Nets Sign Edmond Sumner

JULY 8: The Nets have officially signed Sumner, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 5: After reaching a contract agreement with T.J. Warren earlier in the day, Brooklyn is set to sign another former Pacer who missed the entire 2021/22 season due to an injury.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link), the Nets and free agent guard Edmond Sumner have agreed to a deal. Sumner tore his left Achilles tendon last September and was sidelined all of last season as he recovered.

Prior to the injury, Sumner enjoyed a career year in Indiana in 2020/21, playing a career-high 16.2 minutes per game and earning 24 starts in 53 contests. The 6″4″ guard averaged 7.5 PPG and 1.8 RPG with an impressive shooting line of .525/.398/.819, and projected to be part of the Pacers’ rotation for ’21/22.

The Nets actually acquired Sumner in a trade with the Pacers during the 2021 preseason, following his Achilles tear, but that was a salary-dump deal that sent a future second-round pick to Brooklyn. Sumner was waived a few days later.

While the terms of the agreement between Sumner and the Nets have yet to be reported, it’s almost certain to be a minimum-salary contract.

Brooklyn’s roster remains in flux due to the unresolved Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving situations, so Sumner’s exact role remains to be determined, but he’ll likely be a depth piece in the backcourt.

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