2018 NBA Draft Pick Signings

Free agent news has dominated NBA headlines over the last few days, but teams around the league are also taking care of the rookies they drafted last month, signing them to their first NBA contracts. Because cap holds for first-round picks count for 120% of the rookie scale instead of 100% in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, there’s little incentive for teams to wait to lock up their first-rounders.

For first-round picks, rookie contracts are fairly rigid, having essentially been predetermined. The NBA’s rookie-scale structure dictates that first-rounders will be signed to four-year deals, which include two guaranteed years, then team options in years three and four.

The value of those contracts depends on where a player was drafted. This year, No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton is in line for a four-year deal worth in excess of $40MM, which represents the maximum allowable 120% of his scale amount. No. 30 pick Omari Spellman, on the other hand, figures to get a four-year contract worth just over $9MM.

The full breakdown of this year’s first-round rookie salaries and contracts can be found right here — if you see a first-rounder listed below as “signed,” you can assume his contract looks like that, unless otherwise indicated.

Second-round picks, meanwhile, aren’t assured of two guaranteed seasons, though some players will receive them. Teams can sign second-rounders to whatever amount they choose, using cap room or various exceptions. Those players who immediately join their NBA teams figure to get a minimum salary or something slightly above the minimum. We’ll make a note of contract details for second-rounders below, as they become available.

Finally, some second-rounders – and perhaps even some first-rounders – won’t sign in the NBA immediately. They may get two-way contracts, play in the G League, or head overseas to refine their games while their NBA teams retain their rights. We’ll make note of that below too, wherever it’s applicable.

Here’s a breakdown of 2018’s draft pick signings. This list will continue to be updated as more draftees sign their first NBA contracts:

First Round:

  1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton, C (Arizona): Signed
  2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, F/C (Duke): Signed
  3. Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic, G (Real Madrid): Signed
  4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr., F/C (Michigan State): Signed
  5. Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, G (Oklahoma): Signed
  6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba, C (Texas): Signed
  7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr., C (Duke): Signed
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, PG (Alabama): Signed
  9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox, F (Kentucky): Signed
  10. Phoenix Suns: Mikal Bridges, SF (Villanova): Signed
  11. Los Angeles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G (Kentucky): Signed
  12. Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges, F (Michigan State): Signed
  13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson, PG (Boston College): Signed
  14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr., F (Missouri): Signed
  15. Washington Wizards: Troy Brown, SG (Oregon): Signed
  16. Philadelphia 76ers: Zhaire Smith, SF (Texas Tech): Signed
  17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, G (Villanova): Signed
  18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker, SG (Miami): Signed
  19. Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter, SG (Maryland): Signed
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie, SG (Georgia Tech): Signed
  21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen, SG (Duke): Signed
  22. Chicago Bulls (from Pelicans): Chandler Hutchison, G/F (Boise State): Signed
  23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday, PG (UCLA): Signed
  24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, SG (IMG Academy): Signed
  25. Los Angeles Lakers: Moritz Wagner, C (Michigan): Signed
  26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet, G (Wichita State): Signed
  27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams, C (Texas A&M): Signed
  28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans, G/F (Cincinnati): Signed
  29. Brooklyn Nets: Dzanan Musa, SF (Cedevita): Signed
  30. Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman, PF (Villanova): Signed

Second Round:

  1. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo, PG (Pau-Orthez): Signed
    • Four-year, $6.12MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  2. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter, PG (West Virginia): Signed
    • Two-year, $2.26MM contract. Fully guaranteed.
  3. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson, PG (Villanova): Signed
    • Four-year, $6.11MM contract. First three years guaranteed.
  4. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte’ Graham, PG (Kansas): Signed
    • Three-year, $4.07MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  5. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier, SF (Tulane): Signed
    • Three-year, $4.13MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  6. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson, C (Western Kentucky): Signed
    • Four-year, $6.57MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  7. Portland Trail Blazers: Gary Trent Jr., SG (Duke): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. Fully guaranteed.
  8. Detroit Pistons: Khyri Thomas, SG (Creighton): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  9. Los Angeles Lakers: Isaac Bonga, SF (Frankfurt): Signed
    • Three-year, $4.08MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  10. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs, F (Barcelona): Signed
    • Four-year, $6.96MM contract. First three years guaranteed.
  11. Denver Nuggets: Jarred Vanderbilt, SF (Kentucky): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  12. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown, SG (Miami): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  13. Orlando Magic: Justin Jackson, F (Maryland): Signed G League contract
  14. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon, G (Olimpija Ljubljana): Will play overseas
  15. Oklahoma City Thunder: Hamidou Diallo, SG (Kentucky): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  16. Phoenix Suns (acquired from Rockets): De’Anthony Melton, G (USC): Signed
    • Two-year, $2.37MM contract. Fully guaranteed.
  17. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG (Kansas): Signed
    • Three-year, $4.57MM contract. First year guaranteed.
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop, PF (Ohio State): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  19. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu, F/C (USC): Signed
    • Three-year, $3.92MM contract. First two years guaranteed.
  20. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson, PF (Missouri State): Signed
    • Two-year, $2.26MM contract. First year guaranteed.
  21. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr, PG (Penn State): Will play overseas
  22. Houston Rockets: Vince Edwards, F (Purdue): Signed
    • One-year, $838K contract. Non-guaranteed.
  23. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall, SG (Virginia): Will play overseas
  24. Philadelphia 76ers: Shake Milton, G (SMU): Signed
    • Two-year, two-way contract
  25. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka, SF (Capo D’Orlando): Will play overseas
  26. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding, PF (Louisville): Signed
    • Four-year, $5.72MM contract. First year guaranteed.
  27. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey, SF (Texas-Arlington): Signed G League contract
  28. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh, C (UCLA): Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  29. Phoenix Suns: George King, SF (Colorado): Signed
    • Two-way contract.
  30. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo, SF (Dayton): Signed
    • Two-way contract.

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