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Michigan State's Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. reportedly sign undrafted free agent deals

June 24, 2022
<p>Trevor Keels (1) is defended by Gabe Brown (44) during Duke&#x27;s victory over Michigan State on March 20, 2022.</p>

Trevor Keels (1) is defended by Gabe Brown (44) during Duke's victory over Michigan State on March 20, 2022.

At the end of the 2022 NBA Draft, former Michigan State players Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. were not selected as part of the 58 in this year's draft class.

However, it appears as if both Brown and Bingham will get their chance to prove themselves as free agents in the NBA Summer League.

First reported by basketball writer Adam Zagoria, Brown has signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bingham has signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Bingham's agent Chris Grier Luchey confirmed.

Both will begin to play in the NBA Summer League in July as they work to prove themselves and earn a spot on either an NBA or G-League roster for their new respective teams.

Their teammate Max Christie is the only Spartan who was drafted this year, going 35th overall in the second round to the Los Angeles Lakers. Christie departed MSU after just one season where he averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.

Bingham and Brown both decided to depart MSU after four years, opting out of their fifth year of COVID-19 eligibility. During their senior year, they played an integral part in head coach Tom Izzo's starting lineup as well as serving as leaders for their younger teammates, but both struggled to be consistent offensive threats.

Although the team as a whole struggled with consistency last season, Brown led the team with 11.6 points per game. He also shot 38.2% from behind the arc and averaged 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

In his senior season, Bingham averaged 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. The 7'0" center also became the school's all-time block leader with 168 over four seasons.

If they both make their respective team's rosters, it will be a tale of two cities. The Thunder finished 14th in the Western Conference last season with a 24-58 record, while the Mavericks ended their season with a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and a 52-30 record.

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