At long last, former Illinois basketball star Brandon Paul has secured a guaranteed NBA deal.
Multiple media outlets reported on Thursday that the 6-foot-4 guard has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs. Official contract details have not yet been disclosed.
Paul is coming off yet another successful showing in the NBA Summer League. In 7 total games with the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, he averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game on 47.12% shooting from the field.
The highlight of Paul’s stint with Cleveland came on July 10, when he netted a game-high 21 points in a win over the Golden State Warriors.
Paul played at Illinois from 2009-13, where he finished his career ranked eighth on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,654 points). His senior season with the Fighting Illini was particularly noteworthy as he went on to average a team-high 16.6 points per contest; he also logged a 43-point effort against Ohio State that winter.
Undrafted out of college, Paul played a few seasons in Europe prior to signing a partially guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers last Summer. That stay was short-lived, however, as the 76ers opted to cut Paul during training camp.
Paul is undoubtedly one of the best Fighting Illini in recent memory. Hopefully he’ll be able to cement himself as a valuable role player in the future while carving out a consistent role with San Antonio.