The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Yuta Watanabe to a one-year contract. According to multiple sources, this is a non-guaranteed training camp deal.
Watanabe in 2010 He moved out of George Washington in 2018. The 6’9″ forward signed a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
After the Nets’ signing, Watanabe took to Twitter. The Japanese tweet below translates to this message: “Amazed by the many congratulatory comments, but this is still a non-guaranteed camping contract. I will do my best in the spirit of the abyss.
Thanks for all the congratulatory comments, but it’s still a non-guaranteed camping deal.
I will do my best again in the spirit of the cliff 💪
– Yuta Watanabe Yuta Watanabe (@wacchi1013) August 28, 2022
In his rookie 2018-19 season with the Grizzlies, the forward averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15 games off the bench. He also averaged 29.4% shooting from the floor.
With the Memphis Hustle, the Grizzlies’ NBA G League affiliate, the rookie averaged 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 33.9 minutes per game.
Then in the 2019-20 season, Watanabe averaged 2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 18 games. He also shot 44.1% from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range.
The Nets have signed forward Yuta Watanabe to a one-year contract
In the G League, the forward averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 22 games started for the Hustle. In the year On January 22, 2020, he scored a career-high 40 points in the Hustle’s 122-92 win over the Delaware Bluecoats.
Not to mention, Watanabe was named All-NBA G League for the Midwest.
Additionally, months later on November 27, Watanabe signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Toronto Raptors. In 50 games, George Washington’s production posted the highest career numbers in the NBA.
In addition to recording a game-high 14.5 minutes, 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds, he shot 43.9% from the field and 40% from downtown for the Raptors.
Of course, the two-way contract was converted into a formal contract on April 18, 2021.
Now, the forward is entering his fifth NBA season. His offensive production attracted Nets GM Sean Marks.
During his time with the Toronto Raptors last season, he was drafted by the Raptors 905 from the team’s G League affiliate.
Furthermore, in 38 games off the bench with Toronto last season, Watanabe averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He shot 40.6% from the floor and 34.2% from long range.
On December 14, in Toronto’s 124-901 win over the Sacramento Kings, the forward completed his performance with his first career double-double. He scored 12 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Twelve days later, Watanabe led the team in a 144-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, capped off with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The forward notched his second double-double of his NBA career.
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