Former Augusta State star Garret Siler biding his time

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Since getting waived by the Phoenix Suns in January, Garret Siler has been peppered with the same question: What is he doing now?

Despite interest from other NBA teams, the 7-foot center is still under contract with Phoenix. So he continues to train and stay in shape – and get paid.

“I’m just getting myself prepared for (NBA) Summer League,” said Siler, the former Augusta State All-American. “My agent and I have been preparing for this situation, the good and the bad. It’s good that I’m still getting paid. It’s bad that I’m not playing.

“It’s sad until you get that check in the mail.”

Siler has played three seasons on the professional level. After playing his first year in Shanghai, he latched onto the Suns for a season, seeing time in 21 games as a backup center. Siler opened his second NBA season in the fall with Phoenix, but he didn’t see a minute of court time. When the Suns added guard Michael Redd on Jan. 2, the team waived Siler.

Since then, he’s continued to develop his range, becoming more confident with his 15-foot jumper. And he’s staying in peak physical condition, now weighing between 285-290 pounds, he said.

Siler, 25, said he’s drawn interest from teams such as Atlanta, Golden State and Washington, among others.

In May, he’s planning to train in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

All of his preparation is geared toward impressing teams during the NBA Summer League in late July.

“Teams know who I am, but I’ve lost weight since they last saw me on that grand scale,” he said. “I’ll probably get picked up by a team for the year. It’s just a matter of where and what situation it is. It all depends on how well I do.”

While he’s getting ready to soon resume his NBA career, Siler is making final preparations for his “Garret Siler Blue Star Basketball Academy,” July 16-20, at Episcopal Day School. He still is accepting campers at bigghoops.com, and he said he’s lining up several NBA players to speak during the camp, though he wouldn’t say who will appear.


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