Report: Nets signing defensive whiz Andre Roberson

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FILE PHOTO: Aug 12, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Andre Roberson #21 celebrates with Mike Muscala #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after Muscala hit a three point basket against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

February 16, 2021

The Brooklyn Nets are signing defensive specialist Andre Roberson, according to The Athletic.

The former Oklahoma City forward has played in just seven games since sustaining a torn patellar tendon in January 2018, coming off the bench for the Thunder in those games last season.

Roberson, 29, was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team in 2016-17, his last full season. He has averaged 4.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals in his six-year career, starting 269 of his 302 games with the Thunder.

While Roberson is little threat on offense — he has shot 47.7 percent from the field and 46.8 percent from the free throw line over his career — the Nets likely aren’t worried about it with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden handling the bulk of the scoring.

Durant played for the Thunder during Roberson’s first three seasons with the team.

(Field Level Media)