Less than twenty-four hours after the NBA Draft, two more wildcats have found themselves signing NBA contracts. Davion Mintz and Kellan Grady have now officially 'made it to the NBA.'
The duo spent only one season together in Lexington, while Davion Mintz had one prior to Grady's arrival, but it sure was special as they filled out the trio of veterans on the roster alongside Keion Brooks. As captains and the ultimate leaders on last year's roster, it's very rewarding to see the two, who left their respective programs (Creighton and Davidson) to finish out their collegiate careers at Kentucky, trusting that the staff would take them where they were wanting to go. Well, it worked.
Davion Mintz has officially signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Washington Wizards, which we can get into what an Exhibit 10 contract exactly is a little later. After 56 career games as a Wildcat, Davion Mintz leaves the program having totaled 551 points, 146 rebounds, 132 assists, 44 steals and 9 blocks.
Kellan "Grandad" Grady has also signed an Exhibit 10 contract in the league, going with the Denver Nuggets. He wrapped up his final season of college basketball averaging 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.8 steals while shooting 44.6% from the field and 41.7% from the three.
This is great for the two, as Kentucky now has 4 different players from last year's roster slated to play professional basketball this summer.
Let's get into what these contracts mean for Mintz and Grady. According to an article by the CBA, an Exhibit 10 contract is a 'one-year, minimum salary NBA contract with a specific Exhibit 10 attachment built into it and no other bonuses. These attachments are not present in every NBA contract, only deals in which both parties have agreed to include it. Exhibit 10 attachments allow the NBA team to convert a player’s one-year, minimum contract into a two-way contract but this has to occur prior to the start of the regular season. These one-year deals are often non-guaranteed, which lets NBA teams waive the player and remove their cap hit from the team payroll. Exhibit 10 attachments allow players to earn a bonus of $5,000 to $50,000 in the event that they are waived by the NBA team, then sign a deal with that franchise’s G League affiliate* and remain with that affiliate team for 60 days.' More in depth of what Exhibit 10 contracts can equal out to can be read here.
So now, the Portland Trailblazers (Sharpe), the Houston Rockets (Washington), the Washington Wizards (Davion Mintz) and the Denver Nuggets (Grady) all have Kentucky guys joining their rosters. The takeover of the NBA continues for another season.