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Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

Gallinari leads today’s “who might play in Europe” post

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With the NBA locked out the siren call of playing in Europe is getting a lot of attention. Each day we will bring you updates on who is going, thinking about going, and who is staying.

• Danilo Gallinari of Denver — the Italian forward who was traded from the Knicks to the Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal — told Sportando he “couldn’t rule out” a short stint in Europe. As we have said with other players, Gallinari is under contract with the Nuggets and lockout or no he would need a Letter of Clearance from FIBA to play internationally. Gallinari said he had not really looked into it, but if an entire NBA season were lost and FIBA started handing out those letters, Gallinari likely would have interest.

• We told you yesterday free agent point guard Carlos Arroyo was drawing interest from Italy, but he denies having conversations with Cantu about playing for them next season. (Also from Sportando.)

• David Lightly, the Ohio State shooting guard who was one of the best undrafted players in the 2011 NBA Draft, did sign with Cantu (reports DraftExpress). Lightly is the kind of player who, if there had been a Summer League in Vegas (and in Orlando) he would have had a chance to prove he belonged and may well have landed with a team. But with his chance this season wiped out he makes a smart move to get a sure payday with a good team in Italy.

• The agent for Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said that if there is an extended lockout his client might return to Europe. Like Gallinari, Batum is under contract (with the Blazers) so he would need approval from FIBA to be able to sign overseas.

Six good players not drafted in the NBA

Akron v Notre Dame

The end of the second round of the NBA Draft got ridiculous.

Teams stopped trying to draft guys who could maybe make their team and help and instead drafted ludicrous reaches that they will never have to pay. Ater Majok, Tanguy Ngombo, Chukwudiebere Maduabum — these were strange choices when quality players were on the board. (Yes, I know Manu Ginobili was the No. 57 pick — but that was the Spurs and that was the one guy out of the last decade of drafts.)

Here are six guys that should have been taken instead of them. Guys who will get invited to a camp and impress (Summer League could have really helped these guys, thanks a lot lockout.) There are a lot more than six, but these are just a few as a sample.

David Lightly, 6’7” shooting guard, Ohio State: He’s got good size and he has range on his shot, hitting 42.9 percent from three this past season. He is considered solid at everything but the knock was that he exceled at nothing. He started as a Buckeye with Greg Oden and Mike Conley, some thought he could be a guy who comes in and does the little things.

Demetri McCamey, 6’3” point guard, Illinois: He is a strong, physical point guard who can drive the lane and shot 45.1 percent from three last season. He’s a guy who can pass. We get why he wasn’t drafted — even his coach called him out for off-court distractions and lack of effort — but if you’re a team looking for a talented point guard (Lakers, we’re looking at you) isn’t McCamey a decent gamble?

Ben Hansbrough, 6’3” point guard, Notre Dame: The younger brother of Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough, Ben is a gritty, hard-nosed point guard, which makes him a good defender. He can shoot, 43.5 percent from three last season, but there were questions about his athleticism at the next level. Not the kind of guy scouts drool over, but he gets the job done.

Diante Garrett, 6’4” point guard, Iowa State: He is a guy that has shot up the boards after the season ended, when he got into workouts (starting at Portsmouth). He is big for a PG and has a quick first step, he wants to be a facilitator. Problem is he’s not a great shooter and has the reputation of being turnover prone. Don’t expect much out of him as a rookie but he was a guy who might develop.

Brad Wanamaker, 6’3” point guard, Pittsburgh: A very heady basketball player who just knows how to be a floor general. He’s physically strong and a good passer. There were concerns about his athleticism and his three point shooting, but this is a guy who can lead a team on the floor. You’re telling me some teams couldn’t use a guy like that? He deserved a better shot.

Malcolm Thomas, 6’9” power forward, San Diego State: Kawhi Leonard overshadowed him but Thomas is a smooth player and good athlete who can finish at the rim. He is long, can defend and is a good shot blocker. There are concerns about his size at the four, and he doesn’t have an offensive game outside the paint (his offense is pretty raw generally) but another guy with real potential.