The Nets announced Tuesday morning that they’ve re-signed restricted free agent point guard Chris Chiozza, but declined to say what type of contract the 5’11” Florida product had inked.
The Nets are now at the 20-man limit for training camp, including standard deals, two-ways and Exhibit 10 camp invites. A few hours after the Chiozza signing, the Nets released the camp roster and officially announced the signing of Exhibit 10 players, Jordan Bowden of Tennessee, a 6’5” 3-and-D guard, and Nate Sestina of Kentucky and Bucknell, a 6’9” stretch 4.
The roster does not mention French point guard Elie Okobo, who Shams Charania and Alex Schiffer reported Monday had agreed to sign with Brooklyn after being cut by Phoenix.
The list doesn’t make any differentiation between standard contracts and the Exhibit 10’s and includes only one two-way, Jeremiah Martin.
In his media availability Tuesday afternoon, Sean Marks wouldn’t talk in specific terms about contracts saying simply he wants things to be “competitive.”
“We’re just looking at a competitive training camp. It’s wide-open for two-way spots.” he said, adding that he wants to see how camp goes before deciding about further roster moves. The Nets must be down to 15 standard deals and two two-ways by December 19.
In general, Marks said expect the Nets to be aggressive.
“We’re going to have to be fluid with our roster. I look forward to getting with the coaches and with our front office and really debating as we go through training camp and see where we need to make changes — whether it’s on the periphery of the roster, or we make some bigger moves.”
According to Basketball Insiders salary page, Martin’s two-way deal won’t be guaranteed until Wednesday, at which point he’d get $50,000. Also, Reggie Perry’s status remains uncertain. The 57th pick in the Draft reportedly signed an Exhibit 10 deal which would ultimately be upgraded to the open two-way.
There’s also the possibility that another move, one that would open a spot, could be in the works, freeing a spot for Okobo. Of course, the Nets have plenty to time to move contracts around. The Nets don’t have to make final decisions till December 21.
Chiozza started off the season with the Wizards then after being cut by Washington was signed by the Nets to a two-way in January. With backcourt injuries, Chiozza was called up and moved into the rotation in early March, playing a key role in one of Brooklyn’s biggest wins of the season, a come-from-behind overtime win over Boston at TD Garden. In 21 minutes, he scored eight points and handed out four assists. His two threes came late in regulation and he hit Caris LeVert with a critical pocket pass as the Nets surged.
The performance won him more minutes. In five games just before the league shut down, Chiozza averaged 10 points, and shot 56/53/100 in 19 minutes over five games. He was also part of the Nets “extra work crew” that played 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 scrimmages vs. Kevin Durant.
Overall, in 18 games with the Nets, Chiozza posted averages of 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 15.5 minutes per contest. Chiozza also appeared in and started 10 games last season with the Long Island Nets, registering averages of 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game.