Jalen Wilson ecstatic on new three-year deal with Nets: “It means a lot”


After just a few months of playing, Jalen Wilson got a long-term deal with the Brooklyn Nets. He is very proud of this accomplishment.   

The rookie forward got a raise when the Nets gave him a three-year deal last week. Before, he was on a two-way deal.  

Michael Scotto of HoopsHype said that the deal is totally guaranteed for the rest of this season, partially guaranteed for 2024–25, and up for grabs by the team in 2025–26. The deal is worth almost $5M all together.  

“Emotions were kind of all over the place,” Wilson added. I have been diligently pursuing this goal. It matters. It's great to see how valuable people think I am here, where my career began. A blessing to be here.”  

Wilson, 23, was the Nets' 51st overall pick last year. The Kansas Jayhawks star signed a two-way contract in July and became a key bench player.  

So far this season, he has played 22 games and is averaging 4.9 points, 2.5 boards, and 46.3 percent from the field. His numbers are even better with Brooklyn's G League team, the Long Island Nets.   

In 11 games, he has scored 19 points, grabbed 7.7 rebounds, and passed the ball 3.6 times, which is the most on his team.  

Wilson was seen by the Nets as more than just a young, useful wing player who could be counted on to get a lot of playing time. They also saw him as a promising young player.   

More than an insurance policy, the former Jayhawks star is a fascinating player who can contribute.Nets interim coach Kevin Ollie knows why the team invested on the first-year forward.  

“Get to the gym early, leave late—everyone says it, but it's true. Dedicated to improving his game in the lab and open to coaching. A terrific role model.  

Young, but a leader. He has leadership abilities and will continue to develop because he is open to learning and eager to learn. He should keep doing that. His multi-year contract with us is great.”  

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