San Antonio Spurs Hand Out 4-Year Contract To Center

The San Antonio Spurs traded their much in-demand man in the middle, Jakob Poeltl, to the Toronto Raptors 
at last weeks' deadline. But they feel they might have a nice young replacement in 6'11" center Charles Bassey, signing him today to a four-year contract.

NBA Insider Shams Charania reports that it's a 4-year, $10.2M deal for Bassey with a guarantee of $5.2M. 

Bassey is in his second year in the NBA, after being selected in the second round in the  2021 Draft. He's averaging 4.7 points and 5.3 rebounds and just under one block per game in only 13.6 minutes. On a per-36-minute basis, that works out to 12.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots. He's also shooting 67% from the floor.

Head coach Gregg Popovich is now using Bassey as the top backup to starting center Zach Collins, while moving veteran Gorgui Dieng out of the rotation. 

Bassey had spent much of the past month in the G League with the Austin Spurs, where he's been putting up moster numbers, with 25.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in four Showcase Cup games, and 22 and 9 in ten regular season games. 

He'll now be a Spur for some time to come.

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