Two French people still without a contract for the coming season had a different weekend: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot signed a contract to train with Phoenix, while Joël Ayayi was released by Orlando even before the start. from training camp.
By this Tuesday, all NBA teams will have started their training camp, just under a month from the start of the season, which will kick off on October 18 by the posters Boston – Philadelphia and Golden State–LA Lakers. But many players have still not found a contract for the 2022-23 season, like the French Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and Joël Ayayi. “TLC”, 27-year-old winger, has already had five franchises (Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Brooklyn and Atlanta), but none have chosen to count on him in the long term, despite interesting stats, especially during the 2019-20 season (the one that ended in the Orlando bubble) with Brooklyn, where he averaged 7.7 points in the regular season, and 16 in his four play-off games. Last season, he only played 13 minutes on average with Atlanta (4.4pts), and the Hawks did not offer him a contract. Member of the French team vice-champion of Europe (4.9pts, 2.4rbds and 1.1pds average in nine games during the competition), the Cannes native will have the opportunity to show his talent, since he will attend training camp for the Phoenix Suns. As part of the team that finished top of the Western Conference last year, before losing in Game 7 of the semi-finals against Dallas, “TLC” will try to win a guaranteed contract, but five others Players will also be tested, and there are only two spots left in the Suns roster.
Ayayi in the G-League?
Joël Ayayi, meanwhile, will not even have the chance to show his talent. Recruited by Orlando on September 13, the 22-year-old rear (or leader) was released by the Magic, but could rebound with Lakeland Magic, the G-League team of the Florida franchise. The Bordeaux native’s NBA career is struggling to take off, he who only played 7 games with the Washington Wizards between October and December 2021the time to score 2 points, take 3 rebounds and deliver 4 assists in total, in 20 minutes of play.