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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……

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Charles Rhodes Cut by Dallas Mavericks

Posted by Kyle Weidie on October 20, 2008

Judging by his meager playing time with the Mavs in the preseason, the writing was already on the wall for former Mississippi State Bulldog, Charles Rhodes.

On Tuesday evening, the Dallas Morning News reported that Rhodes was the first player to be waived by the Mavericks before the upcoming 08-09 NBA season.

In late September, Rhodes was being considered by a top professional team in Spain. However, as previously reported blogged, most European leagues are already entrenched in season play. The Spanish league started in the first week of October, and Jamont Gordon obviously already has several games for his Italian team under his belt.

Rhodes’ best bet might be trying to make a name for himself in the NBDL. The 2008 D-League draft will take place on Friday November 7th and will be broadcast live on NBA TV.  Should Rhodes hold the NBDL as an option, keep an eye on the blog Ridiculous Upside, which provides excellent coverage of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Stay tuned…..

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Charles Rhodes Drafted!

Posted by Kyle Weidie on September 24, 2008

Still wondering about the professional basketball prospects of Mississippi State’s Charles Rhodes? Yea, me too.

Last I heard about Rhodes, he went from showing he belonged in the NBA, to mulling over European offers (vs. training camp with the Dallas Mavericks), to possibly joining forces with Jamont Gordon in Italy.

Well, last night, Charles Rhodes finally got drafted….by someone. The Continental Basketball Association held their draft on Tuesday evening and Rhodes was selected in the 3rd round (12th overall) by the East Kentucky Miners.

The CBA….it’s not doing so well. Dubbed as the “World’s Oldest League,” the CBA stuck around for several decades…until Isiah Thomas came along in 1999. Under the watch of Thomas, the CBA went bankrupt and ceased operations by 2001. That fall, some remaining CBA teams merged with teams from the International Basketball League (IBL), but continued to be called the CBA.

Since, the league has struggled, mostly due to the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) and its official association with the NBA.  The CBA website currently lists 11 teams, however, Wikipedia lists only six teams, and only five participated in the draft.

So, while the CBA would be considered the last of the last options for Charles Rhodes, at least someone is showing him some love.

[UPDATE: The CBA Draft Party for the East Kentucky Miners was held at Applebee’s — Go America!]

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