Arkansas basketball: Former Hog signs lucrative, multi-year contract with Washington Wizards

Former Arkansas basketball player, Daniel Gafford (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Arkansas basketball player, Daniel Gafford (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

A former Arkansas basketball player and current #ProHogs NBA player has just signed a lucrative, multi-year contract.

This former 38th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft originally played for the Chicago Bulls, but was later traded to the Washington Wizards.

The 6’10” big man usually plays center and can slide over to play the power forward position. Can you figure out who this former Razorback might be?

Former Arkansas basketball star Daniel Gafford has signed a $40.2 million contract with the Washington Wizards

We’re talking about none other than Daniel Gafford, the El Dorado, Ark. native has just signed 3-year contract extension, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Gafford enjoyed a career-year in Washington last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 23 games for the Wizards.

Throughout his NBA career, Gafford is averaging 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 97 games.

It’s great to see the hard work paying off for this former Razorback basketball player. Gafford has represented Arkansas extremely well at the NBA level and it’s great to see him be rewarded financially and with a multi-year contract, affording him a little bit of job security.

Gafford will be getting used to several new teammates on the Wizards this season, most notably former Gonzaga standout Corey Kispert and a slew of players who were acquired in the Russell Westbrook trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gafford will help last year’s second leading scorer in the NBA (and former Florida Gator) Bradley Beal improve on last season’s 34-38 finish.

With the signing of this contract, Daniel Gafford becomes one of the highest-paid former Arkansas basketball players currently in the NBA.

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You can watch Daniel Gafford and the Washington Wizards kick-off the 2021-22 NBA season Oct. 20 vs the Toronto Raptors.