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Nets Guarantee Contracts of Former Blazers Trendon Watford, Harry Giles III

Good news for some familiar faces.

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The Portland Trail Blazers may have beaten the Brooklyn Nets 134-127 this afternoon, but it wasn’t an all-around bad day for two familiar faces on the Brooklyn roster.

At today’s pregame presser, Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed the Nets would be guaranteeing the roster spots of former Trail Blazers bigs Trendon Watford and Harry Giles III for the remainder of the season. The announcement came two days before the Jan. 10 deadline to make decisions on partially or non-guaranteed contracts.

“I’m gonna give y’all something today,” Vaughn said. “Trendon and Harry Giles: They’re guaranteed today, dinner is on those two! They’ll be with us!”

Lucas Kaplan of our SB Nation sister site NetsDaily reported on the news, noting Watford and Giles will each make just over $2 million this season. Kaplan also gave a brief description of how the two forwards have performed this season:

While Watford remains on the fringes of the Nets rotation, he’s been a valuable contributor at times this season, packing energy and ball-handling skills into a 6’9” frame.

Giles, on the other hand, has been relegated to garbage-time duties behind Nic Claxton and an improved Day’Ron Sharpe. Nevertheless, his head coach and teammates have repeatedly praised his attitude and spirit as a locker-room leader. Furthermore, Giles has been no slouch in the minutes he does get, scoring 41 points in 59 total minutes this season, giving Nets fans a reason to stick with blowouts until the very end.

The Nets signed Watford to a partially guaranteed deal in August after he was waived by Portland — somewhat unexpectedly — this offseason. Watford, undrafted out of LSU, played his first two NBA seasons with the Trail Blazers. He is averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 13.6 minutes per game this season.

Giles signed his non-guaranteed deal in September. Before this season, the 25-year-old hadn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2020-21 season, when he made 38 appearances for the Trail Blazers.