Milwaukee Bucks Sign Donte DiVincenzo, Who Has Less Than $4 In Bank Account, To $2.5 Million Rookie Contract

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 12, 2018 09:37 AM EDT
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Milwaukee Bucks draftee Donte DiVincenzo is set to earn the big bucks after the team signed the former Villanova Wildcat into a rookie scale contract.

Prior to inking a deal with the Bucks, teammate D.J. Wilson posted a photo on Instagram of DiVincenzo savings and checking accounts which display a grand total of $3.71. Ironically, DiVincenzo showed the balance of his bank account on an iPhone X which costs in the range of $1,000.

"DiVincenzo's life is boutta change," Wilson's caption read.

The 21-year-old DiVincenzo is set to earn $2.5 million in the upcoming season and at least $5.4 million guaranteed in the next two seasons. The Collective Bargaining rookie pay scale is rated at $2,067,500. With DiVincenzo already signed, Lonnie Walker and Dzanan Souza are the only remaining first-round picks who have yet to ink a deal.

DiVincenzo who played the hero role for the Wildcats in the NCAA title game is set to receive his first paycheck on Nov. 15 as per CBA rules. Should his cash ran out, basketball pundits say that DiVincenzo can always sell some autographs, compete in local playgrounds for money or borrow from his teammates.

Currently, DiVincenzo is staying in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League. DiVincenzo has yet to appear in the Bucks' three Summer League games after suffering a horrible groin injury. CBS Sports journalist Pete Blackburn says that gambling might be the reason of DiVincenzo's depleted bank account.

Good Signing For The Bucks

DiVincenzo is expected to provide depth in the offensive end for the Bucks. He is coming off a 31-point explosion in the NCAA championship game wherein he converted 10 of his 15 shot attempts. The 17th overall pick of this year's draft did wonders for the Wildcats when he averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest in the Final Four.

The 6-foot-5 scoring guard also earned the Most Outstanding Player honors in this year's Final Four. In addition, DiVincenzo also had a fine 2017-18 season as he finished the year with an incredible stat line of 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He has also proven to be an efficient shooter converting 48.1 percent of his shots from the field and 40.1 percent from three-point territory.

For his incredible season last year, DiVincenzo earned the right to be recognized as the BIG EAST's Sixth Man of the Year. During his three seasons with the Wildcats, DiVincenzo who hails from Delaware played 85 games while making 12 starts.

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