As reported by Chris Reichert of Upside and Motor, veteran NBA point guard Baron Davis is entering the NBDL after having not played professionally since he was a member of the New York Knicks for part of the 2011-12 season. Marc Spears of Yahoo elaborates that Davis will become part of the NBDL “player pool,” meaning he is available to be selected off of waivers by any team with waiver priority.
Davis is not the first longtime NBA veteran to attempt a comeback through the D-League, although he is probably the most prominent player to do so thus far. One of the most successful career rehabilitations through the D-League belongs to Rasual Butler, who played for the Tulsa 66ers in 2012-13 after receiving smaller and smaller NBA roles in the previous years. In the three years since, Butler has been a valuable bench contributor for three different playoff teams: the Indiana Pacers, then the Washington Wizards, and now the San Antonio Spurs.
Other longtime NBA veterans currently playing in the D-League include Dahntay Johnes, Ronnie Brewer, and Jordan Crawford.