Theo Pinson could be a Nets casualty of Chris Chiozza’s rise

Part 14 of a collection examining the Brooklyn Nets.

Theo Pinson went from the disappointment of going undrafted in 2018 to the move-by-action climb of earning a multi-calendar year NBA contract with the Nets after his rookie season.

Pinson was the ideal teammate in quite a few ways. But now soon after a disappointing year — in which he was hamstrung by taking part in out of posture before engage in was halted by the coronavirus — Pinson’s long term is up in the air. Much like the 2019-20 marketing campaign.

Of course, Pinson is just in the very first season of a two-year, $3.14 million contract. But if the coronavirus pandemic abates more than enough for this season to resume at some issue this summer season — and president Donald Trump spoke with league commissioners Saturday about just that — the Nets have some rough calls to make.

And Pinson could be aspect of individuals hard roster decisions.

Theo Pinson
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Chris Chiozza has been a pleasant surprise, not only exceeding all fair anticipations with his perform, but flawlessly filling the much-desired purpose as a backup place guard into which the Nets unsuccessfully experimented with to shoehorn Pinson. But there is not sufficient home for both equally.

Subsequent a convention contact with various league commissioners, President Trump told reporters, in reference to those leagues: “They gotta get back again. They can not do this.” NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke of a feasible return once there’s an “all clear” from community overall health officers, according to ESPN.

If and when that occurs, the Nets would probably want to use Chiozza in the playoffs, but to do so they’d have to convert him from a two-way player to a normal NBA deal. That would necessitate building a roster location for the 24-yr-old, which would call for waiving someone.

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Pinson would be the most possible casualty, a tricky a single for the immensely popular 2nd-12 months professional from North Carolina.

Just after not getting selected in the 2018 draft, Pinson got picked up on an Show 10 contract. He did adequate in Las Vegas Summer months League and schooling camp to make a two-way contract.

He was effectively limited to the G-League, making just 18 NBA appearances as a rookie. He was the consummate teammate and position player, and was rewarded with a two-12 months deal this offseason.

But lengthy-time period accidents to Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert left Pinson overexposed and in a tough spot. Soon after having been a Swiss Military knife as a collegian and rookie (logging just 4 p.c of his 2018-19 minutes at stage guard, for each Cleansing The Glass), Pinson was asked to run the Nets’ second unit and to be Spencer Dinwiddie’s lone backup for substantially of the time.

Pinson’s shooting (29 percent), 3-point share (18.8) and offensive ranking (81) all took steps back from his rookie season. His offensive score was the worst in the NBA for gamers who topped 20 appearances on Basketball Reference.

Even if he is not a roster casualty, or if the year does not resume, Pinson could obtain himself on the move in the offseason. He was outlined by Bleacher Report as a part of a potential package deal (alongside with Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince and a initially-round decide) to test to land Kings sharp-shooter Buddy Hield.