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Nets officially sign Dru Smith

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The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Dru Smith to a two-way contract. Smith (6’3”, 200) appeared in five games with Miami this season while on a two-way contract with the Heat, recording averages of 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 13.4 minutes per game prior to being waived on Dec. 11.

Most recently, Smith has appeared in and started eight regular season games for Miami’s NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 18.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 2.1 steals in 36.3 minutes per contest while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Evansville, Ind., native also played in 10 regular season games (five starts) for Sioux Falls during the 2021-22 season and holds career NBA G League averages of 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes per game.

Smith previously played two collegiate seasons (2019-21) at the University of Missouri after playing his first two seasons (2016-18) at the University of Evansville.

In 26 games (all starts) as a senior at Mizzou, Smith averaged 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per contest while shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from distance, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

He led the SEC in steals per game for the second consecutive season en route to All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Team honors.

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