Notebook: Pelicans to open Summer League against Lakers _lowres

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The Pelicans will open NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas on July 8 with a 9:30 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

New Orleans’ Summer League opener, at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, will be broadcast on ESPN.

New Orleans will play the Utah Jazz on July 10 at 7 p.m. and the Sacramento Kings on July 11 at 9 p.m., both at the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. The tournament round begins July 13.

ESPN will air all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN.

Pelicans’ Summer League schedule

Friday, July 8 — vs. Lakers 7:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center

Sunday, July 10 — vs. Jazz 5 p.m., Cox Pavilion

Monday, July 11 — vs. Kings 7 p.m., Cox Pavilion

Wednesday, July 13 — Playoffs first round, TBD

Thursday, July 14 — Playoffs second round, TBD

Friday, July 15 — Consolation round

Saturday, July 16 — Quarterfinals

Sunday, July 17 — Semifinals

Monday, July 18 — Finals, 6 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center

Deadline looming

Forward Alonzo Gee has until next week to decide whether to opt in or out of the final year of his contract with the Pelicans, a source said Tuesday. A number of NBA players had Tuesday deadlines, but Gee’s is June 27, the source said.

Gee, 29, averaged 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season before missing the final nine games with a right quad injury. If he opts in to the final year of his deal, he would make a little more than $1.3 million in 2016-17. If he opts out, Gee would be an unrestricted free agent.

Pelicans party

The Pelicans will host an NBA draft party at Happy’s Irish Pub (1009 Poydras St. in New Orleans) on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. and running through the conclusion of the draft.

Mascot Pierre T. Pelican and members of the Pelicans dance team and the Swoop Troop will be in attendance, and the event will feature a “Top Six Contest” with prizes for fans in attendance who correctly pick the order of players picked with the first six selections.

Admission is free, and Happy’s will offer food and drink specials throughout the night, with Pelicans season-ticket holders receiving additional discounts.