Before joining the Brooklyn Nets, Harry Giles had attracted offers from two other interested teams, but ultimately, the Nets emerged as his choice.
The Brooklyn Nets, in their pursuit of bolstering their roster, secured the signing of former Blazers big man, Harry Giles III. However, it’s worth noting that the Nets faced competition for Giles’ services from two undisclosed but evidently strong contenders, according to reports by Ian Begley and Garrett Stepien of SNY.
Giles’ agent mentioned that the Nets had been keeping a close eye on him throughout the offseason, indicating a consistent level of interest. Considering the potential for a roster spot and the sustained interest, Giles felt that the Nets offered the most promising opportunity for him.
Footage of Harry Giles III private workout in Las Vegas in front of a dozen or so NBA scouts and executives. pic.twitter.com/EQczURh8eZ
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Measuring at 6’10”, Giles stands a real chance of earning a spot on the final Brooklyn roster, especially as the current roster lacks height. As Begley and Stepien point out, the Nets have just four players who are 6’10” or taller, with one of them being Ben Simmons, who is expected to play a guard role.
Giles’ contract with the Nets marks his return to the NBA after spending the 2022 season with the G-League affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers before sustaining a season-ending injury. His most recent NBA stint was with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2021, where he averaged 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Despite his injury history and previous performance with the Blazers, the Nets have maintained their interest in Giles. With this new contract, the Nets will have the opportunity to closely evaluate Giles and assess his contributions. If Giles can demonstrate his competitiveness against NBA competition and excel in the paint, he may carve out a role with the Nets.