Baxter hopes Europe success can lead to NBA
Former USF guard Jimmy Baxter, fresh off a second successful pro season in Europe, has talked with two NBA teams about joining their summer-league rosters after next week's NBA Draft.
Baxter, who played professionally in France in 2005-06 and in Italy this past season, has talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats about playing summer-league ball, which would help his chances of earning a free-agent contract in the league.
"Cleveland is very interested in bringing him for their summer-league team," said his agent, Wayne Garfield, who said Baxter had earned rookie of the year and Sixth Man honors in his French league in 2005-06.
Baxter isn't the only former USF player hoping to use the NBA's summer league as a showcase. Two of last year's top scorers, Melvin Buckley and McHugh Mattis, aren't likely to be drafted, but still could get a look in the summer league. Former USF coach Robert McCullum said the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz have expressed interest in Mattis, whose defensive skills could help him as a role player off the bench in the NBA.