Why Nets, Taurean Prince reached early extension

Taurean Prince inked a two-year, $29 million extension Monday night before ever playing a regular-season game for the Nets.

With a Monday deadline for an extension, both sides had to make an early call, but had seen enough.

“It was a great opportunity for not only myself and the Brooklyn Nets, but for my kids, my family,” Prince said. “That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to commit early, to solidify them.”

Prince averaged a team-high 16.8 points in the preseason, shooting 63.2 percent overall and 16 of 23 from deep.

“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,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “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.”

Spencer Dinwiddie’s meeting with lawyers from the NBA and Players Association over what he has named his Professional Athlete Investment Token (PAInT) went well enough for him to feel confident in moving forward with the project soon.

“They had four or five comments previously, we got them down to one,” Dinwiddie said. “I think we’re going to get it done. It’s just pending a little more feedback.

“Obviously there might be one more iteration, just of making sure they’re perfectly fine with it. Our goal was to partner and not to go to war. The good thing is obviously they see that we’re not breaking any rules, so it’s all about just kind of appeasing them as much as possible.”

PAInT would have a minimum investment of $150,000, available only to accredited investors on a new platform Dinwiddie hopes could someday host other athletes across various sports.

The Nets weren’t overly familiar with the NBA’s new zero-tolerance policy regarding abusive fans, but viewed it as only positive.

“I don’t pay attention to taunting fans anyway. I just seek where my family is in the beginning and from then on I mute everything else out,” Prince said. “But hopefully it keeps guys from getting into altercations on the sideline and allows us players to focus on the game.”

Dinwiddie said he would have to see the policy’s details to comment, but appreciated the effort by the NBA.

“Fans are going to say what they want to say. Freedom of speech and all that, you can’t stop them,” Dinwiddie said. “I love the league, though. Thank you guys for protecting us. Appreciate you.”

Atkinson largely used a nine-man rotation last season. But while still trying to figure out his team — and enjoying added depth — he likely will play 10 for a while.

Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham, sent from the Nets to Golden State in the Kevin Durant deal, eventually got shipped to Minnesota and make their returns to Brooklyn on Wednesday.