Nets Waive James Johnson, Promoting Kessler Edwards

The Nets have waived forward James Johnson, the team announced, and are using the roster vacancy to convert the contract of small forward Kessler Edwards from a two-way to standard deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.James Johnson

Johnson, 35, is 6-foot-7 and appeared in 62 games after signing with the Nets in August. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, and stayed true to his reputation of adding toughness and hustle off the bench.

Edwards, 21, is a 6-8 rookie and has appeared in 46 games, averaging 5.8 points in showing upside on the offensive end. He was originally drafted by Brooklyn in the second round (No. 44 overall) in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Giving Edwards a standard deal ensures that he’ll be available for the postseason. The Nets are locked into the play-in tournament, though it remains to be seen where they will be seeded. You can check out the full play-in tournament schedule, as of Thursday, right here.

Johnson has been a journeyman of sorts, as the Nets were his ninth team. Along with the Mavs and Pelicans, he has served two stints with the Raptors, as well as one apiece with the Bulls, Kings, Heat, Grizzlies and Timberwolves.

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