Robert Carter sat home with his family in Thomasville, Ga., to find out where his NBA career would begin Thursday. It'll be with the Golden State Warriors for Las Vegas summer league because the 6-9 forward went undrafted out of Maryland.
Carter, his agent Todd Ramasar told CSNmidatlantic.com after the five-hour draft, rejected offers to be drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets because both teams wanted to stash him overseas. It was clear midway through the second round that Carter would be going the free-agent route.
"I'm disappointed for Robert," Ramasar said. "At the same time, I'm ecstatic because Golden State has a lot of free agents in their frontcourt."
This is a similar path taken by Dez Wells, whom the Wizards wanted to send overseas last year. The Wizards drafted Aaron White who played in Germany while Wells unsuccessfully went the summer league and D-League routes as he was hounded by injuries.
Carter, 22, stood out at the predraft combine in Chicago almost two months ago as he declared following his junior season at Maryland. He worked out with the Wizards at Verizon Center two weeks ago after interviewing with them in Chicago almost two months ago.
He is the type of player a lot of teams are looking for in today’s NBA with his size and three-point shooting ability. Terps teammates Diamond Stone was selected 40th and Jake Layman went 47th.
Carter averaged 12.3 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds as Maryland advanced to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals for the first time in 13 years.
Carter will be trying to play his way onto the Western Conference champion Warriors, who fell short of their second consecutive NBA championship last week.
The Warriors' frontcount needs retooling. Festus Ezeli and James Michael McAdoo are restricted free agents. Andrew Bogut, who injured his knee in the Finals, is entering the final year of his deal.