Oct 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Dwight Buycks (13) talks to guard Julyan Stone (77) against the New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors to participate in 2014 Las Vegas Summer League


The Toronto Raptors will once again send a team down to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League, per the Raptors Media Relations Twitter account.

Games will run from July 11-21 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada.

The Raptors have an overall record of 15-15 at the event in seven appearances (2006, 2008-10, 2012-13).

Center Jonas Valanciunas was named Most Valuable Player of the Summer League last season after averaging a double-double of 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field and 88 percent from the charity stripe. He joined Kent Bazemore of the Golden State Warriors, Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Bobcats, John Henson of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Bobcats on the All-Summer League team.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun confirmed on his Twitter account that Valanciunas will not be participating this year. He averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds during the regular season.

Considering how dominant he was last summer, heading down to Las Vegas as an active competitor isn’t necessary at this point.

Preliminary games will take place from July 11-15 before the teams are seeded in a tournament setup to crown the Samsung NBA Summer League Champion. The championship game will take place on July 21.

Toronto finished 3-2 in 2013 before eventually losing in the quarterfinals.

The team has yet to confirm a roster, but that probably won’t be made official until the NBA draft on June 26 is over and done with.

NBA TV will televise all of the games with a schedule being released at a later date.

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