The reason I find this good news is that it is very tough for guys to sign on with teams that are not drafted. Players may have NBA talent, but if they are not drafted, it seems like NBA teams will keep signing journeyman retreads instead of giving a young player who has all the skills, but just needs a break. I thought Gary Neal was one of the best two guards I saw this summer, and I was worried he would head back overseas (he's been a great player in Europe the past two years) because he couldn't get a guarantee. Instead, the Spurs recognize that the guy can play and lock him up. I think he will help them this year.
Samuels is an undrafted rookie from Louisville who I liked because of how hard he played and how relentless he was around the basket. Again, I'm happy to see a young guy rewarded with a contract, because it is next to impossible to get one once you go undrafted.
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