Two professional basketball transactions took place on Friday involving a pair of former BYU Cougars.
On Friday morning, the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G League announced that they have acquired the returning player rights to Kyle Collinsworth from Raptors 905 (the Toronto Raptors’ G League affiliate), while the Sacramento Kings announced they have waived Eric Mika.
As part of the Collinsworth deal, the Stars also acquired Rodney Pryor from Toronto and sent Jairus Lyles and Justin Reyes.
There are a number of different mechanisms by which players can end up on G League rosters, but Salt Lake City having Collinsworth’s returning player rights merely means he can join the team for the upcoming season after appearing in 28 games for Raptors 905 last season.
After graduating from Provo High in 2010, Collinsworth joined the Cougars before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia. He then steadily became more of a focal point for BYU, and in his senior year, he wound up setting the NCAA record for most triple-doubles in a career (it has since been broken by Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu).
Since leaving the Cougars, Collinsworth has bounced around the G League and the NBA. He was signed by the Dallas Mavericks out of school in 2016 and then began playing for their G League team, the Texas Legends.
On December 19, 2017, he was signed by the Mavericks to a two-way contract, and then that deal was converted into a regular NBA contract for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season two months later. In all that season, he played 32 NBA games for Dallas with two starts.
Before the 2018-2019 NBA season, Collinsworth was signed to a training camp deal by the Raptors and played the season in the G League.
As for Mika, he joined the Cougars as a freshman in 2013 before serving a mission in Italy. After returning, he had an excellent sophomore year in the 2016-2017 season and wound up leaving school early. He played for the Miami Heat in the summer of 2017 and then played in Italy.
In January, he signed with a team in Germany, but then joined the Kings for summer league, where he played very well. In August, Sacramento signed him to a contract so he could participate in training camp.