Brooklyn Nets release D.J. White

With a full bench, the Nets released D.J. White on Thursday, he was acquired in the recent big trade with the Celtics. AP Photo.

With a full bench, the Nets released D.J. White on Thursday, he was acquired in the recent big trade with the Celtics. AP Photo.

This really doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but the Brooklyn Nets announced early Thursday that they have released forward D.J. White, who was acquired as part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade with the Boston Celtics.

Like I said, not much of a surprise. In fact, yesterday I wrote that the Nets had until Aug. 1 to release him before his $1,027,424 salary became guaranteed. The Nets are prepared to spend nearly $185 million on salary and the luxury tax next season, and it’s not that they are penny pinching here it’s just that with so much depth on the bench White wasn’t necessary.

The 26-year-old from Indiana University was originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 29th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He’s averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per 36 minutes in his career while shooting 50.7 percent. He plays power forward so he was blocked by KG, Reggie Evans, and Mirza Teletovic.