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The Brooklyn Nets are signing free agent center Harry Giles to a one-year contract, his agent Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management announced on Friday. This is reportedly a training camp deal.

Giles, 25, was selected 20th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Duke University.

However, the 6-foot-11 big man was immediately traded to the Sacramento Kings. The North Carolina native spent the entire 2017-18 season rehabbing his knee injuries.

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In 58 games off the bench with Sacramento in his rookie 2018-19 season, Harry Giles averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 14.1 minutes per game while shooting 50.3% from the floor and 63.7% at the foul line.

Giles made one start in four outings in the 2018-19 G League season with the Stockton Kings, averaging 22.8 points, 7.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 block, and 22.8 minutes per game. The Duke product shot 54.4% from the floor and 64.3% at the line as well.

Furthermore, Giles then made 17 starts in 46 appearances with Sacramento in the 2019-20 NBA season, averaging 6.9 points, a career-high 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 14.5 minutes per game. Plus, he shot career bests of 55.4% from the field and 77.6% at the free throw line.

Brooklyn Nets sign former Portland Trail Blazers center Harry Giles to a one-year contract; Giles would have pursued a career in dentistry if not for basketball

In Sacramento’s 132-116 loss to the Orlando Magic on August 2, 2020, the center recorded a career-high 23 points, eight boards, and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench. Giles finished 9-of-11 (81.8%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the line.

On Nov. 22, 2020, Giles signed with the Trail Blazers. In 38 games off the bench with Portland in the 2020-21 season, the big man logged career lows of 2.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 9.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.3% from the field and 59.3% at the line, also career lows.

Although Giles went on to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sept. 27, 2021, he was waived a month later. On Oct. 27, the center inked a deal with the Agua Caliente Clippers, Los Angeles’ G League affiliate.

On Jan. 23, 2022, he was waived by Agua Caliente after suffering a season-ending injury.

During Harry Giles’ introductory Zoom call with Trail Blazers reporters in 2020, he said that if he wasn’t playing basketball, he’d want to be a dentist because he loves seeing people smile.

His NBA career might have been extended thanks to this Nets signing.

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