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Shams: Devontae Cacok, Laker PF, to sign with Nets

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Shams Charania reports that the Nets will sign Devontae Cacok, a 24-year-old power forward who played 20 games with the Lakers, to a training camp contract.

Cacok then seemingly confirmed it in a retweet...

The wording suggests that the Nets have no plans to add a second two-way before training camp and that Cacok, David Duke and whoever the Nets sign as their final camp invite, whoever that might be, will compete for that spor. The Nets have already signed Kessler Edwards, the 44th pick in the 2021 Draft, as their first two-way.

The signing brings to 19 the number of players on Nets training camp roster. The Nets also have 16 standard NBA contracts, one currently guaranteed for $750,000 and as well as a two-way.

Cacok won an NBA ring with the Lakers in 2020 despite playing only one game. He is a solid rebounder and defender. He’s played the last two seasons on a two-way contract, spending his G League time with the South Bay Lakers. where was first team, All G League, a year ago. The 24-year-old averaged 19.4 points and 11.4 rebounds as well as 1.1 steals in 23.9 minutes. He did not take a 3-point shot.

With the big team this season, he played 20 games, but only four minutes a game. He averaged two points and two boards. He was also part of the Lakers Summer League team last month, averaging 12.1 points and seven rebounds in five games. Here’s highlights from one of the Vegas games...

Harrison Faigan of Silver Screen and Roll, our Laker counterpart on SB Nation, wrote this about his Laker tenure:

Cacok originally signed a two-way deal with the Lakers after impressing for the team as an undrafted free agent in Las Vegas Summer League, beating out fellow undrafted player Zach Norvell Jr. for the team’s second two-way slot. Cacok excelled in the G League as a rookie, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting while averaging 19.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.4 blocks, averages that allowed him to additionally make both the All-NBA G League first team and All-Rookie team. He only played sparingly for the parent team, but won a championship in his first season after joining the Lakers in the bubble.

If he fails to make the 15-man NBA roster, the Nets can waive Cacok and assign his G League rights to Long Island. Cacok went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is a product of UNC Wilmington.