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Former Lobos wrap up NBA Summer League play

Former University of New Mexico Lobo Tony Snell wrapped up his breakout showing in the NBA Summer League for the Chicago Bulls on Saturday with a game-high 20 points in an 80-61 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Snell, a first-round draft pick of the Bulls in 2013, averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in five Summer League games for the Bulls in Las Vegas, Nev.

Snell was joined in the Bulls starting lineup Saturday in the Thomas & Mack Center, home to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, by fellow former Lobos Kendall Williams (four points) and Cameron Bairstow (eight points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot).

The loss ends the Summer League run for the Bulls, while Sacramento advances to the event’s semifinals today.

For the Kings, Sim Bhullar, the 7-foot-5 former New Mexico State University center, scored two points in three minutes of game action.

Bairstow, the Bulls second-round draft pick last month, will leave for home today to compete in the FIBA World Cup for the Australia Boomers national team before returning in September to Chicago, where he hopes to make the team’s regular-season roster. He started all five Summer League games for Chicago, averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Williams got sporadic playing time for the Bulls, and hopes to get a training camp invite from any team in the NBA. His chances of sticking around with the Bulls as a backup point guard to Derrick Rose took a serious hit Saturday when it was reported Chicago was closing in on a deal to sign free-agent guard Aaron Brooks, a six-year NBA veteran.

Williams averaged 2.0 points, 1.0 steal and 12 minutes per game in Summer League play.

Three other former Lobos wrapped up Summer League action Friday.

Alex Kirk, trying to make it as a backup center for Cleveland, averaged 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 15.4 minutes in five games for the Cavaliers.

Saturday, Kirk posted on Instagram a picture of himself playing in a Summer League game and wrote: “Had a great 2 weeks here in Vegas playing for the cavs. Learned a lot and had a ton of support here from family and other New Mexican fans… #53 is still alive.”

Drew Gordon, who left UNM after the 2012 season, averaged 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in six games for the Philadelphia 76ers. He had eight points and 10 rebounds in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers when he was matched up against recent lottery pick Julius Randle on Wednesday. A Randle elbow in the first half of the game led to Gordon receiving three stitches above his right eye.

Gordon was originally signed to play for the Lakers in Summer League until they drafted Randle. Because they play the same position, Gordon and his agent decided to find a different team to play for.

Darington Hobson, the 2010 second-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, played in four games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds.

LOBO LINKS: Geoff Grammer’s blog | Schedule/Results | Roster

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