The Nets are calling up Kris Joseph from Springfield, filling the 15th spot open since Josh Childress was waived in December. Joseph, a 6'7" swingman, was acquired by the Armor in a trade last month. At the time, Joseph and Armor Coach Bob MacKinnon said the trade was made on behalf of the Nets so they could scout the 24-year-old.
Joseph, who is eligible for the playoffs, will likely join the Nets when they return from their current road trip. Until then, he will continue to play for Springfield. He scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three, Friday night in the Armor's loss to the Erie Bayhawks.
The call-up was tweeted out by Springfield teammate Willie Reed who the Nets had also considered for their last roster spot. It was also confirmed separately by a league source.
Joseph was drafted at #51 out of Syracuse by the Celtics last June, ten spots after Tyshawn Taylor, Four times, the Celtics sent Joseph down to their Maine affiliate, then called him back up. Boston released him in January and he returned to Maine as a free agent. Not long before he was cut, the D-League featured him in a video on the D-League experience. Milton Lee, the Armor GM, traded James May, the team's only All-Star, for Joseph on February 9.
While at Springfield, Joseph has averaged 19.0 points on 40.7 percent shooting (43.8 percent from three) and 4.0 rebounds. He will be the Nets fourth rookie, joining Taylor, Toko Shengelia and Mirza Teletovic. A Canadian from Montreal, Joseph becomes the Nets third international player, all rookies, as well.
No contract terms have been released and in fact the team has not announced the call-up. League sources told NetsDaily earlier this year that they anticipated calling up a D-Leaguer in April and signing him to a contract for the remainder of this year as well as next, with a team option.
- Nets to call up Joseph from D-League: source - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
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- Springfield Armor rally falls short against Erie BayHawks - Tom Reisenweber - Springfield Republican