Saturday, October 16 2021

Former Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey will reportedly sign a one-year, non-guaranteed tender with the Philadelphia 76ers after the two sides were at odds over contract terms following the NBA draft.

Bassey, the 53rd overall pick, did not play in the Las Vegas Summer League because he had not yet signed a contract. The initial thought was Bassey would sign a two-way contract but the team has since filled its two slots and they were unable to come to terms on a standard deal.

With training camp set to begin next month, Bassey now appears to be on the verge of signing. His representatives were reportedly pushing for a multiyear contract but the final pact will now apparently be just one year, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Sixers rookie Charles Bassey — the No. 53 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft out of Western Kentucky — plans to sign the one-year, non-guaranteed tender, sources said. Bassey and the 76ers have so far been unable to land a rookie deal. Bassey did not play in the Las Vegas Summer League because he was unsigned.

Bassey was named a third-team All-American last season after averaging 17.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots. He was also named the Conference USA Player of the Year and was the first player in program history to earn All-American honors in 50 years.

The Sixers bought the 53rd overall pick from the New Orleans Pelicans for $2 million so they were likely going to sign Bassey, to some degree, all along. The team had wanted to draft a frontcourt player and Bassey could be a good option next season.

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