Nets sign ex-Sun Elie Okobo; Steve Nash prepares for preseason finale in Boston

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News

The Nets officially announced the signing of free agent point guard Elie Okobo.

Okobo is in his third year after spending two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, where he averaged about five points and two assists through 108 total regular season games.

NBA teams are allowed 15 players on guaranteed contracts plus an additional two players on two-way, hybrid, G-League contracts.

Okobo marks the fourth point guard on Brooklyn’s roster behind Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie and Chris Chiozza.


Nets head coach Steve Nash says the Nets’ final preseason game against the Celtics in Boston on Tuesday will be treated more like a real game and less like an exhibition.

“I think we’re going to take another step toward a ‘regular game,’ by playing some more regular minutes or looking a little bit deeper at our rotations and minutes and trying to emulate what it will be like Tuesday against the Warriors,” Nash said.

Caris LeVert, who missed the preseason opener with a contusion on his patella said he feels fine and is ready to play.


That’s the question for Jarrett Allen, the third-year big man who will now play the fun role of setting screens that create space for two of the greatest scorers in basketball history.

“You know people of their talent, of their skill set, one of my struggles is like, ‘Hey do I set the screen for them or not?” Allen said on a Thursday conference call. “Either way they can score. So my way is to try to find the balance between being up there, running up to set a screen, or just screening away from the ball, or playing in the dunker lane where I try to offensive rebound.”


Watching film on opponents is common practice among NBA teams in the days leading up to their next game, but according to Spencer Dinwiddie, the Nets have bigger fish to fry first.

“I think we’re very much the focus on ourselves right now,” he said. “We need to, with KD and Ky, come together and do all those things that will make us a great, sound team and worry about the other stuff when we get to it because we have enough talent to make noise, and it’s on us to take control of that and do that.”