Brooklyn Nets terminate 10-day contract of Mitch Creek to open roster spot

Brooklyn Nets Mitch Creek. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Mitch Creek. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets on Thursday afternoon terminated the 10-day contract of forward Mitch Creek, opening a roster spot for Greg Monroe, acquired from Toronto.

In order to open a needed roster spot for newly acquired center Greg Monroe, the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday terminated the 10-day contract of forward Mitch Creek.

The Nets announced the move Thursday afternoon.

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Creek, 26, had been signed to his second 10-day contract on Monday after initially joining the Nets on Jan. 25, filling the roster spot opened when Brooklyn waived Kenneth Faried on Jan. 19.

The Nets needed the spot after sending cash considerations to the Toronto Raptors just before the 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline Thursday in exchange for Monroe and Toronto’s 2021 second-round draft pick.

Brooklyn plans to waive Monroe at some point after the trade is finalized by the NBA.

Creek appeared in four games with the Nets after being called up from the team’s affiliate in the NBA G League, the Long Island Nets.

In 36 minutes, Creek scored 15 points with 10 rebounds — five on the offensive glass — five assists and a steal. He was 5-for-10 from the floor and missed his only 3-point attempt while going 5-for-7 at the foul line.

The Australian veteran initially signed with Brooklyn last August after a stint with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League. He was one of the final cuts in the preseason and was allocated to the Long Island club.

Creek, who played eight seasons in Australia and had a brief stint in Germany last season played in 27 games with Long Island, starting 22 of them, and averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.6 minutes a game, shooting 54 percent overall and hitting 18.4 percent from 3.

It may not be the end for Creek with Brooklyn, however, who has rejoined Long Island, according to the G-League team.

To make room for Creek, Long Island waived guard Kevin Olekaibe, who played in five games with the G-Nets.

The Nets will have an open roster spot after waiving Monroe.

Theo Pinson, an undrafted rookie on a two-way contract, is nearing his 45-day limit on the Brooklyn roster and could be signed to a regular deal. The Nets could then use the open two-way slot to keep Creek, if they are inclined.

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Or they could opt to keep that roster spot open, stash Pinson at Long Island once his 45 days are up and look to add some help via the buyout market.