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, "John Hollinger"
> > I've felt that this is a good strategy
> > for high school kids, too. Draft 'em, retain their rights, send
> > overseas. Same big upside with same lack of real knowledge. It's
> > a gamble.
> Interesting you mention that. Minnesota did it last year with Rick
> Rickert, and several years ago the Nets did it with P.J. Brown.
> The prob is that the player has to agree to play in Europe, whereas
> if you draft a European, he's usually already under contract to a
> European team and has to be bought out to get him to the states. So
> unless you make alternate arrangements, the "default" is that the
> Americans you draft are going to try to make the team right away and
> the Europeans are going to stay over there until their contract runs
Isn't this one of the reasons the developmental league is being pushed