Former Trojan Dewayne Dedmon will be spending the next few months playing on the Summer League teams in Orlando for the Miami Heat and Las Vegas for the Dallas Mavericks, according to his agent.
Dedmon reportedly turned down numerous other offers before deciding on spending the summer in Orlando and Las Vegas. The 7-foot, 255-pound power forward declared for the NBA Draft in April, and went undrafted in Thursday night’s events.
Back when he announced via Twitter he would forgo his senior year at USC–and playing under new head coach Andy Enfield–many were surprised. He averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds as a junior, but was still extremely raw and not perceived as NBA-ready. His quick departure from Troy led many to speculate that the decision to declare was encouraged by looming charges from a Spokane bar fight , one that forced he and fellow Trojan James Blasczyk to miss the Pac-12 Tournament.
USC never publicly commented on the situation, but it was possible that USC intended to punish him during the 2013 season.
Dedmon was invited to work out with a number of teams leading up tho the draft, but apparently his skill set was not enough yet to get him drafted. He will spend the summer further honing them and proving himself with the hopes of landing a full-time gig in the NBA.