Nuggets sign second-round pick Bol to two-way contract

Bol Bol's freshman season at Oregon ended after just nine games because of a foot injury.

The Denver Nuggets have officially signed rookie Bol Bol to a two-way contract, the team announced in a news release.

Bol was selected by the Miami Heat in the second round (No. 44 overall), then traded to the Nuggets on draft night. The 7-foot-2 center is the first player drafted as high as No. 44 to sign a two-way deal.

Bol was once considered a lottery pick, averaging 21.0 points , 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in his first nine games as a freshman last season at Oregon. But a left foot injury and the surgery that followed caused his stock to plummet.

“Playing for my dream school under my favorite Coach (Dana) Altman has been the best part of my life and sadly it has come to end sooner than I would like,” Bol wrote on social media at the time of the injury. “But thank you for all those who rocking with me and all Oregon fans.”

All-Star Nikola Jokic and backup Mason Plumlee are the Nuggets’ two centers carrying guaranteed contracts.

A two-way contract such as Bol’s indicates the player is destined to spend plenty of time in the G League — though some have those contracts converted to standard deals during the season.