The Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday signed guards Devin Cannady and CJ Massinburg the team announced. The details of the deals have not been announced, but it appears the two have Exhibit 10 deals, meaning that once they are cut, the Nets will retain their G League rights and they’ll be headed to Long Island.
With the two guard signings, the Brooklyn roster stands at 20 players, the max. The Nets will need to cut the roster down to 17 players by Saturday. Long Island Nets training camp starts later this month.
Massinburg is a favorite for the Nets final two-way contract, joining Henry Ellenson. The Nets want the 6’5” Massinburg to play point guard, as he said in this video from last week.
After waiving Deng Adel and Josh Egbunu on Monday, the Nets gained the ability to sign four players as affiliate players. Adel was originally signed by Brooklyn back in July. Then last month, they acquired the 6’7” swingman’s G League rights in a three-way deal. In doing so, the Nets made Adel a returning player. So once he was cut by Brooklyn, Long Island automatically had his G League rights.
So, Adel will be a “returning player rights player” for the Long Island while Egbunu who was on an Exhibit 10 deal who will be an “affiliate player” for Long Island. This left three affiliate player spots open. Cannady and Massinburg could fill two of those spots.
The Nets also have a two-way contract to fill. They signed the 6’11” Henry Ellenson to a two-way in July. They have until mid-January to sign the other.
In addition to Massinburg, another two-way candidate is C.J. Williams, a 6’5” small forward who remains on Brooklyn’s roster. If the organization decides not to use their final two-way on Williams but want to add him to their G League roster anyway, the Long Island Nets will need to trade for his G League rights, which are held by Iowa Wolves.
The Nets also expected to sign second round pick Jaylen Hands to directly to a G League contract under yet another provision of G League rules, the “draft rights player” rule. NBA teams can draft players and sign them directly to G League contracts, thus retaining their right throughout the season. Unlike returning rights players and affiliate players, draft rights players cannot be called up by another NBA team.
Finally, the G League Draft is October 26, .
Massinburg competed on Brooklyn’s 2019 Summer League team while Cannady competed as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Summer League squad in Las Vegas this past July.
Cannady, a 6’2” sharpshooter, played all four of his collegiate seasons at Princeton, where he posted career averages of 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in 31.1 minutes per play. He played a total of 104 games at Princeton, starting 67 games. Last December, he engineered the Tigers’ big upset over Arizona State, then ranked 17th nationally, scoring 17 points including five 3-pointers. He shot 40.3 percent from three and 89.6 from the line in his four years at Princeton. He was second-team All-Ivy League as a junior.
Massinburg played all four collegiate seasons at the University of Buffalo, posting averages of 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. He played a total of 130 games, starting 34 games. His senior year play earned Massinburg AP Honorable Mention All-American and Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.
Both played in the Summer League, Cannady for the Thunder, Massinburg for the Nets.
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