Andrew Funk

Contract Details: Bitim, Evbuomwan, Funk, Spencer, Hagans, Goodwin

Onuralp Bitim‘s new standard contract with the Bulls covers two seasons beyond this one, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link). The three-year deal is guaranteed for the rest of this season but is non-guaranteed in years two and three, Scotto notes.

The Bulls used $500K of their mid-level exception to give Bitim a rest-of-season salary worth more than the rookie minimum, Hoops Rumors has learned. And while the Turkish wing isn’t owed any guaranteed money beyond this season, he can earn a partial guarantee worth $350K if he’s still under contract by the start of the 2024/25 regular season.

Here are more details on a few contracts recently signed around the NBA:

  • Like fellow signee Buddy Boeheim, Tosan Evbuomwan agreed to a two-year two-way contract with the Pistons, tweets Keith Smith of Spotrac. Both players received partial guarantees for 2024/25, but those guarantees are very modest (projected to be worth approximately $78K) and won’t count against the cap, so they don’t necessarily assure either player of starting next season on Detroit’s 18-man roster.
  • Andrew Funk‘s two-way contract with the Bulls and Pat Spencer‘s two-way deal with the Warriors each run through the 2024/25 season as well, according to Smith and Scotto (Twitter links).
  • Conversely, the two-way contracts that Ashton Hagans signed with the Trail Blazers and Jordan Goodwin signed with the Grizzlies are both just rest-of-season deals, Hoops Rumors has learned. As a result, Hagans and Goodwin will be eligible for restricted free agency this summer.

Andrew Funk Joins Bulls On Two-Way Deal

10:14am: Funk’s deal is official, the Bulls announced in a press release.

8:37am: G League guard Andrew Funk will sign a two-way contract with the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Funk, 24, inked an Exhibit 10 deal with the Nuggets last July after going undrafted out of Penn State. He was waived before the start of the season and joined the Grand Rapids Gold, where he’s averaging 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 20 G League regular season games. He’s one of the NBAGL’s best outside shooters, connecting at better than 39% from three-point range.

Funk will fill the two-way spot that will open when Onuralp Bitim is converted to a standard deal, as Charania reported Friday. Those moves will give Chicago a full 18-man roster, with all three two-way slots filled.

Depending on when Funk officially signs, he will be eligible to be active for up to 14 or 15 games for the Bulls for the rest of the season.

Nuggets Sign Brimah, Pickett, Toney; Waive Boum, Franklin, Funk

The Nuggets have waived Souley Boum, Armaan Franklin and Andrew Funk in order to create the roster space to sign Amida Brimah, Jamorko Pickett and Au’Diese Toney, per a team press release.

The terms of the contracts for Brimah, Pickett and Toney were not disclosed. However, Boum, Franklin and Funk were all on Exhibit 10 deals — considering the Nuggets have 15 players on guaranteed standard contracts (with all three two-way slots full), the new additions are likely on Exhibit 10 contracts as well.

If Brimah, Pickett and Toney are on Exhibit 10 deals and are waived before the season starts, they’d each be eligible for a bonus worth up to $75K if they spend at least 60 days with the Grand Rapids Gold, Denver’s NBAGL affiliate.

Brimah, a 6’10” center from Ghana, played five games (5.8 MPG) with the Pacers back in 2020/21 while on a two-way deal. He went undrafted out of UConn in 2017 and has multiple seasons of G League experience. The 29-year-old played in France and Belgium the past two seasons.

Pickett, who played college ball at Georgetown, went undrafted in 2021. He signed a two-way deal with the Pistons as a rookie in ’21/22, playing 13 games (13.5 MPG) with Detroit. The 25-year-old forward spent last season with the G League’s Cleveland Charge after signing an Exhibit 10 deal with — and then being waived by — the Cavs.

A 6’6″ wing, Toney played three college seasons at Pitt before transferring to Arkansas in 2021/22. He played for the Lakeland Magic (now the Osceola Magic) in ’22/23, his first professional season. In 28 regular season games (15 starts, 20.9 MPG) with Lakeland, he averaged 8.5 PPG and 4.6 RPG on .558/.380/.786 shooting.

Denver’s preseason roster remains full, with 21 players under contract.

Nuggets Sign Andrew Funk, Armaan Franklin To Exhibit 10 Deals

8:41pm: The Nuggets have signed both players to training camp contracts, according to a team press release.

10:37am: The Nuggets have reached contract agreements with a pair of undrafted free agents, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, who reports (via Twitter) that rookie shooting guards Andrew Funk and Armaan Franklin will sign Exhibit 10 deals with the team.

Funk spent four years at Bucknell before transferring to Penn State for his final college season. He averaged 12.5 PPG and shot 41.2% on three-pointers as a “super-senior” in 2022/23. Of his 351 total field goal attempts, 272 came from beyond the arc.

Franklin spent two years at Indiana and then two at Virginia before forgoing his final season of NCAA eligibility. In 2022/23, he averaged 12.4 PPG and 4.1 RPG with a .373 3PT% in 33 games (29.5 MPG). His Exhibit 10 agreement with the Nuggets was first reported shortly after the draft.

Both Funk and Franklin played for Denver’s Summer League team in Las Vegas this month. Although neither had a significant role, the Nuggets apparently liked what they saw enough to add the duo to their training camp roster.

The Nuggets will have 15 players on guaranteed standard contracts and three on two-way deals once they complete their reported signings, so there probably won’t be room for Funk or Franklin on the regular season roster.

Funk and Franklin may end up becoming affiliate players for Denver’s G League team, the Grand Rapids Gold. Their Exhibit 10 agreements would make them eligible for bonuses worth up to $75K as affiliate players.