Craig Brackins Rumors

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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.
As reported in the Inquirer this morning, the 76ers have assigned second-year forward Craig Brackins to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Brackins had appeared in eight games this season. “He actually asked for that; I respected that a lot,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said. “He just said, ‘You know, I’ve made a position change and we’re winning and there’s really no place for me to play, and I’d like to go down and play.’ I was proud of Craig. He wants to play and he wants to be in this league and there just weren’t any minutes there for him this year.”
Sixers second year forward Craig Brackins has been assigned to the NBA Development League where he’ll play for the team’s affiliate Maine Red Claws. This will be the fourth time Brackins will head to the D-League. Last season he went three times to the Springfield Armor, the Sixers’ old affiliate, where he averaged 20.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in close to 38 minutes a game.
The first question was about the players that went overseas to play during the lockout: Nikola Vucevic, Lavoy Allen, and Craig Brackins. Rod Thorn: “They are all coming back. Lavoy has a game Friday that he’s going to play in in France and then he’ll be back. Brackins is already back. And then with Nikola, we hope to have him here as quickly as possible. Obviously we have to get a visa in order in order to get him here and we have to have some sort of a contract in order to do that. But all of them will be here. Everybody will be on time — we hope Nikola will be. It may be an extra day for him.”
76ers big man Craig Brackins has signed with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The contract is for less than the entire season, running only through December, and includes an opt-out clause if the currently locked out NBA resumes play before the contract’s conclusion. Terms of the overseas deal were not known, but Brackins is under contract with the Sixers for $1.4 million this season. Brackins, 23, is the second member of the Sixers to sign overseas. Around the NBA, certain players – mostly role players or young guys like Brackins – have opted for overseas contracts during the lockout, which began July 1. Last week, the team’s first-round draft pick, center Nikola Vucevic, signed with KK Buducnost Podgorica in his home country of Montenegro. Vucevic also has an opt-out clause should the NBA resume play.”
According to Brackins’ agent, Andy Miller, the motivating factor in his client’s decision to sign with Maccabi was gaining professional playing experience. While other players have hundreds of games under their belts, Brackins needs as much court time as possible. “We agreed it would help in this period, especially after missing summer league,” said Miller, referring to the cancellation of the NBA’s typical summer schedule, in which Brackins would have played.
The reason for Collins’ travels was his desire to let his players know just what he expected from them during the lockout, presumably including what they should be working on this offseason, and what his team might need from them. Once the lockout began, coaches and front office people are not allowed to make any contact with players. For Collins, an avid texter and enthusiastic communicator, it could cause some serious withdrawal.
Collins met with Thaddeus Young on Monday and with Andre Iguodala on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta for meals with Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams in Atlanta on Wednesday. Later that day, Collins flew to Los Angeles and met with Elton Brand on Wednesday night before getting together with Jrue Holiday yesterday. Collins had previously spoken to both Evan Turner and Craig Brackins in person in Philadelphia and most likely talked to the rest of his players by phone.
Craig Brackins has dutifully been working on all aspects of his game – his handle, perimeter shooting, and his uppercut, just to name a few. Entering his second year with the Sixers, Brackins has been a regular working out at the Sixers practice facility since the season ended. He’s also taken up boxing, and we’re not talking about rebound drills. Twice a week, he goes to a gym in Philadelphia and puts on the boxing gloves to adminster and take a few hits. Yet he’s not doing it to improve his stock as an enforcer. Brackins feels it helps his agility, among other things. “It’s good for hand-eye, footwork and peripheral vision because have to watch out for punches so it’s being aware, cautious,” he said on Monday after he worked out at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I think it can help on defense, understanding where your man is and where the help is coming from and being more aware.”
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have recalled rookie forward Craig Brackins from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was assigned to the Armor on January 15. His first assignment was from November 30 through December 12. In 14 games for Springfield, Brackins averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.00 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game. Over his final three games with the Armor, Brackins averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He leaves the D-League tied for the seventh-highest scoring average of any player this season.
Given the injuries to center Tony Battie (shoulder), swingman Andre Iguodala (Achilles tendinitis), center Spencer Hawes (back), and Nocioni (finger), the Sixers decided against sending rookie Craig Brackins to the NBA Development League. On Saturday, the Sixers were scheduled to send Brackins to the Springfield Armor for his second stint in the D-League, but the team decided to keep him as insurance against injuries.
On Saturday, the 76ers will send rookie Craig Brackins to their affiliate in the NBA Development League, the Springfield Armor. It will be the second D-League assignment for Brackins, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Iowa State University. Though he performs multiple daily workouts, including intervals on the treadmill and on-court sprints, the 23-year-old has gotten very little of the old-fashioned kind of burn: playing time.
Yesterday, Brackins returned to the 76ers after a five-game stint with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League. His average numbers were impressive in those five games – 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. More than numbers, though, it was a chance for Brackins to get back his confidence and work on things that will garner him some minutes with the Sixers. “It was a good experience,” said Brackins, who was deactivated for yesterday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets. “It felt real good. I feel like I’m in better shape now, I got to play, work on my defense. “My focal point was on the defensive end, just trying to get back, working on screen defense, on the ball, pick-and-roll. Just trying to work on stuff they wanted me to work on.”