The Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King officially announced the signings of guard Markel Brown and forward Cory Jefferson, a pair of second round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, to multi-year deals.
The Nets entered this year’s draft without any picks of their own, but purchased three draft picks, all in the second round, for cash before it was over and selected Brown and Jefferson along with point guard Xavier Thames. With the two players in the fold, the Nets roster is now at a capacity of 15 players.
Brown, a 6-foor-3 guard that was taken with the 44th overall pick purchased from the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per game in his career at Oklahoma State. Last year he was named All-Big 12 Second Team when he averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a night.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-9 forward taken with the 60th overall pick purchased from the Philadelphia 76ers, , averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds with 1.3 blocks in 29 minutes a night and was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team last year.
The Nets went for a championship run last season after they traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. However, after a second-round exit in the playoffs they appear to be headed in an entirely different direction. Pierce is gone, Garnett may stay, but they have added Brown and Jefferson along with 24-year-old Bojan Bogdanovic and 20-year-old Sergey Karasev.