The Long Island Nets traded the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NBA G League Draft to the Lakeland Magic on Monday for Jeremiah Martin, the former Nets’ two-way, NetsDaily has learned. Prior to the deal, the Magic held Martin’s draft rights.
Martin, a 6’2” guard out of Memphis, was signed as a two-way in January, played big and productive minutes in the Orlando “bubble” —particularly on defense, then was cut in favor of Chris Chiozza on the morning of Opening Night, December 22.
The Nets G League affiliate did not select any players in the rest of the G League Draft Monday, suggesting the team has their 10-man roster set. That limit excludes the two-way players: Chris Chiozza and Reggie Perry as well as any players like Nicolas Claxton who might be sent to Long Island to rehab and/or work on their skills. Long Island, like 17 other G League teams, will play 16 games at Disney World beginning on February 8.
Long Island will enter the “bubble” with a new head coach in Bret Brielmaier. It was also reported on Sunday that Luca Banchi, a well-respected and experienced Italian Serie A League and EuroLeague head coach, will join Brielmaier’s staff as an assistant head coach.
As for the roster, it appears the team will include, in addition to Martin, former Suns point guard Elie Okobo; former Italian League power forward Paul Eboua; Kentucky stretch-4 Nate Sestina; and Tennessee shooting guard Jordan Bowden; along with G League veterans Tariq Owens, a center; Kaiser Gates, a shooting guard; and Shannon Scott, a point guard. Long Island also traded for the rights of Matt Farrell, who’s been playing in Turkey. His G League status is unknown. Expect more details Tuesday. On Wednesday, G League will require players to begin in-home quarantine.