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Kenny Atkinson reacts to Nets extending Taurean Prince

Kenny Atkinson, Taurean Prince, Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward Taurean Prince signed a contract extension with the Atlantic Division club this week, inking a two-year, $29 million deal.

Now, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is reacting to the contract news, calling the “early call” on the 25-year-old a “commitment” on Brooklyn’s part.

“That’s an early call. On his part too, right? So he’s got to make the commitment to our organization, we’ve got to make a commitment without actually playing a regular season game,” Atkinson said, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

“But sometimes you’ve got to bet on people and bet on humanity and bet on a player and that’s what we did. I’m thrilled.”

The Nets acquired Prince in the offseason from the Atlanta Hawks. Brooklyn sent swingman Allen Crabbe, a first-round pick (which would turn into Nickeil Alexander-Walker for the New Orleans Pelicans) and a lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick for Prince and a 2021 second-round pick.

Brooklyn appears to be heavily investing in Prince in the near future, however. Prince was originally a first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in the 2016 draft before being moved to Atlanta in the three-team George Hill and Jeff Teague trade with the Indiana Pacers.

Since then, Prince spent three seasons on the Hawks, moving into the starting lineup in his sophomore year. He currently owns career averages of 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 25.5 minutes per game.