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The only guarantee for now is that he’ll make some money. But Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff now has a foot in the door when it comes to being on an NBA roster come November.
Thursday, Uthoff signed a partially guaranteed 2-year contract with the Toronto Raptors. It doesn’t assure him a spot on the Raptors’ 15-man roster for the 2016-17 season, but it does mean he’ll probably pocket from $25,000 to $75,000 just for going to camp with the team, according to Raptors Republic.
Much can happen between now and then, roster-wise. But Uthoff, who went undrafted last month, has a team.
Uthoff played for the Sacramento Kings’ team in the Las Vegas Summer League. In four games, he averaged 4.5 points and 17 minutes, shooting 40 percent from the field. He averaged 18.9 points in his senior season with the Hawkeyes.
Chris O’Leary of the Toronto Star wrote “He has the size and shooting ability to provide help at the power forward spot, but could also be a player the team sends to Raptors 905 in the D-League and continue to evaluate through the season.”
Monday, Toronto signed rookie free agent guard Fred VanVleet of Wichita State, who was in the same sort of professional situation as was Uthoff, and who played for the Raptors’ Summer League club.
The NBA’s minimum salary for the coming season will be $543,471.