Summer league returns to Las Vegas in July

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA summer league will return to Las Vegas in July after it was canceled last year because of the lockout.

The event will run July 13-22 on the campus of UNLV, the league announced Tuesday.

There were 22 teams that competed when the summer league was last held in 2010. It has become an important part of the league's calendar since its inception in 2004, where teams often get to see their draft picks play for the first time. But it was the first event wiped out last year by the work stoppage that began on July 1.

Five of the last six NBA Rookie of the Year winners played in the summer league.