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A Month Before the N.B.A.’s Restart, the Nets Keep Losing Players

  • July 01, 2020

Without Chandler, Jordan and Dinwiddie, who helped provide a spark after the Nets lost Kyrie Irving to a shoulder injury, the club will be left with a roster that includes talented but developing players like Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris, and a handful of minimally established players.

Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets’ two marquee free-agent signings from last summer, are not expected to play, either. In February, the Nets announced that Irving would miss the rest of the season because of an ailing right shoulder that needed surgery. Durant, who tore his Achilles’ tendon just over a year ago, told The Undefeated in June that his comeback would wait until next season.

Nicolas Claxton, a rookie power forward who played sparingly, will not be in Florida, either, after undergoing arthroscopic labrum repair surgery, the Nets announced last week. And, finally, the team announced last week that it had waived the reserve guard Theo Pinson.

The team has moved swiftly to fill some of the holes in the roster, including adding guard Tyler Johnson, who gave the Miami Heat some scoring punch off the bench in his first four seasons but struggled to fit with the Suns since being traded to Phoenix.

The Nets also re-signed Justin Anderson, another reserve forward, who had a 10-day contract with the team in January. The team has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to sign any more replacement players, but it currently has a full roster, including players with two-way contracts whom the team was not expecting to have to rely on this late in the season.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/sports/basketball/nets-deandre-jordan-injuries-coronavirus.html

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