A pair of former Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball stars have just signed new NBA offers. Luca Garza signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joe Wiskamp re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
Garza appeared in 32 games with the Detroit Pistons last season, averaging 5.8 points on 44.9% shooting from the field 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. However, 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 released, Garza joined CJ Elleby in signing with the Timberwolves on Tuesday. Garza was originally drafted No. 52 by the Detroit Pistons in the 2021 NBA draft.
Meanwhile, Wieskamp re-signs with Spurs. San Antonio did not release the terms of the contract, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports it is a two-year, $4.4 million deal.
Wieskamp averaged 2.1 points on 35.7% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range 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 taken by San Antonio with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft after averaging 13.2 points per game on 41.2 percent 3-point shooting during his career with the Hawkeyes .
Of course, Keegan Murray has also impressed this summer. Murray won the NBA 2K23 Summer League MVP and it sent social media into a frenzy. All of this came as no surprise to his former coach Fran McCaffery.
“They knew exactly what they were getting and were excited about him from the start. Not just in terms of his character and his complete skill set, but I think fitting in with the other guys on the team, what coach (Mike) Brown wants to do.
“I’m excited for him in every way. I am excited about the organization. I think it’s safe to say we see this team as a playoff team. It’s not easy in the West as we know, but I think the way this team came together was really impressive. I was equally impressed today with Jordi’s training, the things they did, the level of intensity with which they approached everything and the way the young guys have picked up on things they are trying to do. I can’t imagine a better fit for Keegan Murray,” McCaffery said of Murray’s Summer League play in July.
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