HoopsHype Chris Douglas-Roberts rumors

January 6, 2013 Updates

The Mavericks waived swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts on Sunday, opening up a roster spot to potentially sign a player to a 10-day contract. Douglas-Roberts, who was promoted from the D-League Texas Legends, averaged 2.8 points in six games for the Mavs. His contract would have become fully guaranteed Monday afternoon. ESPN.com

December 29, 2012 Updates

Chris Douglas-Roberts: Those of you who know me, also know my story. However, I’ll give you a brief on the last couple of months and how I handled each situation. When I got back from Italy after the lockout year, I was a unrestricted free agent. Teams were afraid to sign me. Not because I lacked skill, but because I developed a reputation for having a bad attitude. Early in my career I was very immature. I handled a lot of situations the wrong way. I simply didn’t know how to be a professional, but it was never in a harmful way. I was just young. I owned it though. I took responsibility for my past. Because of that, I matured. I could’ve pointed the finger and used excuses as a crutch, but I didn’t. I knew I was an NBA player. I knew I belonged, but I also knew my road back was going to be rocky. Humble Flashy

Chris Douglas-Roberts: Everyday I played well and practiced well. Kobe continued to mentor me along the way. The Laker fans embraced me. I just knew I was in. Then I got a call from Leon (my agent) saying they were going to let me go. They told me I played great. The numbers on the business side just wouldn’t work. It was one of the worst phone calls I’ve ever gotten, but I was at peace because I knew I played my ass off. I brought it every day. My motto is “control what you can control” and I did that. That didn’t matter though. Once it got released that the Lakers let me go, the people thought it was due to my game. People had jokes. People wrote me off. It was embarrassing. However, I took positives away from my month with the Lakers too. I developed a relationship with Kobe Bryant. He showed me how to be a pro. He showed me real work ethic. Playing against him everyday made me so much of a better player. He understood me. Humble Flashy

Chris Douglas-Roberts: I turned down seven figures overseas to follow my heart. When your passionate about your craft, the money doesn’t matter. I humbled myself and signed with the Dallas Mavericks D-League affiliate. Instead of complaining about not being in the NBA. I made up in my mind that I was going to be the best player in the D-League. Vowed not to take a day off. I was on a mission. Humble Flashy

December 23, 2012 Updates
December 22, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks, league sources told ESPN, will be calling up Chris Douglas-Roberts from the Frisco-based Texas Legends to replace Fisher. Widely rated as the top current NBA prospect in the D-League, Douglas-Roberts is scheduled to play for the Legends in Saturday night's home game against Iowa before joining the Mavericks on Sunday in San Antonio. ESPN.com

The Mavericks are eager to see if Douglas-Roberts can give them the backcourt scoring and penetration they've been seeking after his time in the NBA's developmental league, but sources said that Dallas is likewise expected to continue exploring potential trade options to strengthen its point guard position, which has been a problem all season. ESPN.com

December 21, 2012 Updates

Waiving Howard creates an open roster spot for a small forward who can defend. The options include signing swingman James Anderson, cut just Thursday by San Antonio, or a veteran sitting at home such as Michael Redd, who has had knee problems of his own; pulling a wing player such as Chris Douglas-Roberts or Coby Karl, who played on the Wolves' summer league team, from the Development League; or trading for a player such as Raja Bell, who is sitting home in exile from Utah. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 20, 2012 Updates
December 12, 2012 Updates

Seven out of nine D-League executives and coaches voted Chris Douglas-Roberts the player most likely to get called up by an NBA team. CDR has been that good with the Legends. The former Net (and Laker and Mav) is currently leading the NBADL in scoring at 27.8 ppg with great percentages from all over the court. "His ability to score the basketball is as good as anyone I've seen in my years in the D-League," one of the executives polled said. "He's a fluid player, can score with guys hanging all over him." HoopsHype

December 7, 2012 Updates

That level of accommodation, however, is hardly the rule. Douglas-Roberts didn't know much about his living situation before heading to Europe, choosing Bologna over Russian and Chinese opportunities since he thought it would be safer for his family. “I didn't expect it to be similar to how I was living in the United States. I didn't expect it to be anything like the NBA,” Douglas-Roberts says. “I had a great experience, you know, but I feel that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. It was good, and I had my highs and lows. But the lows were really low.” Grantland

Not only did Douglas-Roberts continually feel like “the foreigner,” as he found it hard to communicate with his teammates, but some of the adjustments exceeded even his worst expectations. “I didn't have hot water some days, I didn't have heat in the winter,” he says. “Where we practiced, the showers were filled with mold. It was really unsanitary. I couldn't really adjust to [it] when I was over there all year. It was a struggle every day.” Grantland

November 23, 2012 Updates

Douglas-Roberts is a prime example of what life in the NBADL is about. He has NBA talent and has been a part-time starter during his three- year career. Now, he’s trying to get back. “Sometimes, the NBA isn’t just about basketball,” Douglas-Roberts said. “It’s about business and it’s about being in the right place at the right time and the right system at the right time. I feel I’m an NBA player. So instead of going overseas and chasing the money, I’m going to be here for however long I’m here. “It’s a humbling experience. We don’t stay in hotels I’m used to. The per diem envelope is a little thinner. But overall, this can’t do anything but make me better and stronger.” Dallas Morning News

November 13, 2012 Updates

Adelman said there have been internal discussions about whom the team might add. That list likely includes free-agent wings Mikael Pietrus, Josh Howard and Chris Douglas-Roberts along with Utah's Raja Bell, who has been exiled from the Jazz. "I couldn't even tell you," Adelman said when asked about getting an injury exemption. "We're just trying to get through this game. I haven't even asked about that." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 29, 2012 Updates

No, his release from the Lakers didn't end his tenure in Los Angeles---the Mavericks did. The fellow perennial signed CDR (along with fellow NBA veteran Melvin Ely) to a contract just this past Saturday. In a bit of a surprising move, however, Dallas subsequently waived both players the very next day. Some people may have been left wondering why. Perhaps the Mavericks were curious about Douglas-Roberts enough to warrant scooping him up for their own D-League squad, the Texas Legends. By becoming the last team to sign him to a contract, Dallas now owns the guard's NBADL rights, should he choose to go that route to help secure another spot on an NBA roster. Ridiculous Upside

October 28, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks stints of Melvin Ely and Chris Douglas-Roberts didn't even last as long as Delonte West's first suspension this month. The Mavs waived Ely and Douglas-Roberts on Sunday morning, before they even practiced with the team. It's a good bet that they'll end up on the roster of the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate. The Legends now own the rights of both players. ESPN.com

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