Off-season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

So with the Finals shaping up not to be the seven game slugfest most of us knew wasn’t going to happen and with the off-season right around I figured I would start taking a look into how it will look for all 30 teams. In the series we will do roughly 3 teams per day in hopes of wrapping right before the draft.

Today in our first installment we will look at the Brooklyn Nets a pretty bad team that is working very hard to turn the corner and is experiencing considerable growth. Summer moves are vital to each of their success moving forward so let’s see what they should look to do and predict whether or not they will.

Brooklyn Nets

Needs: Depth, DEPTH, DEPTH!!!

Wants: An established wing that can shoot and defend to help with spacing to help Lin facilitate more efficiently and give Brook Lopez more opportunities to show off his newly acquired sweet shooting skills as well as provide some toughness and physicality to a team that gave up the second most points per contest (112.5) and had the 23rd ranked defensive rating (110.7)

Money Situation

Guaranteed                                  2017-18                         Insider info
Brook Lopez                              $22,642,350                  Extension eligible
Jeremy Lin                                 $12,000,000                     Trade bonus
Trevor Booker                           $9,125,000
Andrew Nicholson                   $6,362,998
Justin Hamilton                        $3,000,000
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson          $1,471,382
Caris LeVert                               $1,632,480
Isaiah Whitehead                     $1,312,611

Non/partial                                  2017-18                      Guarantee date
K.J. McDaniels                            $3,476,873                Team option June 24
Sean Kilpatrick                          $1,524,305                          June 30
Joe Harris                                   $1,524,305                          June 30
Spencer Dinwiddie                   $1,524,305
Quincy Acy                                 $1,709,538                           July 16
Archie Goodwin                        $1,577,230

FA cap hold                                  2017-18                           FA status
Randy Foye                               $3,000,000                          Non-Bird

First-round cap hold                   2017-18
No. 22 selection                        $1,713,720
No. 27 selection                        $1,423,560

Outlook

For all of their woes the Nets are actually one of the few teams that won’t need to gut their roster to create a max slot. When you factor in that their owner is practically made of gold along with their revamped and aggressive front office lead by GM Sean Marks you can belief that this is going to be quite the eventful summer session for them.

As bad as the Nets got fleeced in the Boston trade that landed the Celtics the number one pick they were able to secure two first round draft picks this year. As a team with several needs it’s pretty hard to pin down where they are going to go. I gave it the good ol’ college try in my mock draft  but for a team with so much freedom it’s pretty hard to gauge.

Free agency is where Brooklyn gets really interesting. This is team with $20 million in cap space right this second. And this is before the round of options they are almost certain to decline in K.J. McDaniels, Quincy Acy and the Non-Bird rights on Randy Foye. The other non-guarantee guys have been impressive for the Nets and may want to keep some of them around. However, if the aim is to invest in getting quality guys that can give you 30 plus minutes per night he may need to turn away some of their more promising guys on cheapo deals. Yet we have to remind ourselves that while a number of these guys look decent on paper they all contributed to a 20 win team. And judging by last year we know that this is not an organization scared to take big swings. So in short boxscore candy = good, wins = better.

Names to watch for:

Omri Casspi – SF – Unrestricted, Jonathon Simmons – SG/SF – Restricted, Dion Waiters – SG – Player Option, CJ Miles – SG/SF – Unrestricted, Dewayne Dedmon – C – Player Option, Robert Covington – SF/PF – Team Option

 

-H.B.

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