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STEIN: NETS TO SIGN DONTA HALL, PISTONS ROOKIE BIG MAN

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Marc Stein reports that Nets are signing Donta Hall, an athletic 6’10” big who was on a Pistons 10-day contract when the NBA season shut down. Hall will back up Jarrett Allen at center and possibly get minutes at the 4.

Marc Stein was first with the news...

“(He’s) like a shorter Jarrett Allen,” The Athletic’s John Hollinger said. While he may be shorter, Hall has a 7’5” wingspan, only a half inch less than Allen’s.

Stein said the Nets strongly considered Amir Johnson for their frontcourt vacancy, as the Times reported earlier this week, but turned their focus to Hall after striking deals this week to sign veterans Michael Beasley and Jamal Crawford.

Hall, 22, went undrafted in 2019, but played well in the G League for the Pistons affiliate in Grand Rapids. More of a power forward than a center, he’s a defensive specialist, having made the G League all-Defensive team after being named to the All-SEC Defensive team while playing at Alabama.

Before being called up by the Pistons, Hall averaged 15.4 points and 10.6 boards in 28.7 minutes a game. His 3-point shot is limited. He hit only 27 percent on less than one attempt a game. An athletic big, he also blocked 1.3 shots per game.

Hall played only 48 minutes as a 10-day, averaging 1.5 points. Undrafted out of Alabama (where he played all four years under former Nets coach Avery Johnson), Hall didn’t take basketball seriously until his father died of a heart attack while watching him play in November 2010, as documented by Ben Bolton of the Alabama Sports Network. Hitting a growth spurt that reportedly helped him shoot up around nine inches in high school,

Here’s video of him scoring 25 points vs. the Westchester Knicks...

As a substitute player, Hall will be an unrestricted free agent come October.