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French star to join Brooklyn Nets free agent camp, says agent

Rob Carr

Yakhouba Diawara, a 32-year-old French swingman, will be at the Nets free agent camp Monday, reports his agent. The news was reported by David Pick, well-known European basketball writer, tweeted it Sunday.

A league source confirmed Diawara will be in camp Monday.

Diawara is one of the more accomplished players invited to camp, having played 187 games, starting 56, with the Nuggets and Heat before returning to Europe in 2010. A 6'7" forward, Diawara has averaged 14 points a game over the past four years with teams in Italy and France. He was also a member of the French Olympic team.

It's not surprising to see names added or subtracted at the last minute before a camp. A few other camp notes:

--Kevin Murphy, a 6'6" swingman out of Tennessee Tech, was the second leading scorer in the D-League last season, playing for the Idaho Stampede, averaging 25.5 points per game.

--Michael Snaer, a 6'5" shooting guard, is getting his second chance to impress the Nets. Last year, the hot shooting Florida State product went undrafted but was invited to Nets training camp. He initially accepted, according to reports, then changed his mind and signed with an Italian team.

--Jack Cooley, the 6'9" power forward out of Notre Dame, will be working out with the Spurs, Cavaliers and Jazz as well as the Nets.  That's almost certainly the case with most of the invitees.

The camp goes for three days and will include an on-the-record discussion with Billy King on Tuesday.