The Brooklyn Nets didn't end up getting Tyler Johnson with the four-year, $50 million offer sheet he signed earlier in free agency. The Miami Heat decided to match the deal and bring him back to South Beach following the exit of Dwyane Wade to Chicago. But the Nets are still adding to their roster with low risk deals as GM Sean Marks continues to add to the depth chart.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Nets have agreed to a two-year, minimum deal with former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. The first year will be guaranteed as Bennett tries to revive his NBA career just three years after being selected first in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Free agent Anthony Bennett has reached agreement on a two-year minimum deal with Brooklyn, sources tell The Vertical. First year guarantee.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2016
That's not the only player the Nets added though. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting the Nets have also agreed to a one-year deal with veteran guard Randy Foye. It's not adding the potential and athleticism of Johnson like they previously hoped to do, but Foye is a steady hand as a combo guard and a good 3-point shooter.
Free agent guard Randy Foye has agreed on a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 14, 2016
This will be Bennett's fourth team in four seasons. At the start of each season of his career, he's been on a different team. He spent his rookie year with the Cavs as an often injured, out of shape big man who had one of the worst rookie seasons for a No. 1 pick of all time. Then the following year, he was a part of the trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves (along with Bennett) and Kevin Love to the Cavs. He played the most games (57) and minutes (894) of his career in Minnesota, but couldn't find the confidence needed to build momentum in his young career.
The Wolves waived Bennett right before training camp and he signed almost immediately with the Toronto Raptors. He played 19 games for the Raptors and six games with their D-League affiliate. Bennett was waived by the Raptors in March of last season. Bennett can actually benefit by learning from Trevor Booker, who was also signed this summer by the Nets. Booker is an energy guy off the bench, who uses athleticism, motor, and a little bit of outside shooting to provide a rotation big for his team. That should be Bennett's goal of finding a role for the Nets.
With Foye, the Nets will have some much needed veteran savvy in the backcourt. He's a 10-year veteran in the NBA and is a career 36.9 percent shooter from deep. He spent last season with the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder, but shot a career worst 30 percent from deep. This will be Foye's seventh team as he enters his 11th NBA season.