The Portland Trail Blazers signed Devonte Kakoc to a $10,000 contract. This is a non-guaranteed agreement. On Sunday, the team waived center Norvel Pell and signed Olivier Sarr to a training camp contract.
Sarr, 23, will compete with other backups Drew Eubanks and Trendon Watford for a spot in training camp. The Exhibit 10 contract can be converted to a two-way contract before the start of the regular season.
In July 2019, Kakoc decommitted from UNC Wilmington. After signing a 10-season contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was waived a few months later.
In his rookie 2019–20 season, in the Lakers’ 136–122 loss to the Sacramento Kings on August 13, 2020, Kakoc finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 9 minutes of action. He shot 3-for-6 (50%) from the floor.
Training camp could determine whether or not he plays with the Trail Blazers next season.
Then, the 6’7″ wing agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers on December 11, 2019. With the South Bay Lakers, the team’s NBA G League affiliate, Kakoc averaged 19.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
He was then named to the G League All-Rookie Team and selected to the All-NBA G League First Team. The UNC Wilmington product turns 26 next month.
During the 2020-21 season, Kakoc averaged 2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 20 games off the bench for the Lakers. He also shot 58.6% from the field.
Trail Blazers signed forward Devontae Cacok to an exhibit 10 contract
In the year On April 6, 2021, the wing scored a career-high 10 points in 17 minutes in the Lakers’ 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. He finished 5-for-7 (71.4%) shooting from the floor.
In free agency in September 2021, Kakoc signed a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. However, it was removed after a month. The striker did not play a single game for the team.
In addition, the San Antonio Spurs stated that Kakoc must be released from the Nets on October 16, 2021. He then signed a two-way contract with the team. In 14 games with the Austin Spurs, he averaged 20.9 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
In the year On March 2, 2022, the two-way contract was converted into a formal contract. Based on his G League performances, the Trail Blazers have the potential to make a roster.
In the 2021-22 season, in 15 games off the bench, Kakoc averaged 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He also shot 67.7% from the field.
In 111 games against UNC Wilmington in the NCAA, the wing averaged 12.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. After averaging 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in his sophomore season in 2016-17, Kakoc won the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Additionally, during his junior 2017-18 season, the forward led the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 13.5 per game. He averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game. He was named to the All-CAA first team.
In February, Devonte Kacoc became the fifth player in the UNCW basketball program to have his jersey retired. His number 15 jersey remains untouched by the Seahawks.
He will have the opportunity to play for the Trail Blazers next season.