Torrey Craig seemed content to make a living hooping overseas. The South Carolina native spent most of his 20s playing in New Zealand and Australia. His goal as a kid was always to make it in the NBA, but it never materialized — until the Nuggets took a chance on him.
Craig was discovered by Joe Connelly, the brother of Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. Craig got a spot on the Nuggets’ Summer League team in 2017 and impressed enough to earn a two-way deal. On Monday, the Nuggets and Craig agreed to a $4 million deal that will keep him in Denver on a guaranteed deal for the next two seasons, a league source confirmed to BSN Denver.
The agreement means Craig accomplished one of his childhood goals, one that he’d almost given up on.”I wasn’t sure that I was going to come over,” Craig said this winter, explaining he was initially hesitant to attempt the difficult climb from Summer Leaguer to NBA player on a guaranteed deal with solid work already in place abroad.