Former Syracuse guard McNamara returns to U.S.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Former Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara is taking his game to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

He'll team up with Bakersfield coach Jim Harrick, who coached at UCLA, Rhode Island and Georgia.

McNamara, one of only six players in NCAA history to make 400 or more 3-pointers, secured his release two weeks ago from the Greek team Olympiakos B.C. McNamara, who played only 30 seconds in his first five games with Olympiakos, gave up almost $200,000.

McNamara will earn a prorated salary of $18,000, according to agent Bill Neff of Saga Sports.

"It shows you where he's at and what he wants," Neff said in Wednesday editions of The Post-Standard of Syracuse. "He wants to play. His thinking is he just wants to go there and play and have a chance to go to the NBA."

McNamara never missed a start in his 134 games at Syracuse, but a lingering groin injury last spring in the final weeks of his college career worsened. He helped lead the Orange to their second straight Big East tournament title.

McNamara was hobbled again during the first day of the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando in June and was not drafted.