ROCHESTER — Rochester’s Matthew Hurt will get a possibility to display his talents with the Milwaukee Bucks throughout the upcoming NBA Summer League.
Hurt, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, spent his first yr of skilled basketball with the Memphis Hustle within the G League. He only played in roughly 10 games, averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, before he suffered a season-ending torn meniscus in his knee last December.
“He’s fully recovered and his knee might be as strong as ever,” said Richard Hurt, Matthew’s father.
The NBA Summer League is an 11-day event with 75 total games that began this week. A lot of the players are from the G League or are NBA incoming rookies or bench players. Many players, like Hurt, are attempting to land a contract with an NBA team or its G League affiliate.
The Hustle, the team Hurt played for last season, are an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Without having a contract in place, Hurt had to determine what was the most effective situation to showcase his talents throughout the Summer League and he selected the Bucks.
“He wasn’t on a whole lot of people’s radar coming off the injury, which was unlucky because he was really beginning to play well,” Richard Hurt said. “And Memphis (the Grizzlies) had talked about possibly bringing him up on a 10-day contract right across the time he got hurt.”
Richard Hurt said the Bucks were curious about Matthew playing for his or her G League affiliate a yr ago, however the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward had already committed to Memphis.
“So this felt good for a whole lot of different reasons and I believe it’s going to showcase what he can do,” Richard Hurt said.
Matthew Hurt, a 2019 John Marshall grad, had a breakout yr as a sophomore at Duke as he averaged 18.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game throughout the 2020-21 season. He was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in addition to the Most Improved Player of the league. His skill set includes with the ability to hit outside shots as he made a lusty 44.4% of his 3-point attempts (56-of-126) during his second and final season at Duke.
The Bucks will likely be playing all six of their Summer League games in Las Vegas. Their first game is on Friday. Games are televised, many on NBATV, with some on ESPN or ESPN2.
If Hurt plays well throughout the Summer League, he could be free to sign a contract with any NBA team.
“Obviously a roster spot (within the NBA) could be the best situation,” Richard Hurt said. “But the truth is coming out of Summer League, a two-way contract might be the goal.”
With a two-way deal, a player receives a $500,000 contract and throughout the course of the season is guaranteed playing time between an NBA team and the G League affiliate of the team. Each team is allowed a pair of two-way contracts.
“We appreciate the chance that Milwaukee is giving him and we appreciated the chance Memphis gave him,” Richard Hurt said. “But at the top of the day, it’s a business and NBA executives make decisions similar to we make decisions on what’s in the most effective interest for him and his profession. So it’s really about trying to search out the correct fit.”