HoopsHype Josh Huestis rumors

November 3, 2014 Updates

The Thunder will not consider bringing up their second first-round pick, Josh Huestis. He agreed to spend his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League, rather than the Thunder, as part of a Draft-day arrangement. While Huestis is doing well so far with the Blue, if there's one area where OKC still has a couple of bodies, it's at the wing positions Huestis would probably play. NBA.com

July 25, 2014 Updates

The Thunder selected Stanford's Huestis with the No. 29 pick in this year's draft, a spot where players normally receive immediate guaranteed contracts for two seasons with two team option years thereafter. But in this case the Thunder are sending Huestis to their D-League affiliate for a year to play on a significantly reduced salary -- an estimated $25,000 instead of $750,000 -- with the potential of starting the standard NBA rookie contract a year or two later. (The D-League's 66ers were moved from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this offseason.) In essence, the Thunder are treating Huestis like an international player that stays overseas for years before coming stateside. Except in this case he's being sent to the D-League, where wages are minimal, instead of Europe or China, where they often exceed $1 million a season. (First-round pick Dario Saric, for example, is being paid just shy of $3 million to stay in Turkey this season in lieu of joining the Sixers.) SB Nation

July 23, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: Talked earlier today with Mitchell Butler, agent for Josh Huestis. Said D-League deal was pre-arranged before the draft with OKC. Butler was not sure if Huestis would get drafted in either 1st/2nd round, viewed D-League promise as best means of guaranteeing being picked. Butler insisted arrangement did not violate rules against pre-draft discussion of player compensation. A gray area, but seems like semantics. Huestis, Butler says, was fine w/ arrangement. Didn't want to go to Europe, would do D-League thing only for two franchises: OKC, Spurs. Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

July 19, 2014 Updates

But with Josh Huestis, a first-round selection, the Thunder could be on the verge of breaking ground. As the 29th overall pick, Huestis would become the first player selected in the first round to forgo his rookie season to sign in the D-League. In other words, he’d be the first-ever domestic “draft-and-stash” player. NBA teams have long drafted international players and left them overseas, developing on someone else’s dime. But if Huestis signs with the 66ers as expected, he’ll be an American-born, American-bred prospect who, as a first-round pick, could be the flag-bearer for how the NBA envisions the future of the D-League. Oklahoman

Committing to this route requires some sacrifice on Huestis’ part. His rookie scale contact would pay him slightly more than $1 million next season. His D-League deal will pay him approximately $25,000. But Huestis, a Stanford grad whose maturity and presence wowed those in attendance at his introductory press conference, likely is looking at the big picture and taking a more long-term approach. Joining the Thunder would guarantee more money, but it wouldn’t come complete with playing time. He’d likely be stashed in the D-League anyway or, worse, drafted much later (or not at all) and subject to a non-guaranteed contract in the second round. He’d then have to fight to make a roster or head overseas in search of a professional playing career. Oklahoman

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Charles F. Gardner: Another player working out for Bucks was forward Josh Huestis from Stanford. It was his sixth NBA workout. And he said he has "8 or 9 more." Huestis hails from Great Falls, Mont., and wants to follow in footsteps of Larry Krystkowiak, who made it to bigs from Montana. Twitter @cf_gardner

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