A pair of former Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball stars have just struck new deals with the NBA. Luka Garza signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joe Wieskamp signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
Garza played in 32 games with the Detroit Pistons last season, averaging 5.8 points on 44.9% field shooting and 3.1 rebounds per game. The former Naismith Trophy winner averaged 20.6 points on 51.8% shooting and 9.5 rebounds per game with the Pistons’ G-League affiliate Motor City Cruise. Still, he was released by Detroit after last season and spent this summer with the Portland Trail Blazers’ summer league team.
While terms of the deals were not disclosed, Garza joined striker CJ Elleby to sign with the Timberwolves on Tuesday. Garza was originally chosen number 52 overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2021 NBA draft.
Meanwhile, Wieskamp is re-signing with Spurs. San Antonio hasn’t released the terms of the contract, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that it’s a two-year, $4.4 million deal.
Wieskamp averaged 2.1 points on 35.7% field shooting and 32.6% 3-point shooting in 7.1 minutes per game during his rookie season with San Antonio. He also appeared in 28 games for the Austin Spurs, where he averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.11 steals in 32.4 minutes in the NBA G League.
Wieskamp was selected by San Antonio with the No. 41 overall selection in the 2021 NBA draft, after averaging 13.2 points per game on 41.2% 3-point shooting during his career with the Hawkeyes.
Of course, Keegan Murray also impressed this summer. Murray won the NBA 2K23 Summer League MVP and had social media going wild. All this came as no surprise to his former coach Fran McCaffery.
“They knew exactly what they were getting and were excited about it from the start. Not just in terms of his character and his full skill set, but I think he fits in with the other guys on the team, which Coach (Mike) Brown wants to do.
“I am thrilled for him in every way. I’m thrilled for the organization. I think it’s safe to say that we look at this team as a playoff team. It’s not easy in the West as we know, but I think the way this team was put together was really impressive. I was equally impressed today with Jordi’s training, the things they were doing, the level of intensity with which they approached everything and the way the young people took on the things they are trying to do. I can’t imagine a better fit for Keegan Murray,” McCaffery said of Murray’s Summer League game in July.
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