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The Bucks will hold a free-agent camp Tuesday through Thursday for players who are not draft-eligible. A total of 23 players have been invited, including 12 with previous NBA experience. Among those attending are former Utah Jazz guard Sundiata Gaines, former Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins and former New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets small forward Damion James. Former Marquette guard Dwight Buycks and former Ohio State guard David Lighty also will participate.
While some players, such as former Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins, have actually requested D-League assignments just to get minutes, the stigma of being “sent down” is a paradigm that even Reed admits needs to be overcome. What would help is for a player such as Thabeet — who put up big numbers in his limited D-League stints — to use that experience as a springboard toward fulfilling the potential that got him drafted so high in the first place. “We’re still waiting for the unpolished guy to be sent to the D-League and really take off based on his D-League experience,” said one league source, who added that he doesn’t see Jeremy Lin as an example of that.
First-round picks Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo and second-round choice Kris Joseph all signed contracts yesterday morning, meaning all three will play their first games as Celtics this weekend in the Orlando summer league. The Celtics also added some familiar names to what now is an 11-man lineup, including Craig Brackins, a 6-foot-10 forward and 2010 first-round pick (by Oklahoma Ciy) who played for Philadelphia last season and spent a lot of time with the Celtics’ Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.