Nets reach agreement with backup C Johan Petro

Published Jul. 10, 2010 8:41 p.m. ET

The New Jersey Nets have reached a contract agreement with center Johan Petro.

The Nets did not announce the terms of the deal Saturday, but an NBA official with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for $10 million over three years. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the team.

Petro will be a backup for Brook Lopez. Petro averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in five seasons with Seattle-Oklahoma City and Denver.

The agreement is contingent on Petro passing a physical.

Petro is a second free agent to agree to a contract with the Nets. Small forward Travis Outlaw got a five-year, $35 million contract Thursday.

''We are very pleased to add Johan to our roster,'' said Thorn. ''He is a young player with a defensive presence who should fit well into our frontcourt rotation.''

A native of Paris, Petro averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.1 minutes for the Nuggets.


The Nets won a league-low 12 games last season. They had hoped that having more than $30 million to spend in free agency would to lure some of the game's top stars but they struck out in their bid to lure LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to New Jersey.

The NBA official also said the Nets have worked out a deal with restricted free agent shooting guard Anthony Morrow of the Golden State Warriors and that they plan to send him an offer sheet Monday.

Once Morrow signs the three-year, $12 million deal, the Warriors will have a week to match it. If they don't, he will come to New Jersey.

The 24-year-old Morrow averaged 13 points last season, shooting 47 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.