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Dominican Chris Duarte picked by the Indiana Pacers in the NBA draft

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Dominican Republic native Chris Duarte was selected number 13th in the NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers, becoming the ninth Dominican-born player and the fourth-tallest Dominican chosen in the draft, and the first since Karl-Anthony Towns was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The selection automatically guarantees the Puerto Plata player a secure deal of 6.5 million dollars for two seasons and options of almost nine million dollars for the next two.

According to Spotrac.com, the 13th draft pick is guaranteed 3,124,600 million dollars in his first season in the NBA.

Similarly, it has a confirmed agreement of 3,280,800 for the second year.

For the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons, Duarte has two team options that would also represent salary increases if exercised by the Pacers.

For 2023-24, his third season in the league, Duarte would earn 3,436,900 and for 2024-25 the stipulated salary would be 4,911,330.

Upon completing those four years, he would receive 14,753,630 in his first four NBA seasons.

The other Dominican players chosen in the draft are Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 1 pick / 1st round / Minnesota / 2015); Al Horford (number 3 / first round / Atlanta / 2007); Charlie Villanueva (7 / first round / Toronto / 2005).

Also, Tito Horford (14th / second round and 39th overall / Milwaukee / 1988); Francisco García (23 / first round / Dallas / 2005); Luis Felipe López (24 / first round / San Antonio / 1994); José -Grillo- Vargas (49 / second round / Dallas / 1988) and Luis Flores (26 / second round and no. 55 overall / Houston / 2004).

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