DraftExpress will be attending and covering all four summer leagues once again this year. It starts on July 6th in Las Vegas, continues on the 8th in Long Beach, and then moves into Orlando on the 10th and Salt Lake City on the 14th. Pencil us in for our typical comprehensive coverage throughout the month of July.
Compiled here are the known rosters so far, which will be updated with the rest as soon as news becomes available. Also included is a list of undrafted rookie free agents and the summer league teams they will be playing for. Please let us know about players we missed out on by emailing us using the link at the end of the article.Undrafted Free Agent Destinations
*Last year, 16 undrafted free agents made an NBA team and stuck till the end of the season.
Summer League Rosters- DestinationBoston Celtics- Las Vegas
Akin Akingbala Al JeffersonAllan Ray Dwayne JonesGerald GreenRajon RondoRyan Gomes Sebastian Telfair Wes WilkinsonNdudi Ebi
Kevin HamiltonCharlotte Bobcats- OrlandoAlan Anderson
Kevin Burleson Steve Burtt
Marcus Campbell D'or Fischer
Maurice Hargrow Ryan Hollins Sean May Adam Morrison James Thomas Nate Williams Curtis WithersCleveland CavaliersSasha PavlovicDaniel GibsonShannon Brown
Stevie GrahamMartynas AndriuskeviciusJe'Kel Foster
C.J. BrutonDallas Mavericks- Las Vegas Rawle Marshall
Jeremiah Davis Corey Belser Maurice Ager
Antwan Scott Josh Powell
Bingo Merriex Pops Mensah-Bonsu Brad Buckman
*The Mavericks traditionally carry two summer league teams, one for Vegas, and one for the Summer Pro League in Long Beach. Denver Nuggets- Las Vegas Alain KoffiKelenna Azubuike
Eric Chenowith Josh Davis Yakhouba Diawara
Cheyne Gadson John Gilchrist
Roman Gonzalez Mike Hall Chris Hernandez
Antoine Hood Casey Jacobsen Ricky Sanchez
Ron Slay Detroit Pistons- Las VegasAmir JohnsonAlex AckerJason MaxiellFrank Williams
Rodney Billups Will Blalock
Sam HoskinNik Caner-MedleyCheick Samb Golden State Warriors- Las VegasWill Bynum Monta Ellis Ike DioguPatrick OBryantJose Juan BareaCurtis StinsonNick GeorgeBrendan WintersSteven SmithSean Banks
Spencer GlogerRyan HumphreyJulian Sensley
Jamaal WilliamsHouston Rockets- Las VegasDarius WashingtonChuck Hayes Steve NovakJohn Lucas
III Lonny Baxter
Patrick Beilein Hollis Price
Pat Carroll Henry Domercant Chris McCray Jeremy Richardson
Antwayne Robinson Matt Freije
Judson Wallace Mamadou Ndiaye Matt HaryaszIndiana Pacers- OrlandoDavid Harrison Danny GrangerShawne WilliamsJames White
Ricky MinardDan GrunfeldTaylor Coppenrath
Sedric WebberLos Angeles Clippers- Las VegasPaul Davis Guillermo Diaz Daniel Ewing Chris Carr
awell Yaroslav Korolev Shaun Livingston
Scott Merritt Boniface Ndong
James Singleton Kibwe Trim Jawad Williams Los Angeles Lakers- Long BeachJordan FarmarAndrew Bynum
Michael FeyDevin Green
Marcus DouthitDanilo PinnockCedric BozemanSasha VujacicMiami Heat- OrlandoDorell WrightWayne SimienEarl BarronKevin PittsnogleMike GanseyChris QuinnTorin FrancisDaniel HortonMichael SouthallVincent GrierRobert HiteOrien GreeneEric HicksMinnesota Timberwolves- Las VegasWojciech Barycz
JP Batista Greg Brunner
Tyrone Ellis Randy Foye Reece Gaines Jeremy Kelly
Adam Parada Ansu Sesay Paul Shirley Craig Smith Bracey Wright Vincent Yarbrough New Orleans HornetsHilton Armstrong Cedric Simmons Kirk Snyder Brandon Bass Marcus Fizer
Andrew Betts Omar Cook Chris Hernandez Juan Mendez
Pierre Wooten New Jersey Nets- Las VegasMarcus WilliamsJosh BooneHassan AdamsAntoine WrightEric Williams
David YoungJerome BeasleyTamar SlayKennedy Winston
Antonio MeekingNew York Knicks- Las VegasChanning FryeDavid Lee Nate Robinson Renaldo Balkman Mardy CollinsMarco KillingsworthKenny AdelekePaul Miller
Donnie McGrathWalker RussellOlu Famutimi
Brian GreeneFranko KastropilIme UdokaOrlando Magic- Orlando Marcin GortatJ.J. RedickJames AugustineRuben Boumtje-BoumtjeMatt Walsh
Travis DeinerGerry McNamaraAlex LoughtonErik Daniels
Joe ShippJuanjo TrigueroPhoenix Suns- Las Vegas Amare StoudemireRomain SatoMaciej LampeLionel Chalmers
Jeff VaremBritton JohnsenChris Owens
Ruben DouglasTre Simmons
Massimo Bulleri Portland Trailblazers- Las Vegas Ha Seung-Jin
Nedzad Sinanovic LaMarcus Aldridge Nikoloz Tskitishvili Kevinn Pinkney Joel Freeland Travis Outlaw Martell Webster Brandon Roy
Fred House Sean Dockery
Marque PerryBrandon BowmanSacramento Kings- Las VegasKevin MartinRonnie PriceFrancisco GarciaRon Artest Quincy DoubyTaj GrayYemi NicholsonJustin WilliamsChristian MarakerLouis AmundsonRod BensonOdartey Blankson
Curtis GreenPooh JeterSean Lampley
Hai Bei HuangSan Antonio Spurs- Salt Lake City
Melvin SandersCJ Watson
Charles LeeIan MahinmiDonta SmithThomas GardnerSeattle Supersonics- Salt Lake CityKeith LangfordSaer SeneDenham BrownYotam Halperin
Tony Bobbit Romain SatoOmar WilliamsJohan PetroRobert Swift
Noel FelixToronto Raptors- Las VegasWilliam Avery
Jermaine Anderson Andrea Bargnani Andre Barrett
Jermaine Bucknor Joey Graham Justin Gray Kris Humphries
Velimir Radinovic Pape Sow
P.J. Tucker Charlie Villanueva Utah Jazz- Salt Lake CityRonnie BrewerPaul MillsapDee Brown
CJ MilesRafael AraujoAndre OwensDeron Williams
Nate HarrisWashington Wizards- OrlandoAndray Blatche
Peter John Ramos Donell Taylor Oleksiy PecherovRashad Anderson
Schea CottonRoger Mason Jr
Jon RogersWill Solomon
As the NBA becomes more conscious of salary cap and luxury tax implications and looks to get better value from the rotation players they bring off the bench, we are beginning to see a growing trend of exploring the overseas markets for more mature and polished help from established players that put up excellent numbers in the various international leagues.
Nowhere was the groundwork for this trend more evident than in this past draft, where we saw a team like Phoenix sell off their first round pick rather than commit guaranteed money to a player they did not think could crack their deep rotation and warrant a roster spot. This was all the more obvious with the way the 2nd round was conducted, with no less than 9 trades and 10 international players picked.
When considering the option of signing an overseas free agent, it is worthwhile to split this category into two. On one hand we find plenty of intriguing European talent in the mold of Andres Nocioni
, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Arvydas Macijuaskas, Fabricio Oberto
and Jose Calderon
, formerly undrafted players with impressive international resumes that were viewed as difference makers by the teams that signed them and spawned an increasing demand for similar caliber players from the NBA.
On the other are ex-American NCAA stars who were not good enough to make it and/or stick in the NBA immediately out of college and have polished their game in Europe to the point that theyve become viable free agent targets this summer. Charlie Bell
might be the best example from last year, a player who dominated the ACB Spanish league and finally achieved his dream of making and sticking in the NBA with an excellent season for the Milwaukee Bucks. Bell took a huge paycut and only cost the Bucks the minimum, but with the departure of TJ Ford looks poised to have an even better season this year and reach heights that European teams cannot match with the elusive second contract.
This is a dimension that must be talked about when discussing signing veteran players from Europe. Almost all of the players are stars in their own right already overseas, and enjoy the type of salaries and recognition that go along with it. If this was strictly a look at the talent overseas rather than taking into consideration the likelihood of actually being able to bring it over, there would be even more players (such as David Hawkins, Lynn Greer and Mire Chatman) to talk about. The issue here is that these players either make or are on the verge landing contracts in excess of a million dollars, which when factoring in the tax structures of contracts in the NBA and overseas (gross versus net) is worth over double what the same contract figure would be from the NBA, with much more job security and playing time guaranteed to them. In addition, European teams often provide their (best) players with top-notch apartments, cars, meals, plane tickets, phones with unlimited calls, and much more.
European teams have become so competitive with the conditions they can offer Americans and Internationals alike, that the players often cannot feasibly afford to give up 7 figure contracts in return for a minimum, often non-guaranteed contract from the NBA.
A more detailed analysis of these underlying factors can be studied in our article written last year entitled Tables Turning on NBAs Relationship With Europe, which was written with an eye on International draft picks such as Fran Vazquez
and Roko-Leni Ukic
, but is just as relevant when discussing overseas free agents.
Here we will analyze the top 10 overseas free agent prospects on the market and discuss the likelihood of being able to sign then.