Christian Koloko bet on himself by entering the NBA Draft this spring.
That bet has officially paid off, as the Toronto Raptors have signed the 33rd overall pick to a three-year, $5.24 million deal. The first two years of the contract are guaranteed, while the third year is non-guaranteed becoming fully guaranteed in late-June 2024, according to Spotrac’s Keith Smith.
Christian Koloko got part of the Non-Taxpayer MLE from the Toronto Raptors in a three-year deal:— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 29, 2022
First two seasons are fully guaranteed. Third season is non-guaranteed becoming fully guaranteed in late-June 2024.@spotrac
The 7-foot-1, 230 pound Koloko averaged 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.8 steals in five NBA Summer League games.
Bennedict Mathruin previously signed a four-year, $29.9 million guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, while Dalen Terry signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, $6.5 million of which is guaranteed.
Koloko appears to have a good chance to compete for quality playing time as a rookie. He’s the only player on Toronto’s roster above 6-foot-9, giving him a sizable edge on the court.
Koloko already shares a special connection with the Raptors’ star player, Pascal Siakam. They hail from the same town, Douala, Cameroon.
Koloko talks about his and Siakam’s shared background in an NBA.com article.