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Red Claws Get Providence’s Bryce Cotton In Deal

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Providence’s Bryce Cotton Scores 24 In Australia

The NBA G League’s Maine Red Claws have acquired former Providence star Bryce Cotton from Agua Caliente in a three-team trade.


In the deal, the Red Claws sent Damion Lee to the Santa Cruz Warriors, while Agua Caliente got LaDontae Henton from Santa Cruz.


Maine also received a 2017 2nd round draft pick.


Cotton, a 6-1 point guard, comes from the Australian NBL, where he was the league’s leading scorer this season, averaging 23.1 points, and 3.1 assists while leading the Perth Wildcats to the Australian championship.


He also played in the 2017 NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks.


He came to Australia from Turkey’s BSL league where he averaged 10.4 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.4 steals in 7 games with Anadolu Efes this season.


Cotton previously played in the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 21.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers last year, helping lead them to the CBA playoff semifinals.


He also spent part of 2015-16 with the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as with the D-League’s Austin Spurs where he averaged 22.4 points and 4.6 assists.


A college star at Providence, Cotton led the team in scoring and assists, averaging 21.8 points and 5.9 dimes to lead the Friars to a 23-12 record and the 2014 NCAA Tournament.


He played his high school ball at Palo Verde (Tucson, AZ), where he averaged 23.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a senior, while shooting a red-hot 57 percent from the floor and guiding the team to the state 4A semifinals.


Undrafted, Cotton has played parts of two NBA seasons with the Jazz, Suns, and Grizz, averaging 3.8 points and 0.8 assists.


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