J.P. Tokoto forced the 76ers’ hand.
Tokoto reportedly agreed to play overseas or in the D-League this season, but a subsequent report said he’d sign with Philadelphia.
The 76ers, who drafted him No. 58, had to extend a required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum – to keep his rights. They did that, and he took it.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Second-round draft pick J.P. Tokoto has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Tokoto, the 58th overall pick out of North Carolina in the 2015 NBA draft, agreed to a non-guaranteed $525,000 tender offer
Tokoto is in line to become a free agent next summer, and the 76ers can make him restricted by extending a $1,074,636 qualifying offer. So, if Tokoto plays well, he’s in line to get a major payday much sooner than if he’d signed a multi-year contract.
But Tokoto also runs the risk of Philadelphia waiving him before this contract becomes guaranteed Jan. 10. Until then, the 76ers can drop him at any time without paying him any more than he has already earned.
The obvious comparison is K.J. McDaniels, who took the required tender last year and then signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rockets this summer. McDaniels is better than Tokoto, though.
Tokoto will have to justify just making the regular-season roster. The 76ers obviously liked Tokoto enough to draft him, but that might have been based on a belief he’d forgo the tender for a year and be stashed. It’s quite possible Philadelphia identifies 15 players it would prefer to keep over Tokoto.
A good defender and passer for a wing, Tokoto definitely has potential to stick. Despite his shaky jumper, it’s probably more likely than not he does.
There’s a lot on the line for him this preseason, though.