Ron Baker (Knicks) and Gary Payton II (Rockets) headline undrafted players signing contracts with NBA teams

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Some intriguing players went undrafted, but many of them are still getting NBA contracts.

Ron Baker:

Gary Payton II:

Robert Carter:

James Webb III:

Yogi Ferrell:

Isaiah Taylor:

Kyle Wiltjer:

Sheldon McClellan:

Danuel House:

A rule of thumb: Longer contracts are almost always better for teams in these situations. The final years rarely have any guarantees. So, if the player pans out, he’s locked into a below-market deal. If he doesn’t, he gets waived and earns nothing for those additional years.

That’s why teams offer partial guarantees in the first season – to incentivize the player to accept more years.

Many of these players will wind up in training camp, cut then assigned to the D-League. But for now, NBA teams have locked them down.