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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed on a contract with free-agent point guard Shabazz Napier, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the deal with Napier, who had a solid season with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, is for two years.
Free agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN. Napier, 27, had his best pro season with the Blazers last year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2018
In Brooklyn, Napier joins a backcourt that also includes D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.
The Blazers also did not offer a qualifying offer to Napier, who would have commanded a $3.45 million offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder out of Connecticut averaged career-highs in points (8.7), rebounds (2.3) and steals (1.1) along with 2.0 assists in 20.7 minutes in 74 games (10 starts) for Portland last season. He shot 42.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from the 3-point arc and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The fourth-year pro was the 24th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets and was traded the next day to the Miami Heat for Semaj Christon and P.J. Hairston.
Napier, who also spent a season in Orlando before playing the last two for Portland, made $2.4 million with the Blazers last season.
He carries career averages of 5.7 points and 1.9 assists into his fifth season in the league.