Pro Days: Agencies host workouts to aid NBA teams, hopefuls –

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Davon Reed has crisscrossed the country almost nonstop for the last few weeks, playing anywhere he could with hopes of raising his NBA draft stock.

After all that, he’s seen only about half the NBA’s teams.

But all 30 clubs have seen him, and did so at the same time.

Pro Days – where many top agencies invite in every team to see players they represent work out at once in a controlled setting – are still a relatively new concept in the NBA world, though quickly have become a vital part of the evaluation process. Players are often still invited to various cities for workouts and meetings, but having them in a Pro Day also gives the agents a chance to point out various selling points they feel may have been missed.

”For us, they’ve really been valuable from the standpoint of there’s 30 teams but there’s only so many teams that you can get to,” said agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment, which had about 200 onlookers from NBA teams at its Pro Day in Chicago this year. ”This gives everybody a chance to see the players at the same time, at the same vision. And we also try to make the workout very taxing. It’s not a dog-and-pony show.

”Teams fly a long way to see us do this,” Bartelstein added. ”We want to give them a great picture of our guys.”

Reed is represented by ASM Sports, which had its Pro Day in Las Vegas. Reed said he was trying to not look into the bleachers and study exactly who was there – people who will have a big say in the immediate future for the former University of Miami guard – but couldn’t help but notice how many teams

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