The Brooklyn Nets had no draft picks heading into the 2014 NBA Draft. The team then purchased three second round picks. It appears that two of those players have impressed the Nets enough to receive contracts. Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson have officially signed contracts with the Nets.
It’s unknown if either player received a contract with any guarantees as no terms of the contracts have been disclosed. The signings would give the Nets a full 15-man roster.
This does not guarantee that either player will be on the opening day roster. Both rookies still have to go through training camp and the preseason first.
League sources say the Nets will be signing both Cory Jefferson and Markel Brown, which would take their roster to 15 players.
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As a reminder, both players were mid-to-late round picks. That is usually for good reason. As Mike Gallagher of Yahoo Sports wrote, “each showed some flashes, but are almost certainly D-League bound.” Both Brown and Jefferson have had their fair share of up’s and down’s during summer league action.
Brooklyn has decided to try getting younger this offseason. New head coach Lionel Hollins liked using a 10-player rotation during his successful tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies. These two factors mixed together will give a greater opportunity for Brown and Jefferson to compete for minutes with the rest of the Nets reserves. Brown will be competing with the other guards while Jefferson will be battling it out with the forwards and centers.