Re: Workouts for an invitation to camp
posted at 9/26/2010 8:12 PM EDT
New Rule: Beginning this season, up to three players cut last from the roster of an NBA team before the D-League Draft will be allocated to that team's D-League affiliate provided they sign the standard D-League contract.
This may help explain why the C's are still looking at players and inviting guys like Smith, Lasme & Johnson to camp.http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4676825/nbdl-allocation-change-and-the-cs
/>> "For the D-League, allocation now becomes as much or more important than the draft,"
the coach continued. "Teams that have a close NBA affiliation will have an advantage year in and year out, but if your affiliate NBA teams have open roster spots in a given year, they will attract some of the best available free agents
so there can be a lot of luck involved."
So what does this mean for the Celtics?
Boston is one team set to bring in upwards of 20 players for camp, already boasting a full 15-man roster, a non-guaranteed contract for Tony Gaffney
, and three invites in Stephane Lasme
, Jamar Smith, and Chris Johnson (another non-guaranteed contract, Oliver Lafayette
, was reportedly waived Friday). If one of those younger players has a solid showing, but not enough to muscle their way onto the regular-season roster, it might help the Celtics hold onto their rights by assigning them to Maine.
The hitch here appears to be contracts. According to the FanHouse report, the players cut from the parent team must sign a NBDL contract and those are regarded as low-paying jobs.
A player with NBA potential might find a bigger payday overseas, which means you're unlikely to see the fringe players slide through (especially since other NBA teams might be interested in them as well).
So the new rule, which is aimed at strengthening the bond between parent clubs and their NBDL affiliates, might allow Boston to retain their invitees like Lasme, Smith, and Johnson, but it's unlikely to work anything like baseball, where a veteran might ink a major-league deal and be assigned to the minors.
This is good news for a team like the C's with so many aging vets ... rather than having to lose out on a player like Gafney, they can assign him to their affiliate and call them up if they have an open roster spot or stockpile young talent for expiring contracts next year.
No wonder Portland invited Patty Mills back to camp despite having 15 roster spots under contract. Even if they don't trade Rudy for a draft pick and open up a new roster spot they can assign Mills who never signed his qualified offer for $1m to their affiliate and retain his rights ... bet he's PO'd at his agent for not having a Plan B when he didn't get an RFA offer and now may have to sign an NBDL contract for short money.