The Brooklyn Nets and Treveon Graham have agreed to a two-year deal, according to Shams Charania.
Free agent forward Treveon Graham has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Graham, a 6-foot-5 wing, will have a full guarantee on the first season of new deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 17, 2018
He later noted that both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers were interested as well. Both teams have had him for tryouts last week.
Graham, 24, is a 6’5”, 235-pound forward with a near 6’11” wingspan whose specialties are spacing the floor and perimeter defense. He played both the 3 and 4 at Charlotte. This will be his fourth season as a pro.
After a four-year career at Virginia Commonwealth, Graham went undrafted and signed with with the Idaho Stampede of the D-League in 2015, averaging 18.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists, shooting 32.9 percent from three.
The Hornets signed him in 2016 and after playing just 27 NBA games in his rookie season, the Washington, D.C. native saw his role increase last year, averaging 16.7 minutes in 63 appearances with Charlotte. He’s a career 43.8 percent 3-point shooter — hitting 40 of his 97 attempts last season.
This is a typical late off-season move by Sean Marks. The Nets had one final roster spot left and he decided to take a flyer on somebody who has 3-and-D potential. It’ll be interesting to see where he fits. He joins a pretty packed group of wings with Allen Crabbe, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, DeMarre Carroll and Dzanan Musa.
According to Andrew Waters of At The Hive, Graham received some time at the power forward position despite being undersized. That might be something the Nets consider once in a while, given they need spacing in the frontcourt.
The main factor that demonstrated how Graham was such a great player this year was his efficiency. His usage rate was second on the team at 11.3, yet was able to become one of the most consistent players on the team. With a minimum of 90 3-point shots taken this season, Graham ranks second in 3-point percentage behind Marvin Williams.
A number of pundits liked the low-risk move.
Noted this is in the thing I wrote on the Nets/Nuggets/Hawks trade, but what Brooklyn is doing is right now is racking up little wins. Those matter, but game is about to change for Marks in terms of the definition of “success.” Next summer, needs to hit for extra bases vs singles https://t.co/9GQzmFDMRt— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) July 17, 2018
Good low cost flier for the Nets. Presumably this is a two-year deal for the Minimum. Marks and Langdon are crushing this offseason. https://t.co/pyuGbWz5ut— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 17, 2018
In his end-of-season interview, Graham said he was working this off-Season on his offense, that it needs to catch with his defense.
The agreement raises a question as to what the Nets plan for Darrell Arthur, the 6’9” stretch 4 who Brooklyn received in the salary dump with Denver that also brought them Kenneth Faried, a protected first round pick next year and unprotected second rounder in 2020. Arthur, 30, played only 19 games last year for the Nuggets, suffering from knee pain most of the season.
- Sources: Brooklyn Nets agree to 2-year deal with free agent Treveon Graham - Shams Charania - Yahoo! Sports
- NBA Rumors: Treveon Graham Agrees to 2-Year Contract with Nets - Alec Nathan - Bleacher Report