The Brooklyn Nets went on a tear in December and went 11-1, the best month in franchise history. Kevin Durant and the Nets were on a 12-game winning streak before losing in Chicago on Wednesday night. Not only are Brooklyn’s superstars lights out, but so are their role players. That’s why it was announced today that the Nets are guaranteeing the contracts of three key players for the rest of the season.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving do a lot of heavy lifting for the Nets, but role players are always what take teams to the next level. That’s true for Brooklyn this season as they have a good rotation of players off the bench.
The Nets have offered fully guaranteed contracts to Yuta Watanabe, Edmund Sumner and Markieff Morris. All three are deserving of these terms and all have played big roles for Brooklyn so far. New York sports betting sites have nett at (+675) to win the playoffs this season.
The Brooklyn Nets will guarantee the contracts of Yuta Watanabe, Edmund Sumner and Markieff Morris, league sources said. @hoopshype. Watanabe has become one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA. Sumner played solid backup point guard minutes. Morris is shooting 48.7% on 3s.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 6, 2023
Three role players for the Brooklyn Nets were awarded fully guaranteed contracts today.
Yuta Watanabe has been one of Brooklyn’s biggest surprises this season. He said his first goal in camp is to just make the team and go from there. Watanabe has worked extremely hard this season and is one of the best three-point shooters in the league this season. His (51.4) three-point percentage leads the NBA right now.
The 28-year-old has found a home with the Brooklyn Nets and is known for his fourth quarter heroics. Watanabe always seems to be open for a three at a crucial point in the game and he always delivers. His length on defense and his prowess in the outfield have been successful for the Nets this season.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 1, 2023
Twenty-six-year-old Edmund Sumner missed all of last season with a torn Achilles and was signed to a partially guaranteed deal by the Nets. Today he received a fully guaranteed contract for the rest of the season. His six-foot-four frame is something the Nets love to get off their seats, and Sumner plays at a different pace than most.
Summers takes it back on the defensive end and coasts without hesitation and finishes at 100 mph. He doesn’t play every game for the Nets, but he spends most of his playing time watching the court.
The last fully guaranteed deal Brooklyn offered today was NBA veteran Markieff Morris’ twelve-year contract. He’s played in just 19 of the Nets’ 38 games this season, and Brooklyn likes the veteran presence he brings to the locker room. Brooklyn owner Joe Ty Morris made a personal recruiting pitch to join the team.