The Portland Trail Blazers are set to play in the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League and one of the players on the roster will surprise many NBA fans. The player is Keith Bogans, the 35-year old, 11-year NBA veteran shooting guard. He plans to be a leader and teacher during the event. From Mike Richman of The Oregonian:
- "Bogans, who has played for Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Chicago, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Boston during his career, doesn't know if he'll get a training camp invitation from the Blazers. But if the 6-5 wing does wind up on the Blazers roster, he knows he'll act as a mentor for one of the youngest rosters in the league. ... It's been over a year and a half since Bogans last played in the NBA. He appeared in six games with the Celtics during the 2013-14 season, getting his final game action on Jan. 7, 2014 before spending most of the final two months of that season on the inactive list. ... Entering his second NBA season, Noah Vonleh is a prime candidate to receive some of Bogans' veteran wisdom. Vonleh, who will turn 20 in August, came to the Blazers along with Gerald Henderson in a trade that sent Nicolas Batum to the Charlotte Hornets in June. Vonleh completed his first official practice with his new team on Tuesday, playing on the "white" team alongside Bogans, who is more than 15 years his senior. ... The potential Bogans-Vonleh relationship illustrates the beauty of summer league where games don't matter and player development is paramount."