Blazers set their summer league roster

Matthews to play, show his work ethic

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Want to see LaMarcus play for the Blazers this summer?

Well, you can. As long as you're cool with the fact that it's LaMarcus Reed III.

The Blazers announced their summer league roster on Friday, and while it contains some familiar names, like with any summer-league squad, there are some less heralded players as well.

Rotation players from this past regular season include: Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Elliot Williams, and perhaps most notably — soon-to-be fourth-year guard Wesley Matthews.

It's rare that someone of Matthews' experience and talent level (he averaged 13.7 points per game last season) plays summer-league, but the Marquette product who loves advertising his work ethic has said for months that he plans to participate.Other notables on the team are 2012 draft picks Damian Lillard (selected sixth), Meyers Leonard (11th), and Will Barton (40th.)

Jon Diebler, who was picked in the second round last year, is on the roster as well.

Portland will began NBA Summer League play against the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday, July 15, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The remaining four games will be played at the adjacent COX Pavilion.

Portland will hold a three-day training camp at the team's practice facility beginning Wednesday before traveling to Las Vegas.

Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer League are on sale and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, through UNLVtickets.com or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office and UNLV Ticket Outlets. All general admission tickets are $25 for the day; seniors and children (3-12) are $15 for the day; and children two years and under are admitted free of charge

Matt Calkins can be contacted at 360-735-4528 or matt.calkins@columbian.com

Portland Trail Blazers 2012 NBA Summer League Roster

As of July 6, 2012

No. Name Pos Ht Wt Birthdate Last Played NBA Yrs

8 Luke Babbitt F 6-9 217 6/20/89 Trail Blazers 2

5 Will Barton G 6-6 175 1/6/91 Memphis (NCAA) R

3 Dee Bost G 6-2 176 10/12/89 Mississippi St. (NCAA) R

17 Scott Christopherson G 6-3 195 5/17/89 Iowa State (NCAA) R

33 Jon Diebler G 6-6 205 6/22/88 Panionios (Greece) R

34 Gavin Edwards F/C 6-10 235 1/15/88 Peristeri (Greece) R

25 Ekene Ibekwe F/C 6-9 220 7/19/85 Bayreuth (Germany) R

11 Meyers Leonard C 7-1 245 2/27/92 Illinois (NCAA) R

35 Marcus Lewis F 6-8 245 8/5/86 Trotamundos (Venezuela) R

0 Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 7/15/90 Weber State (NCAA) R

2 Wesley Matthews G 6-5 220 10/14/86 Trail Blazers 3

44 Sam Muldrow F 6-9 230 6/8/88 Aris (Greece) R

31 LaMarcus Reed III G 6-5 200 10/31/88 Texas-Arlington (NCAA) R

4 Nolan Smith G 6-2 185 7/25/88 Trail Blazers 1

9 Elliot Williams G 6-5 183 6/20/89 Trail Blazers 1

Las Vegas Summer League schedule

Sunday, July 15 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Thomas & Mack Center (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 17 5 p.m. Houston at COX Pavilion (NBA TV tape-delay)

Thursday, July 19 3 p.m. Atlanta at COX Pavilion (NBA TV)

Friday, July 20 3 p.m. Denver at COX Pavilion (NBA TV tape-delay)

Saturday, July 21 1 p.m. Miami COX Pavilion (NBA TV)