Though draft night was not the celebratory event he hoped it would be, former Boise State forward James Webb III found out hours later he will still get a shot to compete for an NBA roster spot.
Undrafted on Thursday, Webb signed a partially-guaranteed two-year deal Friday morning with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to his agent, Charles Briscoe. The deal gives Webb a signing bonus (the terms of which were not disclosed), along with a chance to compete for a roster spot during summer league and potentially training camp. If the team waives him, it could still send him to its NBA Development League affiliate in Newark, Del.
Philadelphia begins summer league competition July 9 in Las Vegas against the Lakers. Webb had a strong workout with Philadelphia on May 30.
The Sixers took LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday, and added Timothe Luwawu (Mega Leks, Serbia) and Furkan Korkmaz (Andalou Efes, Turkey) with the 24th and 26th picks, respectively. Both could join the team this year; Luwawu is most likely to do so.
Should Webb make the team and play in an NBA regular-season game, he would be the fourth Bronco to do so, joining Chris Childs (1995-2003), John Coker (1996-2001) and Coby Karl (2008-10).