Dzanan Musa, the first-round pick of the Brooklyn Nets in June’s NBA Draft, became the last of the 30 players picked in that round to sign his rookie deal.
The Nets took Musa, a 6-foot-9 swingman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the 29th overall pick and his signing makes him the last of the NBA’s 30 first-round picks to agree to terms this year.
Musa’s agent, Misko Raznatovic, tweeted out the news of the signing Thursday afternoon as well.
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Musa was not scheduled to play for the Nets’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League, but he has been with the team and is on the roster. The signing indicates his buyout from KK Cedevita in Croatia, where he’s played the last three seasons, is complete.
The deal is a standard rookie-scale deal of four years based on draft slot. Per RealGM, the baseline for this year’s 29th overall pick is $7.6 million, but picks can sign for 80 percent to 120 percent of the scale.
The first two years are guaranteed, while the third and fourth seasons are team options.
Musa played the last three seasons for KK Cedevita, helping them to three straight Croatian Leaguie championships, and Musa also joined some elite company when he was named the Rising Star of the 2018 EuroCup.
Musa played 71 games across the Croatia’s A-1 Liga, the regional Adriatic Liga ABA and EuroCup, making 14 starts and averaging 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 23.1 minutes a game. His shooting slash was .470/.313/.804.
It’s been a steady progession for Musa, who turned 19 in May, after he averaged 10.9 minutes and 4.6 points per game with Cedevita’s top club in 2015-16 and 18.6 minutes and 9,1 points a night in 2016-17.
Musa is ready to take that next step now that the procedural step of signing the deal is out of the way.
The Nets lkely aren’t going to be counting on Musa playing a big role as a rookie, as the kid will need to improve his strength and bulk. He was just 195 pounds according to his draft data, which is rail-thin for a player of his height.
Still, his scoring ability and length as a wing player make him a very interesting project and something a young, rebuilding team can afford to take on.
Earlier on Thursday, a report was circulating that the Nets had completed a $750,000 buyout deal with FC Barcelona to pave the way to signing second-round pick Rodions Kurucs to a four-year contract reportedly worth $1.7 million.