Former Weber State star Joel Bolomboy waived by Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday , January 09, 2018 - 5:58 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

Former Weber State star Joel Bolomboy saw his NBA contract with the Milwaukee Bucks converted from a two-way deal to a standard NBA contract Sunday, then later in the day, he was waived from the team.

Bolomboy played in six games with the Bucks this season. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

He also played 10 games with the Bucks’ G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, where he averaged 15.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.

Bolomboy signed a two-way contract with Milwaukee three months ago, four days after being waived by the Utah Jazz. The 6-foot-9 forward spent one year with the Jazz organization after completing his eligibility at Weber State.

Two-way contracts, new to the NBA this year, mean two players in each organization will spend time both in the G League and active on the NBA parent club’s roster. They can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster during the season and earn a pro-rated NBA salary during that time.

Adam Johnson, of the website 2ways10days.com, reports Milwaukee’s move to convert Bolomboy’s contract then waive him appears to be a way to retain his rights and sign him to a standard G League contract.

“If Bolomboy were to sign an NBA G League contract this season, the Herd would have first refusal to his rights,” an NBA spokesperson told Johnson.

Bolomboy left Weber State as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,312) and blocks (172) and was selected by the Jazz with the 52nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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