This year’s free agency period featured a dozen former Blue Devils eligible to sign new contracts. They have done quite well for themselves:
- Kyrie Irving – Four-year, $142 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets
- JJ Redick – Two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans
- Rodney Hood – Two-year, $16 million contract to return to the Portland Trail Blazers
- Seth Curry – Four-year, $32 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks
- Austin Rivers – Two-year deal with the Houston Rockets (terms not disclosed)
- Quinn Cook – Two-year, $6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
- Tyus Jones – Three-year, $24 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies
- Jabari Parker – Two-year, $13 million dollar contract with the Atlanta Hawks
Those contracts total $259.5 million. Other former Blue Devils still left to sign are Luol Deng, Trevon Duval, and Lance Thomas (unrestricted free agents) as well as Amile Jefferson (Orlando Magic extended a qualifying offer and can match any offer sheet he signs).
This does not include the rookie contracts that Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, and Marques Bolden. Williamson, Barrett, and Reddish could sign for over $57.5 million combined.
That should dispel any notion that Duke players can’t make it in the NBA.