The Nets made it official Wednesday morning on David Nwaba and Henry Ellenson, signing Nwaba to a two-year NBA contract and getting ink from Ellenson on a two-way deal.
Now, reports out of Europe suggest that the Nets last spot —the other two-way deal— could wind up with point guard Ron Baker, who like Ellenson is a former Knick.
No word yet on the possibility from any U.S. sources.
Baker, also like Ellenson, would not be a typical two-way contract signing. He is 26, has played for both the Knicks and Wizards in a three-year career. He could make more money with CSKA, which is the Euroleague champion and a wealthy team. Mikhail Prokhorov owned CSKA for more than a decade prior to 2007.
If Baker chooses Brooklyn, the Nets would have their two-way slots filled by guys that have played more than 70 games in the NBA as he'll join Henry Ellenson https://t.co/GG19DDbO43— Ridiculous Upside (@RidicUpside) July 17, 2019
Per NBA rules, teams are permitted sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular season roster. A two-way player for the Nets will play primarily with the Long Island Nets but can spend up to 45 days with Brooklyn, not including any time prior to the start of Long Island’s training camp and at the conclusion of their season.
One can imagine the Nets see Baker is as injury protection. Unlike a rookie, he could easily move into the rotation if a guard or two go down.
In his three-year career, 96 games. Baker has averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 assists but shot only 26.5 percent from deep. Undrafted out of Wichita State in 2017, the Knicks signed him to a guaranteed, two-year $8.9 million deal.
Just this weekend, the Wichita Eagle reported that Baker has finally cut his long, curly hair.
The flow is gone— Taylor Eldridge (@tayloreldridge) July 13, 2019
It's a new look Ron Baker. pic.twitter.com/TckvoUpGHR
Ellenson becomes the fourth client of Roc Nation Sports on the Nets, joining Caris LeVert, Kyrie Irving and Wilson Chandler.
- Ron Baker between a two-way contract and CSKA Moscow - Nikos Varlas - Eurohoops
- Nets make signings of Nwaba, Ellenson official - Greg Logan Newsday