Shortly after announcing that Donovan Mitchell has signed his rookie contract, the Jazz announced that they’ve also locked up their other 2017 first-round pick. According to a press release from the club, former UNC center Tony Bradley is officially under contract.
Utah clearly had its eye on Bradley on draft night, having traded the 30th and 42nd overall picks to the Lakers in order to move up to two spots and nab the 19-year-old big man with the No. 28 overall selection.
Bradley, who figures to be brought along slowly by the Jazz, will get a four-year deal worth a total of nearly $8.6MM, and will have a modest $1.415MM cap hit in year one. Our chart breaking down this year’s rookie scale has the full details on his annual salaries.
Teams are securing their first-round picks to contracts quickly this year, since cap holds for those first-rounders now count for 120% of the rookie scale instead of 100%, as they did under the old CBA. That leaves little incentive for clubs to wait to sign their first-rounders to 120% contracts.
Eighteen of 30 first-round picks from 2017’s draft have already signed NBA contracts.