For the first time in nearly a decade of its existence, the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League will include the Utah Jazz in 2014.
Despite being one of the closest franchises to “sin city”, the Jazz have flatly refused to join the parade in Las Vegas, instead choosing to use the Orlando version as their “training camp” during the summer. It has long been speculated that Utah had some version of “sour grapes” after the Rocky Mountain Revue folded a few years ago, but whatever the hang-up has been, the Jazz have gotten past it.
Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal published this quote from Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey:
“Having our training camp in Orlando was difficult for us, and we felt it was time to move forward. We feel there’s a natural tie-in with Las Vegas, and it’ll be great for our fans to follow us and be able to see our young players. We’re very excited about the move.”
It seems that the NBA is on full track to move its entire operation to Las Vegas as soon as possible (sorry, Orlando), and this is a nice step. On the Utah side, it’s a virtual no-brainer, and while it isn’t exactly common knowledge to the average fan that the Jazz were playing in Orlando, it would be insanely easy to second guess that long-term decision.