The period of the NBA offseason between free agency and training camp is defined by two Summer League events, one in Orlando and one in Las Vegas. They provide a chance for fans and media to get an early look at rookies and young players, and for undrafted prospects to try to prove themselves worthy of making a team.
But before there was Las Vegas Summer League, there was the Rocky Mountain Revue, which took place in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 2008. The event shut down six years ago due to lack of participation, but now the NBA and the Jazz are hopeful they can bring it back, perhaps as soon as this summer.
The Utah Jazz are hopeful the once-popular Rocky Mountain Revue NBA summer league returns to Salt Lake City as soon as the summer of 2015, three league officials familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until details are finalized.
Preliminary plans aim to to keep the event intimate — four to six teams — and bring professional summer basketball back to Salt Lake City, where the league had set up from 1984-2008.
Zillgitt reports that Rocky Mountain Revue 2.0 may feature, in addition to the Jazz, a handful of D-League and international teams, and possibly a couple other Western Conference teams. The vast majority of teams play at Las Vegas Summer League, with a smaller number participating in the Orlando event.
The Jazz believe they have enough local support for the event, given the popularity of Las Vegas Summer League among their fans. The event is broadcast on local TV, and more than 9,000 Jazz fans showed up to an open practice the team held before this year’s Summer League.