The Nets are closing in on a two-year contract with shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. The deal will include a guarantee for next season, sources added to Wojnarowski.
Kilpatrick, who is making $49,709 on his second 10-day deal, also played eight games with the Nuggets this season and 28 games with the Sixers’ D-League affiliate. Kilpatrick has reached double digits in five of his last six outings, including a trio of 19-point performances. He had 19 apiece against the Bucks and Sixers in the Nets’ last two games despite averaging just 22.5 minutes in those games. He’s shooting 50% from the field and 48.4% on 3-point tries in seven games this month.
Brooklyn has the ability to take on Kilpatrick without making any other roster moves. It has only 13 other contracts that run through season’s end and newfound financial leeway beneath the tax in the wake of buyouts with Joe Johnson and Andrea Bargnani.
Prior to this season, the 26-year-old Kilpatrick had only appeared in four NBA games, all with the Timberwolves last season.
The University of Cincinnati product recently told ESPN.com’s Mike Mazzeo that he was tired of trying to find an NBA home. “I’ve been living out of a suitcase I would say for the past six months. It’s crazy, man,” Kilpatrick said. “That’s why when you ask, ‘Do I want to be here?’ Like, I’m tired of living out of a suitcase.”