The Nets have signed Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract, the team announced via press release. The first expired overnight, as we noted minutes ago. The latest pact between Brooklyn and the 26-year-old shooting guard covers four games, against the Sixers (twice), Bucks and Bulls. It’ll cost $49,709.
The team could have waited to re-sign Kilpatrick until its next game, which isn’t until Friday, as many clubs do with 10-day signees, but the benefits of an immediate signing, which allows him to take part in practice and keeps him from slipping away to another team that might offer a better deal, apparently outweigh the alternative. He’s played a fairly prominent role in five Nets games so far, averaging 9.4 points in 16.6 minutes per contest, including a 19-point outburst Saturday against the Timberwolves. Perhaps most encouraging is his 3-point shooting, as he’s stuck nine of 18 attempts, carrying over the 42.6% form he displayed this season in 28 games for the Sixers D-League affiliate this season.
Brooklyn has no shortage of flexibility, with only 13 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. The Nets still have an open roster spot even with Kilpatrick’s continued presence. NetsDaily hears new GM Sean Marks plans more moves soon, though it’s unclear if that applies directly to the roster in the wake of Tuesday’s hiring of assistant GM Trajan Langdon. In any case, the Nets and Kilpatrick will have to either commit to each other through season’s end or part ways at the end of their latest 10-day deal.