With the 2016 NBA draft now in the books, the term draft-and-stash will be mentioned quite often in regard to international players and late second-rounders. While some of these athletes will eventually sign with an NBA team, it seems like the majority of them stay overseas and never make it to the league. Those players in the latter category aren’t without value as they become trade assets for the teams holding their rights.
While many players fail to work out the way teams expect them to, they can at least become tradeable assets for teams that don’t want to part with a future second-round pick in a deal. Each team must give up something in a trade, which is why many swaps include top-55 protected second-round picks. Older draft rights held players who clearly will never come over to the NBA are essentially the same as flipping those heavily protected second-rounders, for all intents and purposes.
Listed below are the current unsigned draftees for the teams of the Southwest Division. These listings don’t include players selected in this year’s draft:
- Petteri Koponen — Selected No. 30 overall in 2007.
- Emir Preldzic — Selected No. 57 overall in 2009.
- Renaldas Seibutis — Selected No. 50 overall in 2007.
- Satnam Singh — Selected No. 52 overall in 2015.
- Alessandro Gentile — Selected No. 53 overall in 2014.
- Marko Todorovic — Selected No. 45 overall in 2013.
- Jon Diebler — Selected No. 51 overall in 2011.
- Sergio Llull — Selected No. 34 overall in 2009.
- Brad Newly — Selected No. 54 overall in 2007.
- Axel Hervelle — Selected No. 52 overall in 2005.
- Serhiy Lishchuk — Selected No. 49 overall in 2004.
- Venson Hamilton — Selected No. 50 overall in 1999.
- Andrew Harrison — Selected No. 44 overall in 2015.
New Orleans Pelicans
- Latavious Williams — Selected No. 48 overall in 2010.
San Antonio Spurs
- Nikola Milutinov — Selected No. 26 overall in 2015.
- Livio Jean-Charles — Selected No. 28 overall in 2013.
- Cady Lalanne — Selected No. 55 overall in 2015.
- Nemanja Dangubic — Selected No. 54 overall in 2014.
- Marcus Denmon — Selected No. 59 overall in 2012.
- Davis Bertans — Selected No. 42 overall in 2011.
- Adam Hanga — Selected No. 59 overall in 2011.
- Ryan Richards — Selected No. 49 overall in 2010.
- Giorgos Printezis — Selected No. 58 overall in 2007.
- Erazem Lorbek — Selected No. 46 overall in 2005.
- Viktor Sanikidze — Selected No. 42 overall in 2004.
- Sergei Karaulov — Selected No. 58 overall in 2004.
- Robertas Javtokas — Selected No. 55 overall in 2001.