I’m listening to Colin Cowherd this morning and he brought up how a prospective high pick in this year’s NBA draft, Jabari Parker, should try to force his way out of the currently worst team in the league (and therefore the one with the highest chance of getting the #1 draft pick) Milwaukee Bucks if they make it known that they’ll take him. He said there are some maneuvers Parker can do, if it looks like the Bucks will take him, to go back to college and try for a better team next year
My question is regarding non-draft players. Some players go play in Europe outside the NBA for a year to up their draft position and potentially get more money. But let’s say a player does leave the draft. He’s not in college, he’s in Europe or China or some other league the NBA can’t touch. Or he’s a guy off the street that happens to be a basketball phenom that was undiscovered. In order to get on the team, does he have to enter the draft? What rights do the other 29 teams have to sign a guy who’s not part of the draft if he wants to go to a specific team?
An example would be if I suddenly developed basketball talent and wanted to go to the Lakers. Can they just sign me off the street do I have to give the other teams some fair chance to sign me? What’s to stop a guy like Parker from saying he doesn’t want to be in the draft, he’ll just sign as a free agent in August or September with a team that he wants?
And how does this work with the NFL and NHL? What are their rules regarding non-draft players, people have never been in the draft, that want to play for one team only?