The NBA D-League held its expansion draft on Wednesday, with the Long Island Nets, Windy City Bulls, and Greensboro Swarm selecting among a pool of returning rights to various D-League players left unprotected by their teams.
It’s important to note that being drafted doesn’t guarantee these players will suit up for the D-League team that selected them. Some may ultimately end up in an NBA camp or head to play overseas, but their returning rights mean that whatever team selected them will have them on their roster should these players choose to ply their trade in the D-League in the hopes of an NBA call-up.
A number of names NBA and D-League fans will recognize were selected during the proceedings, including the Nets’ selection of former Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors guard Gary Forbes, who has averaged 16.8 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting during his various D-League stints.
Fifth rounder Toure’ Murry is probably the most notable name selected by the Swarm. As of now, Murry has reportedly been signed to camp deal by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but if the point guard doesn’t make their roster and decides to head the D-League route, he would instantly give Greensboro a capable floor general.
The biggest name for the Bulls might be Casey Prather. The 6’6 forward averaged 11.6 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting with the Dallas Mavericks during Las Vegas Summer League this year, but has signed to head overseas and play for the Perth Wildcats of Australia’s National Basketball League. The Bulls are likely picking up his rights in the event he decides to return stateside at some point and seeks one more shot at the NBA.
Here are the full lists of every player selected in the expansion draft, courtesy of omniscient D-League scribe Chris Reichert of Upside and Motor:
.@windycitybulls expansion draftees today #NBADL pic.twitter.com/pYT7FzdrnQ— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) August 24, 2016
.@greensboroswarm expansion selections #NBADL pic.twitter.com/QCNYzBNkTs— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) August 24, 2016
.@LongIslandNets expansion selections today #NBADL pic.twitter.com/RUCPJTSpEf— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) August 24, 2016
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