Jan 27, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31) drives past Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) during the third quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
While Talen Horton-Tucker resigning with the Lakers was the biggest and most notable deal signed by a former Cyclone during NBA free agency on Tuesday, he was not the only one to sign the dotted line.
Abdel Nader re-upped with the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns on a two-year deal worth $4.2 million, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, while Georges Niang inked a two-year, $6.7 million agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers, as first reported by NBA insider Marc Stein.
Nader, who played for Iowa State from 2014-16, averaged 6.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 24 appearances this past season for Phoenix while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range. He figures to remain in a bench role as the Suns will look to build on their run to the NBA Finals last month behind stars Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton and Chris Paul.
Niang, who finished his college career in 2016 as Iowa State’s second all-time leading scorer, emerged as one of the league’s best 3-point snipers last season, shooting 42.5 percent from deep while averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds during 72 appearances for the Utah Jazz. The Methuen, Mass. native is expected to be the Sixers’ backup power forward and a high-level shooting option off the bench, which the team was in desperate need of.