Per Mazzeo, Kilpatrick's contract is prorated at $221,000 and fully guaranteed for the rest of the season. Kilpatrick's $980,000 salary for next season is also guaranteed, and if the Nets don't waive him by June 30, 2017, he stands to make $1.05 million in 2017-18.
Bobby Marks of The Vertical weighed in on Kilpatrick's deal:
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Even with the Kilpatrick guarantee next season Brooklyn still with plenty of room. SK # likely replaces a minimum roster charge this July.3/17/2016, 10:44:32 PM
Kilpatrick starred for the Cincinnati Bearcats in college but went undrafted in 2014. He spent much of his rookie season in the NBA Development League, save for four games with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This season, the 26-year-old had bounced between stints with the D-League's Delaware 87ers and the Denver Nuggets, signing two 10-day contracts with the latter before returning to Delaware.
Eventually, Brooklyn came calling for another 10-day deal and has now rewarded the 2015-16 D-League's leading scorer (26.2 points per game) with some long-awaited stability. On Wednesday, Kilpatrick spoke to Mazzeo about how he longed for a permanent NBA home:
For the past two years, I've been living out of a suitcase and I've been on edge about everything -- not being able to sleep because I didn't know where I'd be playing each week. One week I'd be with one team in one city, and the next week I'd be playing for another team in another city. Now it's like, when does this stop?
In eight contests with the Nets, Kilpatrick has acquitted himself well and flashed his potential. He is averaging 11.9 points in only 19 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 48.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The 2-guard spot is open for the taking in Brooklyn. Markel Brown hasn't proved to be the type of perimeter shooter Kilpatrick is, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is better suited to play the 3.
Absent a nomadic existence to weigh on him and with ample opportunity to showcase his skills, the Nets' modest investment may pay huge dividends.
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