Rumor: Nets want Kris Joseph back but can’t sign him for a year

Kris Joseph, who was part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade, was recently released by Boston. The Nets would like him back, but are prohibited from signing him. AP Photo.

Kris Joseph, who was part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade, was recently released by Boston. The Nets would like him back, but are prohibited from signing him. AP Photo.

While Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get the bulk of the attention when people discuss the Nets/Celtics trade, the trade was actually a nine-player swap that sent KG and Pierce to Brooklyn along with Jason Terry and D.J. White for Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Kris Joseph.

One of those players, Kris Joseph, has already been released by the Celtics. Their problem is that they had too many contracts and are close to the luxury tax threshold so they cut Joseph because he had a non-guaranteed contract.

Now a free agent, Joseph isn’t getting a ton of offers. One team that is interested in him is actually the Nets,¬†according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. The problem is that the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement prohibit the Nets from signing him for a year.

The Nets were forced to include him in the deal for luxury tax reasons which is unfortunate as they would have liked to have kept him and the Celtics clearly didn’t want him.¬†He was due slightly less than $800,000 next year.

Joseph, 24, is originally from Canada. He played for four years at Syracuse University before being drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Celtics. He’s played in just 10 games during his NBA career with the Celtics and the Nets last season. He averaged just 5.4 minutes per game while shooting 14.3 percent with 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per 36 minutes.


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