Wednesday night saw the Utah Jazz draft a paint-protecting big man and a high-scoring wing. Thursday morning saw them add a point guard prospect and another defensive-minded big.
The Jazz signed Florida State guard Trent Forrest to a two-way contract, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, and Seton Hall center Romaro Gill to an Exhibit 10 contract, per NJ Advance Media’s Adam Zagoria.
Forrest, a four-year senior, won 104 games in his career in Tallahassee — the most in program history. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Florida native averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior, though he shot just 28.1% (a career-high) from 3-point range. Last season, he helped the Seminoles to a 26-5 overall record and the ACC Championship. Forrest earned All-ACC Second Team and All-ACC Defensive Team honors.
Gill, meanwhile, is a 7-2, 255-pound native of Jamaica who declared for the draft following his fifth-year senior season, played with with the Pirates. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game, while shooting 62.8% from the field and 67.5% from the free-throw line. He earned both Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player honors.
Zagoria, who confirmed the signing with Gill’s agent, wrote that the center “runs the floor well for a big man and, on the advice of NBA personnel, has been working on his mid-range game.”
Each NBA team is allowed a pair of two-way contracts, which enable the players to split time between the pro team and its G League affiliate. Under the amended terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, two-way players can spend up to 50 games with their NBA team during the 2020-21 season. Last season, the Jazz’s two-way players were second-round picks Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman.
Teams are allowed to expand their rosters up to 20 players in the offseason to have extra bodies for training camp and to audition players for G League spots, and frequently will sign rookie free agents in the aftermath of the NBA Draft to contracts with Exhibit 10 clauses. Those are one-year, nonguaranteed deals with bonuses of between $5,000 to $50,000 designed to entice the player to stay with the club’s G League affiliate for at least 60 days (upon which the bonus would pay out) rather than accepting a deal from an overseas club.