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Nets sign two future D-Leaguers

According to a couple of reports, the Nets have signed Kamari Murphy, a 6’8” power forward out of Miami, and Tajhere McCall, a 6’5” shooting guard. Both are bound for the Long Island Nets.

Mike Scotto of Basketball Insiders broke the Murphy signing.

And Brian Lewis, McCall.

Both players were on the Nets’ summer league team in Las Vegas and both are seen as defensive specialists.

Murphy is a power forward who grew up in Brooklyn and played AAU ball on Long Island. A powerful athlete, he played at Lincoln High School, the same school that produced Isaiah Whitehead. He started his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, then moved to Miami.

Miami published this profile of him earlier this year.

The 23-year-old Murphy averaged 1.5 points in 10.5 minutes for the Nets summer league team.

McCall, a shooting guard, started out at Niagara before transferring to Tennessee State. He was twice named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Not much a shooter he’s best known for his toughness. He was on the Nets summer league roster, but did not play.

It’s expected that the Nets will ultimately waive the two players. Under league rules, their G-League rights would then automatically transfer to the Long Island Nets. The same is true for the G-League rights of Jeremy Senglin and Milton Doyle, two players waived Wednesday night. Long Island already controls the G-League rights of Akil Mitchell, also cut Wednesday. Mitchell played for Long Island last season.

The signings will bring the Nets roster to 19. The Nets must be down to 17 players, including a pair of two-way contracts, by October 16, two days before they open the season in Indianapolis.