It isn’t uncommon for NBA second round draft picks to end up playing overseas for a time or even for their entire professional career and Xavier Thames, taken 59th overall in June, is headed to Baloncesto Sevilla in Spain according to SB Nation’s Nets Daily.
Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri couldn’t find anyone he wanted to hold on to at the back end of the 2014 NBA Draft, so he sold the pick to the Nets for $300,000. Brooklyn was in the market for second round draft picks that equaled cheap help to fill in spots on the highest payroll after luxury tax in league history, however, Thames is the only one of the picks they bought that they haven’t retained for training camp.
“The 6’3″ Thames, taken with the 59th pick in the 2014 Draft, was not signed by the Nets, the only one of their three picks to go unsigned. Brooklyn will retain his NBA rights as long as they offer him a contract by September 6.”
The San Diego State senior was the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year. He averaged 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals last year. Thames struggled in Summer League averaging just 3.6 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 26.9 percent from the field.
The Nets also purchased the 44th overall pick Markel Brown from Minnesota and the 6oth pick from Philadelphia, Baylor forward Cory Jefferson, on draft night. The Nets announced both players were signed to NBA contracts for the upcoming season on July 23.
“The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Markel Brown and forward Cory Jefferson to multi-year contracts, General Manager Billy King announced today.”
Brooklyn is expected to offer Thames a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season that Thames will decline thus enabling the team to retain his NBA rights.