The New Orleans Pelicans can start making their Las Vegas itinerary.
The NBA released its summer league schedule Tuesday afternoon, unveiling the first docket with all 30 teams participating in the same city.
New Orleans will tip off 12 days of action in the Thomas & Mack Center, facing the Toronto Raptors at 2:30 p.m. July 6 in the first game at UNLV’s home arena.
The Pelicans then move to the neighboring Cox Pavilion to play the Miami Heat the next day at 4 p.m. and conclude the scheduled portion of summer league at 2 p.m. July 9.
From there, the Pelicans will chase for the summer league championship in a single-elimination tournament format, seeded by record. Even if they lose, however, they’re guaranteed a fifth game from the consolation bracket.
Kevin Hanson, who has been an assistant coach for the franchise since the 2012-13 season, will get his first crack as a head coach by leading the summer squad. Previously, he’s specialized in coaching New Orleans’ big men, most notably All-NBA forward Anthony Davis.
It’s the fourth different assistant Gentry has tapped for the spot in his four offseasons in New Orleans. Darren Erman and Robert Pack split responsibilities in 2015, then Pack handled on his own in 2016, before Jamelle McMillan leading the 2017 team.
Hanson will have at least a pair of familiar faces at his disposal this summer.
Frank Jackson and Cheick Diallo are both expected to participate in Las Vegas, according to a source.
Jackson, who New Orleans traded up to select at No. 31 in the 2017 draft, has never officially worn a Pelicans uniform. The former Duke combo guard underwent three surgeries on his right foot last season, sidelining him for any potential development time, forcing him to miss last summer and all 82 regular-season games.
Diallo, meanwhile, starred for New Orleans last summer before playing in 52 regular-season games (and seven more in the playoffs), averaging 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.
The rangy forward became a rotational player during his second NBA season, playing in 30 of the Pelicans’ final 32 games, helping fill out the frontcourt after DeMarcus Cousins was injured.
The remainder of the roster will be selected from a pool of rookies and free agents sometime after the NBA draft on June 21, and is likely to include whoever the Pelicans take at pick No. 51.