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Report: Spurs one of two teams trying to sign PG Bryce Cotton

According to Shams Charania of, the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks are trying to sign undrafted Providence point guard Bryce Cotton.

Charania confirmed to Project Spurs that the deal wouldn’t just be a Summer League deal, but an actual free agent contract that would have to be signed after July 1. If the report is true and the Spurs do sign Cotton, one has to wonder what the future holds for backup point guards Patty Mills (who is an unrestricted free agent) and Cory Joseph, who will be playing this fourth season with the Spurs.

Cotton is a 6’1″ point guard who played all four years at Providence and averaged 21.8 points, shot 42% from the field, tallied 5.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in his senior season. Cotton shot 37% from 3-point range in his senior year, and ranks second in school history with 266 made 3-pointers in his career. He was also named first team All-Big East in both his junior and senior year.

Here are Cotton’s NBA draft profile strengths: One of the most productive and efficient scoring guards in the country. Excellent shot creator both in isolation and pick-and-roll situations. Great perimeter shooter. Doesn’t turn the ball over often.

Here is a 9-minute highlight video of Cotton during his senior year at Providence.

Since this is just a report, there’s also a chance that this could be what is termed as a “Summer Contract.” Here is a brief explanation of a summer contract from Larry Coon’s CBA FAQ:

A summer contract is typically used for training camp invites, because the player’s salary is not included in team salary until the first day of the regular season. In other words, it is a “make-good” contract — the player must make the team’s opening day roster in order to receive his salary and for his contract to be included in team salary.

A summer contract can be signed from the first day after the July Moratorium (see question number 103) to the last day before the regular season. To avoid counting as team salary, the player must clear waivers prior to the first day of the regular season. To qualify as a summer contract no compensation of any kind can be earned or paid prior to the start of the regular season. The salary cannot be guaranteed or insured. However, the player may receive per diem, lodging and transportation expenses, and disability insurance covering summer leagues and training camp.

So at the moment, with no clear indications, this could be an actual free agent deal for a roster spot, or just a summer contract for Cotton to try to earn a position on the roster.











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