In what seems to be their final roster moves of the off-season, the Nets have waived Chris Chiozza, Elie Okobo and Paul Eboua and converted Reggie Perry from an Exhibit 10 training camp deal to a two-way contract.
The moves suggest that Jeremiah Martin, the Nets two-way from last season, will be retained on a two-way contract. Moreover, Brooklyn appears set with its 15-man roster.
Under the CBA, the Nets can assign four waived players to the Long Island Nets. They have already waived three other camp invites: Jordan Bowden, Nate Sestina and Kaiser Gates. Gates’ G League rights, however, are already held by Long Island so he would not count against the four-player limit. The Nets acquired Gates’ rights from the Celtics earlier in the off-season.
The moves apparently signal an end to Chiozza’s time with the Nets. Not long after the moves were announced, the 5’11” Florida product tweeted out a thank you.
Enjoy the journey— Chris Chiozza “FLASH” ⚡️ (@Chiozza11) December 20, 2020
Chiozza originally signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn on January 4. He played well just before the league went on hiatus in the Orlando “bubble,” then re-signed with the Nets on December 1. He appeared in Brooklyn’s preseason game against Washington, totaling eight points, two rebounds and two assists in nine minutes off the bench. He did not play in the Nets game vs. Boston on Friday.
After he signed on December 1, Chiozza told reporters that he had had other opportunities but chose the Nets because of their championship possibilities.
“It was two-ways and opportunities that I didn’t think were as good as being here, trying to stay here, and being on a team that’s gonna compete for a championship,” he said then. He is now an unrestricted free agent.
Okobo, a 6’3” point guard, originally signed with the Nets three days ago, while Eboua, a 6’8” power forward, signed with Brooklyn on Friday. French media reported at the time that Okobo, dropped by the Suns last month, was hoping to gain a two-way contract. Neither he nor Eboua were with the Nets for the Celtics game. Nor have they practiced with Brooklyn. The signings and quick waiver made it appear that the two were signed with the intention of sending them to Long Island and the G League “bubble.”
Perry, drafted at No. 57 in the NBA Draft on November 18, signed an Exhibit 10 deal with Brooklyn nine days later. The training camp contract had an two-way conversion option which the Nets exercised Saturday. Perry appeared in both of the Nets’ preseason games, registering averages of 2.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.
Under rules agreed to by the NBA and the players union, two-ways like Perry and Martin will be paid $449,000 this year and can be active for up to 50 games before a team must decide whether to convert the two-way to a standard NBA contract.
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