RICHMOND, Va. – Troy Daniels shuffled onto campus Friday a man at ease. Wearing a white t-shirt, basketball shorts and sandals, the former VCU sharpshooter met with reporters to discuss his NBA future, a future which will run through Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C. He appeared relaxed, and for good reason.
Daniels revealed Thursday night he’d signed a free agent deal with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Roanoke, Va. native will play for the Bobcats’ summer league squad in Las Vegas July 12-22. If Daniels performs well in Vegas, he can earn a training camp slot with the Bobcats. Daniels said his deal with Charlotte does allow for the possibility to play for another franchise in the Orlando Summer League July 7-12.
Thursday’s topsy-turvy NBA Draft was full of surprises, from the Cavaliers’ selection of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall to David Stern’s mischievous crowd prodding. But Daniels’ evening was much predictable. While he held out hope that he’d be drafted, Daniels knew he could fall back on a standing agreement his agent had struck with Charlotte recently if he wasn’t.
In the days leading up to the draft, Daniels was confident a team would give him a shot, one way or another.
“I knew I would get my opportunity, I made the best of my first and second opportunities, and it just carried its weight over to these opportunities,” Daniels said. “Maybe a lot of people are surprised that I’m in the summer leagues and teams are really interested in me, but not me.”
Daniels, who averaged 12.3 points per game and hit a school-record 124 three-pointers this year, participated in workouts with a number of NBA teams in recent weeks, Houston, Indiana and Boston among them. He did not work out for Charlotte individually. Daniels was involved, however, in a predraft workout at Barclays Center that was said to include representatives of all 30 NBA franchises.
“My agent said they really, really liked me,” Daniels said. “They just didn’t have a second round pick, so that’s probably why it didn’t work out for them.”
On paper, the Bobcats appear to be a good fit for Daniels. While Charlotte’s 21-61 record this season implies a number of deficiencies, the Bobcats ranked 27th of 30 teams in 3-point percentage (.335) and makes (469). Daniels, meanwhile, was one of the most lethal 3-point shooters in the country last season and ranks second in school history with 251 treys. He was 124-of-308 (.403) from beyond the arc last season, many of them from NBA range (23 feet, 9 inches) and beyond. Daniels made more 3-pointers last season in 36 games (124) than Charlotte’s leader, Ben Gordon, did in 75 games (113).
“I’m hearing that they could use a great 3-point shooter, and it’s a great feeling because that’s what I do,” he said.
Daniels will still have to convince the Bobcats he can do more than shoot to remain in Charlotte, but he believes he can become another one of the NBA’s undrafted free agent success stories.
“There’s obviously guys in the league that didn’t get drafted and are doing really, really well,” he said. “I just want to be those guys. It kind of hurt not hearing my name get called yesterday, but at the same time, there’s other doors to me playing in the NBA.”
IN OTHER VCU-RELATED NBA DRAFT NEWS…
Portland selected point guard C.J. McCollum of Lehigh with the 10th overall pick Thursday night, which will likely impact the future of former Ram Eric Maynor. Maynor is a restricted free agent, and Portland will need to make a qualifying offer for 2013-14 to retain his rights. Considering Maynor, McCollum and NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard all play the same position, that appears in doubt.
Agent Andy Miller says he "doubts" Portland will tender $3.4M qualifying offer to backup PG Eric Maynor. Blazers just drafted G CJ McCollum
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) June 28, 2013
Quick, a Portland Trailblazers beat writer, later noted that even if Portland doesn’t tender Maynor, it doesn’t mean the team won’t try to resign him. Maynor, meanwhile, should at least have some more options. In 27 games following a trade from Oklahoma City, Maynor averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in just over 21 minutes for the Blazers while often playing alongside Lillard.
Meanwhile, it appears Darius Theus could also be getting some summer league run. We don’t have much information beyond this Alex Kennedy tweet, but this is great news, possibly, for the former VCU point guard.
Undrafted free agent Darius Theus is considering summer league invites from the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 28, 2013