Brooklyn Nets sign Damion James, Who Is Ecstatic About It

Posted on: January 13th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent small forward Damion James to a 10-day contract to fill their 15th roster spot, the Brooklyn Nets announced this morning.

James most recently played for the NBA D-League Bakersfield Jam, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game.

The Nets first acquired James in the 2010 NBA Draft, trading three spots up from the 27th overall pick to select him. Former Nets coach Avery Johnson said that James was a player they had pegged in the 12-14 range, so the move to acquire him was a no-brainier.

James underwhelmed in two seasons, averaging 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He played just 32 games with the Nets in the two seasons. After starting the first seven games in his second season, James suffered a season-ending foot injury. The Nets chose not to renew his contract. James was then signed by the Atlanta Hawks in September 2012, but was waived before the start of the season.

James is very happy for the opportunity, as you'll see below:

Comments

  1. avatar Max Weisberg says:

    So happy for this guy. I don’t know how I never thought about him for that 15th roster spot. One of my favorite Nets, deserves this shot, and he can play. Should be our backup SF going forward.

    Way to go Billy.

  2. avatar Chris Whalen says:

    I love how happy he is, I always thought he had ability but he was always hurt. I think he can be almost a poor man’s Crash off the bench, a SF with athleticism and rebounding ability to be a PF in small-ball lineups. Love this pickup.

    1. avatar Max Weisberg says:

      Hopefully he stays on for the rest of the season.

  3. avatar PJ Velez says:

    No matter what, you have to appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm.