The Brooklyn Nets announced Friday afternoon that they’ve signed guards Tahjere McCall and Shannon Scott. Why do those names sound so familiar? Well, both played last season for the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League affiliate.
Then, Friday night, the Nets waived Mitch Creek and signed Drew Gordon, Aaron’s 6’9” older brother who played last season for Zenit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mike Scotto broke the Gordon news.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Drew Gordon and requested waivers on forward Mitch Creek.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 13, 2018
Both moves seemed to be about stocking the Nets G League affiliate’s roster. The three players reportedly signed Exhibit 10 contracts. It’s virtually certain they will be waived before roster cut down on Monday, then have their G League rights transferred to Long Island, which opens its training camp on October 23.
The terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the team, but as these deals are Exhibit 10’s, all three players would receive a “year of service,” which means if they are to sign a vets minimum at any point in the future, their salaries would be a few hundred thousand dollars more.
McCall played two seasons at Tennessee State and was named the Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year both seasons. Last year in Long Island he played just over 28 minutes per game, averaging 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Scott, who also played in Long Island for the Nets last season, most recently was playing ball in Venezuela. He’s also known for his defensive abilities, having finished second in the G League in steals last season, while finishing second all-time in total steals during his four years at Ohio State.
Gordon, 29, averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per contest in the Russian league. Over six professional seasons, Gordon has played five seasons overseas in Serbia, Italy, France, Lithuania and Russia and spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Philadelphia 76ers and their NBA G League affiliate.
In nine games with Philadelphia, Gordon posted averages of 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per contest. The San Jose, Calif., native played two collegiate seasons (2008-10) at UCLA before transferring to New Mexico for his final two seasons (2010-12). While playing for the Lobos, Gordon was named to the All-Mountain West first team as a senior and earned second-team honors as a junior, along with being named the conference’s newcomer of the year.
Waiving Creek, a 26-year-old wing, ends the Australian’s dream of playing in the NBA. He had been a star in Australia’s National Basketball League and for Australia’s national team. Whether he will head back to Australia, sign a lucrative deal in Europe or play in Long Island remains uncertain.