Storyline: Two-Way Contracts

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The Bulls are continuing to fill out the margins of their roster, agreeing to sign former Villanova point guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a two-way contract, a source with knowledge of the agreement told The Athletic. Arcidiacono played for the Bulls’ Summer League team in Las Vegas after going undrafted in 2016 and playing last season in the G League with the Austin Spurs. Arcidiacono had previously signed a deal to play the upcoming season in Italy with JuveCaserta Basket, but the team was recently excluded from the Italian league Serie A due to financial concerns.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed rookie guard Kadeem Allen to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft, Allen averaged 9.8 points (45.3% FG, 42.7% 3-PT, 74.1% FT), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.0 minutes over 34 games (33 starts) as a redshirt senior at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats guard spent his first two collegiate seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

While James signing a two-way deal gives the allusion that he’ll be spending time in the G League with the Northern Arizona Suns, that’s likely not going to happen. A source tells Ridiculous Upside that James will begin the first 45 days of the regular season with the Phoenix Suns where he could receive as much as $275,000, the maximum amount allowed for two-way deals. After those 45 days, the Suns will have an option to convert James to a standard NBA contract for the remainder of the season, otherwise he’ll become a free agent.

The idea by commissioner Adam Silver partly is to keep more players from heading to Europe for larger paydays. If a player is on an NBA roster 45 days, a source said he’d make in the $250,000 range. “It’s a really good position for a team to have developmental guys and for players who would rather go overseas for a better salary,’’ Kornet said. “It’s a great spot for teams to have more guys committed to development and easier for players to be confident to stay.’’

New York Knickerbockers General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has signed undrafted rookie forward/center Luke Kornet to a Two-Way contract. Kornet, 7-1, 250-pounds, averaged 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.64 blocks over 24.1 minutes in 128 games during his four-year career at Vanderbilt University. The Lantana, TX-native averaged 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 35 starts this past season, earning All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive honors. He holds the NCAA record for three-pointers made by a 7-footer with 150, and is the Commodores’ all-time leading shot blocker with 210.
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