Second-round pick J.P. Tokoto has agreed to a non-guaranteed, one-year tender offer with the Sixers, per Lord Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal comes with a rookie minimum $525,000 cap hit and gives way for the possibility for Tokoto to be a restricted free agent next summer.
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The Sixers would have to make him a qualifying offer to keep matching rights - or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent.
For Tokoto, this season will be an opportunity to show the 76ers that he has staying power in the NBA and potentially increase his second-year salary significantly.
Tokoto, 21, will likely share time between Philadelphia and its NBA Development League affiliate in Delaware. Tokoto played for the Sixers' summer league teams in Las Vegas and Utah.
Momentum appeared to be building for Tokoto to play either in Delaware as a domestic draft-and-stash, a la Josh Huestis, or head overseas to start his career. Instead, the Tar Heel will be going the route of the team's 2014 second-round pick, K.J. McDaniels, in the hopes of securing a more lucrative deal in 2016, whether that be in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
Tokoto struggled to show tangible NBA skill or a real feel for the game in his first Summer League. With a wealth of athleticism but no real niche in the pros, he's likely destined for the Lorenzo Brown Memorial Delaware role, as Woj hinted at. With the training camp roster at 21 following the Christian Wood signing, and some uncertainty on the T.J. McConnell front, we should know more about how camp will be shaping up sooner rather than later.