Detroit Pistons sign Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim to two-way contract

Syracuse, NY ― While Buddy Boeheim wasn’t taken during the NBA’s draft on Thursday night, the Syracuse guard will get a chance to make it to The League.

The Detroit Pistons signed Boeheim to a two-way deal immediately after the draft had been concluded.

A two-way contract stipulates that a player’s salary is dependent upon whether the player is in the NBA or the G-League. The Pistons’ G-League affiliate is the Motor City Cruise.

Detroit’s interest in Boeheim stems from the organization’s inherent familiarity with the Syracuse program and the Syracuse guard. Troy Weaver, the Pistons’ general manager, was an assistant coach at Syracuse from 2000 to 2004. Rob Murphy, Detroit’s assistant general manager and the president of the team’s G-League franchise, also coached at Syracuse from 2004 to 2011.

Murphy reportedly scouted Boeheim this past season and wanted to sign him.

Boeheim, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooter, led the ACC in scoring at 19.2 points per game last year. He made 88 3-pointers, a rate of 2.75 per game that ranked second in the ACC.

He finished his career with 309 made 3-pointers, second only to Gerry McNamara’s school record of 400. For his career, Boeheim made 36.2% of his 3-point attempts, all while being the focal point of opposing defenses as a junior and senior .

Boeheim will most likely play for Detroit’s entry in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League, which runs from July 7-17.

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