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ASU forward Marcus Bagley reportedly signing Exhibit 10 deal with the 76ers

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Arizona State forward Marcus Bagley is reportedly signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the Philadelphia 76ers after going unselected in the 2023 NBA Draft, according to Philly Voice reporter Kyle Neubeck.

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“THANK YOU GOD,” Bagley said to the news on his Instagram story.

Via @marcus/ Instagram stories

The forward will join Arizona’s Azuolas Tubelis in Philly, who inked a two-way deal with the 76ers according to multiple reports.

An Exhibit 10 deal is a one-year, minimum salary NBA contract. The 76ers have the flexibility to convert it to a two-way deal before start of the regular season. Bagley will most likely play on their Summer League team.

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Notes on Bagley from our above article:

Bagley’s three years with Arizona State came to a rough end after off-the-court drama after only two games were played last season. However, he was the Sun Devil with the best chance to hear his name at the draft.

The 21-year-old Bagley kept his name in the NBA Draft as an early entrant, and he was only the only Sun Devil to stay in the draft prematurely after Frankie Collins opted out of the draft process. Despite not getting a combine invite, he was on some draft boards as a late-second round pick.

Arizona State’s Marcus Bagley to remain in NBA Draft

Bagley was a top-30 recruit coming out of high school in 2020. He also declared for the 2021 NBA Draft after his freshman year when he started 11 of the 12 games he played in, averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Draft projections had him as a late-first round or second round pick.

However, he ended up coming back to ASU, as he loved Tempe and Bobby Hurley’s system. He looked to improve his stock and solidify his legacy at the school where his grandfather, “Jumpin’” Joe Caldwell, starred.

Bagley scored 12 and 18 points in the team’s first two games of the 2021-22 season, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game.

After saying in the offseason that he wanted to be “consistently available” this past season, Bagley left the program after an altercation with Bobby Hurley (see more in article above).

Across the 17 games Bagley did play for ASU, he averaged 10.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG and 1.6 TOPG on splits of 38/35/69.

Bagley certainly has the talent to play well at a high level, as he is listed at 6-foot-8 and 217 pounds and can score on all three levels. He is an above-average defender and rebounder, as well as a capable playmaker. He has all the tools to succeed in terms of talent, and despite his injury and behavior concerns, the 76ers still took a chance on him.

If he does get a shot to play in an NBA game, he will join his brother Marvin Bagley, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and current Detroit Piston forward, in the league.

The reported teams that Bagley worked out for were the Hawks, Hornets and Pacers.

In the pre-draft interview with the Pacers above, Bagley said he has “matured a little bit off the court especially after this past year. It was a tough time, so I learned a lot about myself off the court and, ultimately, it helped me on the court. So, I’m just taking it day-by-day just trying to become a better all-around basketball player and let the cards fall where they may.”

If he is past all of the off-the-court issues, Bagley certainly has a chance to make a name for himself and stand out amongst his peers with this opportunity. He posted on his Instagram story a few days ago that he was still a “Sun Devil for life.”

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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