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Nets waive Darius Bazley

Today, the Brooklyn Nets waived the former first round pick Darius Bazley. Coming out of high school in 2018, Bazley was a five-star prospect, as well as a McDonald’s All-American. Bazley was known for initially committing to Syracuse but later choosing to bypass college to play in the NBA G League.

This decision that received national attention. However, he instead chose to train independently as an intern for New Balance throughout the season leading up to the 2019 NBA draft. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who Bazley was expected to play under in college before the move, responded, "I hope he does great. But I don't think that's how it will be. I think it will be proven that it's not the way to get to the NBA.” However, he signed with hired sports agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group. In the 2019 NBA Draft, Bazley was drafted 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Darius Bazley is coming off a year playing for the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder.

He averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.4% from the field and 37.7% from three-point range in 43 games. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets this summer. Bazley averaged 5.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 42.9 percent 3-point shooting in preseason. Bazley is only 23 years old, but he still has high potential. With plenty of games played in the NBA regular season and a few in the playoffs he could be an excellent addition to many teams.

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