'Nix in the Pros

Cohen, Sykes set to take part in NBA Summer League

For the sixth year in a row there will be a former Green Bay Phoenix star taking the court at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.

Make that two former Phoenix stars.

Keifer Sykes will be making his triumphant return to the Vegas Summer League for the first time since 2016 when he last played with the Golden State Warriors. He also played with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 Summer League.

Speaking of Cleveland, that is the jersey Sandy Cohen will be wearing as he takes part in his first Summer League in hopes of making an NBA roster.

Cohen - WSU

Photo: Green Bay Phoenix Athletics

It will be the fourth time in the past five years that there will be at least two Green Bay players taking part in the Summer League. Cohen joins a list of former Phoenix including Sykes, Alec Brown, and Alfonzo McKinnie that have all played in Vegas for NBA summer teams in the past few years.

McKinnie, who just finished up his first season with the Warriors and second NBA season overall, will be in Las Vegas working out with the team but is not expected to take part in any summer games this year. He was able to make the Warriors roster after playing the 2017 and 2018 Summer League circuit with the Toronto Raptors and made the Golden State squad after a solid training camp and preseason showing.  He averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 minutes per game in 72 appearances during the regular season for the Western Conference champions and played meaningful minutes all the way to the NBA Finals.

McKinnie has a good chance of sticking around with the Warriors as he still has one year remaining on his 2-year contract that he signed with Golden State prior to last season, however his $1.5 million salary is not guaranteed.

Sykes, playing professionally in Italy’s top division, was his team’s second leading scorer at 17.1 points per game this past season. He has had a successful professional career so far playing in the NBA G-League, South Korea, and Italy and will like to gain more exposure playing in Las Vegas.

Cohen is coming off one of the most successful individual seasons in Green Bay history and will be looking to get his professional career started on the right foot.  The Cavaliers will take part in the Salt Lake City Summer League in addition to the normal Vegas league in July meaning Cohen will get additional games to play and the additional exposure that comes with it.

According to the NBA the Las Vegas league opens with all teams playing four preliminary games each.  The top eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which finishes with a Championship Game on July 15.  Teams that do not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game.

Every team will play at least five games and as many as seven games.


2019 Summer League schedule:


  • Monday, July 1: Cleveland vs San Antonio(Salt Lake City) 4:00 pm CT / NBATV
  • Tuesday, July 2: Cleveland vs Utah (Salt Lake City) 6:00 pm CT / NBATV
  • Wednesday, July 3: Cleveland vs Memphis (Salt Lake City) 6:00 pm CT / NBATV
  • Friday, July 5: Cleveland vs Minnesota (Las Vegas) 4:00 pm CT / NBATV
  • Friday, July 5: Denver vs Phoenix (Las Vegas) 10:30 pm CT / ESPN
  • Sunday, July 7: Cleveland vs Chicago (Las Vegas) 6:30 pm CT / ESPN
  • Sunday, July 7: Denver vs Orland (Las Vegas) 5:00 pm CT / NBATV
  • Monday, July 8: Cleveland vs Boston (Las Vegas) 6:30 pm CT / NBATV
  • Tuesday, July 9: Denver vs Boston (Las Vegas) 7:00 pm CT / ESPN2
  • Wednesday, July 10: Cleveland vs New Orleans (Las Vegas) 6:30 pm / ESPN2
  • Wednesday, July 10: Denver vs Golden State (Las Vegas) 10:30 pm / ESPNU



Recent Green Bay players in NBA Summer League:


Alec Brown: 2014 (Suns), 2015 (Suns), 2016 (Suns), 2017 (Lakers)

Keifer Sykes: 2015 (Cavaliers), 2016 (Warriors), 2019 (Nuggets)

Alfonzo McKinnie: 2017 (Raptors), 2018 (Raptors)

Sandy Cohen: 2019 (Cavaliers)








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