Michigan's Chaundee Brown, Mike Smith go undrafted, reach agreements with NBA teams

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Michigan guard Chaundee Brown dunks the ball during the second half of the 86-78 win over LSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Indianapolis.
Michigan guard Chaundee Brown dunks the ball during the second half of the 86-78 win over LSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Two former Michigan basketball players will try to make the NBA as undrafted free agents.

Chaundee Brown and Mike Smith each reportedly reached agreements with NBA teams shortly after the draft ended Thursday night, with Brown signing an exhibit-10 contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Smith accepting a Summer League invite from the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Brown may be in a favorable position to earn a spot with the Lakers, who currently have four players under guaranteed contracts after a blockbuster trade for point guard Russell Westbrook on Thursday. An exhibit-10 contract is a one-year contract that guarantees an invitation to training camp; Brown can also earn a bonus to sign with a G League team if he is eventually waived during camp.

Brown, who was ranked No. 60 on ESPN's ranking of the top-100 draft prospects, may be able to catch on as a 3-and-D wing. Listed at 6 feet 5, 215 pounds, Brown played well in his lone season at Michigan after transferring from Wake Forest; as a sixth man off the bench, he averaged eight points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 41.9% on 3.3 3-point attempts per game, and displaying tenacity as an on-ball defender.

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Like Brown, Smith was also an integral member of the team last season. The grad transfer from Columbia started all 28 games at point guard for the Wolverines, averaging nine points and 5.3 assists while shooting 41.8% from 3-point range. Smith proved capable of leading an offense that relied heavily upon ball screens, but his size (5-11, 185) will likely play a major role in whether he can emerge as an NBA contributor.

Earlier Thursday night, Franz Wagner was drafted No. 8 overall by the Orlando Magic while Isaiah Livers was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round with the No. 42 overall pick.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Chaundee Brown signs exhibit-10 contract with L.A. Lakers