The Nuggets topped off an eventful night on Wednesday night when they reached an agreement on a reciprocal deal with Marquette sniper Markus Howard following the NBA draft, a competition source told The Denver Post.
Despite being 5-foot-11, Howard led the NCAA with a score of 27.8 points per game. The deal can’t be made official until free agents can sign on Sunday.
While Howard’s height is a concern and can make it difficult for him defensively, his sizzling three-point shooting isn’t. Howard’s worst 3-point shootout rate over four years at Marquette was 40.3%. His best, during his freshman year, peaked at 54%. Howard set the school record with 2,761 points throughout his career.
Players with a two-way contract are generally only allowed to play in the NBA for 45 days. However, due to the nature of the upcoming season, the NBA has relaxed its rules. There is no 45-day service limit for two-way players this year. Instead, the NBA said in a recent memo that two-way players cannot be on the active list for more than 50 games.
In other words, Howard will spend a lot more time with the Nuggets than is typical for two sided players.
Bol Bol is Denver’s only other two-way player. The NBA training camp starts on December 1.
The deal set a significant night for the Nuggets, who picked Arizona C Zeke Nnaji at number 22 and then went back to the draft two picks later to take combo guard RJ Hampton.