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.”