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Woj: Nets signing swingman DeAndre’ Bembry to one -year deal

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The Nets continue to add perimeter defense, signing DeAndre’ Bembry, a 6’5” swingman from Toronto, to a one year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report it...

The 27-year-old was cut earlier in the week by the Raptors. He’s a five-year veteran, having played his first four years in Atlanta, where was taken with the 21st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Last season, in Toronto this season, he played 51 games, with 12 starts. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists with shooting splits of 51/26/68. In limited minutes over his career, Bembry, who has a 6’9” swingman, averaged better than a steal per game.

Bembry’s reputation is as tough defender and a good passer but not a dependable scorer. He played sporadically early in the season, but Raptors coach Nick Nurse recognized his defense and began playing him more.

As Sports Illustrated reported, he was often assigned to cover the opponent’s best perimeter players...

In one game vs. the Wizards in early February, Bembry spent almost 50 percent of his defensive possessions defending either Bradley Beal or Russell Westbrook, surrendering just two points to the duo over 16.22 partial possessions, the majority of which came against Beal,

At 6’5”, the St. Joseph’s product can guard both guards and forwards. In the off-season, particularly free agency, the Nets have put a premium on defense, retaining Bruce Brown, trading for Jevon Carter and signing Patty Mills and James Johnson. The Nets also took a 3-and-D prospect, Kessler Edwards of Pepperdine, in the Draft. Sean Marks had talked about adding a big man, but that has yet to happen.

Details of Bembry’s contract have not yet been revealed. Prior to his signing, the Nets had have 12 players under guaranteed contracts and another player, Alize Johnson, on a three-year, non-guaranteed deal. Cam Thomas, the Nets 27th pick, signed Thursday. Day’Ron Sharpe, the 29th pick, is also guaranteed a two-year deal as a first round pick.

Bembry, a native of Charlotte, is a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in New Jersey where Kyrie Irving finished up his scholastic career. He is the cousin of 76ers first round pick Jaden Springer and nephew of Gary Springer, former Iona great.