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Garcia Keeping His NBA Dream Alive in Vegas

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After Seattle University power forward Charles Garcia went unselected in last Thursday's NBA Draft, his decision to skip his senior season after just transferring to Seattle was starting to seem regrettable.

However, like many other undrafted hopefuls this summer, Garcia has one more shot at making a NBA roster: summer league.

Garcia will be participating in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League as a member of the New York Knicks' roster, according to SB Nation's Ridiculous Upside. Ironically, it might end up improving Garcia's chances of making a roster.

The Knicks did not have a first round draft pick, meaning there is no player with a guaranteed contract taking up a spot ahead of him. Secondly, in their efforts to pursue superstar free agent LeBron James, the Knicks have gutted their roster to make room and have only six players under contract for the 2010-11 season, with small forward Danillo Gallinari arguably the team's biggest remaining star.

In other words, the Knicks are a team that a rookie could quite realistically play his way on to, depending on what happens with all this LeBronapalooza.

For more on NBA summer leagues, please see Ridiculous Upside. University of Washington wing Quincy Pondexter will be playing for the New Orleans Hornets, who acquired his rights after Oklahoma City drafted him in the first round.