Sep 20, 2013, 1:57 PM EST
We have mentioned this before, the draft and stash is not just for European players anymore. Used to be a time when teams drafted a young Euro in the second round, let him develop overseas, then brought him over if and when he was ready. See Marc Gasol as a prime example.
But now teams are drafting American born players and letting them head overseas to develop. The teams retain the rights and don’t have to pay the players a salary, the players get a much bigger check overseas then they would have if cut and put in the D-League. Most of those players never suit up in the NBA, but the trend is growing.
SLAM laid out the seven players who have already gone that route this year:
• Pierre Jackson, (drafted at No. 42, traded to the Pelicans) with ASVEL Villeurbanne in France.
• Mike Muscala (No. 44 by the Hawks) with Blusens Monbus Obradoiro in Spain.
• Erick Green (No. 46 by the Nuggets) with Siena in Italy.
• James Ennis (No. 50 by the Heat with Perth in Australia.
• Colton Iverson, (No. 53 pick by the Celtics) with Besiktas in Turkey.
• Alex Oriakhi (No. 56 by the Suns) with Limoges CSP in France.
• DeShaun Thomas (No. 58 by the Spurs) with JSF Nanterre in France.
The odds say not many of these guys will make it back to the NBA, but if they can show some development they will get a shot. Just some names to watch.
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