Our friends at HoopsHype have put together a comprehensive list of all the "fringe" type players joining NBA teams for training camp next week. Of course, many of these aforementioned players happen to be D-League alum. Mickell Gladness will be joining the Heat for the second year in a row. Mychel Thompson will be in camp with the Knicks, his former D-League squad's (the Erie BayHawks) NBA affiliate. Even Jonny Flynn, who logged a rehab assignment in the D-League, will have to fight his way on the Pistons' roster this fall. Needless to say, the list of D-League notables goes on, as seen by taking a more in depth look at the list. With NBA teams looking to stash young talent on their training camp rosters in hopes of protecting them for each respective D-League affiliate, next week will be a great opportunity to see what kind of talent will be hitting the hardwood for minor league squads in just a matter of weeks.
Just as D.J. Kennedy is waived by an NBA squad, another St. John's alum finds his own opportunity. Paris Horne, who played alongside some D-League prospects in the Malone Mulhall Charity Game this summer, has been added to the Bobcats' training camp roster. Among others, Horne will be joined by Jeff Adrien, who averaged an impressive 18.3 points 11.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in the D-League during the 2010-11 campaign. He spent part of last season with the Rockets.
My pal and TheKnicksBlog.com's Tommy Dee breaks down Patrick Ewing's decision to decline the Knicks offer to coach the Erie BayHawks alongside his guests on TKB.tv.