The Brooklyn Nets did not need to wait until the January 10th deadline to make decisions on their partially or non-guaranteed contracts. Before Sunday’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jacque Vaughn confirmed the Nets would be guaranteeing the roster spots of Trendon Watford and Harry Giles III for the remainder of the season.
“I’m gonna give y’all something today, Trendon and Harry Giles: They’re guaranteed today, dinner is on those two! They’ll be with us!”
Watford, a college teammate of Cam Thomas, spent his first two NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers before signing a partially guaranteed deal with Brooklyn in August. Giles, meanwhile, signed his non-guaranteed deal soon after in September, which marked a return to NBA basketball. The 25-year-old backup big had spent the previous two seasons either in the G League, or away from the sport entirely, rehabbing various injuries.
While Watford remains on the fringes of the Nets rotation, he’s been a valuable contributor at times this season, packing energy and ball-handling skills into a 6’9” frame:
Welcome to the Trendon Watford Show: pic.twitter.com/rt45VyiFHl— Lucas Kaplan (@LucasKaplan_) November 9, 2023
Giles, on the other hand, has been relegated to garbage-time duties behind Nic Claxton and an improved Day’Ron Sharpe. Nevertheless, his head coach and teammates have repeatedly praised his attitude and spirit as a locker-room leader. Furthermore, Giles has been no slouch in the minutes he does get, scoring 41 points in 59 total minutes this season, giving Nets fans a reason to stick with blowouts until the very end:
Harry Giles played six minutes tonight, his first NBA action in over two years. He scored seven points: pic.twitter.com/lX8MNtBzBY— Lucas Kaplan (@LucasKaplan_) November 11, 2023
Thus, it’s no surprise that Brooklyn decided to stick with Watford and Giles, and the two will each pocket just over $2 million this season.
With the Nets guaranteeing Watford and Giles while waiving Armoni Brooks, who was on a two-way contract, they head into the trade deadline with 17 guaranteed deals: 15 standard and two two-ways. Brooklyn can add a third and final two-way contract anytime before March 15.
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