The NBA offseason is in full swing. While the new league year does not technically start until August 6th, as we all know that doesn’t stop agreements from being made. On Tuesday, three former Iowa State players signed new deals.
THT had the most intriguing free agent prospects. The Lakers were essentially tapped out on cap space, and as a restricted free agent, he was free to sign an offer sheet with the Lakers able to match if they like. Rumors were swirling that he could make as much as $20 million per year. The pull of Klutch Sports and LeBron was enough to keep him in the fold.
Restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker has agreed to a three-year, $32M deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agents @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul and Lucas Newton tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
Horton-Tucker averaged 9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in about 20 minutes per. His role should increase next season.
The defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns are keeping Nader around.
Nader’s contract should be guaranteed. He appeared in 24 games for the Suns last season, averaging 6.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game when he saw the floor.
After a multi-year run with the Utah Jazz, Georges is the only former Cyclone on the move.
Georges Niang is signing a two-year, $6.7 million deal with Philadelphia, according to his agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 3, 2021
Niang should be able to carve out a role for the Sixers playing next to MVP runner up Joel Embiid. This past season was the best and most consistent of his career, averaging 6.9 points per game while shooting 42% from 3 point range.
In all, that’s over $42 million in new contracts being handed out as Iowa State continues its recent tradition of sending players to the league.