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Other non-roster players vying for spots are Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova, Miami (Fla.) forward Kenny Kadji, St. Bonaventure forward Michael Lee, Georgetown center Henry Sims, Central Florida guard Jermaine Taylor and former first-round pick Elliot Williams, a guard from Memphis. Dellavedova signed a partially guaranteed, two-year deal and is expected to secure the third-point guard spot. That leaves six other players vying for one spot.
The Rockets drafted Parsons with the 38th pick in 2012 and signed him to a four-year that guaranteed Houston could keep him with a salary under $1 million in each of those four seasons. It wasn’t the first four-year deal for a second-round pick, but as Parsons emerged into a well-rounded NBA starter, it quickly became the most famous-slash-infamous of such deals. Cap experts and union officials estimate that about a half-dozen second-round picks have received four-year deals in the last half-decade, and Houston helped pioneer the process before Parsons in deals for Chase Budinger, Joey Dorsey, and Jermaine Taylor. (The Spurs also did this with DeJuan Blair, as did the Kings with Hassan Whiteside.)
Bill Oram: 24 guys attending Jazz mini-camp. Brace yourselves: Dee Bost, Will Buford, Xavier Gibson, Drew Gordon, JaMychal Green, Rodney Green, Jorge Gutierrez, Marquez Haynes, Lazar Hayward, Cedric Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Rick Jackson, D.J. Kennedy, Travis Leslie, Rasid Mahalbasic, Toure Murry, Harouna Mutombo, Arinze Onuaku, Josh Owens, Chris Roberts, Henry Sims, Jermaine Taylor, Chris Wright and Luke Zeller.
This week, the Suns worked out a number of shooting guards and small forwards including Jermaine Taylor, Michael Finley and Al Thornton among others. Yesterday, the Clippers held a workout of their own that was attended by Taylor, Finley and Bobby Simmons. Both teams will continue to evaluate players and weigh their options in the coming weeks.
CFF: There’s a lot of NBA players that will go the foreign route because of the lockout. What do you think of that? Taylor: No one wants to sit around and not do anything. We’re basketball players; this is what we’ve been doing our whole lives. I don’t want to take a break from basketball. I think everyone who has the opportunity (to play overseas) whether they are getting paid a lot of money or not, just for the experience will play.
Central Florida Future: Since the NBA lockout is in full effect, what have you been up to? Jermaine Taylor: I’m just enjoying the time that I have off, training every day. There’s a gym right across the street from my apartment in Miami, I have a personal trainer there that I train with every day. No one really knows where this lockout is going. Right now I might go overseas. There are a lot of great offers. I just need to make my decision, and I’m waiting on what happens with the lockout.
CFF: The Kings waived you at the end of the season; how did that go down? Taylor: With Sacramento, I told the owner, “If I’m not in your plans for next season, if I’m not going to play 20-30 minutes a game, then let me go so I can find some place I can place where I can prove myself.” CFF: Is that the main thing that you will be looking for when looking to sign with a team? The ability to play 20-30 minutes a game? Taylor: That’s got to be the first thing. How many guards they have, if I’m going to get playing time. I cannot, can’t, don’t want to sit on the bench another year. It’s really frustrating for me. Whatever team that can give me the best opportunity to play is where I’m going to go.
CFF: You’re a free agent now so you’re free to sign where you please. How do you think that will go? Taylor: I think it’s going to go really well. When I was released by the Kings, right when teams were able to communicate with me, 16 teams hit me up that were interested. So I feel really good about being a free agent. I’m really just looking to play. I’ve been in the league two, going on three, years, and no one has really given me a chance. I just want to produce. I’m really just waiting on someone to give me a chance. I’m a small-town kid so no one knows what I can do. With being a free agent, I can look for that opportunity. That’s why I’m so excited.
In a business as calculated and fast paced as the NBA, nothing is ever guaranteed. For former UCF star and Central Florida raised Jermaine Taylor, that truth might not ever ring louder to him than it does right now. The shooting guard was waived by the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, playing there since a December 15th trade sent him from Houston after being a Rocket for a year plus. He had two years remaining on his deal, but they were non-guaranteed if he was let go before August 1st. “I wasn’t surprised at all,” said Taylor on his release. “It’s something that I asked for during the exit meeting. I got a sure opportunity to play and just like that it was taken away from me. I started to see myself next season, the way things were looking; it was going to be the same thing with Marcus Thornton and just the entire roster.”