Brooklyn Nets resign backup guard Theo Pinson

Brooklyn Nets resign former UNC basketball player and reserve guard Theo Pinson

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on sophomore wing Theo Pinson. The former University of North Carolina standout spent part of the past two seasons with the team, but was fired to create a roster spot that will allow the organization to end a new contract with veteran agent Tyler Johnson.

In 51 games with the Nets, Pinson averaged 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting just under 31 percent from the floor and 21 percent from the three-point range. He appeared in 18 games as a rookie and 33 games during the 2019-20 season. He averaged more than 11 minutes per game during that period, but he fought consistently on the court. However, he connected nearly 90 percent of his free throw attempts and committed only one rotation and one foul per game.

When he wasn’t in Brooklyn with the Nets, he spent his time with the G-League affiliate of the team with the same name on Long Island. It was there that Pinson really shone, and earned the punches that brought him to the NBA on a two-way contract. In 43 games with Long Island, Pinson averaged 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and one steal per game. He shot better than 44 percent from the ground, 38 percent from beyond the arc and 83.5 percent from the charity band.

It is unknown where Pinson will end at this point, but it would be surprising if he didn’t at least make a G-League roster considering how good he’s been there for the past two seasons.

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