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Nets pick up options of Russell, two others

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Brooklyn Nets exercised the 2018-19 contract options for D'Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert on Thursday.

Russell, the No. 2 overall pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Nets in June. He averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals last season.

The 6-foot-5 Russell increased his numbers across the board after posting averages of 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals during his rookie season.

Hollis-Jefferson, acquired in a draft-night trade after he was selected No. 23 overall by Portland in 2015, appeared in a team-high 78 games last season and averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. The 6-7 forward averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds as a rookie.

LeVert was acquired from Indiana after the Pacers selected him with the 20th overall selection in 2016. He started 26 of 57 games last season, averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Updated October 12, 2017


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