Contract Details: Bolden, Carter, Harrell, Smart

Sixers forward Jonah Bolden has received the largest contract of any rookie second-round pick this summer, tweets Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders. The 36th player taken in the 2017 draft, Bolden spent a season with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel before coming to the NBA. Philadelphia gave him a four-year, $7MM deal with a starting salary of $1.69MM, although the third and fourth seasons are non-guaranteed.

The Nets signed Rodions Kurucs to a similar arrangement, Pincus adds (Twitter link). The 40th pick in this year’s draft, Kurucs will make $1.62MM in his first year and has incentives that could bring the value of his four-year contract up to $6.96MM. The first three seasons are fully guaranteed.

Pincus passes on a few more details about deals signed this summer:

  • Although Jevon Carter was taken 32nd overall, he signed for just the minimum salary over two seasons, less than others in his draft range (Twitter link). However, he received a full guarantee from the Grizzlies on both years. Jalen Brunson, taken at No. 33 by the Mavericks, makes more per season but is locked into a four-year deal (Twitter link). He will receive $1.23MM in his rookie year, with minimum salaries for the next three seasons. The first three years are fully guaranteed. Elie Okobo, the 31st pick, signed a four-year agreement with the Suns that will pay him $1.24MM in his first year, with three seasons at the minimum to follow. Only his first two years are guaranteed, and Phoenix has a team option on the final season (Twitter link).
  • Among the two-way contracts handed out this summer, only four players signed multi-year deals. Kostas Antetokounmpo of the Mavericks, Billy Preston of the Cavaliers, Yuta Watanabe of the Grizzlies and Thomas Welsh of the Nuggets all have two-year agreements (Twitter link).
  • The Clippers will pay Montrezl Harrell $6MM in each season of his two-year, $12MM deal (Twitter link).
  • Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a base salary of $11.16MM in the first year of his new deal, but $500K of likely incentives place the cap hit at $11.66MM. The incentives remain in effect for each season of his four-year contract.
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7 thoughts on “Contract Details: Bolden, Carter, Harrell, Smart

  1. acarneglia

    The Antetokounmpo and Preston deals for Dallas and Cleveland respectively might look very good in the future

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    • pihc

      Agree. Both could really be bargains for their respective teams.

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  2. supercollider

    Still can’t understand why the Celtics overpaid for Smart. Makes no sense.

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  3. Agree Boston definitely overpaid, specially as no one else was offering to him, so Danny did outbid himself.

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    • Spike4christ

      A Happy Marcus Smart is a good thing for the Celtics. Celtics are going to have to pay the luxury tax to compete with the Warriors in the coming years why not start Now.

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      • daboyz1965

        Smart just needs to work on his shooting. He is already a high quality defender.

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  4. tyguy11

    Carter is the future Smart, would love those guys off the bench if I were coaching . Both really hustle , Carter is a better shooter but smart is the better passer. Their defense will keep them in the league

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