Seven VFLs ready to start NBA Summer League action


NBA Summer League action is in full swing this week, as seven former Vols are rosters for this month’s competition in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Rookie Guard Kennedy Chandler (Memphis Grizzlies) and 2021 first-round selection Jaden Springer (Philadelphia 76ers) kick off the action, facing off Tuesday night in Salt Lake City (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Chandler and Springer are scheduled to play three games each in Salt Lake City before heading south for the Las Vegas Summer League July 7-17.

They will join five other former Vols in Las Vegas: Kyle Alexander (Portland Trail Blazers), Jordan Bone (Boston Celtics), Keon Johnson (Portland Trail Blazers), Yves Pons (Brooklyn Nets) and Admiral Schofield (Orlando Magic).

Kyle Alexander | Portland Trail Blazers

Alexander spent the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons playing in Spain’s top league with club Urbas Fuenlabrada, averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 57 total games. Immediately after the conclusion of his season in Spain, he signed with the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the CEBL (Canadian Elite Basketball League).

Bones of Jordan | Boston Celtics

After brief stints with the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic following his time in Tennessee, Bone competed professionally in Turkey and Spain during the 2021-22 season, finishing the season with Casademont Zaragoza in Spain’s top league. He played 32 total games in 2021-22, averaging 11.3 points and 2.8 assists.

Kennedy Chandler | Memphis Grizzlies

Chandler was selected 38th overall in last month’s NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs and his rights were immediately acquired by his hometown Memphis Grizzlies. As a true freshman last season, Chandler led the Vols in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (4.7 apg) and steals (2.2 spg).

Keon Johnson | Portland Trail Blazers

Johnson concluded his first NBA season after a year-long stint at Tennessee in 2020-21. Selected in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2021, Johnson was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in February. He appeared in 22 games for Portland, averaging 9.8 points and 2.9 assists in 25.5 minutes per game.

yves pons | brooklyn nets

Pons had a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in his rookie season in 2021-22. He played 12 games with the Grizzlies during the season. In nine games with Memphis Hustle of the G League, Pons averaged 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.

Admiral Schofield | Orlando Magic

Schofield signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic in January and appeared in 38 games for the Magic averaging 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Schofield also played six games for the Lakeland Magic in the G League, averaging 19.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Jaden Springer | Philadelphia 76ers

Springer was a two-way player for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2021-22, appearing primarily in the G League for the Delaware Blue Coats – averaging 14.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 19 games played.


Salt Lake City Summer League (July 5-7)
tuesday july 5

Memphis (Chandler) vs. Philadelphia (Springer) – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Wednesday July 6

Memphis (Chandler) vs. Oklahoma City – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Philadelphia (Springer) vs. Utah – 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Thursday July 7

Oklahoma City vs. Philadelphia (Springer) – 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Memphis (Chandler) vs. Utah – 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Las Vegas Summer League (July 7-17)
Thursday July 7

Houston vs. Orlando (Schofield) – 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Portland (Johnson/Alexander) vs. Detroit – 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Friday July 8

Brooklyn (Pons) vs. Milwaukee – 7 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Saturday July 9

Toronto vs. Philadelphia (Springer) – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Orlando (Schofield) vs. Sacramento – 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Boston (Bone) vs. Miami – 5:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis (Chandler) – 9:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
New Orleans vs. Portland (Johnson/Alexander) – 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sunday July 10

Philadelphia (Springer) vs. Brooklyn (Pons) – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Minnesota vs. Memphis (Chandler) – 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Monday July 11

Milwaukee vs. Boston (Bone) – 8 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Orlando (Schofield) vs. Oklahoma City – 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
New York vs. Portland (Johnson/Alexander) – 11 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

tuesday july 12

Memphis (Chandler) vs. Brooklyn (Pons) – 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Boston (Bone) vs. Golden State – 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Wednesday July 13

Miami vs. Philadelphia (Springer) – 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Thursday July 14

Memphis (Chandler) vs. Boston (Bone) – 3:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
New York vs. Orlando (Schofield) – 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Brooklyn (Pons) vs. Minnesota – 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Portland (Johnson/Alexander) vs. Houston – 9:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

friday july 15

Philadelphia (Springer) vs. Denver – 6 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Saturday July 16 – Sunday July 17

To be determined


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