Illinois basketball seems to draw another player into the NBA one way or another.
On Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk tweeted that the Denver Nuggets have signed Illini’s former big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili for a 10-piece deal. The signing follows Giorgi playing for the Premier League team. summer of the Nuggets.
What is an Exhibit 10 contract?
From what I understand, the Exhibit 10 contract is a one year contract for the league minimum. It doesn’t come with any guarantees, but there is also another path the Nuggets could possibly take.
Nuggets sign contract with PF Giorgi Bezhanishvili according to a league source. The recruit of @IlliniMBB was part of the Nuggets’ summer league team.
– Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 12, 2021
I think the road Denver ends up taking with Giorgi will put him in their G-League squad, Grand Rapids Drive. The Exhibit 10 contract gives NBA teams the flexibility to convert the deal to a two-way contract as long as it is done before the start of the season.
So, in my opinion, what’s likely to happen is that the Nuggets convert Giorgi’s 10-room contract into a two-way contract, and they end up sending him to Grand Rapids Drive where he can. continue to develop. He would also have the option of being called.
Either way, Giorgi lands some type of deal that allows him to step in the door. It’s hard to break an NBA roster, so it’s a great start to a potential budding career.
Illinois basketball brings another player into the NBA.
I believe Ayo Dosunmu is the only player currently in the NBA to have completed his college career with the Illini. Having Giorgi on any team as well is a good look for the Oranges and Blues. It’s also a great look for Brad Underwood, who can now show rookies that he can put players in the Association.
I’m happy for Giorgi. I think this kid has a chance to stay in the NBA as a role player. He’s a very energetic guy and probably the best locker room presence you can find.