This is not what I mean by the D-League.
When Rashad McCants was signed by the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week, it was largely suggested that he would soon be headed to play for the Texas Legends under the NBA Development League's new allocation rule.
Marc Stein reported that "McCants and Williams are both expected to sign with the Texas Legends -- who will be coached by Nancy Lieberman and who are co-owned by Mavs president Donnie Nelson -- after clearing waivers next week."
Rob Mahoney wrote at ProBasketballTalk that "The Mavs didn't ink those deals and then change their minds over the course of a few days; Donnie Nelson undoubtedly had his eye on the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate which he co-owns with Evan Wyly and soon-to-be-co-owner Sonny Xiao."
But then McCants, along with agent Lindsey Maxwell, seemingly became unhappy with not getting a shot at actually earning a roster spot with the Mavericks and are now not entirely sure of joining the D-League after Stein previously reported that McCants had plans to join the D-League draft.
"We are disappointed that it didn't work out with them and we look forward to Rashad getting a REAL shot at making it back into the NBA," Maxwell wrote in a e-mail to me while reporting for FanHouse. "He is the best free agent in basketball that is available right now. He is in the best shape of his life and his shot making ability is better than ever."
"If he decides to go to the D-League, he will have to play for that team," Maxwell continued. "I can't speak as to Dallas' motives, but (McCants) did not get much of a chance to 'compete for a roster spot' as Dallas had announced a couple of days ago. Right now, all of his options are open and he and his family have not yet arrived at any decisions."
So, uh, this might backfire.