The 2013-2014 NBA season begins next week, and 5 former Gonzaga players will hope to make an impact on their respective teams.
Ronny Truiaf - Minnesota
2012 NBA Champion, Ronny enters the season much like he has for his whole career, as a backup energy big man. He will fill in at both C and PF for the Wolves. Kevin Love
and Nik Pekovic are very solid starters, but Derrick Williams and Gorgui Dieng
are unimpressive and untested respectively. Ronny should be a solid rotation piece for them this season. Contract: 2 years at 1,500,000 per year.
Austin enters his 5th year with a lot to prove for the Raptors. After a dissapointing 3 1/2 years as a first round pick in Detroit, Austin will need to prove he belongs on a changing Raptors squad. Rudy Gay may very well be traded again this year, regardless Austin needs to make the most of every opportunity he has. Contract: 2 years. 950,000 year 1 with partial guarantee of 1,050,000 in year 2.
and Elias Harris
- Los Angeles Lakers
Rob had a good enough year last year as a back up C to earn a 3 year deal from LA. Elias will come in hoping to do the same. He very well could see D League action as the Lakers have a lot of big men this year. Contract: Rob has a 3 year deal woth 790,000 year 1, 915,000 year 2, and 980,000 year 3, (Year 2 and 3 or only partially guaranteed). Elias has a 2 year partially guaranteed minimum deal for 490,000 and 816,000 in year 2.
Kelly is the Zag with the most exciting opportunity this year. As a rookie lottery pick on a completly revamped Celtics team, he should see a large amount of minutes and great involvement in the Celtics offense. In the annual GM survey concluded this week, Kelly was voted the steal of the draft by 13 GMs. He was also voted of the short list of Rookie of the Year candidates. Contract: Rookie Scale contract for 4 years (Team option for years 3 and 4) 1,980,000 year 1, 2,075,000 year 2, 2,165,000 year 3, 3,090,000 year 4.
Best of Luck to all the Former Zags NBAers, as well as those still playing overseas.
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