Josh Magette will play for the Brooklyn Nets' Las Vegas Summer League team, according to a league source. The former Los Angeles D-Fenders point guard led the D-League in assists last season, averaging 9.2 per game to go along with 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Western Conference champions.
Brooklyn had a large void at point guard last season following an injury to veteran Jarrett Jack, and currently don't have a point guard with a guaranteed contract on their roster for next season. As a result of their ill-fated trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the summer of 2013, the Nets also don't have a first round draft pick this season.
All of those factors point to Magette having a real shot to make the Nets' regular-season roster, or at least receive a training camp invite, with a strong showing in Vegas. Magette was one of the team leaders on the D-Fenders last season, and in addition to his production on the court would provide a well-liked locker room presence and toughness for a Nets team that will need all the positivity it can get with no obvious paths back to contention as a result of the win-now trades made by the previous management regime.
With few guaranteed contributors in any position group, the Nets would be well served by making frequent use of the talent pipeline offered by the D-League as they churn their roster looking for players to take on a long-term role in their rebuild. If they choose to utilize this option, Magette may not be the only D-League alumni to say "hello Brooklyn" this season.
For more information on Magette, here is a feature on him from Silver Screen and Roll earlier this season.