The Nets are taking another chance on a "fallen angel,” a young player who for whatever reason didn't match his potential.
Just as they did with R.J. Hunter two weeks ago, the team’s D-League affiliate acquired the rights to 21-year-old big man Cliff Alexander who surprisingly went undrafted two years ago after being hyped, at one point, as a potential No. 1 pick. Some controversy at Kansas and a lack of production caused him to drop.
Alexander played for the Nets summer league team in 2015 before the Trail Blazers offered him $100,000 guarantee and he headed to Portland. He's bounced around the NBA since, playing with Portland and Orlando in the NBA as well as D-League affiliates. He was waived by the Magic last October and assigned to the Erie Bayhawks.
Here’s a video of his highlights from a D-League game in November.
In return for Alexander’s D-League rights, Long Island sent their their third round pick in next year’s draft to the Erie,
Alexander (6’8”, 245) has appeared in 22 games for the BayHawks this season, recording averages of 11.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 24.5 minutes per contest. In 26 career D-League games with Erie (2016-17) and Santa Cruz (2015-16), Alexander holds averages of 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 24.9 minutes per game.
He also appeared in eight games for the Trail Blazers during the 2015-16 season after playing his one collegiate season at Kansas in 2014-15.
Long Island has had a number of players like Alexander on their roster this year, including Hunter, the former Celtics first rounder, along with former NBA wings Carrick Felix and Lazar Hayward, both returning from injury.
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