Free agent signees, trade acquisitions, and players selected in the draft are the most common additions to NBA rosters this summer. However, a handful of players have come via the draft-and-stash route, as teams have finally brought aboard players drafted in previous years.
While players who were previously selected in the second round of a draft are free to sign any type of contract via cap room or exceptions, first-round draftees are limited to the 2016 rookie scale, unless it has been more than three years since they were selected. So when former 12th overall pick Dario Saric signed with the Sixers this offseason, he had to sign a rookie-scale contract since it has only been two years since he was drafted — he’ll earn the same amount as this year’s No. 12 pick, Taurean Prince.
Listed below is a round-up of the draft-and-stash prospects who have signed – or agreed to deals – so far this offseason. They’re sorted alphabetically by team, with contract details included wherever possible. If and when more teams add draft-and-stash players, we’ll update this list, which can be found at anytime on the right-hand sidebar under “Hoops Rumors Features.”
Let’s dive in…
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Andrew Harrison, G (2015 draft; No. 44): Unlike twin brother Aaron Harrison, who went undrafted but played in 21 NBA games last season, Andrew was a second-round pick who spent the year in the D-League. He impressed the Grizzlies enough during the 2015/16 season, averaging 18.5 PPG, 4.9 APG, and 4.3 RPG, to earn a three-year contract worth about $3MM, with two fully guaranteed seasons.
- New York Knicks
- Willy Hernangomez, C (2015 draft; No. 35): The Knicks traded a pair of future second-round picks last year for the rights to draft Hernangomez, and have now brought him over a year later. Reports have suggested that the Spanish big man’s contract will be for at least three years, which means the Knicks completed the deal using cap room.
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Alex Abrines, G/F (2013 draft; No. 32): The Thunder and Abrines are in agreement on a three-year deal worth $17.175MM. The deal could have fit into the team’s mid-level exception, but was ultimately finalized using cap room when Oklahoma City dipped under the cap. The Spanish forward was originally selected by OKC with one of the picks the team acquired in the James Harden trade with Houston.
- Semaj Christon, G (2014 draft; No. 55): Upon being drafted in 2014, Christon joined the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, though he headed overseas and played in Italy in 2015/16. Now, Christon has signed with the Thunder, on a three-year, minimum-salary deal with $200K guaranteed. Whether or not he earns a spot on the 15-man roster, the young point guard figures to be rejoining the D-League’s OKC Blue at some point.
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Dario Saric, F (2014 draft; No. 12): A highly-lauded international prospect, the 22-year-old Croatian finally arrived stateside this year, inking a four-year, rookie-scale contract with the Sixers. Philadelphia believes he’ll be in contention for the Rookie of the Year award in 2016/17, along with teammate Ben Simmons.
- San Antonio Spurs
- Davis Bertans, F (2011 draft; No. 42): Kawhi Leonard will always be the gem of the trade that saw the Spurs send George Hill to Indiana, but Bertans was also involved in that deal, and will finally have a chance to prove his worth in San Antonio. Bertans will earn a guaranteed, two-year minimum salary on his first NBA contract.
- Livio Jean-Charles, F (2013 draft; No. 28): One of multiple former first-round picks stashed by the Spurs, Jean-Charles wouldn’t necessarily have been limited to a rookie-scale contract, since it has been more than three years since he was drafted. However, he is believed to have inked a four-year, rookie-scale pact with the team.
- Ryan Richards, F/C (2010 draft; No. 49): Richards appears to have accepted the minimum required tender extended by the Spurs in order to retain his rights — he got just a one-year, non-guaranteed summer contract from the club, and likely won’t make the regular-season roster.
- Washington Wizards