The Nets have formally signed No. 23 overall pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the team announced via press release. First-round pick signings are among the few that can become official during the July Moratorium. The small forward from Arizona will make $1,335,480 this coming season and a total of $6,657,157 over the course of his four-year rookie scale contract, presuming he signs for the standard 120% of scale, as our table of likely first-round salaries shows.
Brooklyn traded with Portland for the rights to Hollis-Jefferson shortly after the draft, along with Steve Blake, for Mason Plumlee and the rights to No. 41 overall pick Pat Connaughton. Hollis-Jefferson stands to have a better chance at playing time this coming season if the Nets trade Joe Johnson, as they’re reportedly in talks to do.
The best-case scenario for Hollis-Jefferson’s NBA career is likely that he’ll end up similar to former Net Gerald Wallace, as Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors posited in his prospect profile of the defensive-minded new addition to Brooklyn’s roster. Hollis-Jefferson is a client of Mike George, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, who ranked him as the 13th-best prospect in this year’s draft. Chad Ford of ESPN.com had him 20th.