The Indiana Pacers made a tough choice when they released their late second-round draft pick Magnum Rolle at the end of preseason.
The path Rolle sets out on to work his way to the NBA remains unknown, but if he chooses the NBD D-League as expected he'll begin the season playing in Portland, Maine for the Maine Red Claws.
Magnum PF was Maine's first round pick and the third overall player selected in Monday night's 16-team NDBL draft. The Red Claws are affiliated with the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats, but players in the D-League are essentially free to sign with any NBA team should the opportunity arise.
As one of the final three players cut, the Pacers had the option to have Rolle assigned to their affiliate in Fort Wayne, but obviously chose not to do so. This is no surprise since the Pacers haven't used the D-League in the past and they can keep tabs on him regardless of the team.
Other local names of interest from the draft include Robert Vaden taken in the first round (7th overall pick) by Rio Grande, Luke Zeller taken in the second round by Iowa, Keaton Grant taken in the fourth round by Sioux Falls, James Booyer in the sixth round by Springfield and Armon Bassett also taken by Maine in the eighth round of the draft.
Best of luck to Magnum PF, 3Ps!