The Nets finalized three minimum, non-guaranteed training camp contracts today, signing forwards James Mays and Carleton Scott and guard Stephen Dennis. The Nets already have good depth at the guard position, so don’t expect Stephen Dennis to be on the Nets opening day roster. Scott and Mays can compete with Nets veteran Josh Childress for the fifteenth and final roster spot. Childress also has an non-guaranteed training camp contract; however, he is a strong favorite to make the team.
All three of these players have participated in foreign leagues: Mays in China, Dennis in Germany, and Scott in Austria. Mays is 6’9”, Dennis is 6’6”, and Scott is 6’8”. Mays went to Clemson University, Dennis went to Kutztown University, and Scott went to Notre Dame. Mays and Dennis played in the NBA D-League. Scott and Dennis recently played for the Nets’ summer league team in Orlando and perhaps impressed Coach Avery Johnson.
Last season, the Nets suffered by far the most injuries of any team. They called up a few D-League players in the middle of the season: Larry Owens, Andre Emmett, Jerry Smith, Armon Johnson, and of course Gerald Green. Dennis Horner also made the team out of training camp. The high-flying Green was great and the Nets are sure to miss him. The Nets are sure to take these new D-Leagues seriously, even though they are long shots to play in the NBA this season.