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Nets re-sign forward Kessler Edwards to two-year deal

LAS VEGAS — The Nets re-signed ahead Kessler Edwards to a multi-year contract Wednesday afternoon.

Edwards will play for the Nets in Las Vegas Summer time League, which they’ll open with a recreation towards the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Nets had made Edwards a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying provide. They briefly pulled the provide, quickly making him an unrestricted free agent, however by no means stopped working to discover a deal.

Now the 6-foot-8 wing is coming again to Brooklyn on a two-year contract, with HoopsHype reporting that they maintain a crew possibility for 2023-24.

Edwards was taken with the forty fourth general choose final yr and outperformed his draft spot as a rookie. He made 48 appearances, together with 23 begins, and confirmed promise as a 3-and-D wing down the highway.

The Pepperdine product averaged 5.9 factors and three.6 rebounds in 20.6 minutes, with 41/35/84 capturing splits.

Kessler Edwards protection the Celtics’ Al Horford throughout the Nets’ first-round playoff sequence loss final season.
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When Edwards appeared on Chris Carrino’s “Voice of the Nets” podcast, he praised Kyle Korver with serving to him hone his 3-point shot. He additionally stated Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving talked to him lots earlier than video games and boosted his confidence, including it’s a sense he’ll “most likely by no means get once more.”

It was unclear if he meant he’ll by no means replicate that rookie wonderment, or if he expects the disgruntled stars to be traded.

After being a second-round draft choose, Edwards finally earned a two-way contract, on which he performed a lot of the season. However with that kind of deal leaving him ineligible for the playoffs, the Nets parted methods with James Johnson to transform Edwards’ two-way into a typical contract simply earlier than the postseason began.

The Nets named Igor Kokoskov, Adam Caporn and Trevor Hendry as assistant coaches to spherical out Steve Nash’s workers. They’ll be part of holdovers Jacque Vaughn, Brian Keefe, Tiago Splitter, Royal Ivey and Ryan Forehan-Kelly.

Caporn was the Lengthy Island Nets head coach, and is teaching the Nets in the summertime league. Kokoskov was the previous Phoenix Suns head coach.

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