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NBA Summer League: Chance Comanche to play for Magic, Kobi Simmons to suit up for Grizzlies

Comanche lands on a Summer League roster this year

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Former Arizona Wildcats big man Chance Comanche will play for the Orlando Magic in NBA Summer League, it was announced Thursday.

The event takes place July 6-17 in Las Vegas.

This will be Comanche’s first stint at Summer League. Last year, his first out of college, he did not make a roster and eventually signed with the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League as an undrafted free agent.

In 45 games (14 starts) with the Hustle, the Los Angeles native averaged 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 59 percent from the field.

Comanche skipped his final two years of college eligibility, which was a puzzling decision at the time, but he tweeted during his time with the Hustle that he was “having one of my best years playing the game ... in terms of what I’m learning and how much I’m enjoying it all.”

In May, Comanche participated in G League Elite Mini Camp where he got to showcase his skills in front of NBA personnel.

Now he will have a chance to do that again in Las Vegas.

Comanche’s former Arizona and G League teammate Kobi Simmons will be there, too. Simmons is set to suit up for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-5 guard was a two-way player in the Memphis organization last season and split time between the G League and the NBA, appearing in 32 games with the Grizzlies.

Simmons started in 12 games and averaged 6.1 points per game.

Two-way contracts are one- or two-year deals, and it appears Simmons’ is the latter, so expect to see him with the Grizzlies again next season.

Kadeem Allen will be suiting up for the Celtics in Summer League, and Deandre Ayton will be playing for the Suns.