Update: The Rio Grande Valley Vipers picked up Taylor. Apparently it was pre-arranged as all 16 teams passed on claiming him off of waivers.
The NBA Development League is the quickest way to make it to the NBA, at least in season, and that's especially true now that 10-day contracts can be given out by the teams with an opening on their roster. In a fun turn of events, the opening of the 10-day contracts has also brought some young players out of the woodwork.
The latest known player to sign a D-League contract is Jermaine Taylor, according to a league source. Taylor was a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and has spent 65 games in the NBA split with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.
The 25-year-old Taylor is more of a scoring athlete than the shooting guard he's listed as on the roster, but he certainly showed some flashes of ridiculous upside as he earned eight starts with the Kings last season. He originally signed in China this season, but was cut prior to training camp and hasn't played since.
Taylor is expected to be claimed off of waivers on Thursday afternoon. The Springfield Armor, Maine Red Claws, Austin Toros, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Fort Wayne Mad Ants are the top five in the waiver process, according to a source.