Odds & Ends: D-League, Celts, Collins

Yesterday, commissioner David Stern boasted of the job that the NBA has done in developing the D-League while also taking a shot at the NCAA, writes Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “I’m very proud of the development league,” Stern said. “It’s working. That march is continuing. The drumbeats I hear about colleges not liking what they refer to one-and-done. We now have a league in the NBA Development League that will accept players that are 18 and will do a better job of educating them than the college programs in which they are…. Take that.”

Those are some big words from Stern.  Let’s take a look at some of the other odds and ends from around the league:

  • There are a handful of 2011 and 2012 draftees that are candidates to have the second or third year options on their rookie contracts declined for next year before the looming October 31 deadline, writes Mark Deeks of SB Nation.  Among the more notable names on the list are Jan Vesely and Derrick Williams.
  • According to his daughter, longtime Celtics coach Red Auerbach would not have given in and dealt Boston staples Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this offseason, writes Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.  As Spears details, Auerbach’s intense loyalty was on display throughout his reign in Boston, allowing stars like Larry Bird and Kevin McHale to walk off into the sunset wearing Celtics green.  Current C’s general manager Danny Ainge admitted that the memory of Auerbach’s resolve did cross his mind before he sold off his stars.
  • While his agent received several inquiries this offseason, Jason Collins remains a man without an NBA contract nearly six months after announcing he is a gay professional basketball player, writes Harvey Araton of the New York Times.  Collins knows that his veteran status — and the contract demands that come with it — complicates his ability to land an NBA deal.  What he doesn’t know, and wouldn’t comment on, is if any discriminatory forces are playing a role in his ongoing free agency.  Either way, Collins will continue to explore an NBA deal before he considers playing overseas.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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