In one of the bigger surprises of the day, Shams Charania of RealGM is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs and undrafted guard Bryce Cotton have agreed to a two-year partially guaranteed deal.
Undrafted free agent Bryce Cotton of Providence has agreed with Spurs on a partially guaranteed two-year deal, league sources tell RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2014
Cotton was one of the highest rated undrafted guards in this year’s NBA Draft. The senior out of Providence led the Friars to an NCAA Tournament bid on his way to a Big East Tournament Championship and Big East Tournament MVP. Cotton was second in the league in scoring at 21.8 points per game and led the league in assists at 5.9 per game.
Cotton’s deal becomes guaranteed in his second year should he make the roster out of training camp.
The signing comes at an interesting time. With Mills being sidelined for the next seven months with a rotator cuff injury, a third point guard was a need. However, with Kyle Anderson expected to sign and make the roster, and Austin Daye’s option being picked up, roster spaces are limited. Assuming Patty Mills and Boris Diaw return to the team, that would make 14 contracts, with Aron Baynes (qualifying offer) and Matt Bonner waiting in the wings.
The Spurs and their fans will get a first look at Bryce Cotton in the Las Vegas Summer League on July 11th.