The Brooklyn Nets on Monday kept forward Mitch Creek, signing the Australian to a 2nd 10-day contract. Creek’s new deal extends to the All-Star break.
The deal was first announced by Brooklyn’s affiliate in the NBA G League, the Long Island Nets, where Creek has played in 26 games this season.
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The Nets signed Creek to his first 10-day deal on Jan. 25 after Spencer Dinwiddie went down with torn ligaments in his right thumb.
The 26-year-old has played in three of Brooklyn’s five games since joining the club, scoring seven points in 20 minutes on 2-of-5 shooting with five rebounds.
He has not attempted a 3-pointer, not a big surprise, and is 3-of-4 at the foul line during his tenure with Brooklyn.
With Long Island, Creek has averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.6 minutes per game, shooting 54.2 percent overall while hitting only 18.9 percent from deep.
Brooklyn assigned Creek to Long Island for Friday night’s game against the Austin Spurs, the night after the Nets played in San Antonio. Creek started for Long Island and finished with 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes.
Creek played his first eight professional seasons in his native Australia with the Adelaide 36ers, becoming a full-time starter last season and averaging 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.
Per the Long Island Nets, Creek has been assigned to the G-League squad in advance of Monday morning’s game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, to be played at Barclays Center at 11 a.m. Eastern.
He earned All-National Basketball League second-team honors while helping the 36ers to the NBL’s Grand Final, where they took favored Melbourne the full five games before losing.
When the Australian season was over, Creek signed with BG Goettingen in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga, playing seven games and averaging 11.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.
Creek came to the U.S. and played with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas before signing a camp contract with the Nets on Aug. 20. He appeared in one preseason game before he was waived on Oct. 12 and allocated to Long Island.
He had a somewhat bizarre NBA debut against the New York Knicks on Jan. 25, logging two seconds of playing time after entering the game to shoot free throws in place of injured Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
His most extensive playing time thus far came in a Jan. 28 loss to the Boston Celtics, when Creek played 19 minutes and scored six points with five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Creek cannot be signed by the Nets to another 10-day contract, so he will become a free agent at the end of his current deal. If Brooklyn wants to retain him, they would have to sign him to a regular contract.