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Georges Niang agrees to 2-year deal with Philadelphia 76ers

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Georges Niang celebrates after hitting a shot.

Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31) celebrates after hitting his shot during game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the LA Clippers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The Minivan is headed to the East Coast.

Georges Niang has agreed to a two-year, $6.7 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to league sources.

Niang spent the last four seasons with the Utah Jazz, slowly making his way into the regular rotation after signing a two-way deal with the team midway through the 2017-18 season and splitting his time between the SLC Stars and Jazz.

In his time with the Jazz, Niang has developed into one of league’s best sharp shooters with underrated defensive capabilities.

When the news that Niang had signed with the Sixers was first reported, Jazz forward Jarrell Brantley, who has said before that he’s learned a lot from Niang, took to Twitter to share his appreciation for his former teammate.

Playing in every game of the 2020-21 season, Niang shot a career-best 42.5% from 3-point range.

With Niang becoming a free agent after several years of improvement it was assumed that the Jazz would let him walk to take a pay bump with a different team. Then, when the Jazz signed forward Rudy Gay on Tuesday it was just a matter of time before Niang landed elsewhere.