Teams highly value Blue Devils pair

A pair of former Duke basketball players cashed in at the free agency window.

Opening up NBA free agency is always an exciting time for the player and it was no different for two former Duke basketball stars.

Tyus Jones and Marvin Bagley III both cashed in with their current teams and avoided hitting the open market.

Jones became the league’s highest-paid point guard after signing his two-year, $30 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The 2015 national champion proved he could be just as steady and efficient when replacing All-Star Ja Morant or coming off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies after averaging 8.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Tyus Jones will, shockingly, enter his eighth season in the NBA this winter and his fourth year with Memphis as the Grizzlies look to continue their climb up the Western Conference standings.

Another Duke basketball star cashes in during free agency

Marvin Bagley III, who struggled in Sacramento to start his career, has seemingly found a home with the Detroit Pistons with a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension.

Bagley III was traded from the Kings to the Pistons last season but only played 18 games due to injury, which has haunted the former No.2 pick since leaving Durham after one season.

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The 23-year-old averaged 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds during his short stint with the Pistons as Detroit added plenty of young players to try and surprise many around the Eastern Conference this season.

Marvin Bagley averaged just 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games with the Kings last season before the trade and will look to return to his rookie form when he was named to the NBA All -Rookie First Team in 2019.

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