Clippers, Minnesota, New Orleans/Oklahoma City, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, Toronto and Washington are entered in the Vegas league.
Villanova guard Randy Foye, part of a draft-night deal with the Blazers that led to Portland's acquisition of Roy, is slated to play for Minnesota. No. 9 pick Patrick Bryant, a 7-0 center from Bradley, is likely to take part with Golden State. The Warriors' summer roster also includes forward Ike Diogu.
Point guard Sebastian Telfair, traded by Portland to Boston on draft night, will play for Boston in the Vegas Summer League.
Boston General Manager Danny Ainge says he hasn't been in contact yet with Theo Ratliff, the center acquired by the Celtics in that draft deal with Portland. Ratliff has been in the Bahamas with his family the past two weeks.
Denver's team includes Salem's Josh Davis, a 6-8 forward who played his college ball at Wyoming.
On the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets' roster is 6-1 point guard Omar Cook, who played in 17 games for Portland in 2003-04.
Ron Artest is considered a possible player for Sacramento, under new coach Eric Musselman.
The Portland-Houston game kicks off a 40-game slate that will run through July 14.