D-League continues its growth

“Peyton Siva surprised a lot of people when he agreed to sign with the Magic.

For one thing, the Magic already had a full roster of 15 players (all on guaranteed contracts). And while Orlando has not been shy about dumping players that do not fit the team’s plans before their contracts run out, investing in a young player on a full roster seemed shaky.

Then the news came out from Marcus Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Siva was signing what amounted to a minor-league contract. Siva would join the Magic for the preseason, would then be waived before the season begins and then play the season in the D-League while the Magic would retain his rights. You would assume he would then be in the lead position to sign with the team next season.

It was a strange arrangement for a player who has had some effective time in the NBA (24 games for the Pistons last year and 12.9 points per game in 12 appearances for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League). But it is also an arrangement which shows that the D-League is continuing to gain force and stature among NBA hopefuls.

The D-League is becoming more than just a viable option, but a real place to learn about playing the game professionally and developing skills.”

Philip Rossman-Reich, Crossover Chronicles