Brandon Paul has been turning heads on the NBA Summer League circuit, and it appears he may have played himself into an opportunity for a full-time roster spot. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the former Fighting Illini guard has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Exact details of the contract are currently unknown.
Brandon Paul has joined the Philadelphia 76ers on a partially guaranteed deal, according to sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 19, 2016
While playing alongside No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, Paul averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. Those numbers come on the heels of impressive showings during Orlando Summer League; with the Charlotte Hornets, Paul averaged 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per contest.
Although things continue to look up for the 25-year-old, his shot at the NBA remains an uphill climb. As of Monday, the Sixers already had 19 players under contract, including six at Paul's position. So the most likely end result is probably another D-League stint with the Delaware 87ers. But, hey, Paul has given himself a legitimate shot ahead of training camp. What more can you ask?
July 19, 2016 Poll Question
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