Brooklyn Nets sign former second-round pick to two-way contract

RaiQuan Gray, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
RaiQuan Gray, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

On Saturday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets announced that the team had signed RaiQuan Gray to a two-way contract. Gray was selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets.

The Florida State alum averaged 6.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists over three seasons. While the stats aren’t overwhelming, the stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story. Gray improved each season with the Seminoles and became a reliable role player for the team in 2020-21. In his junior season with the FSU, he averaged a career high with 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

In his time with the Long Island Nets, Gray has shown plenty of promise. The ACC product averaged 14.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists across 18 games. With an open two-way slot with the Nets, it’s no surprise that Brooklyn went this route to bring Gray on before the regular season comes to an end.

The six-foot-seven forward will move into next season, with the Nets giving the team the option to call him up during the regular season to see his progress. If Gray decides to play for Brooklyn’s summer league team in the offseason, he may be able to persuade the front office to convert his two-way contract to a standard one.

Although Gray won’t be eligible to play in the postseason with the Nets, Brooklyn’s new addition will be able to support his teammates from the bench. Despite not being able to play, it will be good for the 23-year-old to get a taste of the intense atmosphere and watch how playoff teams operate.

Gray’s story is just beginning, and perhaps, if given the opportunity, the former Long Island Net will be able to develop into a nice role player for Brooklyn. Only time will tell, but for now, a two-way contract for the young prospect is the start.