The Miami Heat never made it west when it came to the 2022 NBA playoffs, but now have a robust western swing when it comes to summer league.
With the NBA on Monday releasing the schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League, the Heat have definitive dates and times for six of their eight summer-league games.
The Heat will open their summer play in San Francisco at the Warriors’ Chase Center on July 2, with a 5 p.m. Eastern game against a similar group of rookies, free agents and prospects from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat then play July 3 at 5 p.m. Eastern at Chase Center against the Sacramento Kings’ summer-league roster.
In addition, the Heat’s summer roster also will play a closed July 5 scrimmage at Chase Center to finish out that portion of their summer schedule.
Broadcast plans for those games at the California Classic have yet to be finalized.
From there, the Heat will head to Las Vegas, where all 30 teams will be represented at the NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The NBA released the scheduled for the Heat’s first four games there:
July 9: vs. Boston Celtics, 5:30 p.m. Eastern, NBA TV;
July 12: vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. Eastern, NBA TV;
July 13: vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 9 p.m. Eastern, ESPNU;
July 15: vs. Toronto Raptors, 10 p.m Eastern, NBA TV.
The Heat then will play one additional game in Las Vegas on July 16 or July 17, with the opponent and time to be determined by the results of their first four games there.
In all, there will be 75 games in Las Vegas over an 11-day span.
The Heat’s first three opponents in Las Vegas are the teams they played in the just-completed NBA playoffs, defeating Atlanta 4-1 in the first round, Philadelphia 4-2 in the second, before falling 4-3 to Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.
Among those expected to be featured on the Heat’s summer-league roster are two-way players Mychal Mulder and Javonte Smart, mid-season addition Haywood Highsmith, possibly their No. 27 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, others added during or after the draft, as well as young prospects.
Among those featured on the Heat’s summer roster last season were Smart, Max Strus and Omer Yurtseven, with the latter two turning their breakout summer performances into contributing roles this past season.
The Heat’s summer roster last year was coached by Erik Spoelstra assistant Malik Allen. Heat G League coach Kasib Powell also is a possibility to coach the Heat’s summer roster, with that determination yet to be announced.
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