Per Shams Charania:
“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.”
We knew the two sides had been at somewhat of an impasse in terms of a contract, but it had long been expected that Bassey would assume the roster spot made available by the release of Anthony Tolliver. Still, a one-year deal is certainly a surprise from Bassey’s camp. Given the fact that most of the league was already fine letting him fall to the 53rd overall pick in the draft, how much could Bassey’s play in G League competition sway the minds of league executives? Most late second-round picks would welcome an additional year under contract to continue improving and exhibit development prior to the next deal being signed.
Additionally, the non-guaranteed portion of the report would seem to leave the door open for the Sixers releasing Bassey if the roster spot was needed.