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June 22, 2009 at 10:08 AM

More on Brockman, Pondexter

The NBA Draft is four days away and Jon Brockman remains one of its biggest mysteries, with the normally incredibly affable and accessible player having gone into hiding the last month.
I was told again in the last few days that “he’s not going to be available” to do interviews until after the draft. This from a guy who never once turned down an interview while at UW even after the toughest of losses — becoming the go-to guy in that regard the last few years of his career — and annually was mentioned as one of the best interviews in the league in a writer’s poll.
His agent has also not returned calls about Brockman. All of this after Brockman first skipped the NBA Combine last month with no explanation than declined to participate in any individual workouts with teams.
The conventonal wisdom remains that Brockman has gotten some sort of promise of where he will be drafted and is under orders to stay under wraps until the draft. Ryan Feldman of The Hoops Report is the latest to come to that conclusion, writing that Brockman has a second-round guarantee (echoing something I reported I heard on here last week, as well). Feldman adds a few more details, saying he thinks it is either Detroit or Portland, each teams that have multiple second-round picks.
I saw someone on the comments section asking how such guarantees work. Not sure there are any real ground rules. Essentially, it’s just a team telling a player that they guarantee that they will pick him no later than whatever pick they have at some point in the draft. So a team like Portland could be telling Brockman it will for sure take him with its second second-round pick, that sort of thing. They can’t sign any contracts or anything yet since he hasn’t been picked and isn’t the property of the team until then. And he obviously could be picked by someone before that, and that may be one reason he’s in hiding, that the team giving him a guarantee doesn’t want any other teams to see him.
Mostly, guarantees seem to be mostly a matter of trust more than anything else since nothing can be put in writing. But since Brockman is using the same company as Brandon Roy to represent him — the Wasserman Media Group —- you wouldn’t think the Blazers would lie to Brockman about a guarantee, if that is indeed the team that has given him a guarantee.
From what Brockman has been writing on his Twitter page of late he’s been around the area, saying that he spoke to at UW’s team camp the other day and also intimating he attended a monster truck show in Everett. Sounds like he may soon have the resources for a little more up-scale entertainment if he so desires. The mystery will finally be solved Thursday.
DRAFTEXPRESS ON PONDEXTER —-, meanwhile, looks ahead to the future with these evaluations of players from the USA Basketball tryouts, including a writeup on Quincy Pondexter at the bottom.



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