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.
Indiana's Christian Watford will play on both the Pacers and
Mavericks summer league teams, according to a source. He had about 8
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
"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."