Oct 14th: Former Celtic/Knick J.R. Giddens seeking bigger pay and more PT overseas.
From rediculousupside.com: "...J.R. Giddens to forego a few months in the D-League while staying relevant with NBA talent evaluators and instead chasing more lucrative European paycheck..."
Giddens, drafted with the 30th pick by the C's in 2008 and eventually sent to the Knicks along with Eddie House and Bill Walker for Nate Robinson, will now play with Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
From euroleague.com: "Asseco Prokom Gdynia added more scoring punch to an already deep backcourt by signing shooting guard J.R. Giddens for the coming season. Giddens (196, 25) arrives after playing two seasons in the NBA with Boston and New York. Last season he appeared in 21 games for Boston and 11 for New York, averaging 2.1 points per game. He also spent time on loan last season with Maine in the NBDL, where Giddens produced 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Giddens played college basketball for the University of Kansas and later for the University of New Mexico, where he was named the 2008 Mountain West Conference co-Player of the Year. Prokom will be his first team in Europe."
JR was invited to the Kings training camp this year and most likely would have ended up in the D-League. I liked JR and still think he has a shot to play in the NBA. So maybe his time spent overseas will be productive. All I can say is the best of luck to JR and I hope he finds his way back.