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Nets decline QO on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, making him unrestricted free agent

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In a move that was expected, the Nets have declined to make a qualifying offer to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news in a tweet.

RHJ, the longest tenured Net and the only player still left from the Billy King era, had a qualifying offer of $3.94 million. The decision to decline Hollis-Jefferson’s QO doesn’t eliminate the possibility that the Nets could retain him later in free agency,

However, in a tweet, Rondae made it seem like goodbye.

It was the second cap-clearing move by the Nets in the last two weeks. The Nets traded Allen Crabbe and two first rounders for Taurean Prince and a second rounder on June 6.

Zach Lowe said the 6’7” forward will likely have a market when players can start talking to teams on June 30.

After an injury-plagued rookie season,then a mediocre second season, Hollis-Jefferson excelled in 2017-18, averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 78 games. But this season, he lost minutes to rookie Rodions Kurucs and veteran Ed Davis and finished with averages of 8.9, 5.3 and 1.6 in eight fewer minutes. His shooting percentages also declined, hitting only 41.1 percent overall and 18.4 percent from three.

RHJ missed 94 games (most of which the Nets lost) in his four years with the Nets.

His biggest moment may have been at the end of the Nets historic comeback against the Kings when he hit an impossible over-the-shoulder buzzer beater to seal the deal.

The Nets also have to decide whether to decline D’Angelo Russell’s qualifying offer and what to do with team options on Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier.