The Long Island Nets selected 12 players in the D-League expansion draft, led by Gary Forbes, the 31-year-old UMass product who was in Nets training camp their first year in Brooklyn and two other swingmen: Carrick Felix, a 6'6" former Cavalier draft pick who played for Cleveland and Utah, but hasn't played in a year because of a knee injury; and the well-traveled Jamaal Franklin, a 6'5" Grizzlies pick who averaged a triple double in China last season: 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He's already signed a Chinese contract for next season.
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In addition to the top picks, the other players selected include several with NBA potential or experience including
--Akil Mitchell, the 6'9" power forward who played for the Nets in the summer league a year ago and then Antibes in France:
--Peyton Siva, the 6'0" point guard who had a short stint in Detroit before embarking on a career in Europe and already has a contract with Alba Berlin next year;
--Alex Kirk, a seven-footer who spent a year with the Cavaliers before going overseas, first with Pistola in the Italian League, then Foshan in China.
Both Siva and Kirk were invited to the Nets mini-camp in May.
How many of the picks will actually don the red, white and blue Long Island colors is uncertain. Players can earn multiple times more money overseas than they can in the D-League and several of the players selected already are committed to international clubs. The Nets however will retain their D-League rights for two years. So if they decide to return to the U.S., the Nets will control their D-League rights.