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Patty Mills, Nic Claxton return to Nets on two-year deals

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February 19, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) during the 3-Point Contest during the 2022 NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets brought back point guard Patty Mills and center Nic Claxton on two-year deals Thursday at the opening of NBA free agency, ESPN reported.

Mills agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and Claxton is inking a two-year, $20 million deal, per the report.

Mills joined Brooklyn in free agency last August and averaged 11.4 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range over 81 games (48 starts). He became a part-time starter with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup due to his inability to play while unvaccinated for COVID-19.

The Australian will turn 34 before next season. He turned down a $6 million option with the Nets on Wednesday in search of a bigger deal.

The Nets picked Claxton in the second round (31st overall) of the 2019 draft. He has averaged 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 94 career appearances (20 starts).

In 2021-22, his third NBA season, the 23-year-old posted career highs of 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 67.4 percent in 47 games (19 starts).

The Nets added Mills and Claxton to the fold on the same day they acquired forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz — and reportedly received a trade request from superstar Kevin Durant.

–Field Level Media