LAS VEGAS It's easy to catch the snippets of conversation as Donnie Nelson mutters on his cell phone, tapping away at an iPad.
The Mavericks' general manager is visited by a steady stream of reporters and friends as he sits on press row at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center, waiting for his team's Saturday game. It's a rotation of video cameras and handshakes, hushed phone calls and declarations that his team's roster is solid. Sit there long enough, and you might overhear a contradiction or a worry.
This is business conducted in the midst of the writers whom GMs try their best to avoid, with fans walking down the stairs toward the impossibly close seats for which they've paid 25.
Welcome to Las Vegas summer league, where the rules of the NBA are temporarily suspended. Welcome to a city where Thomas Robinson, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris can stroll through a casino without attracting a crowd, where the blinking, nauseating lights of slot machines a...