Waiver Claims Part Of Camp Strategy

October 14 2013 at 7:37pm CDT By Chuck Myron

Waiver claims represent a tiny fraction of player acquisitions in the NBA, but with close to 100 players set to hit waivers in the next two weeks, chances are we’ll see a few of them get claimed. Three of the eight players claimed off waivers since last October were camp cuts, although that trio combined to appear in just two regular season games last season for the teams that claimed them. That’s in part because this time of year the motivation to claim a player may be about more than just his NBA rights.

The Blazers waived Justin Holiday shortly after claiming him last year, but they protected his D-League rights, meaning Holiday wound up with Portland’s affiliate when he signed to play in the D-League. NBA teams are allowed to keep three camp cuts out of the D-League draft. As Blazers GM Neil Olshey has explained, many teams, including Portland, wait until the last moment to release their camp invitees so that other teams don’t grab their NBA rights, cut them, and protect them for their own D-League teams.

Holiday remained at Idaho most of the year without the Blazers signing him to an NBA deal, and the Sixers scooped up Holiday’s rights when they brought him to Philadelphia near the end of the season. Still, if an NBA team is interested in keeping tabs on one of the players who’s waived by another club this month, the waiver claim may well come into play.

Here’s a look at each of the players claimed off waivers since last October, with an asterisk by the name of anyone who is still with the team that claimed him.

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