The San Antonio Spurs signed Darrun Hilliard to a two-way contract, marking the second player it signed to this new type of deal.
On Monday, the San Antonio Spurs announced the signing of Darrun Hilliard to a two-way contract. He’s a 6-foot-6 shooting guard that was selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
Hilliard has two years of NBA experience, both of which were with the Pistons. He played 77 games for them from 2015-17, starting three and averaging 3.6 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. The most recent season saw him play in 39 games, averaging 3.3 points.
Hilliard had a stint with the Houston Rockets, too, although he never played for them. This came when the Pistons traded him there for cash considerations, before the Rockets sent him in the Chris Paul trade that went down after the 2017 NBA Draft. The Los Angeles Clippers waived him one day later.
As for the two-way deal, this is the second time the Spurs handed it out in the offseason. The first was for Matt Costello, who signed in July. NBA teams can only hand out two two-way deals, so the Spurs reached their limit. These players can move from the G-League to the NBA and vice verse, but can only be on the main roster for 45 days. So, expect to see Hilliard and Costello in the NBA for at least part of the 2017-18 season.
Hilliard provides extra depth at the wing positions. If he gets called up, it would be behind players like Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Paul. So playing time might be difficult to find.
Either way, it might be the final player the Spurs sign before training camp starts. The roster looks set and ready to compete in the 2017-18 season, which begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18.