In the latest —but certainly not the last— move to buttress the Nets bench corps, the Nets are waiving two-way center Henry Ellenson, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Meanwhile, Ben Standig, who covers the Wizards for The Athletic, reports that Brooklyn is adding Chris Chiozza, a 5’11” point guard from the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards G League affiliate.
Brooklyn is waiving two-way F Henry Ellenson, league sources tell ESPN. Nets will likely add another backcourt player on a two-way or 10-day contract.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 3, 2020
Hearing Nets to sign former Wizard point guard Chris Chiozza. https://t.co/hrsxa51IQ7— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 3, 2020
The moves follow the Nets decision, which was made official Friday afternoon, to waive David Nwaba, out for the season with an Achilles rupture. Shams Charania reported that Thursday as well as the Nets plan to sign Justin Anderson of the Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate, to a 10-day contract. Teams can sign 10-day deals starting Sunday.
Since the Nets have no open spots on their 15-man roster for another 10-day signing, Chiozza seems likely to become a two-way player for Brooklyn and the Long Island Nets, replacing Ellenson. The Nets other two-way, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, has been playing well in the absence of Nwaba and is seen as a possible candidate for a standard NBA contract.
Chiozza, 24, is a Florida product who is averaging 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Go-Go, but shooting only 33 percent overall and 32.8 percent from three. He was named to the G League All-Rookie team last season. He’s played for both the Wizards and Rockets in the past.
In 10 games with Long Island, Ellenson averaged 20.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 48% from the field, but only shot 31 percent from deep. Moreover, he was unlikely to get minutes in Brooklyn with Jarrett Allen, DeAndre Jordan and rookie Nicolas Claxton ahead of him.
Assuming no other moves in the short-term, the Nets will likely close the weekend with 14 roster players, plus two ways in Luwawu-Cabarrot and Chiozza and — once he signs —Anderson as a 10-day. The Nets have until January 15 to finalize their two-way situation.