Report: James Blackmon Jr. agrees to free agent deal with Philadelphia

  • 06/23/2017 7:46 am in

Former Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who went undrafted on Thursday night in the 2016 NBA draft at the Barclays Center, has agreed to a free agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the news early Friday morning.

The 6-foot-3 Blackmon Jr., who left Indiana early for the NBA following his junior season, will have to play his way onto a roster without a guaranteed contract.

His opportunity will begin in July as he joins Philadelphia in the Vegas summer league, which runs July 7-17 on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Blackmon Jr. was the sixth player recruited by Tom Crean to leave Indiana to play professionally with eligibility remaining and the second to go undrafted.

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both lottery picks in 2013 and Noah Vonleh was a lottery pick in 2014 and Thomas Bryant was a second round pick this year. Troy Williams went undrafted in 2016.

In 76 carer games for the Hoosiers, Blackmon Jr. averaged 16.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

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  • HoosierHeel

    Good for him! He got the opportunity he was looking for. Hopefully he can stay healthy, improve his guard skills, and learn some defense, because that three could keep him in the NBA for many years. Good luck, JBJ!

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  • TomJameson

    And the sixth player was OG Anunoby who was drafted in the first round at #23.
    I really feel good about JBJ and seriously hope he can shoot himself onto a team. I’ve have always consistently heard nothing but good things about how he is just a really nice guy from a great family. He will be yet another great ambassador for IU Basketball.

    Three good representatives in the pro ranks this year. Has to look good for IU.

  • Jimmy Arata

    I will be interested in JBJ’s progression through the pro ranks. I want and hope nothing but the best for him. I would love to see him as a Pacer, so we could continue to watch him, but whatever happens, I want it to be good . . . for him.

  • Hoosier Hall

    That’s awesome for JBJ! Obviously there isn’t a guaranteed contract but he’s getting paid and has the opportunity to earn a roster spot.

  • John D Murphy

    76ers in the 3 day 4 team Jazz summer league (extension of the LV summer league). First game is July 3 at 3pm ET. Then 7/5 5pm ET. Then 7/6 at 3pm ET. All 3 games are on NBATV. This is step 1 for JBJ. Next is to get a fall camp invite from someone. The other 3 teams in Utah are the Jazz, Spurs, and Celtics.

  • John D Murphy

    Alex. 76ers in Utah summer league prior to LV (7/3-7/6).

  • inLinE6

    Is this deal for summer league only?

  • tjblackdog

    Ba hah hah, how embarrassing, Callapari, actually told this kid the truth 4 years ago.

  • The Lights Go Down

    Yogi wasn’t drafted either.

  • Bruce Clark

    How disrespectful to a IU athlete. Millions would love to have the opportunities available to JBJ. Wishing James all the best!

  • tjblackdog

    This guy stole a scholarship from someone that would have done more to help the team win, and was actually concerned about a college education. That’s the disrespectful part.

  • david r

    He’ll get a small amount of cash for attending the summer league. He has to make the roster.. then he’ll get rookie minimum. Most likely he will play for the Delaware 87ers {NBDL). Their d-league roster lists Russ Smith (Louisville) and Aaron Harrison as JB”s competition.

  • VanPastorMan

    The guy can make shots. If he can get better defensively and his knees can keep healthy he has a real shot because he can make shots.

  • HoosierHeel


  • John D Murphy

    They will evaluate him in the summer league and either retain him for fall camp or not. Teams usually invite a few extra guys to fall camp but the summer team has anywhere from 0-13 extra guys. For instance the Warriors will probably only have 2 guys on their summer roster that will be on their falll roster. Maybe another 2-3 get fall camp invites.

  • Outoftheloop

    Good info.

  • John D Murphy

    JBJ is one class short of graduation (and is finishing this summer) after 3 years. I’d say he was REALLY concerned about a college education. Your comments are antagonistic, disrespectful, mean-spirited, and classless.

  • Bruce Clark

    So leaving just a class or two shy of a degree in 3 years is not ‘actually concerned about a college education’? Disagree. James is a great shooter, a good guy, and helped IU considerably.

  • MikeinNC

    Seems like his best landing spot might eventually be in Europe with a team that needs his shooting and where his defensive shortcomings may be less of a liability. Problem with the NBA is he could struggle to create scoring opportunities, while getting absolutely torched on defense. Hope I am wrong and that he makes it to the NBA.