NBA training camp invites for the 2011-12 season should be more interesting than most considering teams will have just two weeks to install new offenses, get into game shape and whittle themselves down to a 15-man roster before the games actually begin to matter. Those invited from the D-League will have a leg up on the competition in regards to game shape, too, considering the D-League has been running for a few weeks already after training camps opened in the Development League during the second week of November.
During the last NBA lockout, there were 176 players in training camps with 39 players invited from either the CBA or IBA -- the two domestic minor leagues at the time -- with players like Stephen Jackson, Adrian Griffin, Mikki Moore, Jeff McInnis and Troy Hudson all getting their first real shots at the big leagues via training camp invites.
It seems that number could be inflated this time around, too, which obviously opens up good opportunities for the D-League players that chose to play for less money in hopes of the NBA lockout ending sooner rather than later this season.
As a reminder, teams aren't technically allowed to agree to any sort of contracts prior to Friday's official opening of free agency. Via Ridiculous Upside's sources, however, the following players have agreed to attend training camps with the teams mentioned below.
There are roughly 20 other players that will be headed to training camp, too, but the NBA's moratorium on deals caused some to withhold confirming invites until the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was voted on and approved. Things could obviously change in the next 24 hours as free agency changes needs, but as of now, the below players are headed to training camp.
Atlanta Hawks -
Zach Graham, Charles Garcia, Donald Sloan, Ivan Johnson, Jerry Stackhouse, Brad Wanamaker
Chicago Bulls -
Luther Head, Brian Scalabrine
Dallas Mavericks -
Jerome Randle, Drew Neitzel,
Detroit Pistons -
Walker Russell, Brian Hamilton, Jake Voskuhl, Kareem Rush, Damien Wilkins
Golden State Warriors - Chris Wright,
Julian Khazzouh, Tommy Mitchell, Edwin Ubiles, Gary Flowers, Tim Pickett, Tommy Smith
Indiana Pacers -
Jarrid Famous, Darnell Lazare, Tyren Johnson, Matt Rogers
Los Angeles Lakers -
Elijah Millsap, Malcolm Thomas, Zach Andrews, Chris Daniels
Memphis Grizzlies -
Jared Reiner, Josh Davis, Mikki Moore, Walter Sharpe, Brian Skinner
Miami Heat -
Cameron Jones, Mickell Gladness, Jeremy Wise, Derrick Byars, Terrel Harris, Billy White
Milwaukee Bucks -
Marcus Lewis, Ron Howard
Minnesota Timberwolves -
Dominique Johnson, Will Conroy, Shaun Pruitt, Devean George, Bonzi Wells
New Jersey Nets -
JamesOn Curry, Dennis Horner, Jerry Smith
New York Knicks -
Chris Hunter, Devin Green
Orlando Magic - Gabe Pruitt
Sacramento Kings -
Adrian Oliver, Lawrence Hill
Washington Wizards -
Mike Wilks, Mardy Collins, Aaron Pettway
This list will be updated as further training camp invites are brought to my attention.