The new NBA collective bargaining agreement increased the amount of two-way contracts teams can have on their roster from two, to three. The San Antonio Spurs took advantage of that third two-way slot on Monday by converting Charles Bediako to a two-way contract, according to Chris Haynes.
Bediako is an undrafted rookie center from the University of Alabama. During his last season at Tuscaloosa he average 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 20.7 minutes a game. Bediako was a starter on the Crimson Tide team that won the 2023 SEC championship, and was named to the All-SEC Defensive Team.
Bediako was previously on an Exhibit-10 training camp contract before getting converted. He played for the Spurs summer league team, and appeared in just two of their preseason games. During that time he showed ability as a rebounder and a shot blocker. He joins Victor Wembanyama, Sidy Cissoko and Sir’Jabari Rice as the rookies on the Spurs roster.
Two-way players are eligible to suit up for 50 NBA games over the course of the season. Otherwise they will play for the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate. Bediako, Rice and Dominick Barlow make up the Spurs two-way players this season. Bediako joins the line of Spurs two-way big men who have found a role in the NBA, including Charles Bassey and Drew Eubanks.
Bediako’s first shot at action will come on Wednesday, October 25th as the Spurs take on the Dallas Mavericks in their regular season opener.