Mathias Lessort, the 50th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will be joining the Sixers for the remainder for Las Vegas Summer League.
Mathias Lessort, the 50th selection on June 22, has received FIBA clearance to play in the summer league. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward will be eligible to play in Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game against the Boston Celtics at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Lessort, 21, spent last season with Nanterre 92 in France’s top league. He averaged 10 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. He helped Nanterre win the FIBA Europe Cup, as well as the French Cup, and was named French League Co-6th man of the year in 2016 with Elan Chalon. 92 in France
Lessort’s addition to the team means that both of the Sixers’ second round picks will be playing in summer league. Jonah Bolden, the 36th overall pick, has been with the team since Utah Summer League.
Neither one are under contract with the Sixers, and it doesn’t appear either will be after their time at summer league comes to an end. Philadelphia has 15 players under contract, include six front court players. Bolden is currently under contract with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia for the 2017-18 season, and although the Sixers could cover his $675,000 buyout, general manager Bryan Colangelo has made it seem as though he’ll spend at least this upcoming season overseas.
“The European or international selections all will be players that will likely stay overseas,” Colangelo said in a press conference after the draft in June.
That will also apply to Lessort, who recently inked a contract with Bamberg in Germany, as well as first-round pick Anzejs Pasecniks.