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SIGNED: Darius Bazley, Suns free agent PF, to join Nets

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Have the Nets signed their back-up big man?

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Friday night that the Nets have an agreement with Darius Bazley, the 6’9” Suns free agent power forward/center, to join the club on a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum contract...

Later, Keith Smith revealed the details...

It’s the third young free agent signing in the last week by Sean Marks & co., all on one-year deals. The Nets previously signed Dennis Smith Jr. a 25-year-old point guard and Lonnie Walker IV, a 24-year-old shooting guard.

Just before tweets from Woj and Michael Scotto on the Bazley signing, Edmond Sumner tweeted what appeared to be a farewell...

Officially, the Nets have until Saturday to exercise a team option on Sumner for next season but his tweet — as well as this one from Mike Scotto — all but confirm he won’t be returning...

With Sumner out and Bazley about to arrive, the Nets will have 14 players on standard NBA contracts once Bazley is signed. Jalen Wilson, the 51st pick in the June draft, has signed a two-way deal.

As Woj wrote, Bazley will have an opportunity with Brooklyn...

Bazley, 23, arrives to the Nets with an opportunity to join the frontcourt rotation after starting 118 games in his first three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bazley, the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, averaged a career-best 13.7 points and 7.2 assists in 55 games in the 2020-2021 season. He’s averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his four NBA seasons.

Over a two-year period with OKC between 2020 and 2022, Bazley averaged 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 124 games, 108 starts, while shooting 29.3% from deep. The Ohio product has improved his 3-point shooting since then, hitting 37.7% last season. After playing his first three years in the league mainly at PF, Bazley played most of his limited minutes in OKC and Phoenix last season at center. Here’s some highlights from his most productive time in the league...

And here’s some from last month at Cincinnati’s Smith League, per Ballislife...

Bazley was traded from the Thunder to the Suns the day after the Kevin Durant mega-deal last February, but over the course of the rest of the season, he played in only seven games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. The Suns decided not to tender Bazley a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.