Cliff Alexander, who went undrafted then played for the Nets in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues, has been signed to an NBA contract by the Portland Trailblazers, Alexander tweeted.
God has still found ways to bless me through the struggle. I am officially apart of the NBA & Trailblazer family pic.twitter.com/O69Jj5frhM— Cliff Alexander (@CAlexander) July 24, 2015
Alexander did not disclose any details of the contract but Fred Katz of Bleacher Report tweeted out some specifics.
Cliff Alexander's deal is two years. Non-guaranteed for year two. Partially guaranteed for $100K in year one.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 25, 2015
It's not known whether the Nets had offered the 19-year-old a training camp invitation.
After going undrafted, Alexander had 12 to 15 teams interested in signing him, his agent, Mark Bartlestein reported, but after looking at the rosters of the teams, he chose the Nets, believing their lack of depth upfront heightened his chances of making the team. Since then, of course, the Nets re-signed Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, signed Thomas Robinson, Willie Reed and Andrea Bargnani and traded for Quincy Miller.
The 6'9", 240-pound Alexander looked raw --and admitted to be nervous-- in Orlando, but played well "at times" according to Lionel Hollins in Las Vegas. Portland scouted Alexander in Las Vegas, according to a league source.
Alexander is the second Nets summer league player to be signed by another NBA team. At the end of the Orlando Summer League, the Spurs signed Jonathon Simmons, a 6'6" swingman, to a guaranteed one-year deal.
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