Jordan Taylor has made his NBA Summer League plans, and they do not include the Milwaukee Bucks.
The former point guard for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team said Monday he has accepted an offer to play for the Atlanta Hawks' entry in the Summer League, which begins later this month in Las Vegas.
Taylor, the NCAA's all-time leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, said last week he was leaning toward accepting an offer to play for the Bucks' entry in the Summer League but changed his mind after the Hawks extended an offer.
Part of the reason he chose the Hawks over the Bucks was that Atlanta's first game in Las Vegas is on July 13, three days before the Bucks begin play. Taylor figures the earlier he can begin making an impression, the better.
"I kind of want to get out there and play," Taylor said.
Taylor said he and his agent, former NBA player B.J. Armstrong, decided "it didn't really make a huge deal where you go play Summer League. You're a free agent and if a team is going to like you, then they can still pick you up. I guess it doesn't matter a ton."
The Hawks weren't one of the 11 teams that brought in Taylor for a workout leading up to last week's NBA draft. But Taylor did work out with the San Antonio Spurs, whose vice president of basketball operations at the time was Danny Ferry; shortly thereafter, Atlanta hired Ferry as its general manager.
Taylor said he didn't spend much time examining NBA rosters to see which teams were in need of point guards — thus increasing his odds of being invited to training camp — because free agency decisions will change the makeup of teams over the next few months.
The Hawks' five-game schedule in Las Vegas includes matchups against the Wizards on July 13, the Spurs on July 15, the Celtics on July 16, the Mavericks on July 18 and the Trail Blazers on July 19.
Taylor, who is scheduled to leave for Atlanta on Thursday, hopes to play well enough in Las Vegas to earn an invitation to an NBA training camp. If that doesn't happen, he says he'll pursue opportunities overseas.
"I'm going to go down there in the best shape possible and try to show what I can do," Taylor said.