Rashad McCants Joins Texas Legends
McCants, whose rights were acquired by the Legends due to a new D-League rule that allows NBA teams the ability to allocate three players cut during training camp to their D-League affiliate, missed the first three games of the Legends' schedule while weighing his other options that were rumored to include more lucrative overseas offers.
Typically playing outside of the U.S. ends in a case of "out of sight, out of mind," however, and McCants is currently committed to returning to the NBA, seeing the NBA Development League as the quickest way possible.
"I think that playing in the D-League is the quickest option to return to the NBA," McCants told FanHouse. "My decision to stay in the states and enter the D-League was solely based upon my family needs and working with the underprivileged youth and misunderstood kids."
McCants has been very active in helping underprivileged youth this past season while preparing to return to the NBA.
"It is in my passion to help the next generation through Urban Born and Generation 1 Foundation to get to the next level of life, McCants continued. "Regardless if I return to the NBA or not, my pursuit to enhancing the next generation will not stop."
One of McCants' advisers, E. Lindsey Maxwell II, sees McCants' decision to play in the D-League as a solid opportunity to return to the NBA.
"We are happy that he has continued to work to improve both on and off the court. He has taken great steps to surround himself with people who enhance his work ethic," Maxwell said. "He has a good team in place around him. He is clearly the most NBA ready player in the D-League, and we see this as a solid first step in getting him back to the league."
"We are extremely pleased that he has joined a first class organization in Dallas/Frisco and are especially grateful to Mr. Spud Webb who took time even on Thanksgiving night to talk with us to make this happen."
McCants added that he hopes to show NBA decision makers that "I'm still the winner and competitor that I've always been."
With the addition of McCants, the Legends will be able to feature a roster living up to its name -- at least by D-League standards. In addition to McCants, the team includes four other former first-round picks in Antonio Daniels (4th in 1997), Reece Gaines (15th in 2003), Sean Williams (17th in 2007) and the recently acquired Joe Alexander (8th in 2008). The Legends are coached by Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
With such a star-studded lineup, McCants feels he'll fit right in.
"I've never had a problem adjusting to players and coaches who love the game," McCants said. "This is a dedicated group. It should be fun."