The Nets have waived Justin Harper and Dahntay Jones, the team announced via press release. The moves take Brooklyn to the 15-man regular season roster maximum. Neither had any guaranteed money. Their subtractions appear to indicate that Donald Sloan and Willie Reed have made the opening night roster on their partially guaranteed salaries. The other 13 Nets have full guarantees.
Jones, 34, was attempting to make the Nets after averaging less than a point in 3.7 minutes per game for the Clippers last season. That’s the only regular season NBA action the former 20th overall pick has seen since 2012/13. He performed relatively well for the Nets during the preseason this month, notching 7.5 points in 24.5 minutes per game over four appearances, but it wasn’t enough to secure his place on the roster.
Harper joined the Nets after having been out of the NBA since 2012. The 26-year-old former 32nd overall pick averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game over six preseason contests, including one start.
Sloan’s place on the roster has appeared safe since the Nets waived Ryan Boatright last week, leaving them with only two other point guards aside from Sloan. Reed is likely out until at least the start of December with a right thumb injury, but it appears his $500K partial guarantee played a key role in helping him stick on the roster. The team is out two days’ worth of salary to Jones and Harper, though much of that is offset by their training camp compensation, as former Nets executive Bobby Marks explained (All Twitter links).