Looking ahead to Summer League; notes on Unseld Jr., Winston and Avdija

With the NBA conducting a more normal offseason this time around, that means the return of the Las Vegas Summer League, which is set to take place this year Aug. 8-17. Despite having a lot going on at the moment, including the draft on Thursday, the Wizards already have most of their plans in place ahead of the annual event.

Newly hired head coach Wes Unseld Jr. is likely to coach some games, a team source told NBC Sports Washington. Unseld Jr. is still filling out his staff and one of his assistants, perhaps one yet to be hired, would coach the rest of their schedule.

Cassius Winston and Caleb Homesely will be on the team, according to the team source. Winston was a second-round pick a year ago, but played only 98 minutes in the NBA last season and 15 games in the G-League bubble. It will be his first Summer League and it should be an important step for his development given how his rookie season was affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The big question is whether Deni Avdija will play. The 2020 ninth overall pick was recently cleared by the team’s medical staff after recovering from a fracture in his right ankle. 

The Wizards, though according to the team source, are wary of a setback and sound more likely to hold him out or possibly make him a limited participant. Though the Summer League would be helpful for his development…

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