With more than 70 transactions needing final official approval from the NBA general counsel’s office, not all of the Nets complicated moves got done Saturday, the end of the league’s moratorium, but two —maybe three— of Brooklyn’s deals did get the final go-ahead.
The Nets put out press releases welcoming Taurean Prince, acquired from Atlanta along with a second rounder, for Allen Crabbe and two firsts, one each in the 2019 and 2020 Drafts, and DeAndre Jordan, signed as an unrestricted free agent. reportedly on a four-year, $40 million deal.
“We’re excited to welcome Taurean and his family to Brooklyn,” said Sean Marks. “Taurean is an athletic frontcourt player who brings defensive toughness and versatility to our team, and we believe he’ll be a strong fit in Kenny’s system.”
Prince was on hand for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the Nets tweeted out a short video in which the 6’8” forward talked about his excitement...
@taureanprince with a message for Nets fans! pic.twitter.com/TzQ0MwxL5m— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 6, 2019
On the signing of Jordan, Marks said, “We are thrilled to welcome DeAndre and his family to Brooklyn. As a veteran center with All-NBA and All-Defensive Team honors on his resume, DeAndre will provide us with the type of defensive mindset, toughness and leadership that are needed to compete at the highest levels of the NBA.”
The Nets also completed a three-team sign-and-trade that sent DeMarre Carroll to the Spurs. The Nets ended up with the draft rights of two Euroleague players, 6’9” Aaron White, an American playing in Lithuania, and 6’8” Nemanja Dangubic, a Serbian playing in Germany.
And, at least according to the NBA transactions page —if not the Nets news feed, Brooklyn officially signed Kyrie Irving on Saturday. No one suggested the NBA page was inaccurate and it may that the Net want to pair the acquisitions of Irving and Kevin Durant, their two big adds, when both are complete.
That leaves a series moves left to be completed on Sunday, including the double sign-and-trade with Golden State, which will bring Durant and a protected first rounder to Brooklyn in return for D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham, according to reports. Russell will have to signed first while the Nets will have exercise team options on the others.
In addition, the Nets still need approval for three other signings: Draft pick Nic Claxton as well as free agents Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler. Depending on what they do with Theo Pinson and their other pick, Jaylen Hands, the Nets will have 13 players under contract once all the transactions are approved.