Angel Delgado signs two-way contract with LA Clippers, Desi joins Summer League team

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Seton Hall’s senior class went undrafted, but Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez — both of whom participated in plenty of pre-draft workouts — will temporarily team up as part of the LA Clippers organization.

Delgado is in the safer of the two positions as he signed a two-way contract with the Clippers just minutes after the 2018 NBA Draft concluded last night.

If you’re not familiar with that type of contract (read up), it’s similar to what Isaiah Whitehead was doing last season with the Brooklyn Nets without the guaranteed NBA money.

The key thing to remember is that two-way contracts allow the player to spend 45 days in the NBA, during which they earn an NBA salary (as opposed to their G-League equivalent). It’s not far off from similar contract structures used in the NHL and MLB.

According to the SB Nation Clippers blog, it seems Delgado’s situation hinges upon the futures of DeAndre Jordan (contract option) and Montrezl Harrell (contract expires this summer).

The blog says Angel could fight for the Clippers’ third-string center spot if those contract situations play out the right way. If not, Angel will spend most of his time with their G-League affiliate in Ontario, California.

At the very least, Delgado has his foot wedged in the door and has breathing room to earn himself some NBA minutes.

As for Desi Rodriguez, his situation is more precarious. 

Rodriguez hasn’t signed a contract, but he has agreed to play with the Clippers’ Summer League team and will most likely link up with Angel on the court next month.

This will mostly serve as a showcase for Rodriguez to turn some heads in other front offices, or attract interest from international basketball clubs.

Summer League players get paid a daily three-figure stipend for food while other room and board costs are covered by the franchise for the duration.

Along with The Tournament’s Seton Hall Alumni team that takes the court next month, Hall fans will now have some Pirate-related hoops to take in during the long off-season.

Let’s hope that both Angel and Desi get opportunities to impress next month and make the most of that time. It’d be fitting to see at least two guys from the 2014 recruiting class in the NBA at the same time.