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.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.