Nets bring back Chris Chiozza, re-sign David Duke, Jr. to two-way deal

Alder Almo
Chris Chiozza, Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and guard Chris Chiozza (4) bump fists during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at The Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets‘ training camp roster is almost filled up after bringing back Chris Chiozza and re-signing David Duke, Jr. to another two-way deal.

The Nets made the signings official on Friday bringing their training camp roster to 19. They only have one Exhibit 10 deal left to offer.

Chiozza returns on a training camp invite (Exhibit 10) after a one-season stint with the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. He appeared in 24 games with the Warriors last season, averaging 2.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 10.9 minutes.

Prior to his move to the Bay Area, Chiozza played in Brooklyn for two seasons averaging 5.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 40 games.

Meanwhile, Duke, Jr. initially sought a standard deal after solid Summer League play and a surprising rookie campaign where he saw 13 starts despite being undrafted. But the Nets decided to spend their last standard deal on veteran Markieff Morris.

The Nets are loaded with veterans, albeit some of them on non-guaranteed (Yuta Watanabe) and partially guaranteed (Edmond Sumner) contracts for flexibility with $6.5 million taxpayer midlevel exception still unused.

After it was clear that Duke, Jr. would not get his wish elsewhere, he agreed to return to the Nets on the same deal as last season.

Rookie Alondes Williams fills the Nets’ other two-way player spot.

Duke, Jr. is not expected to enjoy the same role as he did last season with the Nets roster loaded with veterans and Joe Harris returning from injury.

Meanwhile, Chiozza’s chances to make the roster are slim and he could wind up with the Long Island Nets in the G League, joining Duke, Jr. and Williams, or overseas if he gets waived and no other NBA team picks him up.

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