LAS VEGAS — The Nets may have rescinded the qualifying offer to Reggie Perry, but that doesn’t mean he’s gone. At least not yet.
With Friday’s deadline to rescind offers, the Nets pulled the one to their second-year forward, making him an unrestricted free agent in a move first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by The Post. But Perry was still with the Nets and participated in Saturday afternoon’s practice at Clark High School.
The Nets did not make Perry available after practice. As for exactly what their plans are for the forward, assistant Jordan Ott — serving as summer league head coach — punted those questions up the ladder to his bosses.
“We just want to leave that to Sean [Marks, GM] and Steve [Nash, coach],” Ott told The Post. “I’ll say this: He is here, he’s practicing. He’s a Brooklyn Net. He’s part of our summer league team. We coached him just like any other person on our team. We came here to get better. He got better [Saturday]. We all got better. We’re going to continue to coach him every day. That’s what we’re all signed up to do. He’s a Brooklyn Net right now, and we’ll continue to coach him.”
Perry goes into Sunday’s game second on the Nets in rebounding (8.5), steals and blocks, and fourth in scoring (9.5 points). But he’s been wildly inefficient offensively, shooting just 28.6 percent overall and 16.7 percent from 3-point range.
As one of just two Brooklyn roster players in Vegas, he’s been less efficient than Alize Johnson, who has averaged 11 points and eight boards on 66.7 percent shooting. And though being invisible or going unnoticed is great for NFL offensive lineman, it’s a decidedly bad sign for summer league players with NBA experience.
Perry is now an unrestricted free agent. He could theoretically try to latch on with any other team, or eventually be signed straight to Brooklyn’s G-League affiliate on Long Island.
“Yeah, I’m not sure on that one. I think we’ll leave that to Sean’s decision,” said Ott, who has given reports to Marks since the GM left Las Vegas.
“We’re all involved; coaches, front office,” Ott said. “Everyone has a pulse of what’s going on.”
Ott said the experience of coaching in the summer league — being the head coach and having three close games to start — will make him a better Brooklyn assistant.
“We all added responsibilities. And with that, your eyes are opened to what the head coach has to go through. So hopefully that makes me a better assistant in the future, just getting this couple week period as a head coach,” Ott said. “Mistakes are going to happen. It isn’t perfect. It’s easy to talk about after the fact. But the experience has been great. Grateful to the Nets for allowing me to do it.”
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