Either way, don’t expect Mayo back in the NBA within two years. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (emphasis mine):
Section 11. Dismissal and Disqualification. (a) A player who, under the terms of this Agreement, is “dismissed and disqualified from any association with the NBA or any of its Teams in accordance with the provisions of Section 11(a)” shall, without exception, immediately be so dismissed and disqualified for a period of not less than two (2) years, and such player’s Player Contract shall be rendered null and void and of no further force or effect (subject to the provisions of paragraph 8 of the Uniform Player Contract). Such dismissal and disqualification shall be mandatory and may not be rescinded or reduced by the player’s Team or the NBA.
Mayo will be 30 by the time he can return – and there’s no guarantee the NBA allows him back then. Per the CBA, “the reinstatement shall be granted only with the prior approval of both the NBA and the Players Association, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.” Considering Mayo also played terribly last season, he might struggle to draw suitors even if eligible.
To attend training camp, a player must have a valid NBA contract. Presumably, Jerrett’s contract is just partially guaranteed.
The Trail Blazers have 14 players – one fewer than the regular-season roster limit – with fully guaranteed salaries. Jerrett will probably compete with Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed) and Luis Montero (unguaranteed) for the final spot. Portland doesn’t have its own D-League affiliate, so this appears to be a genuine chance to for Jerrett to stick.
Jerrett was actually drafted by the Trail Blazers (No. 40 in 2013), but they were picking for the Thunder. He spent nearly all his first pro season in the D-League then split his rookie NBA year between Oklahoma City and Utah in 2014-15. The Jazz waived him entering last season despite his fully guaranteed salary.
Jerrett’s outside shooting stroke and 6-foot-10 frame offer intrigue. His athleticism was also a plus coming out of Arizona, though that’s more in question after multiple injuries. Jerrett will have to shoot a little better than he has or improve his complementary skills to make it in the NBA.
Drummond continues to work on free throws, along with his footwork, though he dismisses any suggestion he should try shooting them underhand.
“I’m just really just continuing to work on back-to-the-basket stuff,” he said, “and working on getting better from the foul line. I’m going to stick with the formula I have now.”
Drummond has made 38% of his free throws in his four-year NBA career, never shooting better than 42% in a season. He has tweaked his form several times without ever finding sustained success.
Will this new method work? I doubt it. Drummond clearly faces major mental and mechanical issues at the line.
But it’s worth trying whatever he believes will work. If he’s not sold on underhanded free throws, those won’t work either. He needs to be confident in his plan – even if it’s not the one the curious public longs for him to try.
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