CONCORD – Cabarrus County basketball fans now have two reasons to watch closely when NBA summer league play begins next week.
Concord native Codi Miller-McIntyre – who started out at Northwest Cabarrus High School and graduated from cfa Academy – told the Independent Tribune that he’s agreed to a deal to play on the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team.
Miller-McIntyre is one of two Cabarrus products who’ll be playing for a chance to join an NBA roster next month, as Cox Mill graduate Matt Morgan will be on the Toronto Raptors’ summer league squad.
A 6-foot-2 point guard who was undrafted out of Wake Forest University, this will be the second year in a row that Miller-McIntyre will be on this stage. Last year, he was with the Toronto Raptors in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League and played well. He started four of six games and averaged six assists, 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and nearly two steals per outing.
Miller McIntyre doesn’t take this year’s opportunity with one of the most famous sports franchises in the world lightly.
“I think it’s an honor, period, to play summer league,” Miller-McIntyre told the Independent Tribune. “A lot of people don’t realize how hard it is sometimes to get into summer league. And then being able to play with a team like the Lakers, that’s another big thing.
“I’m excited for it,” he added. “It’s my second year playing. Last year, I was with Toronto, and it was an amazing experience for me. I’m excited for a second go-around.”
Miller-McIntyre’s talent and work ethic have taken him on a basketball odyssey that’s included a solid career in the ACC, followed by a pair stints in Russia and some attempts to impress NBA scouts along the way.
Last year, Miller-McIntyre was in training camp with the Dallas Mavericks and did a stint in the NBA’s G League before taking a second tour in Russia.
The Lakers be in a summer league in Sacramento, California, July 1-3 and then head to Las Vegas on July 5 for the Las Vegas Summer League. Games will be broadcast on NBA TV and ESPN.
Maye, others get shots
After going undrafted last week, several players with local and ACC ties have signed free-agent deals with NBA clubs, giving them an opportunity to compete in next month’s summer leagues in California, Utah and Las Vegas.
The California and Utah summer leagues run July 1-3 before the Las Vegas Summer League, which features all 30 NBA teams, goes from July 5-15.
Marques Bolden (Duke) — Cleveland Cavaliers
Jaylen Hoard (Wake Forest) — Portland Trailblazers
Jalen Lecque (N.C. State commit) — Phoenix Suns
Luke Maye (North Carolina) — Milwaukee Bucks
Kenny Williams (North Carolina) — San Antonio Spurs
Devontae Cacok (UNC Wilmington) — Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Clemons (Campbell) — Houston Rockets
Terry Harris (N.C. A&T) — Philadelphia 76ers
Amir Hinton (Shaw) — New York Knicks
Codi Miller-McIntyre (Wake Forest) – Los Angeles Lakers
Matt Morgan (Cornell) – Toronto Raptors
Tyus Battle (Syracuse) — Minnesota Timberwolves
Ky Bowman (Boston College) — Golden State Warriors
Oshae Brissett (Syracuse) — Los Angeles Clippers
VJ King (Louisville) — New York Knicks
Christ Koumadje (Florida State) — Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech) — Washington Wizards
Elijah Thomas (Clemson) — Charlotte Hornets
-- The Greensboro News & Record contributed.