NBA D-League Expansion Draft Set For September 24
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2008 – The NBA Development League’s two expansion teams, the Erie BayHawks and Reno Bighorns, will take the first step towards formulating their rosters for the 2008-09 season with the 2008 NBA D-League Expansion Draft on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.
Reno will select first, as determined by a random drawing, in the 10-round Expansion Draft, which will be conducted via teleconference at 2 p.m. ET from the NBA D-League Office in New York City. Erie will select second. The order of selection will alternate in each round, such that the team selecting second in the first round (Erie) will select first in the second round.
Media and fans are invited to listen to live streaming audio of the the Expansion Draft at 2 p.m. ET.
The list of available players is comprised of the 55 unprotected players from 2007-08 NBA D-League teams. NBA D-League teams were each able to protect up to 10 players from their 2007-08 end-of-season rosters. Immediately following the draft, each team will submit a draft list of its selected players, in order of preference, to the D-League Office.
“The Expansion Draft gives incoming teams an opportunity to begin crafting their 2008-09 rosters,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. “It affords Erie and Reno the opportunity to draft the rights to returning players with D-League experience.”