With the 2015 NBA draft now a distant memory and the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season still a few months off, the players lucky enough to be given a shot at the pros are currently inking the contracts that make the next stage of their careers official.
Although most of the deals are mere formalities these days what with the Collective Bargaining Agreement et al, you do get the odd contract that sticks out for one reason and another.
And the Boston Celtics have just confirmed one such deal - a contract for second-round pick Jordan Mickey that has actually set an NBA record.
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According to Yahoo Sports' Ben Rohrback, the former LSU power forward's four-year, $5 million deal is the biggest ever handed out to a second round pick.
The Boston Celtics selected Mickey with the 33rd overall pick of the 2015 draft and, considering the financial outlay announced today, they clearly have high hopes for the young star.
The 6 ft 8 inch rookie made waves during his final year in college basketball, leading all Division I schools in blocks per game (3.64) whilst gaining First-Team All-SEC honors after leading the conference in rebounds - falling just shy of 10 per game.
Mickey has shown promise, too, in his early outings in the famous green of Boston. In five games for the Celtics at the soon to be concluded Las Vegas Summer League the forward averaged 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds and put up a high of 18 points against finalists the San Antonio Spurs.
The news that Mickey has finally inked a deal will come as a relief to Celtics fans who were beginning to get anxious after reports suggested the ex-LSU Tiger was seeking a short term deal.
Avoiding any potential for the one-year, non-guaranteed offer minimum rookie must sign, Jordan Mickey and Boston can now look forward to trying to better an inconsistent 2014-15 NBA season.