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Reports: Plenty of teams trying to move into 20s in draft, pick foreign players to stash

Jun 26, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

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Consequences of the new, tighter CBA include…

A number of teams are trying to trade into the later parts of the first round — and there are teams there willing to move those picks — then draft a European player not ready for the NBA and stash him overseas for a few years. All to save money.

It’s one of the things you can count on him this draft. Ken Berger of and Marc Stein of ESPN lay it out.

The second round of the draft — particularly late in the second round — has long had some of this. Teams take a flyer on a guy who may never come over to the NBA (and may never be good enough) but that they don’t have to pay, or even pay to develop. In the first round we’re talking guaranteed roster spots and contracts, so if the player stays overseas you save a little of that money.

Which means during the draft tonight, at around pick 20 or so start to watch for trades that mean nothing. Yes, there are teams like the Knicks trying to get into the first round to get their guy (P.J. Hairston or Tyler Ennis) or even move up in the first round to make their star happy (the Heat chasing Shabaz Napier).

But mostly what you’ll see is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

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  1. sumkat - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Could be good news for the teams picking early in the 2nd. They could get guys that should probably be late 1st round picks in the 2nd pretty easily this year

  2. loubearkane - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    The first and second year on a rookie’s scaled contract should not count against the cap. Too many of these teams try and get out of these “guaranteed contracts” After two years you have the option to keep him or not. What’s the point of having the draft if half the teams find it to be a financial burden.

  3. 4thquartermagic - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    So how come there aren’t 20 posts regarding the future Darko Milicic’s of the world?

    Give the people what they want! More mediocrity from Europe!

    • sumkat - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Calling Milicic mediocre is an insult to all mediocre things in this world

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