Syracuse stars Cole Swider, Buddy Boeheim sign two-way contracts

Dec 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Cole Swider speaks to reporters following Syracuse's 67-53 loss to the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Bierman, The Juice Online.

Former Syracuse basketball players Buddy Boeheim and Cole Swider will be signing a two-way contracts after not being selected in the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports.

Boeheim signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons after a senior season in which he led the ACC in scoring at 19.2 points, while adding 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

Meanwhile, Swider landed with the Los Angeles Lakers after he averaged 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He worked out for the Lakers twice, who were intrigued by his 41.1 percent shooting from 3-point land as a stretch forward in his lone season with the Orange.

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Two-way contracts likely mean both will spend most of their time playing in the NBA G-League while retaining the ability to be “called up” to the NBA by their respective teams.

Players who sign under these terms make more than a standard G League salary, but less than the NBA minimum, and can also practice with their NBA teams and play a limited number of games at the NBA level.

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