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NBA: Tillie rewarded with a contract


The French strong winger (or pivot) from Memphis Kllian Tillie, who until then only had a “two way” contract, signed until June 2023 with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Killian Tillie rewarded! The 23-year-old French player, who until then only had a “two-way” contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, allowing him to go back and forth between the NBA and the G-League, received a new lease in this January 1. The strong winger (or pivot) has indeed signed a “real” NBA contract, carrying until June 2023 and for 2 million dollars. Kevin and Kim’s brother is thus rewarded for his work, he who has played 22 of the 37 matches played by his franchise since the start of the season.

Tillie is averaging 3.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 13 minutes, peaking at 12 points against Houston on Dec. 11 and 6 rebounds against the Lakers on Dec. 29. He also played in several games with Grizzlies-affiliated G-League team Memphis Hustle, where he averaged 11.5 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Tillie had not been drafted

Before Memphis, Killian Tillie had spent four years in the NCAA (even if he was often injured), in the prestigious Gonzaga team in Washington State, and had even played the championship final in 2017 with players like Zach Collins and Rui Hachimura, lost to North Carolina. At the end of 2020, Killie had presented himself to the draft but had not been chosen by any franchise. However, the Grizzlies decided to offer him a two-way contract six days after the draft.

Last season he played 18 games, averaging 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists, and was given a new two-way contract in August. But the young Frenchman convinced his leaders to offer him a more solid contract, within a franchise which occupies a very good fourth place in the Western Conference, with 23 wins for 14 defeats. Killian Tillie will release his new contract on Monday on the Brooklyn floor.

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