As was predicted earlier by Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, forward DeAndre Daniels, taken 37th overall at the NBA Draft in June, is expected to head overseas to hone his craft.
“We tried to get a couple of others (at the draft), but they were gone before we picked,” explained Ujiri after the draft. “(Daniels) is going to be in L.A. working out, play with us in Summer League and we’ll see, make a decision there. There is a good chance he’ll be playing overseas or maybe in the NBA D-League.”
With the official announcements from the Toronto Raptors that guard Will Cherry and center Lucas Nogueira have been inked to contracts for the upcoming season, Toronto’s roster now stands at 15 players and there isn’t a spot remaining for the UConn National Champion.
As the NBA D-League’s contracts are notoriously small, it is expected Ujiri will help Daniels secure a contract with an overseas team at a more reasonable amount. That is unless Daniels would prefer to remain in the US.
Toronto has until September 6th to offer Daniels a contract in order to retain his rights and the purpose of finding him an alternate professional basketball job is so he can decline the offer as explained by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports ProBasketballTalk.
The Raptors have until Sept. 6 to offer Daniels a required tender – a contract, guaranteed or unguaranteed, worth at least the league minimum – or he becomes a free agent.
Often, in these situations, a team volunteers to use its connections to secure the player an overseas contract. In exchange, the player agrees to decline the required tender, allowing the team to keep his rights.
I’d guess the Raptors and Daniels agree to such an arrangement.
As this appears to have been Ujiri’s plan since draft day, a soft landing spot for Daniels to play professional basketball while the Raptors retain his rights should be expected to be announced prior to overseas club teams opening up training camps.