Without being selected, but with opportunity

The New York Knicks and undrafted free agent guard Jean Montero have agreed to an “Exhibit 10” contract, a source tells ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

An “Exhibit 10” deal is a one-year minimum salary contract that counts toward a team’s 20-player offseason roster cap, but does not count toward the cap unless the player is part of the seasonal roster. regular. Although not guaranteed, a player with an “Exhibit 10” contract can earn a bonus of up to $50,000 if he is dropped and then joins his team’s G League affiliate.

Montero, who will turn 19 in July, began his professional career with Spain’s Gran Canaria and played in the new Overtime Elite program in 2021/22. The shooting guard is considered a gifted scorer and has also exhibited creativity as a passer, according to Givony, who writes in his report that the youngster’s inconsistent defense is a concern.

Montero was the No. 4 prospect on ESPN’s list of players not drafted Thursday night.

Quinones with Warriors
The Golden State Warriors wasted no time getting back into action on Thursday. By the time the 2022 NBA draft ended, it was reported that they had agreed to a two-way contract with Memphis guard Lester Quiñones, who was not drafted. Quiñones, who is 6-5, was not projected to be selected. . But given his level of experience and shooting ability, the Warriors probably view him as a good two-way contract depth piece. With so many young players already on the roster, the Warriors are probably much more interested in a safe, reliable option with their two-way contracts, rather than a raw, high-risk, high-reward prospect. And so they landed on Quiñones, who spent three years in Memphis after being a four-star recruit. He made the AAC All-Freshman team and was a 2021 NIT champion. His per-game stats aren’t amazing: He averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game last year, but he shot 39.0% in triples (and 40.0% the previous year) and 53.8% shooting threes. shots inside the arc.

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Minaya with Charlotte
Justin Minaya did not hear his name in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday, but he will reportedly still have a chance to make a pro roster. According to a tweet from Steve Popper of Newsday Sports, Minaya has agreed to a summer league deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Basketball expert Adam Zagoria also reported on the move, citing league sources. Minaya played in South Carolina for four seasons before transferring to Providence as a graduate student for his final year of eligibility for the 2021-22 season. In Providence, he started 25 of the 32 games he played. Minaya averaged 33.2 minutes and 6.5 points per game and was second on the team in rebounding with 5.5. Minaya was also the Big East Player of the Week for the Friars on January 31.

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