Smailagic officially signed a contract with the Warriors on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports. It is a four-year, $6.13 million deal with the first two seasons guaranteed. Smailagic was drafted by the Warriors with the 39th overall pick in the 2019 draft. The 18-year-old appeared in 47 G-League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, averaging 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 17.4 minutes. Across seven 2019 summer league appearances, he's posting 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.1 minutes. Smailagic likely won't be a regular rotation player at the NBA level next season, but he could certainly see some run late in blowouts or if the Warriors sustain significant frontcourt injuries.
Smailagic signed a contract with the Warriors on Monday. The Warriors already have Ky Bowman, Julian Washburn and Damion Lee on hand as candidates for their two two-way contracts, so Smailagic's deal is likely an Exhibit 10 contract or a standard NBA deal. The 6-foot-10 power forward was a priority target for the Warriors in the second round of the draft in June after he showed some intriguing potential as a pick-and-pop big man while with Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz in 2018-19.
Smailagic posted 13 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal across 24 minutes in Friday's 96-85 loss to the Hornets in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Serbian product led all rebounders for Golden State, and the 6-10 forward should get plenty of opportunities in Vegas this summer. After a stint with the Lakers' G-League franchise in 2018, Smailagic joined the Santa Cruz Warriors last season and could find himself in a similar position for the 2019-20 season. While the Warriors have big shoes to fill in the wake of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala's departure, Smailagic would need to have a dominant summer to impact the restructuring of the team's starting five.
Smailagic will play for the Warriors during summer league, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. As expected, the 39th overall pick in the 2019 Draft will get some familiarity with the Warriors' system while in Vegas. He's shown promise as a pick-and-pop and slashing big.
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