Brooklyn Nets: Catching up with former Nets around pro basketball

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Mitch Creek, Long Island Nets

Departed Brooklyn: 2nd 10-day contract terminated, Feb. 7

Mitch Creek spent 14 days with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season, signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 25 and re-signed Feb. 4, before the second deal was terminated on Feb. 7 to make room — briefly — on the roster for Greg Monroe, who had been acquired from the Toronto Raptors.

After being let go by Brooklyn, Creek returned to the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League, where he had been allocated after the parent Nets waived him at the end of the preseason.

In 30 games with Long Island, 25 of them starts, Creek has averaged 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.9 minutes per game, while shooting 54.3 percent overall and hitting 20.5 percent of his 1.5 3-point attempts a game.

Creek played four games with Brooklyn, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. He was 5-for-10 from the floor and missed his only 3-pointer.

Kenneth Faried, Houston Rockets

Departed Brooklyn: Waived, Jan. 19

Kenneth Faried came to the Brooklyn Nets in a July 13 trade with the Denver Nuggets along with Darrell Arthur, a top-12 protected 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round selection in exchange for Isaiah Whitehead.

He was waived by the Nets on Jan. 19 and signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on Jan. 21, just after clearing waivers.

In 12 games with Houston, 11 of them starts, Faried is averaging 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game, shooting 62.5 percent overall and going 2-for-6 from 3-point range.

Faried had trouble finding a role in Brooklyn, as he appeared in only 12 games, averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game on 59.5 percent shooting, while hitting 1-of-5 from deep.

Jeremy Lin, Toronto Raptors

Departed Brooklyn: Traded to Atlanta Hawks, July 13

The Brooklyn Nets traded Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks last July 13 along with a 2025 second-round pick as well swap rights for their 2023 second-round pick in exchange for the rights to 2016 second-rounder Isaia Cordinier and a 2020 second-round selection.

The Hawks waived Lin on Feb. 11 after he played in 51 games, starting one. With Atlanta, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game, shooting 46.6 percent overall and 33.3 percent on 2.6 3-point attempts a game.

After clearing waivers, Lin signed with the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 13, where he has appeared in one game, scoring eight points with five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 25 minutes on 3-of-7 shooting, going 0-or-3 from deep.

Lin signed as an unrestricted free agent with Brooklyn on July 7, 2016, but was limited to just 36 games in 2016-17 because of hamstring problems and missed all but one game last season after rupturing his patellar tendon.

He averaged 14.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 24.5 minutes per game as a Net, shooting 43.6 percent overall and 37.3 percent on 4.3 attempts from long range per game.

Isaiah Whitehead, Detroit Pistons

Departed Brooklyn: Traded to Denver Nuggets, July 13

Isaiah Whitehead was traded by the Brooklyn Nets to the Denver Nuggets on July 13, with the Nets getting back Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a top-12 protected 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round selection.

Denver waived Whitehead on July 17, but he resurfaced in the NBA when he signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 15.

He has yet to make an appearance for Detroit, but in 12 games with their G-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, Whitehead is averaging 17.0 points, 4.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 30.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent overall and hitting 28.3 percent on 4.4 3-pointers a game.

Whitehead began the season playing with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

The Nets acquired Whitehead on draft night in June 2016 after he had been selected with the 42nd overall pick by the Utah Jazz in exchange for the rights to 55th overall pick Marcus Paige and $3 million cash.

Whitehead played in 89 games over two seasons with Brooklyn, starting 26 times, and averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.5 minutes per game, shooting 46.5 percent overall and 38.9 percent on 1.1 attempts a game from deep.

Timofey Mozgov, Orlando Magic

Departed Brooklyn: Traded to Charlotte Hornets, July 6

The Brooklyn Nets made a salary dump on July 6 when they sent Timofey Mozgov, along with the rights to 45th overall pick Hamidou Diallo, a 2021 second-round pick and $5 million cash to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Dwight Howard.

Mozgov was traded again two days later, sent to the Orlando Magic.

He has not played in a game this season and underwent surgery on his right knee in early January.

The Nets acquired Mozgov along with D’Angelo Russell on draft night in June 2017, sending the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Brook Lopez, and the rights to 29th overall pick Kyle Kuzma to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In his lone season in Brooklyn, Mozgov averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game, making just 31 appearances and 13 starts before being shut down entirely for the final 2½ months of the season. He shot 55.9 percent overall and was 4-of-18 from 3-point range.