NBA Update: Former Blue Devils

While the summer is certainly a busy time when identifying the future of the program, there are a number of happenings with those players who have helped shape the Blue Devils' past as well. TDD runs down the latest news and notes from the NBA off-season.

Contract Signings/Updates:
  • Dahntay Jones: The 6'5 wing guard and defensive specialist has signed a four year free agent deal with the Indiana Pacers for just over $11M. Last season, as a member of the Denver Nuggets, Jones started 71 games averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds. in 18 minutes per night.
  • Gerald Henderson: has also agreed to terms with the Charlotte Bobcats. Per the team's policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, under the NBA's rookie pay scale, the former Duke star will receive about $1.6 million next season and $1.75 million a year later. The Bobcats hold options for a third year at about $1.88 million and a fourth season at $2.58 million. Since the Bobcats are not fielding a Summer League team, Henderson will suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves' team in Las Vegas later this month.
  • Grant Hill: has re-signed with the Phoenix Suns - opting to stay with his current team over free agent offers from the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics among others. Hill's new deal with worth $3M for the 2009-2010 season with a $3.24M player option for the 2010-2011 season.
  • DeMarcus Nelson: the former Blue Devil who went from un-drafted free agent to opening night NBA starter in 2008, will be playing for a spot on the Bulls' roster this summer in the Vegas Summer League. Currently, Nelson's deal is not guaranteed. However, for the Bulls to waive Nelson, Anthony Roberson, and Linton Johnson, the team would be falling to just 11 rostered players -- two below the league minimum of 13. Because of that, Chicago would have to find replacements which may not be possible.
  • Shelden Williams: now a free agent and former lottery pick, Williams is looking to catch on with a fourth team after being traded from the Kings to the Timberwolves during the middle of the season. Rumors are that Washington may be interested in the big forward.
    Injuries
  • Mike Dunleavy, Jr.: One of the reasons for acquiring Jones was to provide the Pacers some depth on the wing since former Blue Devil Mike Dunleavy is not expected to return to the club until closer to 2010 as he continues to rehab from a March 4th surgery on his knee. Over the last few weeks Dunleavy has been down in Florida watching the team's summer league team. He is expected to begin running again when he returns to Indianapolis.
  • Luol Deng: is close to returning to full workouts according to Bulls' head coach Vinny Del Negro. Since his season ended February 28th with a right tibia stress fracture, Deng has been concentrating on lifting weights and stationary shooting. Now, according to the coach, the 6'8 combo forward is looking to "up his cardio in order to get back to a level that he's comfortable with".
  • Josh McRoberts: In the Orlando Summer League, the former Duke big man suffered a sprained left ankle that sidelined him after the Pacers' first two games. In those two games McRoberts started twice and averaged 7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16 minutes per contest.

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