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With Blake Griffin signing, Nets closing in on full roster

2021 NBA Playoffs - Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Blake Griffin let it known both during the season and after the playoffs that he liked Brooklyn and liked the Nets. And on Monday, he proved it, re-signing with the team, reportedly for one year at the vets minimum, a little more than $2 million.

The deal had been reported earlier in free agency by Adrian Wojnarowski.

The six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection is already due $29.8 million from his buyout with the Pistons. Whatever he makes from the Nets will be subtracted from the Pistons’ financial commitment to him, what is known as an “offset.”

Griffin is the fifth signing announced in the past 48 hours. In addition to four-year, $198 million extension signed by Kevin Durant on Sunday, the Nets have signed Bruce Brown to a qualifying offer, DeAndre’ Bembry to a vets minimum deal and David Duke Jr. to a training camp contract. All three of those deals, like Griffin’s, are either or presumed to be for one year.

Other than the three second rounders — Kessler Edwards, Marcus Zegarowski and RaiQuan King — the only other player out there is Patty Mills, who is expected to sign in the next few days. After winning the bronze medal in the Olympics — and setting the medal round scoring record with 42 points vs. Slovenia — he returned to his native Australia. Following the medal ceremony in Tokyo, Mills called Durant “my teammate.”

Once Mills signs, the Nets will have 16 players — including Duke — under contract. They’ll also have two two-way slots with Long Island to fill. The Nets can bring 20 players to training camp.

Griffin originally signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on March 8, 2021, and posted averages of 10.0 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the field, 38.3 percent shooting from 3-point range and 78.2 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21.5 minutes per game in 26 games (10 starts) for the Nets. He tied for the league lead in charges drawn (22, 11 of which were drawn as a Net) and ranked second on the Nets in offensive rating (121.0) and net rating (10.7) after his debut with the team on March 21, trailing only Kevin Durant in both categories.

Griffin also appeared in and started all 12 of Brooklyn’s 2021 playoff games, averaging 9.0 points on 53.2 percent shooting from the field, 38.9 percent shooting from distance and 71.4 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.5 minutes per contest. Griffin shot 14-of-36 from 3-point range in the 2021 postseason after shooting 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from distance in his previous seven playoff appearances combined.