Charles Rhodes Conspicuously Absent From NBDL Draft List
Posted by Kyle Weidie on November 7, 2008
After Charles Rhodes was cut by the Dallas Mavericks, I assumed he might make himself eligible for the November 7th NBDL draft, also factoring into my assumption that most European leagues had already begun season play. However, Ridiculous Upside posted the final list for tonight’s NBDL draft and Rhodes is nowhere to be found. Interesting.
I did some brief web searching to see if I could find the 411 on C-Rhodes, but all I came up with was a 40-year old Charles Rhodes who was arrested in Lake County, FL for running a meth lab, another Charles Rhodes who won some sort of local election somewhere, and yet another Charles Rhodes who plays college basketball for the Chowan Hawks.
So why would Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes decline an NBDL opportunity? Draft Express has some good background on the NBDL draft:
To become eligible for the D-League draft, a player must contact the league office, and sign a general player contract with the league. The league determines if the player receives an A, B, or C level contract. Every team is only allowed a select number of A and B players, so they must use those spots wisely. D-League salaries have increased slightly this year. The C contract will be worth $15,000 this season, up from $12,000 last season. The B level contract pays $20,000 this season (up from 18k), and the A contract will be worth $25,000 (up from 24k). These contracts become voided if a team gets a call-up from an NBA team, but are signed for one year otherwise. If a D-League player wants to leave for Europe, they must first arrange a buyout for their contract. The buyout is $30,000.00 from December 31st to the end of the Season in April 2008, $15,000.00 if you get out the contract before the Draft on November 1, 2007, and $20,000.00 from November 2, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
As you can see by the dates, this info is actually from November 2007, prior to last year’s NBDL season, but I don’t think the fact that D-League contracts don’t pay much has changed. And that’s the Catch-22 faced by a lot of players. Do you play in the confines of your home country, and closer to an NBA call-up? Or do you head overseas to a foreign league that pays much more (such as those in Italy, Spain, Russia, and Greece)?
Stay tuned for more information……