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Reports: T.J. Warren signing with Brooklyn Nets on one-year deal

Pacers forward T.J. Warren

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 23: T.J. Warren #1 of the Indiana Pacers looks on during the game against the New York Knicks on December 23, 2020 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. 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 2020 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Brooklyn Nets just made a signing that some playoff team should have, a smart roll of the dice (he’d been a great fill-in for P.J. Tucker in Miami, for example).

The Nets have signed T.J. Warren to a one-year deal, news that both Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic had nearly simultaneously.

This deal was rumored before Kevin Durant shook up the Nets and the NBA, but Brooklyn is going ahead anyway. Warren could be a steal for the Nets, but it’s a bet on his health.

Warren was one of the breakout stars of the bubble in Orlando, averaging 26.6 points and 6.3 rebounds a game for the Pacers, and for that season he averaged 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 40.3% from 3.

He’s played in just four games over the two seasons since then because of stress fractures in his foot.

That’s the bet in Brooklyn. Healthy, Warren is one of the best free agents still available, an athletic wing who can play a little small ball four, is fantastic in transition and can shoot the three. But is he finally healthy?

Warren should get plenty of run in Brooklyn but it’s hard to discuss fit until we find out what the Nets roster looks like. Changes are coming in Brooklyn, but Warren is a smart pick up, and if he’s healthy it’s one some playoff teams will regret not making.