There will be no more Collin Sexton for the remainder of the season. But this is not the post of the lamentations, but the one of the alternatives. One of them, at least.
As one of its identity traits, the current G League acts as a drawbridge for almost every NBA institution, which has its ‘subsidiary’ in this development league, which allows a quasi-direct relationship with the first team. This, however, does not imply that only said NBA franchise can promote the promotion of the members of its affiliated team. There, first you have to see under what contractual umbrella the player in question is. There are three options that come directly from the NBA as such:
- Assignees (Assigned): An NBA team can assign a player from its main roster to the affiliate of the NBA G League. This player remains under contract with his NBA team, and can only be ‘called’ to play NBA games for that team.
- Two-Way Players (dual contract): This interesting figure appeared in 2017, improving flexibility and the transfer of players between both leagues. The NBA rosters went from 15 to 17 members, with two two-way contract covered by a two-way agreement. These players, at the beginning, could spend a maximum of 45 days per basketball course with the first team, developing their game mainly with the affiliated team. This rule has changed in this course, giving a greater margin of maneuver, since now instead of 45 days they can play a total of up to 50 of the 82 matches of regular season with his tied NBA team.
- Draft Rights Players (players with draft rights)– A franchise can select a player in the draft, refuse to include him in the first squad, and instead allow him to sign with the NBA G League. In that case, the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA team can acquire that player directly, bypassing the usual NBA G League player selection processes.
Out of these three cases, which are the minority, most of the G League players are available for any of the 30 NBA teams to call them (what is known as a call up). This mass of all-star league hopefuls have directly signed NBA G League contracts, so by NBA standards they are technically free agents.
Go up, to go down … to go up?
And although at the time he was part of the Draft (55th pick of the 2019 Draft), and had until his moment of glory with the Sacramento Kings picked up at that time in Trends Wide, today Kyle Guy plows the ground for the Cleveland Charge after going through the Stockton Kings and try it with the Warriors in the latter the Summer League, with the dream of returning to where he has always felt he belongs, the NBA.
Kyle Guy with the ball and … pic.twitter.com/dRRLQ6Izv5
— NBA Spain (@NBAspain) December 16, 2020
He is currently a dominant guard in this minor competition, and in recent weeks he has not stopped ringing for Real Madrid, which shows the great line-up they have in Europe. And yet, considering his frenetic scorer profile (Colin Sexton’s role, increasingly liking his impact as combo guard and 6th man) and that he already has some experience at the highest level… shouldn’t JB Bickerstaff consider looking inwards instead of outwards when it comes to rebuilding ranks in the winter market?
Their numbers In the six meetings he has played with the Chargers this season they are 26.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists with 37.3% from triple, a distance from which he is frequently encouraged. Remarkable figures for an environment that is clearly small and that is already asking for a change of scenery. Will it be in the US or will it be time to fly away from home?
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