NBA Training Camp Primer: Signings, Rumors and Analysis

Rob MahoneyNBA Lead WriterSeptember 19, 2012

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NBA training camps kick off in a little more than a week, meaning that teams around the league have a brief opportunity to make some last minute additions to their preseason rosters.

Those left in the player pool by this point in the offseason have little more to hope for than a roster spot; with rotations more or less established by the natural order of preconstructed rosters, the unsigned are looking to compete for a one-year deal or merely participating in camp for the sake of equity.

Nevertheless, many on the fringe are worthy NBA talents, and others are—if nothing else—notable names:


Adam Morrison
Linked team: Portland Trail Blazers
Source: Joe Freeman, The Oregonian (via PBT)

Morrison gets the local favorite/comeback candidate double-whammy for a Blazers team that can afford to take chances at this point; after all, with Portland's immediate playoff candidacy mortgage and a rebuild in progress, why not take a chance on a once-potent scorer?

There are still plenty of question marks surrounding a faded college star who thrived on the most inefficient shot in basketball (the mid-range jumper), but I doubt the Blazers are alone in their curiosity regarding Morrison. He had a pretty decent showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, and could theoretically provide some decent shot creation off the bench somewhere down the line.


Josh Harrellson
Linked team: Miami Heat
Source: Team release

Harrellson's inclusion in Heat training camp is now official, and based on the compatibility of his skill set with the rest of Miami's personnel, I'd be a bit surprised if he didn't end up making the final cut.

One gets the sense that the Heat's patience with former second-round pick Dexter Pittman is wearing a bit thin, and Harrellson could step in to provide a legitimately positive impact in lieu of Pittman's unproductive spot minutes.

Big men who can both rebound and space the floor are valuable in any context, but on a team with two top-tier ball-handlers, Harrellson's value skyrockets.


Marquis Daniels
Linked team: Milwaukee Bucks
Source: Jessica Camerato, (via PBT)

Health-related complications in the NBA hardly get more dicey than those Daniels has faced over the last few years; the versatile swingman suffered a bruised spinal cord in an on-court collision back in 2011, and since that time his basketball future has been in jeopardy.

The after-effects of that harrowing injury likely follow Daniels to this day, but that doesn't mean he can't provide decent value for an end-of-the-bench utility player.

In Boston, Daniels showed a knack for playing off of undersized combo guards—a skill that could translate well to any number of teams, but surely benefit Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings if need be.

He's capable of hanging with even the tougher perimeter threats defensively, but it's the juxtaposition of his various skills—the ball-handling, the perimeter D, the post work—that makes him more intriguing than your average tryout candidate.


Rasual Butler
Linked team: Milwaukee Bucks
Source: Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via PBT)

Once upon a time, Butler was a solid three-and-D option on the wing in a generation that favored such players. Bruce Bowen paved the way for those of Butler's ilk, and in that tradition the 33-year-old has managed a respectable NBA career.

But with his shooting stroke increasingly inconsistent and his lateral movement slowed, Butler doesn't have a ton to offer. He's good enough to be a practice body, but even those looking at him merely to spread the floor could prove to be disappointed.


Rodney Carney
Linked team: Milwaukee Bucks
Source: Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  (via PBT)

Carney is now in the primer of his basketball-playing career, but has yet to show anything in his game deserving of an NBA roster spot.

He's a decent spot-up shooter, but not quite good enough to be a specialist. He's not a miserable defender, but hasn't shown much aptitude on that end. He isn't a notable rebounder, shouldn't handle the ball and isn't much of a shot creator. Carney isn't bad, but at this point, what's the compelling reason for the Bucks—or any other team—to sign him for the season?


Garrett Temple
Linked team: Miami Heat
Source: Team release

Temple has a well-rounded game, but not a particularly flashy one. That would be a pity under any normal circumstances, but when a training camp invite is on the line, Temple's lack of immediately marketable skill could prove to be his downfall.

Every team has specific things in mind when looking to fill their remaining roster spots, and unfortunately for Temple, Miami isn't exactly in need of a versatile wing.


Flip Murray
Linked team: Memphis Grizzlies
Source: Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk

You've gotta admire a guy for trying to hang around in a league losing its taste for inefficient isolation scorers.