Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/14/12

The Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the 6 charter teams of the NBA Summer League will once again be participating in the NBA’s summer exhibition league in Las Vegas. This year, the Summer League is up to a record 24 teams participating (23 NBA teams and 1 D-League Select All-Star team).

For those unfamiliar with the D-League, it is a summer showcase for new and recent draft picks as well as undrafted free agents and D-League hopefuls. It’s a beautiful mix of hope, potential, and restrained expectation. Paul Silas once sent LeBron James to the D-League. JJ Hickson played his first game as a Cavalier in the D-League. So did Christian Eyenga. Samardo Samuels played for the Bulls in the Summer League, but destroyed the Cavaliers’ bigs so severely the Cavaliers signed him when the Bulls passed on him.

Indeed, the Summer League offers a little bit of everything for everyone, be it coaches, scouts, GMs, fans, etc. Last year, due to the NBA Lockout, the Summer League was cancelled denying the Cavaliers a chance to test drive Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. This year, Irving and Thompson have said they intend to play, and they will be joined by whomever the Cavaliers select in the draft, giving Cavs fans a chance at an early glimpse of the future.

The NBA announced the full schedule Thursday afternoon. The Cavaliers’ 5 games are as follows:

July 15
vs Charlotte Bobcats
8:30 PM EST

July 16
vs D-League Select Team
8:00 PM EST

July 17
vs Phoenix Suns
8:30 PM EST

July 19
vs Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 PM EST

July 20
vs New York Knicks
4:00 PM EST

[Related: 2012 NBA Draft: Harrison Barnes Scouting Video]

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