After A Stint With The Pacers, T.J. Warren Reportedly Signs A One-Year Contract With The Nets

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, free agency forward T.J. Warren and the Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement on a one-year deal.

TJ Warren In The Bubble

Since excelling in the NBA’s “bubble” setup in Florida at the close of the 2019–20 season, Warren has only participated in four games. He played in just four games in 2020–21 and did not play at all in 2021–22 due to a series of stress fractures in his left foot.

Warren was playing the greatest basketball of his NBA career before the injury stretch. In his first game on the bubble, a 127-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored 53 points on 20 of 29 shots.

In six regular-season bubble games, the former North Carolina State standout scored 31.0 points on average.

For the 2019–20 season, he had a career-high 19.8 points on 53.6 percent of his shots.

Unfortunately, foot problems had him miss almost the whole second season. Warren, though, was said to have recovered from his infirmities and had started his regular basketball routines on March 17, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

He was not played in the remaining 12 games by the Pacers, who were already out of the postseason race in March.

With the No. 14 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Warren spent five seasons playing for the Phoenix Suns. In the 2017–18 season, he averaged 19.6 points per game after signing a four–year, $47 million contract deal.

Warren’s future in the league

Any team would have been taking a big risk by signing the 28-year-old, but there may be a big payoff. Warren averaged a career-high 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2019–20, shooting 53.6 percent overall, 40.3 percent on 3-pointers, and 81.9 percent from the line. This was his final healthy season. In a win over the 76ers in the 2020 Orlando bubble, the former lottery selection, who averages 15.5 points per game for his career, scored a career-high 53 points.

Warren, however, was traded by the Suns to the Pacers in 2019 as part of a three-team transaction that also included the Miami Heat. He had a key role in Indiana reaching the playoffs in 2020.

He’ll join a Nets club that is in disarray due to Kevin Durant’s request for a trade and the current limbo surrounding Kyrie Irving’s future. Prior to returning to free agency in a year after being retooled, Warren might start for a Nets club.

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