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NETS FILL 15TH ROSTER SPOT BY SIGNING THEO PINSON TO STANDARD DEAL

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The Nets have converted Theo Pinson’s two-way deal to a standard NBA contract, filling the 15th roster spot.

Michael Scotto of The Athletic first broke the news...

And Woj quickly followed.

The deal will permit Pinson, who the Nets see as a big point guard, to play in the post-season. Two-way players cannot participate in the playoffs. Wednesday was the last day teams could sign players to NBA contracts.

Pinson, 23, reacted to the news...

He’s currently getting ready for Game 3 of the G League Finals, which will be played Friday night at the Island Federal Arena in Stony Brook.

Pinson, who went undrafted after a four-year career at North Carolina, tunred into yet another development success for the Nets. He played most of the season with the Long Island Nets, averaging 20.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds. He had a high game of 43 points and recorded Long Island’s first triple-double at the end of December.

He was second team all G League and runner-up for the league’s Rookie of the Year award.

More importantly, Pinson hit almost 39 percent of his three-point attempts in Long Island after making only 22.7 percent in his senior year at Chapel Hill, a big reason why he wasn’t drafted. Last week, he hit a last second three to put the Nets into the Finals.

In 17 games with Brooklyn, he averaged 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also became a bench celebrity often leading his teammates in his Theo Dance.

The Nets, who had Pinson as a second round pick on their internal drafts, made it clear to Pinson that they wanted to sign him, alerting his agent of their interest the week before the Draft, then calling him even before the second round ended on Draft Night.

Pinson also becomes the first Nets two-way player to be rewarded with a standard NBA contract. Last season, the Nets went through four two-ways, but didn’t sign any to an NBA deal.