Jarrod Uthoff finds destination for NBA summer league

Mark Emmert, memmert@gannett.com

Jarrod Uthoff's first step toward what he hopes is an NBA future will be as a member of the Sacramento Kings' summer league team, his agent said in a text message Saturday.

Adam Pensack said Uthoff, the former Iowa forward who went undrafted Thursday, will suit up for Sacramento's entry in the 24-team tournament that begins July 8 in Las Vegas. Sacramento opens play at 9 p.m. CDT that night against Toronto in a game broadcast on NBA-TV. The 67-game event concludes July 18.

Former Hawkeye forward Jarrod Uthoff will play for the Sacramento Kings' entry in the NBA summer league starting July 8.

Summer league teams consist of first- and second-year pros and free agents such as Uthoff, who hope to showcase their skills to NBA personnel and get invited to a training camp. Any NBA team can sign free agents once the league concludes.

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Last year, for example, former Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan played for Sacramento in the summer league and signed with the Kings on July 22. He spent most of the season in the NBA Development League, making his NBA debut in the regular-season finale for the Kings.