Our NBA Developmental League blog Ridiculous Upside recently got the opportunity to sit down and discuss things with NBA agent (and a D-league agent as well) Bill Neff on a variety of topics, including economic recession and the outlook for the D-league. Neff provided this gem:
The global economy has affected everyone and will affect the D League. There will be fewer callups. I wish it were different. The NBA should be seeking cheap talent but by the way they used the summer leagues and just promote their own players for the most part, they will not be looking to the D League, as they should. They should be encouraging cheap talent. The hybrid teams should attempt to encourage players to come by offering summer league spots but they do not. It is really a waste of a good product to some extent.