Warriors give second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic four-year contract

Warriors give second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic four-year contract

When the Pelicans were on the clock at No. 39 overall in last month's NBA Draft, the Warriors struck.

Golden State traded two future second-round picks to New Orleans and selected Alen Smailagic.

The Serbian big man signed a contract with the Dubs on Thursday, and we learned the details of the agreement on Friday:

Here is the exact breakdown, according to Spotrac.com:

-2019-20 = $898,310
-2020-21 = $1,517,981
-2021-22 = $1,782,621
-2022-23 = $1,930,681

The last two years are non-guaranteed.

Smailagic spent last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 blocks over the final six games.

He became the youngest player in G League history and doesn't turn 19 years old until next month.

In seven Summer League contests, he registered 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while making 4-of-18 3-point attempts.

[RELATEDOutsiders Film Room: How Dubs second-rounder Smailagic can help]

The Warriors believe in him and he certainly believes in himself.

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NBA free agency: Warriors could target these big men for next season

NBA free agency: Warriors could target these big men for next season

The Warriors will go into the 2020-21 season with positional needs to shore up their depth if they intend to make a run at the title. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy next season, the front office will have to mix and match with what they already have filling out the roster.

At their disposal, the Warriors will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to hand out to unrestricted free agents. So what areas do they need to address the roster? 

This week we already examined the guards and wings that could interest the Warriors. The center position definitely could use another piece as well. 

Kevon Looney was supposed to be a major factor in the frontcourt, but injuries derailed his season and unfortunately, there always will be question marks about his durability moving forward.

Marquese Chriss came out of nowhere and blossomed into the guy that might be holding down the starting center spot next season. Alen Smailagic is way too young and raw to be expected to make a major contribution next season, and the Warriors will be reluctant to use Draymond Green at center too much during the regular season. So the team will need at least one more big, preferably of veteran status, to add to their depth.


NFL rumors: 49ers have discussed Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne extensions

NFL rumors: 49ers have discussed Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne extensions

As the 49ers and George Kittle try to iron out what is sure to be a massive contract extension, the reigning NFC champions also are looking at giving extensions to two other offensive pieces.

The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported Wednesday that "extensions for Raheem Mostert and Kendrick Bourne have been discussed."

Mostert is signed through 2021, but he is in line for a pay raise after the 2019 campaign he had. Mostert evolved into one of the 49ers' key offensive options throughout the season and ended up leading the team in rushing with 772 yards. Mostert, of course, exploded in the NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers when he ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-20 win.

With Matt Breida now a member of the Miami Dolphins and Jerick McKinnon's health still a question mark, Mostert will enter the season as the No. 1 back and a focal point of an offense that is laser-focused on getting back to the Super Bowl and finishing the job.

As for Bourne, he was tendered this offseason as a restricted free agent, and will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Originally undrafted out of Eastern Washington, the 49ers gave Bourne a chance to make it at the NFL level and he has improved every season of his young career. Last season, Bourne caught a career-high five touchdown passes and caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers' playoff run.

[RELATED: Bourne sees Aiyuk as one reason for Super Bowl return]

Bourne has been working hard this offseason in San Jose, with picture and video flooding social media to show that he plans to take another leap in 2020.

At just 24 years old, Bourne's football still is ahead of him and the 49ers would like to keep him in the pattern for the foreseeable future.

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