Surprise! The Nets have agreed to sign Shane Larkin, the Knicks free agent point guard, to a two-year deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent guard Shane Larkin has agreed to a two-year, $3M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
Woj later added, "The deal will include a $1.5 million player option for the 2016-17 season."
Larkin had interest from 3-4 other teams, passed up more money from one of them to stay in New York. Was playing for #NYK— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) July 2, 2015
Undersized, Larkin fits the Nets mantra about getting younger and more athletic. He also is seen as a skilled pick-and-roll initiator.
He will become the fourth point guard on the Nets roster, joining Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack and the newly acquired Steve Blake. At 22 years old, the 5'11" guard is the only one of the four under 30. His signing would seem to indicate that one of the others won't be on the roster come October. It would also appear that the Nets dipped into the miniMLE to get the deal done.
The news came two days after the Nets asked waivers on Darius Morris, who played back-up to Williams and Jack last season.
Ironically enough, Larkin was taken by Dallas two years ago with the only first round pick the Nets sent to Atlanta in the Joe Johnson deal. A Miami product, he was taken at No. 18. He is the son of Hall of Fame baseball player Barry Larkin. The Knicks did not exercise $1.3 million team option on Larkin.
After a year in Dallas, Larkin, along with Wayne Ellington, José Calderón, Samuel Dalembert and two 2014 second-round picks, was traded to the Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. In 76 games this season, Larkin averaged 6.2 points and 3.0 assists in 24.5 minutes a game, shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc. His best month was April when he averaged 8.4 points per game in 31 minutes of action.
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