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NETS RE-SIGN CHRIS CHIOZZA TO TWO-WAY DEAL, CUT JEREMIAH MARTIN

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Just hours before the Nets were to take the court vs. the Warriors, they made one last (?) roster move, re-signing Chris Chiozza to a two-way contract while waiving Jeremiah Martin who had been one of the team’s two-ways.

The Nets announced the surprise move Tuesday morning. The Nets roster is now at 17, 15 standard contracts and two two-ways. Rookie Reggie Perry is the other two-way.

Three days ago, the Nets requested waivers on the 5’11” point guard, seemingly ending his Nets career which began in January. Chiozza even tweeted out a thank you.

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.

A week ago, Kyrie Irving spoke about Chiozza when praising the Nets bench, calling him “a great back-up.”

Martin was also signed last January to a two-year, two-way deal with a $50,000 guarantee on the second year which apparently was paid out earlier this month. Martin played well in the Orlando “bubble,” with two games of 20 and 24 points, impressing as well with his defense. The Miami Heat apparently hold his G League rights.

As a result of the move, it appears that Martin will get an extra year of NBA service which is helpful in computing minimum salary going forward. In Martin’s case. that means about $175,000 if Martin signs a minimum deal with another NBA team this season.