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Nets exercise MarShon Brooks' option
MarShon Brooks got some good news Friday, a day after making his preseason debut.
The Nets picked up the third-year team option on Brooks' rookie contract, the team announced prior to tip off of their preseason matchup with the Sixers at the Barclays Center. Brooks, who was nursing tendinitis in his right foot, is scheduled to make $1,210,080 in 2013-14.
Brooks came into this season looking to be the team's sixth man, providing a jolt off the bench. Avery Johnson was non-committal on Thursday when asked if he saw Brooks in that particular role, but still sees Brooks as a valuable piece and that's why they picked up the option.
"It’s the right decision," Johnson said Friday before the game. "He’s young, he’s talented. He’s still trying to find his way this year. Obviously, the foot injury set him back a little bit, but it’s the right thing to do. Billy [King] and I talked about it, talked about it with ownership and it just gives him a little bit more comfort.
"He’s been a pretty good camper since he’s been here. He’s been very coachable, He’s a likeable young man and we still think he has a lot of room to improve."