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Brooklyn Nets signing Keon Johnson, Blazer guard, to open two-way

Nets add the 6’5” shooting guard to the roster, singing as a two-way.

Los Angeles Clippers v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets are filling out their roster, signing 6’5” shooting guard Keon Johnson to the open two-way contract. Johnson played last with the Blazers but was traded to the Suns in September, then released a week ago, making him a free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news in a tweet Tuesday night...

He is expected to join the Long Island Nets training camp in Westbury.

Johnson has played a total of 77 NBA games, 15 with the Clippers in his rookie year before being traded to the Blazers in 2022 where he played in 62 games. He was part of the Eric Bledsoe for Norman Powell trade. Then, he was traded to the Blazers in the three-team Damian Lillard for Jrue Holiday blockbuster. Johnson practiced and played in five preseason games with the Suns before being cut.

In his NBA career, he has averaged 5.9 points with shooting splits of 36/34/74. He also played nine games in the G League with the Clippers affiliate in 2021 averaging 15.4 points. At 21, Johnson becomes the fourth youngest Nets player, after 19-year-olds Dariq Whitehead and Noah Clowney, and Day’Ron Sharpe, who’s also 21.

A 6’5” athlete with a Draft Combine record 48” max vertical, Johnson is known for his defense as well as his slashing style of offense. The Tennessee product was taken at No. 21 in the 2021 NBA Draft, before Cam Thomas taken at No. 27 and Day’Ron Sharpe at 29.

Johnson is the 18th player on the Nets extended roster. They are at the limit.

Here are some highlights from Johnson last season, produced by the Suns as an introduction to the players added to the Phoenix roster...

And the record-setting Combine vertical...

Johnson joins Brooklyn’s two previously signed two-ways, Jalen Wilson who was taken at No. 51 in this year’s draft and Armoni Brooks who looked good playing for the Nets in the NBA Summer League this past July. The new CBA permits NBA teams to sign three two-ways. Two-way players are permitted to be active for up to 50 NBA games before their NBA team must decide whether to upgrade the contract to a standard deal.