Anaheim Arsenal to Participate in NBA Development League Expansion Draft
Anaheim, Calif., September 14, 2006-The Anaheim Arsenal announce their participation in the 2006 NBA Development League Expansion Draft that will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 3:00pm ET where they will have the opportunity to draft the rights of 10 players.
The Arsenal, along with the other expansion teams; the Colorado 14ers, Bakersfield Jam and Los Angeles D-Fenders, will be able to take part in the ten-round draft which will be conducted via conference call. The Arsenal will have the third pick in the draft after Colorado and Bakersfield make their selections. An independent agency conducted a random drawing to determine the Expansion Draft order for each of the 10 rounds.
"In the Expansion Draft, we are just trying to find the best available players for our system," said Arsenal head coach, Larry Smith. "We want to find the most quality players that will fit in to our style of play."
The pool of available players is comprised from a list of 44 players that played in the D-League last season but are not currently on a roster. Following the Expansion Draft, each team will submit a preference order list of its selected players to the D-League Office. Four players from that list can be signed to a D-League contract.
"The Expansion Draft is an effort to give new teams an equal footing in regard to rights to returning players," D-League Senior Director of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Chris Alpert said. "The league will sign up to four players from season-ending rosters of returning teams, so this levels the playing field somewhat heading into the regular Draft."
NBADLEAGUE.com and NBA TV will provide extensive coverage of the Expansion Draft. The web site will follow the selection process with live audio of the draft conference call, as well as provide an up to the minute selection tracker.
The regular 2006 NBA D-League Draft is scheduled for November 2, with training camp beginning on November 12. The 2006-07 regular season gets underway Thanksgiving weekend as the Arsenal will take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders on November 24 at 6:00pm in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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