There was some good news for former Lakers guard Devin Green on Thursday. Three days after being the last player cut by the Lakers, Green was the D-Fenders’ first-round pick in the NBA Development League draft.
The Lakers do not hold the rights to Green but you have to imagine he’s first in line for a 10-day contract if there’s a need. One key date might be Feb. 22, the NBA’s trading deadline. If Aaron McKie is not healthy and his $2.5 million contract no longer has trade value, the Lakers might be inclined to give Green a shot.
It’s also a sign to Green that the Lakers are investing in his growth as a player, although Green is going to make a fraction of the $664,209 minimum salary he would have in the NBA.
Former Lakers guard Von Wafer was a second-round draft pick by the Colorado 14ers. The rest of the D-Fenders’ picks were Aloysius Anagonye, who played on Michigan State’s NCAA championship team, Akin Akingbala, Travis Garrison, Nate Johnson, Elton Nesbitt, Wayne Arnold, Julius Lamptey, Jamar McKnight and Andre Joseph.
It also would have been nice for the NBA to hold its D-League draft earlier than 6 p.m. PST. Not sure how many people were paying attention on the East Coast, where the last pick was made after midnight.