Former Massachusetts Minutemen swingman Gary Forbes’ professional basketball career has taken him all over the world.
The 2008 Atlantic-10 Player of the Year, who originally played for the Virginia Cavaliers before transferring to UMass, went undrafted in 2008. began his career in the NBA’s Developmental League. He played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Tulsa 66ers before heading to Panama (Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters) and Venezuela (Trotamundos de Carabobo) in 2009. By the end of the year, he was in Italy (Vanoli Cremona) and found himself in Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan) later in 2010.
Forbes finally got his chance in the NBA in 2010 when he played with the Denver Nuggets. A year later, he joined the Toronto Raptors. In 2012, he left for China (Zhejiang Lions). Before last season, he signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Brooklyn Nets but was cut and wound up with the Springfield Armor of the D-League.
Forbes is attempting a comeback, but is currently mulling over an offer to play in China once again.
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers are interested in Forbes.
Free agent Gary Forbes has interest from the Grizzlies and Pacers as he mulls China deal to attempt NBA midseason, source tells RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2014
The Pacers obviously have a need for wing players after Paul George’s injury so bringing in Forbes makes sense. The Grizzlies would also use another swingman.
In his two NBA seasons, Forbes averaged 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 13.5 minutes per game. He’s shot 43.4% from the field, 34.0% from beyond the arc and 70.2% from the free throw line.