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NBA Summer League returns to Las Vegas

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NBA Summer League returns to Las Vegas

The NBA Summer League is returning to the Mojave desert as the University of Las Vegas hosts the event July 13-22.

The League began in 2004 with just the Celtics, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Magic, Suns, and Wizards participating. But since the NBA jumped on board in 2007, the event has grown immensely.

Ten of the top 14 picks in the 2010 draft competed in the 58-game schedule, featuring up-and-coming players, such as the Knicks' Jeremy Lin. Fans that missed the excitement two summers ago can catch all the action on NBA TV or by logging on to NBA.com.

Tickets for the Summer League will go on sale June 1 at 10 a.m. The final schedule of this year's events will be released on a later date.

Pro Football Focus ranks Bears' O-line fourth in fewest pressures allowed

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Pro Football Focus ranks Bears' O-line fourth in fewest pressures allowed

On Saturday, Pro Football Focus released their fewest pressures allowed offensive lines through two weeks of NFL action.

According to the list, the Bears offensive lline has given up the fourth-fewest QB pressures (10) through week 2. 

The statistic shows off the improvement of the young Bears O-line, one that only recently came into focus. Franchise quarterback Mitch Trubisky should be able to continue his upwards trajectory this season if that protection persists.

Trubisky has shown off an impressive ability to run, but it won't be needed nearly as much if he gets better at working through his progressions down the field. He has been the recipient of a clean pocket often this season, a situation in which he thrived in last year. 

The Bears would appear to have a relatively easy win on their schedule against the Cardinals on Sunday, but if they can continue to keep pressure off the QB, there is no team that will be able to match their dominance at the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball.

Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday

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Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday

On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jimmy Butler had been granted permission to avoid the Timberwolves media day, amidst the drama created by his trade demand:

The decision comes as no shock, as no one fully expected the Timberwolves to execute a Jimmy Butler trade in 24 hours.

It will take a while for this situation to come to a conclusion, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Tom Thibodeau—already prepared to hold on to Butler following his trade demand—will surely look for the best trade offer that still gives them the ability to be playoff contenders. 

Some NBA fans, like the ever-relevant Rob Perez, were not fans of Minnesota shutting down more drama before it could get started:

It is not yet known if Minnesota is actively engaging in trade discussions with any of the teams on Butler's preferred teams list (Clippers, Nets, Knicks).

If they have, there is a reasonable chance that a Butler trade can be done by early-October, giving the Timberwolves a chance to integrate their new piece(s) before their season opener in San Antonio.