THE FLATS - First-round draft choice Josh Okogie officially became a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves this week … Derrick Favors avoids free agency by signing two-year deal with Utah … Thaddeus Young exercises player option to stay with Indiana … That and more in this edition of the Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report.
Okogie, selected 20th overall by Minnesota in the recent NBA Draft, joins the Timberwolves other draft pick, Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State on the team’s roster in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, which gets underway Friday night. Minnesota’s team also includes former Duke postman Amile Jefferson, Boston College center Dennis Clifford and Syracuse forward Andrew White.
In announcing Okogie’s signing, the Timberwolves spoofed the press release announcing the Lakers’ signing of LeBron James.
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) July 3, 2018
ESPN reported that Thaddeus Young has exercised his $13.7 million player option and will remain with the Indiana Pacers for a third season. Young, who has averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds over his NBA career, including 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in his two seasons in Indianapolis, gives the Pacers a versatile performer who helped them reach the playoffs in 2018. Read more…
Thanks for all the love @Pacers fans and family. Everyone keeps saying welcome back. I never left. I'm here. I promise to continue to give 110% for my brothers & family in blue & gold each day as I have done the past 2 years. #UnfinishedBusiness
— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) June 28, 2018
Meanwhile, officials from the Utah Jazz met with Derrick Favors in his hometown of Atlanta Sunday and agreed on a two-year, $36 million contract for the former Yellow Jacket to avoid free agency and remain with the Jazz. The 6-10 forward has averaged 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in his NBA career, and enjoyed a fine 2017-18 campaign with averages of 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds as the Jazz made the playoffs.
“I love playing for Quin. He’s a great coach, great front office and ownership build bond with teammates,” Favors told The Salt Lake Tribune. “I wanted to make the deal and get back to work.” Read more…
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Center Ben Lammers, who has been training at IMG Academy since April and participated in the Portsmouth Invitational, was invited to the Charlotte Hornets’ post-draft camp for free agents and rookies, but did not make its roster for the Las Vegas Summer League. Lammers, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 after averaging 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, saw his senior year diminished by an ankle injury suffered in the second game, but still made the ACC All-Defensive team and averaged 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.