The Brooklyn Nets requested waivers on forwards Justin Harper and Dahntay Jones, Nets general manager Billy King announced today, officially cutting their roster down to the maximum allowable 15-man roster.
Jones and Harper’s cuts mean that Donald Sloan makes the team as a third point guard behind Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin, and Willie Reed makes the team as a backup center. Reed has the majority of his one-year contract guaranteed, but is out for six to eight weeks after thumb surgery. Jack has missed three straight practices with a sore left hamstring, leaving his availability for the team’s regular season opener Wednesday in doubt.
Harper had a breakout preseason: as the only Nets player to play in all six preseason games, Harper averaged nine points and nearly five rebounds in just 19.1 minutes per game, shooting close to 50 percent from three-point range. Jones was brought on as a veteran voice through preseason. Neither had a guaranteed contract into the season.
The Nets roster now stands as: Andrea Bargnani, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, Wayne Ellington, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson Sergey Karasev, Shane Larkin, Chris McCullough, Brook Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Willie Reed, Donald Sloan, and Thaddeus Young.