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Wenyen Gabriel Signs Two-Way Contract with the Sacramento Kings



Wenyen Gabriel has found an NBA home.

The former Kentucky small forward went undrafted after two years in Lexington, but worked his way onto an NBA Summer League roster. After averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds through five games, David Aldridge reports the Sacramento Kings will sign him to a two-way deal.

In two years at Kentucky, Gabriel averaged 5.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block per game.  Gabriel was selected to the All-SEC Tournament Team after he made a record seven three-pointers in the tournament semifinal against Alabama.  He is now the fourth Kentucky Wildcat in the Kings’ organization, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox and Skal Labissiere.

When Gabriel initially decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft, few believed he could make it in the NBA.  Everyone at KSR is happy to see Gabriel the doubters wrong.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 Comments for Wenyen Gabriel Signs Two-Way Contract with the Sacramento Kings

  1. StuckinLville
    3:30 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Very happy for him. He was one that definitely left for the money to help his family and I’m glad it’s worked out for him. Just another Cat in the NBA.

    • gobble gobble
      4:23 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      Nick… for fug sake… PROOFREAD

    • BigBlueMeade
      4:34 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      Wenyen has said over and over he did NOT do it because his family needed money. He did it because he felt he was ready and could do it.

  2. FunkyMonkey
    3:35 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Could not have happened to a better young man, hope he kills it.

  3. 4everUKblue
    4:17 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Congtrats Wenyen, we’ll miss you.

  4. bigbluebanana
    4:44 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, maybe when KSR makes some extra restaurant money they can send you away to writer’s camp. Man, are you awful at it.

  5. MadHatter
    5:14 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    What’s a two-way contract?

    • ryan1723
      5:35 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      A guaranteed G league spot. Guarantees 75,000 and that team owns his rights for call ups.

    • BBNDan7
      6:56 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      I believe they also make $200,000 for each game that they get called up for

    • MadHatter
      8:58 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      Sweet deal for Wenyen!

    • pancakesfordinner
      3:33 pm July 29, 2018 Permalink

      They do not get $200,000 a game! That’s like a $16.4 million a year contract. Which is more than double any rookie gets.

      Basically they make a more in the G League ($75k rather than $26k), can get called up a few games a year. NBA rosters are limited to 15 people, and can have 2 two way players. If they play 45 days on an NBA team they can make up to $204k, which is a prorated 1/4 of a minimum rookie contract.

      It gives Wenyen much more security and a chance to come up a few games if the Kong’s have injuries.

  6. bwise
    6:01 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats! Julius mays was the best player to put on a Kentucky uniform (drew franklin)

  7. Alleykat16
    8:18 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats young man. I couldn’t be more happy for him

  8. TBW3011
    10:30 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Happy for him. Waste of money for the Kings.

  9. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    11:50 am July 29, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats to Wenyen. Keep writing, Nick. I always enjoy your posts. These people blow donkey nuts for quarters.