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Michael Gbinije
Michael Gbinije
Position: -
Born: 06/05/92
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:200 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Earnings: $1,150,000 ($1,287,318*)
The Pistons considered taking Ferrell with their second-round pick in June’s draft but took swingman Michael Gbinije instead. They also explored signing him after he went undrafted, with the intention of inviting him to summer league and training camp, but he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. He later was waived but now has found a home with the Mavericks. In nine games, he has averaged 15.2 points and is shooting 47% from three-point range. The Mavericks have signed the 6-footer to a two-year deal.
More than learning basketball stuff, the trips to Grand Rapids are a chance for Gbinije and Ellenson to bond off the court. Ellenson said he frequently does the driving on the two-hour trip on I-96 because Gbinije sleeps most of the time. But the two have another unique connection as well, having worked out together before the draft, as they both are represented by Roc Nation. “We knew each other coming in, so it’s been a blessing working with him,” Gbinije said. “He got me into cats. He has a cat named Ruth and he persuaded me to get a cat and I have cat named Jack Daniels.”