In the Nets press conference Tuesday, Sean Marks said Theo Pinson, the 6’7” swingman out of North Carolina, will likely fill the Brooklyn’s second two-way slot, joining the recently signed Alan Williams.
Asked if the Nets had someone in mind for the two-way deal, Marks did everything but confirm Pinson is his guy.
“I think we do. It’s staying flexible throughout the year; we’ll see what happens. We do have a guy in mind,” said the Nets GM. “Theo Pinson is gonna be our two-way guy. It hasn’t been out there yet; it probably shouldn’t be.
Although Pinson went undrafted, the Nets scouted him extensively over his career at UNC.
“We’re excited about what we saw in him over the course of his college career. Our coaching staff got to evaluate him during the draft process. He has a lot of intangibles. Coached well, you can coach him hard. He wants to learn and he’s got some experience.”
Pinson was used as a Swiss Army Knife by North Carolina’s Roy Williams, playing everywhere from point guard to power forward. A four-year starter, Pinson was part of UNC’s NCAA championship team two years ago.
In particular, Pinson was Williams’ defensive stopper, an athletic player with a near 7-foot wingspan. He shot poorly from three during his time in Chapel Hill, hurting his draft stock, but in the Las Vegas Summer League Pinson shot 42.7 percent over five games.
Marks spoke as well about the 6’8”, 265-pound Williams, whose signing he confirmed after Adrian Wojnarowski reportedthe Nets and Williams had reached agreement.
“When you’re getting talent like that in your gym, it always helps,” said Williams. “There was a need at that position. A player of his stature and had played at the NBA level before, the fact that he as two-way guy – again, we’re not going to limit him in only playing here or there – and as Kenny has always alluded to, it’s open competition in training camp, which I think is great for everybody.”
A two-way player earns a minimum of $77,250 and a maximum of $385,000, depending how many days they spend with the NBA team. Players can spend a maximum of 45 days on an NBA roster before a team must decide to leave the player in the G League, convert their deal, or waive them.
As for the last camp invite, there were differing reports on who the Nets would be signing.
Brian Lewis reported Tuesday that the Nets like Nuni Omot, the 6’9” stretch 4 out of Baylor. Omot, 24, went undrafted after a four-year career. Omot, a Kenyan national, made 112 three-pointers last season, hitting at a 41 percent rate. However, Lewis also noted that there are other candidates.
On Wednesday morning, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported the Nets were expected to sign Drew Gordon, Aaron Gordon’s 28-year=old brother who played last season for Zenit St. Petersburg. The 6’9” Gordon has has summer league gigs with several NBA teams. He averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in VTB League and 12.3 points and 7 rebounds in EuroCup.