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Nets add French stash, African bigs to summer league roster

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The Nets will bring 16 players to the summer league this week, including five players taken in the last three NBA drafts as well as a few intriguing international players and a number of undrafted college players.

Brooklyn opens Summer League at 7 p.m. ET Friday vs. the Mavericks. The game will be televised on NBA TV. The league runs through July 15. The Nets will play at least five games.

The Nets starting center, Jarrett Allen, headlines the group. Whether 6’11” Allen will play is a question mark. Last year, Caris LeVert was in a similar position, a third year on the SL roster. He didn’t play. Allen played two games last summer. The 21-year-old is listed at 246 pounds, about 10 pounds heavier than he played at last season.

Also on the roster, last year’s two picks, Rodions Kurucs and Dzanan Musa, as well as this year’s haul, 6’11” Nic Claxton and 6’3” point guard Jaylen Hands. Theo Pinson, the 6’7” guard who went from undrafted two-way to standard NBA contract, will also play. Pinson will wear No. 1, D’Angelo Russell’s number, last year.

Other than the Nets roster players, the most intriguing prospects are Nets stash Isaia Cordinier, the 6’5” French point guard whose draft rights were acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade a year ago, and two African big men, Amida Brimah of Ghana and Duop Reath of South Sudan. Brimah played in the G League last season, Reath in Serbia.

Others on the squad include a couple of undrafted point guards, C.J. Massinberg of the University of Buffalo and Jon Davis of UNC-Charlotte as well as Josh Gray who played the point for LSU before signing in South Korea last season. Mike Moore, a 6’8” sharp shooter who’s played in Denmark, Italy, the Dominican Republic and Sweden, also has an invite.

Non-roster players will be competing for both training camp invites and two-way deals.

Assistant Coach and Player Development Director Adam Harrington will serve as head coach of Brooklyn’s Summer League entry,