Billy King announced to media following Nets' practice Monday that they are taking 15 men with them at the start of the season, keeping Jerome Jordan, Jorge Gutierrez, and Cory Jefferson.
Billy King says Nets roster is officially set at their 15 players. Keeping Jerome Jordan, Jorge Gutierrez, Cory Jefferson.— devin kharpertian (@uuords) October 27, 2014
Billy King said the 15 the Nets have now will be the opening day roster. Said Jorge Gutierrez and Jerome Jordan earned their spots.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) October 27, 2014
King praised Jorge Gutierrez for his tenacity, determination, says that he earned his spot.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 27, 2014
Jordan was the bright spot of the Nets end of the bench during the preseason, scoring seven points and grabbing nearly four rebounds per game in 11 minutes of action. As a result of making the final roster, Jordan will recieve a $100,000 guarantee on his vets minimum salary.
Gutierrez only played in two games during the preseason, but was impressive in both of them, more so than former Net Marquis Teague who was traded last week. The fourth Mexican born player in NBA history averaged seven points, four assists and one steal in limited action.
Jefferson, the final pick of the 2014 draft, earned a roster spot as well, playing both small and power forward during the preseason. The Baylor product posted five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
The decision by the Nets means that the team will have six international players, their most ever, with Jordan, from Jamaica; Gutierrez from Mexico; Bojan Bogdanovic from Croatia; Mirza Teletovic from Bosnia, and Andrei Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev from Russia. All have played for their national teams, Bogdanovic and Gutierrez in the FIBA World Cup, along with Mason Plumlee. And despite not having a draft pick in either round this summer, the Nets will carry three rookies in Jefferson, Bogdanovic and Markel Brown
So the roster is set. A maximum of 15 men are on the roster. Now, let the games begin.