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Former Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey and the Philadelphia 76ers still remain at an impasse regarding contract negotiations less than three weeks before the start of training camp.

Bassey did not play with the Sixers 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 he and his representation are seeking a standard NBA deal.

According to Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Bassey is looking for a three-year contract from the Sixers with the first two years fully guaranteed. However, the Sixers have been unwilling to guarantee the contract beyond the first season.

As Bassey began to fall toward the middle of the second round, teams who were interested in selecting him, including the Sixers, were made aware that he was looking for an NBA contract, and was not interested in signing a two-way deal. …

Bassey’s request was also strengthened by the fact that he had a contract offer with a multiyear guarantee — similar to the one (Brandon) Boston Jr. signed (worth $4.3 million over three years) — on the table from a team if he were to go undrafted, multiple sources told The Athletic.

The Sixers bought the 53rd pick from the New Orleans Pelicans for $2 million, so they certainly liked what they saw from him in college. The team had wanted to draft a frontcourt player and Bassey projects to be a good option.

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 negotiations figure to be worth monitoring over the next few weeks with training camp looming. He could also look to sign a one-year contract with the Sixers and become a free agent next summer so it would appear something will get done sooner than later.

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