Mike Gansey signs to play in Spain

August 19, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Mike Gansey #20 of the West Virginia Mountaineers shoots against Kyle Lowry #13 of the Villanova Wildcats during the semifinal round of the Big East Men's Basketball Championship on March 11, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former West Virginia Mountaineer cager Mike Gansey has signed a contract to play for the CB Canarias of the LEB Gold League in Spain for the 2010 season. Gansey had at least one offer to join an NBA camp, but when he looked over the roster Gansey decided to take the overseas job at six figures as opposed to joining a camp, getting cut and winding up back in the D-League. Gansey was quoted by GoErie.com saying, “I’m definitely making a heck of a lot more than I did in the D-League, that’s for sure.”
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Devin Ebanks and Derrick Character sign with Lakers

August 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  Devin Ebanks #3 of the West Virginia Moutaineers grabs a rebound against the Dayton Flyers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On Thursday the Los Angles Lakers inked Devin Ebanks to a minimum non-guaranteed deal worth $473,604. There still remains the formality of training camp and officially making the team, overall things are looking great for Devin. The Lakers also signed their other second round pick Derrick Caracter to a similar minimum non-guaranteed deal. The addition of the two rookies gives the Lakers 14 players under contract, so both will have a lot to prove for playing time. The question is if Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum can come back strong from injury problems. Ebanks and Caracter give them plenty of depth if those guys need extra time to be ready.

This happened while I was away on a little vacation, so I’m a couple of days late. It sucks because Devin Ebanks posts account for about 50% of my views, with the Da’Sean Butler posts being the other 50. I’ll take it, I’m happy Devin now has some ink to go along with his relationship with the Lakers. If LA had not signed them, I would have looked pretty stupid looking back on some old posts.

The Da’Sean Butler situation explained by HeatHoops.net

August 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers smiles during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After being fairly convinced that Da’Sean would be left off the 2010 Miami Heat roster, I have found hope. After many a search, and even trying to read the CBA, I finally found a source that explaines everything going on behind the scenes. Here is the meat of the article from HeatHoops.net.
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Is there room for Da’Sean Butler on the 2010 Miami Heat roster?

July 26, 2010

July 09, 2010 - Miami, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02243312 LeBron James (R) joins with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade (C) and Chris Bosh (L) during NBA basketball team Miami Heat's 'HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event' at the American Airlines arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 09 July 2010. The Miami Heat reached an agreement with LeBron James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, and sign with the Miami Heat.

I’ve spent a lot of time this summer following the exploits of Devin Ebanks, but have yet to mention De’Sean Butler. Butler was one of three players selected in the second round by the Miami Heat, and at first I thought things looked pretty good for making the roster despite the knee rehab. After all, in an attempt to keep D. Wade, and draw in some of his buddies they had cleared just about every roster spot. After the signing of the Big 3, I thought great, now they can’t afford to not sign him. After the Big 3 madness, the Heat started signing veteran players left and right. Mike Miller, Zydrunas Illgauskas, and Juwan Howard all inked deals, while also resigning Udonis Haslem, James Jones, Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, and Carlos Arroyo.
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Lakers sign two vets, Ebanks and Caracter next

July 24, 2010
May 18, 2010 - Orlando, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02163462 Orlando Magic's Matt Barnes makes a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first period of game two of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, USA, 18 May 2010. The Celtics hold a one game to none lead in the best of seven series.

As I predicted, the Lakers signed two veteran players to fill out the bench Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff. Theo Ratliff is an aging shot blocker and averaged 16 min per game last year. Not much to that one, he is a good locker room guy and can fill some space if Bynum or Gasol are out. Barnes is a 6-7 Small Forward, played all of last season with the Orlando Magic, averaging 26 minutes, 8 points and 5 boards. At first he had announced he was signing with the Toronto Raptors, then some kind of salary cap mumbo jumbo ended up preventing that deal.  Barnes then signed with LA due to more cap gobeldegook that I have sent to a team of researchers to study.  The results are expected back in 6-8 weeks.

The good news is that leaves two spots left on the roster that are all but signed sealed and delivered to Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter. The bad news, while Barns is certainly an upgrade to the Lakers roster, I don’t like the signing. What I really care about is Devin Ebanks, and he just got a tougher battle for minutes. The Lakers did have him playing some 2 in the Vegas Summer League, but that is where Kobe roams, so there is not much room there either. Overall I’ll take it, its a long season, we will see Devin on the floor at some point.

If you care for more than Ebanks and think of the Lakers as a whole, the long version is here, that guy really loves him some Lakers.