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NETS TO SIGN SHABAZZ NAPIER TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

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Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that the Nets have agreed to sign point guard Shabazz Napier of the Trail Blazers to to a two-year deal.

Greg Logan of Newsday reports the second year is a team option. Not word yet on the financial details. Napier earned $2.36 million last season and was an unrestricted free agent.

Napier, 6’1”, averaged a career-best 8.7 points and 20 minutes a game last year in Portland. As a starter, he averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Napier will join a guard rotation for the Nets that includes D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

He turned 27 Saturday. He is known as a superb ball handler and solid shooter from deep.

Napier shot better than 37 percent from 3-point range last season, starting nine games and playing a total of 74. Napier has averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 assists in four NBA seasons, including with the Blazers, Magic and Heat. He was the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft after leading UConn to the national championship, where he was named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. He also was part of the UConn national championship team in 2011.

Signing the Boston native and UConn product would bring to 14 the number of Nets under contract and their cap space close to zero.

Napier is of course the second Blazer free agent Sean Marks has successfully recruited this summer. Davis worked out with Nets teammates in Las Vegas.

Later on Saturday, Keith Smith of RealGM tweeted out that the Nets had renounced their rights to Quincy Acy and Milton Doyle.

It could mean the end of their Nets careers or simply a housekeeping move to free up space and facilitate the other signings already agreed to.