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June 28, 2013

NBA summer league likely next step for Watford

Despite some mention as a potential second round pick, former Indiana forward Christian Watford did not hear his name called last night in Brooklyn during the NBA draft.

The upside is the 6-foot-9 Alabama native is now free to choose where goes next. The first destination is most likely in the NBA Summer Leagues that kick off in July.

"I think I'll let the teams handle that," said IU coach Tom Crean this morning on a conference call. "But there was tremendous traffic as the draft was winding down with head coaches, owners, and GMs."

According to Pacers.com beat reporter Scott Agness, Watford may play in a pair of summer leagues for NBA teams.


The Pacers team will play in the Orlando Summer League that runs from July 7-12. Dallas will field a team in the Las Vegas Summer League that runs from July 12-22.

Summer league teams usually include most of the players picked in the June draft, younger NBA players and other young hopefuls like Watford and players coming back from overseas pro stints.

"He was highly disappointed, there's no question about that," said Crean. "There were quite a few scenarios inside of it, that did not just come to fruition."

The coach added that Watford worked out in "16 or 17 cities" for NBA teams.

"I think he eliminated a lot of questions that people may have had about him," said Crean. "What I (told) him was nobody drafted (former Crean coached) Wes Matthews a couple years ago and two years later he's making $32-34 million."


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