NBA squads pass on Parks in draft

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By Ivan Saldajeno
NEW YORK--Bobby Ray Parks went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn on Friday (Philippine Time).

The host team Nets, whose Director Gregg Polinski last week expressed positive impression on Parks during his pre-draft workout that was cut short by an accidental elbow, chose Chris McCollough as the 29th pick before trading with the Portland Trail Blazers for the right to 23rd pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson along with Steve Blake and with the Charlotte Hornets for the right to 39th pick Juan Vaulet. In return, the Nets sent Mason Plumlee and the 41st pick Pat Connaughton to the Blazers.

The Utah Jazz, who first invited Parks to their pre-draft workout, went with Trey Lyles as the 12th pick and Olivier Hanlan as the 42nd pick.

The other three teams who invited Parks, the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and the Boston Celtics, also passed on Parks.

The Mavs, however, chose another guy of Asian descent as they selected Indian center Satnam Singh as the 52nd pick. Singh became the first Indian to be drafted to the NBA Draft.

It was later revealed by Park's agent Charlie Dy that Dallas considered the former Georgia Tech commit turned NU star for the said pick before ultimately going for Singh.
Parks can still make an NBA team through free agency, and he can impress scouts through the NBA Summer League, which will start on July 5 (Philippine Time).

However, it is also possible that Parks will leave the United States, return to the Philippines, and join the PBA Draft. He has until June 30 to apply for the August 23 draft.