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Nets signing Patty Mills and James Johnson, Bruce Brown takes QO

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BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 12: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on May 12, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Australia (led by Patty Mills) and Team USA (led by Kevin Durant) will face off in the Tokyo Olympic semifinals.

Then, they’ll team up on the Nets, who are also signing James Johnson and keeping Bruce Brown on the qualifying offer.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Presumably, Mills got the full taxpayer mid-level exception – $ 5,890,000 next season, $6,184,500 the following season ($12,074,500 total). That’ll cost the Nets plenty more in luxury-tax, though they still can reduce their payroll before the tax is assessed on the last day of the regular season (maybe by trading DeAndre Jordan).

Capable of being a primary scorer against reserves, Mills is a solid third guard behind James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Mills’ long-range shooting also allows him to play with Brooklyn’s stars.

The Nets could use more frontcourt help rather than another offensive-minded guard, but that could come in a Spencer Dinwiddie sign-and-trade (Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell?).

Part center, part point guard, Brown has thrived with the Nets as a positionless defender and hustle player. But he might not be long for Brooklyn.

Only one player – Spencer Hawes with the 76ers – has ever taken a standard-contract qualifying offer then returned to the same team the following year. Brown can veto any trade this season then he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Johnson replaces Jeff Green (Nuggets) as small-ball center. A better shooter and more-mobile defender, Green set a high bar for that role. Johnson’s advantage as a passer is muted with Blake Griffin, an even better passer, becoming the primary option in the role.