Ayo Dosunmu, a second-round pick by the Chicago Bulls, has signed his first NBA contract with the team.
Dosunmu will be paid a guaranteed $2.48 million over the next two years, according to Shams Charania of The Athletics.
Sources inform @TheAthletic @Stadium that Chicago Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu, the 38th overall pick in the NBA draft in July, has agreed to a guaranteed two-year, $2.48 million agreement.
-- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 13, 2021
Miles McBride (No. 33) and Miles McBride (No.
36) also signed a two-year contract with the team, but were given third-year team options.
Meanwhile, players drafted higher in the second round, such as Isaiah Todd (No.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (No. 30) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (No.
32) have signed four-year contracts with their respective clubs.
It's unknown how much Dosunmu will play in his debut season straight away.
While he struggles to adjust to a more constant off-the-ball role in the Summer League, his play has been up and down.
Yet, as a projected first-round prospect who has recently signed a two-year contract with Chicago, I believe we can expect the coaching staff to gradually work him into the lineup during the 2021-22 season.
Dosunmu has one of the more well-rounded skill sets in the draft, while not being the most explosive or high-upside prospect.
On Friday night, Chicago gained another guard to their roster when Devon Dotson signed his qualifying offer.
Dotson will return on a two-way contract after agreeing to this $1.5 million agreement, which means he will likely see time with both the big league team and the G-League's Windy City Bulls.
Dotson has also played for the Bulls in Summer League, scoring 16 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, and dishing out 4 assists in Game 1 against the Pelicans.
Due to an ankle injury, he was forced to leave the team's most recent game against the Timberwolves.
J.R. Smith is heading to college for the first time, and the former NBA champion will get to call himself a student-athlete. The NCAA ruled Smith eligible to compete for the golf team at North Carolina A&T. There had been questions about whether the NCAA would allow him to play given its amateurism rules, but because Smith hasn't gone pro in golf, he was ruled eligible to play. "The performance of my golf team just got a helping hand because the young man in question is definitely a good player," Watkins said of Smith, per ESPN. "Obviously different environments from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in a college golf gallery.
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The Mavericks are in advanced discussions with veteran forward Jared Dudley about hiring him as an assistant coach on Jason Kidd‘s staff, according to NBA reporter Marc Stein (Twitter link). Dudley, 36, has appeared in over 900 NBA regular-season games since entering the league in 2007. He began his career in Charlotte, then spent time with the Suns, Clippers, Bucks, Wizards, Suns, Nets and Lakers over the course of 14 seasons. While Kidd and Dudley never played together, they have plenty of history. Dudley played for Milwaukee in 2014-15 when Kidd was the head coach, and the Hall of Fame point guard was an assistant with the Lakers for the past two years.