Former Gonzaga star Zach Collins signs two-year extension with San Antonio Spurs

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs one-and-done star Zach Collins signed a two-year, $35 million extension with the San Antonio Spurs, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN on Sunday.

The extension will keep Collins with San Antonio through the 2025-26 season and represents a remarkable comeback for the big man, who missed nearly two full seasons due to injuries.

The 25-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, going to the Portland Trail Blazers after just one season in Spokane. Collins was a backup center to Przemek Karnowski on the 2016-17 team that went all the way to the national championship before falling to North Carolina. Collins averaged 10 points and 5.9 rebounds with the Zags, shooting 65.2% from the field and 47.6% from deep.

After two productive seasons as a young role player in Portland, Collins was primed to step into a starting spot in the 2019-20 season, but suffered a shoulder injury in the third game and did not return until the season was restarted in the bubble. Then he missed the entire 2020-21 season with an ankle injury, and ultimately was let go by Portland and signed by the Spurs where he returned to the floor late in the 2021-22 season. All told he appeared in just 39 games from 2019-2022.

However, he emerged as a key piece for San Antonio last season, appearing in 63 games and starting 26 while averaging a career-high 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 57.1% from two and 37.4% from deep.

Collins joins Devin Vassell and Tre Jones as Spurs players signing extensions this offseason as the franchise begins to put pieces together around star rookie Victor Wembanyama.

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