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Finally, assuming an NBA team wants him, Banks probably will have to settle for a lot less than the $4.8 million he made a year ago not to play. According to the NBA, a player with eight years of service such as Banks would make a minimum of approximately $100,000 were he to sign a 10-day contract with an NBA team. "I'm good. I'm grinding," Banks said in a brief phone interview last week. "I'm getting myself back in shape, and it's fine" in the D-League. Mike Higgins, Banks' longtime Las Vegas-based agent, said he hasn't abandoned hope that his client can make it back. "I really believe he can still play" in the NBA, Higgins said. "He's got some tread left on his tires from having not played much the last couple of years. He doesn't have the wear and tear that a lot of other players his age and his experience have. "But this league is not easy. It's all about timing." Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Other free-agent point guards include Marcus Banks, whom D’Antoni coached in Phoenix for two seasons, Earl Boykins or a player from the Development League. D’Antoni talked of signing a point guard as a temporary fill-in, because the Knicks may want that last roster spot eventually open for a forward — possibly Kenyon Martin when he’s available in March. “You have three point guards, [one] of them is questionable, one is out and one is hurt,” D’Antoni said. “You think maybe we have to do something. We’ll try to rectify the situation.’’ New York Post

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But apparently, the battle for bragging rights was enough to convince Gay that he would participate in the next show to determine which coast has the best players. After weeks of wrangling and tense negotiations, the Goodman League-Drew League rematch will finally take place on Sunday at Long Beach State University and Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls confirmed that Gay would join forces with Durant, Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley, Sam Young and Donte Greene. Gay, Durant and Wall are also expected to participate in another exhibition game hosted by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Saturday at Florida International University in Miami, but Rawls said all three would complete the difficult back-to-back set. They will meet a fired-up Drew League team eager for revenge and featuring Harden, Jennings, Nick Young, Derrick Williams, DeMar Derozan, Dorell Wright, Craig Smith, Marcus Banks and Ryan Hollins. Washington Post

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Banks, 29, was traded from Toronto to New Orleans last November but never played for the Hornets while stuck behind Chris Paul and Jarrett Jack. He is weighing his international options in lieu of the lockout and still sees plenty of basketball in his future. "The sky is the limit," he said. "I've still at least got a good nine to 10 [years] in me, including the last four overseas. I just love basketball. It doesn't matter where I play, I just want to enjoy it and enjoy my family while I'm doing it." SI.com

NBA journeyman point guard/Drew League regular Marcus Banks was the unwitting object of hoops humor at the MIT Sloan Conference in March, when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told an unflattering story about him in discussing the topic of players who never reached their potential. Banks, the UNLV product who was Boston's No. 13 pick in 2003 when Morey was with the Celtics, had allegedly answered a question about his life aspirations in his predraft interview by saying that he wanted to be a male model. The comment quickly spread on the Internet via social media, and Banks -- the career reserve who has played with five teams in eight seasons -- called Morey not long after to voice his displeasure. SI.com

"I called him that same day," Banks said. "I don't even know where that would come from as far as me quitting basketball and going into modeling. First of all, I'm not that kind of guy. [Basketball] is first priority, second priority, third priority for me as far as what I'm going to do outside of my family. I never ever thought in my life that I wanted to be a model. "I told him, 'I don't understand why you would say that.' I did a couple things as far as [getting] some incentives modeling suits -- Banana Republic, Polo -- stuff like that. But at the end of the day, it ended up in the magazine and that was that. There never was an interest of mine to pursue modeling." SI.com

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Daryl Morey, on first warning sign he saw w/Marcus Banks: when Banks said his main goal was to be a fashion model. Twitter

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