Orlando summer league reaches end

The Orlando Magic will not host a summer league this summer, opting instead to head to Las Vegas in July with the majority of the rest of the league.

“The pendulum is swinging towards teams playing in Vegas,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel.

“It’s a level of competition and a level of exposure when more or less every team in the league is there and you’re playing in front of 20,000 people as opposed to playing in a gym with a few hundred people.

“So it better prepares you for what NBA life is really about with the crowds, the pressure, the travel — a lot of what you’re going to have to confront. Obviously, it’s not a true test of an NBA season, but it’s a little taste.”

Just eight teams competed in the Orlando league this past summer. The Magic has hosted the event 14 times since 2002.

“We want to do what’s right for the team, for our players,” Weltman told the Sentinel. “But that being said, when the large portion of the league is there [in Las Vegas], it does kind of create an environment where you want your young guys to be a part of what the league is about.”