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Long Island Nets acquire G League rights to Bryce Brown, 3-point specialist

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The Long Island Nets have made their first move for the upcoming G League season, trading their G League rights to Jaylen Hands for the rights to Bryce Brown. Both are 6’3” shooting guards.

Brown played in a total of 43 G League games over the last two seasons, one each with the Boston Celtics affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, and the New York Knicks affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. Bryce, a 25-year-old Auburn product, was troubled with an ankle injury last season and underwent surgery at the end of the G League season. Two years ago with Maine, Brown averaged 16.1 points 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a steal per game with shooting splits of 44/42/73. A 3-point specialist, Brown hit a franchise record 11-of-11 three pointers for the Red Claws in a 43-point outburst...

Hands, who played with the Cavs Summer League team, had been signed directly to the Nets G League affiliate after being selected as a late second-round pick in 2019. The UCLA product didn’t play in an NBA game for Brooklyn, but averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds during the 2019-20 G League season. Although the guard’s draft rights were traded in the Bruce Brown trade with Detroit last year, Long Island held on to his G League rights. Hands spent the 2020-21 season overseas in Serbia with KK FMP of the Basketball League of Serbia.

In addition to Brown, Long Island will have the services of second round pick Kessler Edwards, a 6’8” 3&D forward out of Pepperdine, who was signed to a two-way contract. Long Island will open its season on November 6 with a home opener four days later.