Earlier today the four new teams set to join the G-League next season held their expansion draft. The new franchises making the picks were the Erie BayHawks, Wisconsin Herd, Memphis Hustle and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. [Ed. note: what a name!]
The rules of the expansion draft were as follows: There were 11 rounds total, with no more than two players may be selected for each team . The selected players’ rights will be retained for two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Also, the protected and unprotected list where not revealed so no one really knows which players each team was keen on keeping.
In the first round of the draft, the Erie BayHawks selected DeAndre Daniels from the Raptors 905. Daniels was drafted by the Raptors with the 37th pick in 2014 but never suited up for a game with the Raptors. The Raptors also renounced his rights this summer. Daniels played with the 905 in 2016 but only appeared in eight games due to injury. He averaged a modest 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. It is unclear if Daniels will actually make it to the BayHawks or continue his career abroad.
In the eighth round, the 905 also lost James Siakam, the brother of actual Raptor Pascal. Siakam was drafted by the Wisconsin Herd after being in training camp with the 905 this year. It is unknown if Siakam even played basketball last year, and like many players selected it is unknown if he will even suit up in the G-League.
While it’s not the best feeling to just lose players from the team, the expansion draft should count as a win for the 905. Neither Daniels or Siakam had much of a role on the title-winning team last year and it stands to reason neither was expected to be a part of the team this coming season.