The Nets have made the rumored signings of Mitch Creek and Jordan McLaughlin official. The two join Theo Pinson as training camp invites. The Nets still have two camp openings to fill. None of the three have yet been designated two-way players.
Creek is a 6’5” guard/forward who played last season with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League. He’s 26. McLaughlin, a 6’1” point guard, played four years at USC and was on the Nets Summer League roster. He’s 22. Both players had previously posted on social media that they’d signed contracts with Brooklyn.
Creek has spent the last eight seasons playing internationally for both Adelaide of the Australian National Basketball League (2010-18) and BG Gottingen of the German Basketball League (2018). Overall, the Australian native appeared in 200 games (101 starts) for Adelaide, averaging 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.0 minutes per contest. The 36ers initially held up Creek’s signing, demanding compensation from the Nets. The dispute was resolved last week.
In 2017-18, Creek was named to the All-NBL Second Team after guiding Adelaide to the finals of the NBL playoffs. He concluded the season ranked second on his team in points (14.8) and steals (1.2), third in rebounds (6.0) and fourth in assists (2.6). He then averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per contest in seven games for BG Gottingen. In international competition, Creek won a gold medal in 2017 while representing Australia in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon.
McLaughlin started all but one of his 128 career games for the Trojans, recording averages of 12.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 33.5 minutes per contest. As a senior, McLaughlin recorded a USC single-season record 281 assists, which ranked first in the Pac-12 and third in the NCAA, and averaged 12.8 points, a career-high 7.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and a career-high 2.0 steals in 35.3 minutes per game.
The Etiwanda, Calif., native ranks second all-time in USC history in assists (738), third in steals (213), fourth in points (1,648) and fifth in 3-pointers made (185). He is also one of just three Pac-12 players all-time to record 700 or more assists and 1,600 or more points during his career.
McLaughlin was a member of the Nets’ 2018 Las Vegas Summer League team, appearing in five games and averaging 7.0 points, 4.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game.
If the Nets cut the two before October 15, their G-League rights would automatically transfer to the Long Island Nets. Under the CBA, each would receive a $50,000 payment on signing with Long Island. Same goes for Pinson.