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Nets sign Japan star Yuta Watanabe

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Nets sign Japan star Yuta Watanabe

JAPAN STAR. Yuta Watanabe is coming off an impressive campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup.

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Yuta Watanabe joins stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn after spending his first four NBA seasons in Memphis and Toronto

The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent forward Yuta Watanabe on Sunday, August 28.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed for the 27-year-old, who became the second Japanese player to reach the NBA when he made his league debut in 2018.

After going undrafted out of George Washington, Watanabe spent two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and two with the Toronto Raptors.

In 2021-22, he saw action in 38 games (four starts), averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.7 minutes per contest for Toronto.

His best season came in 2020-21, when he averaged career highs of 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists while shooting 40% from three-point range across 50 appearances (four starts) for the Raptors.

Watanabe is coming off an impressive campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup, where he helped lead Japan to a seventh-place finish.

He averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1 block in four games. – Rappler.com

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