At 5:27 am EST on Tuesday morning, Italian basketball club Vanoli Cremona announced that Haywood Highsmith would depart from their team to join the Philadelphia 76ers on an exhibit-10 contract. Subsequently, 76ers reporters such as Ky Karlin and Paul Hudrick confirmed this later this morning.
Highsmith’s agent Mason Ashe had this to say in reaction to Highsmith getting signed: “Congratulations to client (Haywood Highsmith). Hard work pays off and dreams come true. Godspeed. Congrats to co-agent (Jerry Dianis) for his teamwork. Let’s go!” via Instagram.
This past season, Haywood Highsmith averaged 7.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, shot 41.7% from the field, and 27.6% from three. Previously, Highsmith played for the Delaware Blue Coats for two seasons and the Philadelphia 76ers, albeit only five games with very little playing time. During the 2018-2019 Haywood played his best professional basketball, averaging 12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, shot 43.0% from the field, and 33.9% from beyond the arc.
An exhibit-10 contract is a non-guaranteed minimum deal that can be turned into a two-way deal. Moreover, if the contract is converted to a two-way contract and the player plays 60 days in the G-League, he gets a $50k bonus. Realistically, Highsmith would have his exhibit-10 deal converted, but Grant Riller and Aaron Henry occupy the two-way slots. Evidently, Haywood Highsmith’s long-term future with the 76ers is unclear.