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Report: Nets to sign Paul Zipser, former Bull, to two-way

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A report out of Germany has the Nets using their open two-way contract on Paul Zipser, a 6’8” forward who played 98 games —including 30 starts— with the Bulls the last two seasons.

There’s been no confirmation on that report from Rhein-Neckar Zeitung, a newspaper in Heidelberg, Zipser’s hometown. The Nets have until January 15 to sign a two-way deal. Alan Williams, who the Nets signed to a two way in September, was waived at his request last week so he can pursue a more lucrative contract in China.

Zipser, 24, was waived by the Bulls this July after averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in an average of 17 minutes per game over 98 games. He is a career 33.5 percent shooter from three and can play the 3 as well as the 4. He underwent foot surgery in Germany for a stress fracture seven months ago and has not yet played this season. Zipser has been working out with his hometown team, MLP Academics Heidelberg.

Zipser has a strong Nets connection. He has been a member of the German national team, which was coached until this year by Chris Fleming, the Nets assistant coach. Zipser and Spencer Dinwiddie were in Bulls training camp in 2017.

Zipser was drafted by the Bulls in 2016 with the 18th pick in the second round. On April 12, 2017, Zipser set a new career high with 21 points in a 112–73 win over the Nets. Here’s his highlights from that game...

He spent some time with the Windy City Bulls in the G League in each of his two years with Chicago, averaging 16.4 points in five games.

He played little with Chicago last season after first reports of “foot pain” emerged in late February. Zipser complained to R-N-Z last summer that the Bulls development program did not serve him well. He admitted as well that his foot pain hurt his development.