For no reason other than an itching craving to scratch my own Where Are They Now itch – I can’t really start the 2009 series of posts until all leagues are underway, which will be about another six weeks – I have decided to revisit the whereabouts of all players on summer league rosters this past summer.
Eagle eyed viewers will have noticed that I’ve already done this once before, in a series of three posts back in September. This list is designed to update that list.
Everyone whose circumstances have changed since the last update is listed, as are those few who are still unsigned. Part of me hopes that this list might in some way help those players get some gainful basketball employment. Then the other part of me remembers that the only people who read this website are Chilean teenagers and my uncle Peter. Can’t win them all.
– Coby Karl: Strangely, Karl made the Cavaliers roster this summer. He has racked up three whole minutes on the season, and will probably rack up about seven more before the contract guarantee date gets here. I don’t know why a luxury tax team like Cleveland is so keen on carrying 15 men all the time. But they are, and this is good news for Karl.
– Chris Lofton: Lofton was signed with with Caja Laboral in Spain – formerly known as Tau Ceramica – but he left he team last week when his contract expired. The team brought in Sean Singletary instead, seemingly wanting a different kind of player.
– Gabe Pruitt: Pruitt went to camp with the Knicks, but was an early cut. He then signed with the D-League and was allocated to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, but he was waived today due to injury.
– Mike Sweetney: Sweetney went to camp with the Celtics, and didn’t make the team. He was bigger than ever, and if it weren’t for Sofoklis Schortsanitis’s showings at the start of last season and that fella from the And-1 tour, Sweetney would have been the fattest professional basketball player that I’ve ever seen. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Sweetney turned down a workout from the Grizzlies, and is going to sign in China. This is a good move. The money’s solid, he needs the work, and the stats will be massive. If he can shed 50 pounds in the process, we’re back in business.
– Robert Swift: Swift signed in the D-League and was allocated to the Bakersfield Jam. Reportedly, he has bulked up. For a man with a debilitating knee problem, I’m not sure that that’s a good thing. But here’s to a better run of health.
– Chris Davis: Davis was in the D-League draft pool, but he did not get drafted.
– Julius Hodge: Hodge went back to Australia, despite the acrimonious circumstances surrounding his departure last season. He’s only played one game so far, but already he’s the best player in the country once again, putting up 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals on debut.
– Linton Johnson: Johnson signed with the Magic for training camp, and made the team, for all of about three days. Considering that Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson both then got injured, and with Rashard Lewis starting with his ten-game suspension, maybe they could have kept him a bit longer. He could surely have helped against Cleveland.
– Lorenzo Mata-Real: As far as I can tell, Mata-Real is still unsigned, but it can sometimes take about six years for Mexican league signings to filter through. And as a Mexican native, Mata-Real seems like a logical candidate to be back there soon, if not already.
– David Harrison: Chinese Basketball Association transactions are extremely hard to verify, but as far as I know, Harrison has re-signed in China for another year. The Chinese season is still six weeks away.
– Maureece Rice: Rice is unsigned, and did not return to the Erie BayHawks after all. I have no further information on him.
– Alfred Aboya: At the time of the original list, Aboya was unsigned, but it’s all been happening for him since. Aboya originally signed with Gravelines, a French first division team, signing a one-year contract with a three week “test period”; however, he lasted only one week before being cut. He then joined up with French second division team Antibes, but the signing was voided as it put Antibes over the salary cap. After Antibes did whatever it was that they needed to do to accommodate him, Aboya rejoined the team, and has since played three games with them, totalling 35 points, 17 rebounds and 11 fouls.
– Andre Brown: Brown joined the Heat for training camp, but lost out to Shavlik Randolph. He remains unsigned, but is one of many players rumoured to be heading to China. Covering the Chinese league is great fun, so if he does sign there, you’ll know when I do.
– Henry Dugat: Dugat signed with the D-League and made the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster as a local tryout player. The Vipers made their first round of cuts today, and Dugat survived, but they still have two cuts to go so he’s not guaranteed a spot yet.
– Shan Foster: Foster was unsigned the last time we covered him, but he has since signed with Kepez Bld Antalya in Turkey. By the way Shan, if you’re reading this, change your Twitter password. Your account is sending out spam messages.
– Mickael Gelabale: Gelabale is still unsigned, and still refuses to rejoin the D-League.
– Herbert Hill: Hill is signed with the Daegu Orions in Korea. Korean basketball is about as much fun to cover as the Chinese league.
– Quinton Hosley: Hosley has been one of the better players in Turkey over the last two years, and last month he went back there, signing with Aliaga Petkim.
– Curtis Jerrells: Jerrells agreed to sign with the Pistons, but then didn’t, joining the San Antonio Spurs instead. The Spurs gave him $75,000 of guaranteed money to do this, even though Jerrells didn’t have much chance of making the team. They did that so that they’d get him instead of Detroit, thus ensuring that, when Jerrells went to the D-League, he’d be allocated to the Spurs owned affiliate, the Austin Toros. And that’s exactly what happened.
– Bryson McKenzie: Bryson McKenzie is also in the D-League, drafted in the seventh round by the Iowa Energy. Iowa haven’t announced their first round of cuts yet, but seventh-rounders rarely make it to the opening day roster.
– Aaron Miles: Miles returned to Greece, joining Aris.
– Moussa Seck: Can’t find Moussa Seck, but I’d suspect he’s back with Montegranaro’s feeder team. Unfortunately, that team is so far down the Italian league structure that it’s not possible for me to find.
– Trent Strickland: Strickland will be playing basquetball next season for AEK Larnacas in Cyprus. Presumably, Cyprus pays well.
– Dontaye Draper: Draper went to camp with the Nuggets, didn’t make the team, and then signed in Italy for Prima Veroli.
– Ronald Dupree: Dupree is signed in Germany for Telekom Baskets Bonn, but is only on a short-term contract as injury cover for Vincent Yarbrough.
– C.J. Giles: Giles was released this week by Smart Gilas, the quirky Philippines team that’s trying to supplant the entire Philippines league in ways that I don’t really understand. Reportedly, Giles would turn up practice hungover, tested positive for marijuana, and punched his brother in the face. The team are looking at Jamal Sampson, Earl Barron and Shaun Pruitt as Giles’ possible replacements.
– Kareem Rush: Rush went to camp with the Clippers, and made the team. He currently has 9 points on 11 shots this season, which sounds about right.
– Cedric Simmons: Simmons was released by his Greek team, Peristeri, before the season started. He is unsigned.
– Marquise Gray: Gray has signed with Gelisim Koleji in Turkey’s second division. Turkey’s second division isn’t like those in Spain or Italy. It’s weaker.
– Dwayne Jones: Jones signed with Crvena Zvezda in Serbia last month, but he was released after only three days. The reasons as to why are shrouded in mystery; the official story is “personal problems,” whereas the unofficial one is that they just didn’t like him for whatever reason. The team then tried to sign Mile Ilic as his replacement, but Ilic failed his physical. Either way, Jones went back to the D-League and has rejoined the Austin Toros.
– Connor Atchley: Atchley is signed with Darussafaka in Turkey. They’re currently last in the Turkish TBL, but they picked up a former NBA player this week, which should help mightily. If you want to know who that player was, read on. If you can’t want until then, here’s a clue; it rhymes with “Quincy Douby.”
– Jermareo Davidson: Davidson is Atchley’s teammate at Darussafaka. More accurately, Atchley is Davidson’s backup at Darussafaka.
– Lawrence Hill: Hill signed with Mexico with a team called Halcones Rojos de Veracruz.
– Lawrence Roberts: Despite having no chance of making the roster, Roberts went to camp with the Pacers, where he inevitably failed to make the roster. Roberts then signed in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.
– Jamal Sampson: See above, re; C.J. Giles. Sampson is currently unsigned.
– Hassan Adams: Adams is still unsigned. I do not know why.
– Rod Benson: Like Lawrence Roberts, Benson went to camp with the Pacers and failed. After that, he signed in D-League once more, and will return to the Reno Bighorns.
– Will Conroy: Conroy went to camp with the Rockets, did not make the team, and has since signed in China with the DongGuan New Century Leopards. Pretty great name.
– Joey Dorsey: Dorsey was the first D-League assignee of the season when the Rockets sent him to Rio Grande Valley last week. He’s a year older than Andrew Bogut, and almost two years older than Darko Milicic. That just doesn’t feel right.
– Charles Gaines: Gaines went to camp with the Bucks, did not make the team, and is unsigned.
– Mike Green: Green won David Thorpe’s heart in summer league, but not a training camp spot. He’s now in Belgium with Belgacom Liege.
– Garrett Temple: Temple also went to camp with the Rockets, but didn’t make it either, and is now a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Rockets own that affiliate. This is not a coincidence.
– Darryl Watkins: Watkins went to camp with the Cavaliers. He didn’t make it, and is another one of the whispered names vying for a spot in China next year. Nothing official yet though.
– James White: White was traded to the Nuggets, didn’t make their team, and was waived. He has since signed in Russia with Spartak St Petersburg.
– Will Blalock: Blalock went to camp with the Nets, did not make the team, signed with the D-League, and was allocated to the expansion Maine Red Claws.
– Derrick Byars: See Denver entry.
– Aaron Jackson: Last time we checked, it was unclear as to whether Jackson had signed with Antalya in Turkey. I can now assure you that he did.
– Anthony Smith: Smith signed with CB Cornella in Spain’s second division.
– Sean Banks: Banks remains unsigned.
– Corie Belser: Belser had originally signed with Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, but then for whatever reason, he left. He is now signed in the basketball powerhouse of Finland, playing for the immortally-titled Honka Espoo Playboys.
– Dionte Christmas: Christmas went to camp with the Sixers, but lost out because of the finances of the situation. The day after he was released, Christmas was pulled over for driving erratically, then arrested and charged for driving without a license and for carrying a loaded weapon. Both the car and the gun were registered to Marreese Speights.
– Kyle McAlarney: McAlarney initially signed in Israel with Ironi Nahariya, but he opted to come home before the season started because he “wasn’t having any fun.” He is now in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
– Kevinn Pinkney: Pinkney has signed with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.
– Mike Taylor: Taylor went to camp with the Grizzlies, was waived, and is unsigned.
– Chinemelu Elonu: Elonu has signed with Zaragoza in Spain. I went there a few months ago. Tiny, tiny, tiny airport, one strangely populated by fighter jets. Felt like being in your nan’s house at wartime.
– Tony Gaffney: At the time of the last update, Gaffney was signed with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa in Israel. He then left to come back to the Lakers to play in training camp. Gaffney didn’t make the team – although he nearly did – and subsequently returned to Gilboa. It was nice of them to let him try to live his dream like that, though.
– Justin Hawkins: Remains unsigned.
– David Monds: Monds went to camp with the Lakers too, yet he also didn’t make the team. He is unsigned, and doesn’t appear to be returning to the D-League this year.
– Luke Schenscher: Even though I wrote last time that Schensch is “not going to be signing in Australia,” he did, signing with the Perth Wildcats. In my defence, though, I was only recycling his own words.
– Reggie Williams: Williams is also in the D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
– Erik Daniels: Daniels signed in the Ukraine with Azovmash.
– Trey Gilder: Gilder had a $25,000 guaranteed contract, and because of that, he was free to keep for a week. But once that week was up, Gilder was waived. He is currently unsigned. If he goes back to the D-League, he’ll earn about the same for the entire D-League season as he did to be Memphis’s twelfth man for five games. Just some perspective there.
– Kenny Hasbrouck: Hasbrouck is unsigned and is currently rehabbing from a foot injury
– Longar Longar: Longar went back to the D-League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
– Donta Smith: Smith remains unsigned.
– Greg Stiemsma: Stiemsma was picked in the KBL Draft, but he never played there, so apparently their rules must have changed since 2007 (when you had only a matter of minutes after being drafted to sign a contract). He’s gone back to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
– Paul Delaney: Delaney was originally signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel, but was released in favour of Titus Ivory. However, he stayed in Israel and is now signed with Ironi Nahariya.
– Dominic James: Even though he missed summer league due to injury, James cashed in on his hometown ties and signed with the Bucks for training camp. He was quickly released, partly because he had little chance to make the team, but also because he got a good offer in Turkey. He now plays for Mersin.
– Chris Richard: Richard went to camp with the Bulls, and was poor in preseason, except for one game, in which he was absolutely brilliant. He is currently unsigned, but the Grizzlies were mentioned as a possible destination recently.
– Salim Stoudamire: Salim is still unsigned.
– Szymon Szewczyk: Szewczyk is an established European presence whose body type, skillset, hairline and and athleticism are more suited to the European game. He has no reason to give that up. So he hasn’t; he’s signed with Air Avellino in Italy for next year.
– Mohammed Tangara: Not a clue. Neither where he is or who he is.
– Bobby Brown: Brown was traded to the New Orleans Hornets late in the offseason, and started the year in the Hornets rotation. He’s pretty much the reason why Byron Scott got fired.
– Pat Carroll: Carroll is back in the D-League, drafted in the second round by the Iowa Energy.
– Devin Green: Green went to camp with the Wolves, which I didn’t expect, but he failed to make the roster, which I did. He’s since gone to Greece with Olympia Larissa.
– Paul Harris: Harris went to camp with the Jazz, but missed preseason with an injury, and got inevitably waived. He’s now in the D-League with the expansion Maine Red Claws.
– Steven Hill: Hill went to camp with the Bulls, and lasted for all of about eight minutes. He is back with the Tulsa 66ers.
– Adam Parada: Parada is in his native Mexico playing for Halcones UV Xalapa.
– Garret Siler: Siler went to camp with the Hawks, but the Hawks then decided to carry only 13 players, which makes you wonder why they brought in 20. Like so many other camp signees, he is now in the D-League, playing for the Utah Flash.
– Earl Barron: Barron went to camp with the Hornets and is now in the D-League with the Iowa Energy, but if Smart Gilas come a-calling then that might not last for much longer.
– Terry Martin: Martin was originally with the wonderfully-named Oberwart Gunners in Austria, but he was only there on a tryout. He was later drafted in the fifth round of the D-League draft by the Reno Bighorns. He has not been cut yet.
– Luke Nevill: Nevill went to camp with the Cavaliers, one of many to do so, yet he didn’t make it. He’s now also in the D-League with the Utah Flash.
– Larry Owens: Owens is another D-Leaguer, having been allocated to the Tulsa 66ers. He came to camp with the Hornets like Barron did, but he also failed to make it like Barron did.
– Courtney Sims: Sims went to camp with the Hawks, but didn’t make the team. Nor any team, for that matter. He is currently in China on a tryout.
– Anthony Tolliver: Tolliver, another camp cut (this time the Heat), is in the D-League with the Idaho Stampede. He was traded by the Iowa Energy in exchange for Earl Barron. If Barron now leaves for the Philippines, that will suck.
– Quinton Watkins: Not a clue. But based on his Twitter name MillionDollaKid, he’s doing all right for money.
– Alex Acker: Almost as soon as he was back in it, Acker is out of the NBA again. He is signed with Armani Jeans Milano in Italy.
– Morris Almond: Almond went to camp with the Magic, but did not make the team, and is unsigned.
– Warren Carter: Carter did enough to get to camp with the Knicks, but did not make the cut either. He has since signed with Ilysiakos in Greece.
– Joe Crawford: Crawford was waived out of training camp, despite the Knicks having an open roster spot and Crawford having $50,000 in guaranteed money. He has returned to the L.A. D-Fenders.
– Ron Howard: Howard was another Knick campee, and he has returned to the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
– Yaroslav Korolev: Awesomely, Korolev was in the D-League draft, which was entirely unexpected. Somewhat more depressingly, he wasn’t picked until the last pick of the fourth round, by which time luminaries such as Booker Woodfox and Derrick Mercer had been picked ahead of him. But no matter; Korolev is now a member of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and is back in American basketball.
– Mouhamed Sene: Sene signed in France with Hyeres-Toulon. He’s doing pretty brilliantly there, too. But we’ll talk about that more in three month’s time.
– Rashaad Singleton: Singleton is in Japan, signing in the BJ League for the Oita Heat Devils. Since he won’t be in the WATN series, I’ll add some numbers; Singleton is currently averaging 9.4 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in 33 minutes per game. He’s shooting 47% from the foul line, a dramatic improvement on last year’s 26%.
– Nikoloz Tskitishvili: Skita is signed with Panionios in Greece.
– DeAngelo Alexander: Alexander was drafted by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the eighth round of the D-League draft, but was waived today due to injury.
– Marcus Dove: Dove was picked in the third round by the Dakota Wizards, and has not been waived.
– Tony Durant: Durant is unsigned and yet has more followers than me on Twitter. I think I need to improve my people skills. All he Tweets about are women and sex, though, so I can see why that would be more fun.
– Moses Ehambe: Ehambe has gone back to the Tulsa 66ers.
– DeVon Hardin: Hardin spent some time in a secondary Chinese league this summer, which I did not know about until recently. He is currently unsigned; maybe the premier Chinese league awaits.
– Keith McLeod: McLeod is back in the D-League with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
– Richard Roby: Roby has signed with Maccabi Haifa in Israel.
– Doug Thomas: Thomas is in the D-League, drafted in the second round by the Dakota Wizards.
– Lance Allred: Allred has changed Italian teams, going from Napoli to Scavolini Pesaro.
– Courtney Fells: Fells has signed with with AEL Limassol in Cyprus, oh mighty mighty Cyprus. Others that signed in Cyprus this summer included former NBA players Maurice Baker and JamesOn Curry. But they came straight back.
– Stevan Milosevic: Milsoevic had a tryout with Panionios in Greece, but I don’t think he made the team.
– Russell Robinson: Robinson signed with the Cavs for training camp but did not make the team. He has since returned to the D-League with the Reno Bighorns.
– Darian Townes: Townes was signed with GasTerra Groningen until about four days ago, when he was replaced by Matt Haryasz.
– Geary Claxton: Remains unsigned.
– Lee Cummard: Cummard started the season with ALBA Berlin in Germany, but quickly came home and was allocated to the Utah Flash of the D-League.
– Zabian Dowdell: Dowdell is unsigned, which, considering that he was supposedly close to a training camp contract at one point, means he’s probably injured. The fact that he missed summer league with injuries may also factor. But I can’t find anything to confirm this.
– Carlos Powell: Powell went to camp with the Suns, did not make the team, and was then the #1 overall pick in the D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
– Chris Rodgers: Rodgers has signed with EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam, a team that really needs to stop selling sponsorship of its name.
– Deji Akindele: Akindele was signed with Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro in Spain’s ACB, but has been released and is now unsigned.
– Uche Echefu: Still unsigned.
– Thomas Gardner: Gardner went to camp with the Grizzlies, but was cut and is now unsigned. I hope these aren’t getting a bit samey.
– Pooh Jeter: Jeter is signed with Unicaja Malaga, but his contract expires next week.
– Joe Krabbenhoft: Krabbenhoft was allocated to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he joins up once again with Greg Stiemsma. We should let Brian Butch know.
– Patrick Mills: In a highly unusual move, Mills signed with the Blazers towards the end of training camp. I still suspect that he accepted their tender offer without them wanting him to, yet I still have no evidence of that.
– Jeff Pendergraph: Since the original post was written, Pendergraph has signed with the Blazers.
– Jon Brockman: Same as Pendergraph; Brockman has now signed with the Kings.
– John Bryant: Bryant is in the D-League, a good place for a reasonably talented seven-footer to go, since they’ll get the opportunity to put up huge stats and get noticed. He is with the Erie BayHawks.
– Marcus Landry: Landry signed with the Kings for training camp, and, in direct contravention of the precedent set out by the rest of this post, he made the roster. Hallelujah.
– Wesley Matthews: Matthews made a team, too; the Utah Jazz. He even starts for them right now. Good times.
– Jerel McNeal: Things return to normality with McNeal, who made the Clippers training camp roster, but who then got waived. He is currently unsigned.
– Victor Stowes: As last check, Stowes had just signed in Venezuela, but he’s since been released.
– Antonio Anderson: Anderson signed with the Bobcats for training camp, got waived, and has since joined the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
– Romel Beck: Beck made the Rockets camp roster, but was also waived, and has returned to the Dakota Wizards. Romel, you too need to change your Twitter password. I’ve gotten four spam messages from you.
– Alonzo Gee: Gee was signed and waived by the Timberwolves in camp, and was later picked sixth overall in the D-League draft by the Austin Toros. In case I haven’t made this clear; in the D-League, players don’t sign with individual teams. They sign with the league itself and are then distributed via various means – allocation, local tryouts, the draft, etc. So if a player was drafted, they are already signed in the D-League. This is also why players get waived due to injury; the player loses nothing from it, and the team gains a roster spot.
– James Gist: Still unsigned, strangely. Maybe he’s injured. Or maybe he’s dead.
– Carldell ‘Squeaky’ Johnson: As assumed, Johnson has returned to the Austin Toros.
– Jack McClinton: Things went a bit strange for McClinton; he silently signed with the Spurs on September 14th for training camp, but requested his release nine days later on the assumption that he wouldn’t make the team and therefore would like to try for another one. He caught on with the Timberwolves, but didn’t make it there either, and is now signed in Turkey with Aliaga.
– Donell Taylor: Taylor went to camp with the Blazers, did not make it, and was later made the second pick of the D-League Draft by the Erie BayHawks.
– Paul Davis: Davis went to camp with the Wizards and made the team briefly while they waited for Antawn Jamison to recover from injury. However, the Wizards then had a load of injuries to their guards, so Davis was dumped for Earl Boykins. Davis is now unsigned.
– Quincy Douby: Douby was cut by the Raptors last week to avoid a guarantee date in his contract. He then immediately signed with Darussafaka in Turkey.
– Demetris Nichols: Nichols went to camp with the Pacers, did not make the team, and is unsigned once again.
– Smush Parker: Parker has re-signed for another year with Guandong in China.
– Shawn Taggart: Taggart is signed in Israel with Ironi Nahariya.
– Cedric Bozeman: Bozeman has signed in China with Beijing.
– Andre Ingram: Ingram has returned to the Utah Flash.
– Goran Suton: Suton signed with the Jazz for camp, did not make the roster, and has since signed a long-term contract with Spartak St Petersburg in Russia. Then again, Russian “long-term” contracts have not always meant a whole lot.
– Dar Tucker: Darquavis was picked in the second round of the D-League draft by the Idaho Stampede, and was traded to the L.A. D-Fenders.
– Alade Aminu: Aminu was drafted tenth overall in the D-League Draft by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, then was traded to the Erie BayHawks for Rob Kurz.
– Dwayne Anderson: Anderson is signed with MEG Goettingen in Germany.
– Ryan Ayers: Ayers signed with the D-League and was allocated to the Mad Ants.
– James Lang: Lang returned to the D-League with the Utah Flash, but was waived yesterday due to injury.
– Diamon Simpson: Simpson went to camp with the Warriors, but did not make the roster. He was later allocated to the L.A. D-Fenders.
– Brandon Wallace: Wallace has signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel.
Of the 352 players that made it onto NBA summer league rosters – including those that didn’t turn up – all bar about 43 are now under contract somewhere. Those locations can all now be found in this list, or in the three that proceeded it. Why have I done all this? For the same reason that a 78-installment Where Are They Now series commences next month; because I like it.