Photo by Austin Krell/The Painted Lines

At 1:23 pm EST this afternoon, Keith Pompey reported that standout Tyrese Maxey departed from the NBA Summer League to host a youth basketball camp in his hometown of Garland, Texas.

Furthermore, Maxey is not expected to return to Las Vegas even if the camp ends in time, per Austin Krell of The Painted Lines.

This loss is extremely significant for Philadelphia’s Summer League title hopes. Earlier this week after the win over the Dallas Mavericks, 76ers forward Paul Reed told the media “My number one goal is to win the championship. I don’t think any team should beat us.” Now, Philadelphia’s Summer League championship aspirations lie on the shoulders of soon to be 2nd year players, Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe. 

Photo from Tyrese Maxey’s Instagram story

What the Sixers will miss

In two games, Tyrese Maxey averaged 26.0 ppg (leads the Summer League), 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, shot 50.0% from the field, and 28.6% from three on 7.0 attempts per game. Most recently, Maxey shined in an overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks with 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Although Tyrese Maxey’s on-court play was crucial to the 76ers’ early success, his impact in the locker room was just as valuable. He was a leader and mentor for the inexperienced rookies, especially the latest 28th overall pick Jaden Springer. He told the press that Maxey and other young veterans’, such as Isaiah Joe and Rayjon Tucker have “coached him up.”

All in all, Maxey is classified as one of the few Summer League participants who are “too good for the Summer League”. In his limited time in Vegas, he had a positive impact on the team in the locker room and led Philadelphia to 2-0. The 76ers’ Summer League team losing Tyrese Maxey is a tough blow on and off the court, but with the players remaining on the roster they will still be competitive.