Now that the NBA Draft is behind us, the attention immediately shifts to free agency.
But don't forget about Summer League.
The Warriors will play in the California Classic in Sacramento, with games on July 2, July 3 and July 5.
Then, they will head to Las Vegas for games on July 6, July 8 and July 9 -- plus the tournament that begins on July 11.
Golden State is in the process of filling out the roster for both events, and information is starting to trickle in.
One thing that definitely pops out:
China's Abudushalamu Abudurexiti has agreed to play in Summer League for the Golden State Warriors, league sources told The Athletic. https://t.co/CE7GKJkV3w— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 22, 2018
Scotto wrote a feature on Abudushalamu Abudurexiti back in May.
This is a situation few could’ve foreseen several years ago when Abudurexiti, a member of the Uighur ethnic minority group in China, began practicing regularly and playing basketball competitively at 16 years old. His love of the game has grown ever since he joined the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers before playing for the Chinese National Team during the FIBA World Championship Asian Qualifiers, an experience he cherished.
“He has good size for his position at 6-foot-8 (he’s been listed at 6-9.5 with shoes), shoots a deep 3-pointer with range and is easy with his feet set, and has a nice feel (for the game),” an NBA executive who has seen Abudurexiti extensively told The Athletic. “He lacks the foot speed to defend, which will be a big issue. He could be a late 50s guy to undrafted. Shooting the 3-pointer gives him a chance.”
A couple other players who will rock the blue and gold this summer:
ESPN Sources: Undrafted guard Jordan Howard out of Central Arkansas has agreed to play for the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League squad. He averaged 25 points last season.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 22, 2018
Sources: Undrafted Georgetown forward Marcus Derrickson has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors for summer league.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
Warriors assistant Willie Green will be the team's coach.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller