Depleted Brooklyn signs Justin Anderson for NBA restart

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The Brooklyn Nets needed help on the wing after Michael Beasley tested positive for the coronavirus and left the bubble. Enter Justin Anderson.

The Nets announced Saturday they had officially signed Anderson, who reportedly is already going through the quarantine process in Orlando. Anderson was signed as a substitute player just for the restart and will become a free agent this offseason.

Justin Anderson is a 6’5″ wing who played in 216 NBA games with Dallas, Atlanta, and Philadelphia before this season. He had played 16 games the Long Island Nets of the G-League — where he averaged 20.5 points and 6.6 rebounds a game — and got a 10-day contract with Brooklyn where he played in three games this season.

The Nets’ roster has been hit hard in the run-up to the restart with Beasley, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, and Taurean Prince all out due to the coronavirus. Wilson Chandler has opted out because of health concerns. And that’s not counting Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Nicolas Claxton who could not play due to injury.

Brooklyn enters the bubble as the seven seed in the East, just half-a-game up on eighth seed Orlando, but not in danger of falling back out of the playoffs because equally-shorthanded Washington is not likely to catch them.