Sean Marks’ Presser: What Do His Comments Mean?

Sean Marks gave his first press conference today since the draft.

His comments regarding the roster were revealing, in terms of what is coming for Nets fans.

Here is an analysis of his quotes — and what they really mean.

On the roster as a whole:

the quotes: 1: “as we stand now, this is the group and we have no plans to make any crazy changes, whether that’s an extension or signing or trade anyone else. But things happen quickly.” … 2: obviously we want floor spacers … we’ll see if that happens … between now and training camp, or we just roll with the guys we have.”

-extra quote on a DLO extension: “for now we’re good to see how this group plays together, how it all unfolds … I’m not going to rule out anything.”

the translation: First, by Marks mentioning he has no plans to make changes, he is not, as of now, planning a significant roster move – what you see is likely what you get (or close) this season. However, Marks is certainly not ruling a deal out – there just is not a plan to overturn it further at this point.

In addition, Marks is clearly not looking to work out an extension, with DLO – or RHJ or Dinwiddie. As it stands, Mark’s wants to “see how this group plays together.”

What does he mean? That next year is a trial run, to see, now that the fat from last year is trimmed, Who Marks wants to move forward with after next year – and who he does not want to move forward with. That means every Net is under a microscope – including DLO and the other “core” players.

Next year is an evaluation year – for the whole roster. And nobody is safe for 2019-2020.

On DLO:

the quote: “it’s a big year for everybody.”

the translation: one way to look at this is that Marks is deflecting questions on DLO as the face of the team, to take pressure off him. Another way to look at it, is that Marks is not yet sold enough on DLO to declare him as the face of the franchise.

On signing Napier despite having DLO and Spencer:

-The Quote: “You can see what happened in the past where having depth at that position is something that we need. At any time where you’re able to add talent . . . that’s something that will help us long term.”

The Translation: First, Marks believes that having Napier helps the Nets this year. However, Napier is too good to be a third strong point guard, particularly when LeVert is on the roster. Thus, the long term reference is surprising. That could be a potential tell, in that Marks is hedging his bets on DLO and Spencer by having a third important piece in house at the position.

On Jahlil Okafor:

The Quote: “I won’t comment on Jahlil. Because he’s not here right now.”

The Translation: So long, farewell, Jah.

Marks on 2019-2020:

the quote: “I think the group we have now will certainly add to what we’re doing presently … and the sky’s the limit to the expectations a year from now.”

the translation: the Nets absolutely intend to build a contender, or the start of one, for 2019-2020. And as described above, no player is safe.

-Hat tip to the netsdaily.com staff (Anthony Puccio and Brian Fonseca) and Brian Lewis of the NY Post, for their reporting

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The Nets Rebuild is Nice. But it Rides on One Guy.

The Nets’ offseason is not finished.  However, with 14 guaranteed players under contract, a 15th player’s D-League rights secured, and no cap room left, the meat and potatoes of the offseason are cooked, barring a surprise trade.

To the Nets’ credit — and they deserve a lot of credit — they added a first and second round pick, opened up substantial cap space in 2019, and added young talent, in Musa, Kurucs, and Pinson. The Nets also added quality young veterans, in Napier, Ed Davis, Faried, and Arthur, whom address weaknesses in the short term.

All of this is good. The Nets made quality incremental progress this summer.  If they want to win now, and sell stars on their progress, they are slightly more equipped to do that.  If they want to trade for a star, they are substantially more equipped, asset wise, to bid.  And if they want to tank, they have more picks and cost controlled young players to get things started with.

With all of this said, progress has been incremental — not exponential.  The players most likely to help them on court – Davis and Napier — are career reserves.  And the players and picks most likely to help in the future — the 29th pick in Musa and a pick between 13-30 from Denver — project as helpful assists, not stars.

With that said, we come back to D’Angelo Russell.  DLO is the only player on the Nets who has the potential to be a tentpole star.  Some may take that as a swipe at Allen or LeVert: it is not.  Even if both reached their unlikely ceilings, as Capela and Iguodala types (likely a big reach for LeVert), players like that are not good enough to be tentpole stars.

DLO, however, does have that type of ceiling.  If things break right, he can potentially be the fulcrum of an elite offense, as an elite scorer and precise passer.  Will DLO reach this ceiling?  On one hand, you do not put up the type of monster games that he has, if you are not a superb talent.  His talent, especially if he shoots the 3 better, is unquestionable.

On the other hand, DLO has yet to show that he can translate his ability into on court value — he is currently a great talent, but not a great player.  In fact, he is currently a negative on court player.

The Nets were better when DLO sat, than when he played. On the flip side, the Nets were better when Dinwiddie played, than when he sat.  They were also notably better when Dinwiddie paired with Carroll, RHJ, or LeVert, than when DLO paired with those players. Plus minus numbers do have noise.  LeVert’s rise after a slow start, Allen’s growth from his initial awkwardness, and Crabbe’s improvement after a nervy start, all came when DLO was hurt.  That said, even during DLO’s strong start before the injury, the Nets played better when Dinwiddie played, and substantially worse when DLO sat.

It is not hard to see why DLO has not made teammates better — yet.  When Dinwiddie is the Nets point guard, other than in late game situations when he forces the issue, the ball moves.  As a result, players move.  That moves the defense out of optimal defensive positions, into suboptimal ones, which creates good shots.  Quite distinctly, the ball stagnates when DLO plays.  He likes to hold it, survey, then pursue his own shot. While he surveys, the Nets’ players stand around, knowing a pass is not coming, and the defense remains set — ready for the next move.

That type of isolation basketball may work when you isolate around LeBron or James Harden.  It does not otherwise.  For DLO, it resulted in a lot of contested long 2’s — other than on nights where his jumper cooked, he underwhelmed.

If DLO uses his talent to make quicker decisions and contort defenses, he can completely flip the script on all of these issues.  But it might not happen. Some guys get it, and some don’t.

And at the end of the day, for all the talk of a mid first round pick, Ed Davis, and Napier, DLO is the one piece that truly matters — because he is the one piece whose growth (or lack thereof) most impacts what the next step must be.  Without a doubt, the Nets, on paper, are more equipped to win and sell stars on Brooklyn, trade for stars, or launch a tanking project.

However, when 2019 comes, the Nets will need to choose.  Sell stars on Brooklyn? Trade for stars? Or launch a tanking project? If the Nets are tanking, they should not want to extend Dinwiddie, RHJ, DeMarre Carroll, or perhaps even DLO himself.  If the Nets are looking to win, however, they may want those pieces to flank their splashy 2019 acquisitions.

So why does DLO matter so much?  Because he is the piece who will ultimately define what course they should, or even can, pursue.  On one hand, he is so talented, that if he meets his potential head on, he can make the Nets a bonafide draw for star talent.  On the other, if he flatlines, there is nothing here for a star to join, and a team led by Spencer Dinwiddie cannot credibly justify a win now effort in lieu of tanking.

Sean Marks? You have had a good offseason. And now? Your signature acquisition’s progress, or lack thereof, must determine your next step.

Nets Trade? THAT Is A Trade!!

Four days ago, I indicated in this space that the Nets, to date, had not advanced their rebuild forward this summer?  Now? They sure have.

By now, you all know the terms of the Lin and Faried trades, for the Nets:

-in: 2019 first rounder (top 12 protected), 2020 second rounder, Faried, Arthur

-out: Lin, Whitehead, 2023 second round swap, 2025 second rounder

When you cut to the chase, the Nets essentially dealt Lin, $7,867,540 in cap space, and a 2023 second round pick swap, for a 2019 first rounder from a team that picked 14 the last two years.

This is an EXCELLENT DEAL for the Nets. Sean Marks delivered. That cannot be spun otherwise. Here are some reactions.

 

I. Getting a First is A Big Time Strike

First round picks, as I frequently bemoan, are nearly impossible to come by. Look at the Wilson Chandler deal for seconds, the trade deadline, and the lack of ability to move into or up the First Round of the 2018 draft: teams are loathe to deal first rounders, and only do so when they are desperate (see: Cleveland dealing a first to surround LeBron at the deadline).

With a Nuggets ownership group evidently hellbent on tax avoidance, the Nets found a desperate scenario. They had to take advantage, because these opportunities are rare.

Put most simply, the Nets traded a veteran not in their plans, and “role player” size cap space, for a likely mid first round pick. In a rebuild, that is a great get.

 

II. Risks? Sure. But all trades have them and this deal is too good to pass up.

Show me a risk free trade and you will not actually show me a trade. For all we know, every piece in this trade becomes inconsequential and the Nets’ 2025 second rounder becomes the next Draymond Green. Nobody has a crystal ball.

That said, this is a good trade. The risk reward proposition here is extremely favorable for Brooklyn. I see three risks, all reasily worth taking.

First, start with Lin. The apparent risk would be that he plays well this year, and becomes worth an asset at the deadline. However, it must be noted – the Nets could not make their deal with Denver, without dealing Lin – they could only, in that instance, take in one of Faried or Arthur. The Nuggets needed to deal BOTH to evade the tax.

Refer to the Chandler deal – the Nuggets only dealt second rounders. If the Nets did not take on both bad contracts, the Nuggets only would have sent them second rounders – or at best, the first but with much heavier protections.

Accordingly, the only way dealing Lin bites them, is if, at the deadline, he becomes worth MORE than the top 12 protected first rounder acquired here. That is unlikely, even if a best case Lin scenario. And the only way the Nets could even try to realize that scenario, would have been to deprive DLO and Dinwiddie of minutes and responsibility – an outcome that in and of itself has negative consequences.

On balance, the Nets made the correct decision taking this Lin related risk.

As for the second risk, it is that the Nets did not optimally eat cap space here. I do not buy that. The best player to sign within the space the Nets had, pre trade, was Julius Randle. In theory, losing out on Randle (who probably would have chosen the Pelicans even if the Nets pursued him), is the biggest risk they took. This risk, however, is justified.  As I have said since day one, first rounders are more valuable in a rebuild than non stars about to get paid. The Nets are better off with this cost controlled mid first, than being faced with paying Randle big money or losing him in 2019. And once again – that would have been the best case scenario – the likely scenario would have been paying a role player.

The third group of risks – that one of Whitehead or the outgoing seconds becomes a critical piece (not likely) or that Faried or Arthur become malcontents (not likely but they can be cut if they do) can fairy be characterized as too inconsequential to nix a deal this sweet.

 

III. The Nets Cap As Of Now and What Comes Next

With the trade made, the Nets, in short, have between $2.6-$2.7 million in cap room, with thirteen players under contract, and Pinson’s D league rights (this structure persists until Harris and Davis are inked):

-PG: DLO: $7,019,698, Dinwiddie: $1,656,092

-SG: Crabbe: $18,500,000, LeVert: $1,702,800

-SF: Carroll: $15,400,000, Harris: $1,512,601 hold, Musa: $1,632,240 estimate

-PF: RHJ: $2,470,357, Arthur: $7,964,912, Kurucs: $1,620,480 estimate

-C: Allen: $2,034,120, Davis: $0 hold (room exception), Faried ($13,764,045)

-D League rights: Pinson (Exhibit 10 no charge)

-Dead $: Dwight: $18,919,725, The Stretch-man: $5,474,787

-Holds: Doyle: $1,349,383, Acy: $1,512,601 (Nets likely renounced one to make this deal work)

-Off the cap: Webb III, Cunningham, and Okafor (renounced), Foye (likely renounced for this to occur), Stauskas and Mozgov (on new teams)

 

With scant cap space left, and only two guaranteed roster spots to fill, the Nets’ offseason, barring another significant trade, mostly is complete aside from finishing touches.

Personally, I would move one or two of the about to be free agent kids; the Nets, I still believe, should prioritize cost controlled youth over about to be paid non star youth.

However, the Nets may see this, instead, as a year to evaluate all of their young players, then decide, at midseason or in the summer, who stays and goes.  In the worst case, they let everyone walk and have two lottery picks and gobs of cap space to add more picks in 12 months — not an awful scenario.

Also possible, while asset maximization is huge, is that the Nets may feel their pieces would only fetch a small return, but in trading them they risk: (1) trading a player that could be a future core piece; and (2): that the team wins less games, and is thus less attractive to stars. If the Nets’ entire body of work, caused by all the young pieces, yields a star, and a young piece is lost for nothing, the net gain of the star outweighs the asset take so significantly, as to largely render it null — nobody is bagging on the Lakers for losing Randle for nothing.  I am not a huge fan of assuming these risks, but I understand them — especially with two firsts in the coffer as mitigation.

 

IV. Other quick hitter reactions

-The protections on the picks, particularly the first after 2019, have not been revealed. Those are of interest,

-This trade is obviously about the incoming picks. But it should be noted that Arthur and Faried have some ability,  and do fill short term needs up front.  I do not expect a Carroll revelation.  But I also do not expect a Mozgov situation. Arthur is a good locker room guy. Faried has the potential to be a quality spark plug.

-Obviously, it would be amazing if the Nets strike gold on next summer’s free agent market.  But if they finish in the lottery, and stars do not want to join a rebuild (frankly, a likely scenario), the hope is that trades like this are the model for how the Nets operate next summer, as opposed to signing B and C class free agents just to show fans, during the spending spree, that they too were involved.  I certainly trust Marks in this regard, and I hope the patience of Prokhorov and Joe Tsai continues.

-As for Tsai, is extremely encouraging that the Nets, in what is still likely to be a losing year, prioritized their rebuild over the marketing and ticket sales impact Lin undoubtedly has. After discussion that Lin was Tsai’s favorite player, #hyperconcern the Nets would want him around as a byproduct was justifiable.  Through this trade, and Tsai’s classiness, as seen on his Twitter account, the Nets axed that concern, emphatically. Good on them.

-The Hawks deserve some derision here.  There is no reason why they could not have been the team getting Denver’s first.  Instead, they eat Lin’s deal for a distant second, and a second round pick swap.  For an organization that has penny pinched before, and is clearly embarking on a rebuild, the deal reeks of #hyperconcern, on their end, that ticket sales were prioritized here over doing what is best for the organization.

-As for the Nuggets, I am tired of teams being praised for making moves where they dump assets just to save ownership $, that have 0 other benefit. Tim Connelly has done extremely well this summer, adding two high upside talents in Michael Porter and Isaiah Thomas despite asset and flexibility limitations.  But ownership (this is on them not him) essentially ordered that FOUR picks (one first and three seconds) be sacrificed, just to shed three expiring deals (Chandler, Arthur, Faried).  The players expire next summer (so there is no future benefit) and the moves did not open cap space to add different pieces this summer (so there is no present benefit). This is nothing but an owner throwing away picks to save money. That is not worth praising.

 

 

 

 

Do the Nets have options this summer? They had better.

The first week of free agency is officially over, and the Nets have done the following this offseason: draft Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs, resign Joe Harris, and sign Ed Davis.

The short of the present: the Nets have as much as $10,164,673 in cap space this summer, and as little as $3,602,689 in space, as follows (italicized items are assumed):

1: Deals on the books come to $87,726,295: Crabbe: $18,500,000, Carroll: $15,400,000, Lin: $12,516,476, DLO: $7,019,698, RHJ: $2,470,357; Allen: $2,034,120; LeVert: $1,702,800; Dinwiddie: $1,656,092 (assuming he’s not cut because that’s a no brainer); Musa: $1,632,240 (his cap hold); Pinson (no hold or coming figure for Exhibit 10 pieces); Dwight: $19,319,725 (splitting the difference in the Bontemps and Scotto reports); Dead Stretch Money: $5,474,787.

2: Holds/Exceptions being worked around come to $1,512,601: Harris: $1,512,601 hold; Davis $0 hold (Nets can circle back to both after other business)

3: Nonguaranteed deals, uncertain signings and questionable cap holds, come to $9,027,415: Doyle ($1,349,383 hold), Whitehead: $1,544,951 ($844,951 guaranteed per netsdaily.com), Acy: $1,512,601 hold, Foye ($3,000,000 hold), Kurucs ($1,620,480 salary, the 120% scale for the last pick of the first round, given reports of an agreement via netsdaily.com and others).

4: Off the cap: Webb III, Cunningham and Okafor (renounced), Stauskas and Mozgov (on new teams)

The Nets cap space is variable, per the above.  The Dwight buyout may be over or under the $4.5 million listed.  Musa could sign below the 120% rookie scale figure (unlikely). Kurucs could sign for more or less than the above rookie scale figure.  And the Nets can waive Whitehead, and renounce Doyle, Whitehead, Acy, and Foye

However, one this is SURE: Marks needs to do SOMETHING to advance this process forward.

The Nets, since the trade deadline, have done virtually nothing to advance this rebuild besides add cap space in 2019. They face a dilemma: they are close to becoming a “treadmill team” in the middle of the standings.

Want to pitch free agents on the Nets and contend? They just went 28-54, and their chief addition, win column wise, is Ed Davis. He is not moving that needle. Most of the league will be armed with cap space, and the Nets, at this point, figure to pitch 4 straight lotto bound seasons (and a fifth sub .500 season).

Speaking frankly, the Nets cannot credibly add Ed Davis to a 28-54 team, and pitch stars on this product.  Repeatedly, free agents are choosing the teams where they feel they can win the most.

On the other hand, want to pitch a rebuild? The best rebuilds are payroll light and asset heavy.  The Nets are poised to be the opposite; payroll heavy and pick light.

As for the payroll, DLO, Dinwiddie, and RHJ are all getting extensions next summer; Joe Harris just got one, Allen Crabbe would be wise to opt in, and that stretched Deron money is still on the books.  Caris LeVert is then due his extension in 2020, and the Nets did not get Allen Crabbe to be a bad contract.

As for the picks? The best rebuilds are stockpiled with multiple extra picks, per year. The Nets? They have their firsts going forward, but no other firsts, and they face a deficit of seconds, with three outgoing and only one incoming through 2021 per RealGM.

Just look at other rebuilds.  The Suns added the 1, 10, 31, and 59 picks this year, and have a future surplus by way of a coming Bucks first. The Hawks added players at 3, 19, and 30, and have two firsts and four seconds due in coming years from other franchises (per RealGM). The Sixers, before breaking through this year, had a massive volume of picks, at all draft levels.

With a lack of picks — and with a roster likely too good to lose 60+ games, a rebuild will be difficult for the Nets as of now.

The foregoing puts the Nets in no mans land: too good and asset light to rebuild, but not near good enough.

This brings up a cold reality: while Sean Marks has been patient, and not actively harmful to date, the Nets have been residents in no mans land since midseason in 2017-2018; nothing Marks did at the deadline mattered, and nothing Marks has done this summer, to date, has really mattered.

Personally, my opinion is that the Nets should strip this roster bare of everyone except their 3 highest end prospects – DLO, Caris, and Jarrett – and rebuild around the picks acquired plus those three pieces.  I see it as the best risk/reward proposition they can enter.  It provides the most assets possible, so that when their 2019 first rounder comes around, it is not naked, but flanked by other assets. In addition, since stars are attracted by stars not role players, the Nets relinquishing role players is not going to lessen the quality their star pitches in 2019. Frankly, only DLO exploding will attract a star, and having RHJ, Lin, Harris, or Carroll is not really changing that.

That said, if the Nets prefer not to strip the roster clean, but instead to go all in on the summer of 2019, they should be mindful of two things.  First, they need to add authentic talent this summer; not Ed Davis and Dzanan Musa to a 54 loss team. Second, if the pitches to elite players do not work, the Nets need to use their space to add picks in deals, instead of signing second rate players because “we sold this summer and fans need to see something.”  That would be out of character for Marks – but not for Prokhorov.

Some would bemoan the loss of continuity and culture.  But both are overrated. As for continuity, there is a correlation is not causation issue.  Teams are not good because they have continuity, but rather, good teams like their players and decide to keep them (and therefore good teams are correlated with not caused by continuity).  And last year, three of the four conference finalists were dramatically overhauled as compared to the year prior.  As for culture, it is good to have a quality working environment conducive to success when you have talent.  But culture is no substitute for the actual talent, and having it only benefits you as compared to a few dysfunctional franchises.

Something tells me the greatest power forward of all time, not culture, spearheaded the Spurs dynasty.

It is true that Marks cannot be reckless (and in fairness, has not been).  We saw what happens in Brooklyn when you are reckless.

That said, a GM DOES need to advance the program forward.  Marks didn’t at the deadline. So far, he hasn’t in this early part of the summer.

Will that change?

Free Agency: Nets Options

Free agency starts at midnight. It is time to be excited.

This article will assess, first, factually, what the Nets CAN do, and SECOND, look at some free agents the Nets PERHAPS SHOULD pursue.

I. SO WHAT ARE THE FACTS

As of now, the Nets, on their 2018-2019 books, have (assuming Dinwiddie is not waived and Musa not dumped) $92,212,375 for 10 players and one stretched contract from the past, as follows: Dwight ($23,819,725), Crabbe: $18,500,000, Carroll: $15,400,000, Lin: $12,516,476, DLO: $7,019, 698, RHJ: $2,470,357; Allen: $2,034,120; LeVert: $1,702,800; Dinwiddie ($1,656,092); Dead Stretch Money: $5,474,787.

Purely on the surface, with a $101 million cap, it would appear, without delving in further, that the Nets have $8,787,625 in space.  However, this number does not account for cap holds.

A cap hold is a placeholder number on the salary cap, assigned to each free agent a team has, based on the player’s prior salary. The hold stays on the team’s cap to ensure that teams do not exploit the system by using their space on free agents, and then exceeding the cap to keep their players with bird rights. In a “bigger name” sense, this is why the Rockets, despite Chris Paul’s free agency, lack cap space.  His cap hold is on the books at over $35,350,000.

Cap holds disappear in one of three ways. First, if the player signs elsewhere the hold disappears.  Second, if you resign the player, the new salary replaces the hold.  Therefore, if you intend to keep the player for more than his hold, it is beneficial to keep the hold on the books, exhaust your space on other pieces,and then circle back to sign the player, using bird rights, at a figure above his hold (think Joe Harris and his $1,499,698 hold).  Third, if you renounce the player, the hold disappears.  Here, you still can resign the player, but now you lack the bird rights described above, and must use cap space to sign him, as if he is another team’s free agent.

Outside of the ten pieces above, the Nets have the following cap holds to decide how to handle: Harris ($1,499,698 hold), Acy ($1,499,698 hold), Okafor ($6,313,832 hold), and Cunningham ($4,370,000 hold). Furthermore, the Nets already renounced Nik Stauskas, and Rodions Kurucs, Milton Doyle, and James Webb do not have holds given their second round and two way statuses respectively. Finally, the Nets have to decide on Isaiah Whitehead’s $1,544,951 nonguaranteed deal for 2018-19.

II. SO WHAT OPTIONS DO THE NETS HAVE, AND WHAT SHOULD THEY

The Nets, before deciding on holds and before handling Dwight’s buyout, have $8,787,625 in space. If they buy Dwight out, they should, even with a player friendly buyout, have over $10 million in space after the buyout.

If the Nets maintain the holds on any of their pieces, their space decreases by the hold’s amount.

One thing the Nets can do is maximize their space by renouncing all of their free agents, or renouncing all except Harris (that would leave them with $7,287,927 in space before a Dwight buyout). Even there, a productive Dwight buyout number should put the Nets over the $10 million mark in space.

One option the Nets have is to keep all their holds on the cap — that would put the Nets OVER the cap, but UNDER the tax apron. If they “operate over the cap” in this fashion, they will have access to a $8.6 million non-taxpayer exception and $3.4 million biannual exception.

The two exceptions can be used on multiple players (i.e. the Nets could sign two players whose starting salaries added to $8.6 million, in using the first exception), but CANNOT be aggregated (i.e.: the Nets could give one player a $12 million starting salary. If the Nets used the smaller exception they would be hard capped at the apron – the apron, however, figures to be around $126.3 million, a figure the Nets likely never approach.

The second option: get under the salary cap by as much as possible by renouncing holds and aggregating Dwight’s buyout into the mix. With the Harris hold, that leaves the Nets with cap space of $7,287,927 + the Dwight buyout figure.

Given these figures, the Nets appear more likely to maximize their space by renouncing holds, buying Dwight out, and working as an under the cap team.  If they want to sign someone over $8.6 million per season, they particularly would need to dive under the cap. 

 

III. So what are some options they can look at?

Julius Randle probably tops the list as far as talent goes. The Nets would need to get a good buyout figure from Dwight to gain much traction here. The hope would be that the Lakers are constrained by star chasing, causing them to be unable to keep Randle, or to renounce him. Zach LaVine or David Nwaba, and Aaron Gordon? They are much more likely guys who remain with their incumbents in the RFA process.

Montrezl Harrell is a good young big the Nets can consider, although he is restricted and the Clippers may have offloaded DeAndre Jordan.

Jerami Grant could be another target if he is a financial casualty with OKC.

Treveon Graham is a name to watch. He has the makings of a 3 and D guy, and his per 36 numbers are strong — playing time has been his issue. He is a piece to consider.

Marco Belinelli is a shooter the Nets can consider if he is ok with going to a lesser team. Seth Curry is a player the Nets can look at as injuries have led to his being undervalued. Salaj Mejri, a veteran who can guard the interior, is a name to look at to come off the bench behind Jarrett Allen. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a good defender on the wing and if he is willing to go to a lesser team he could be worth a look as a short term wing defender.

Lucas Noguiera is a shot blocker who has never showed the ability to play within a system on either end, but there is raw talent there. He would be a better signing for a potential look, than a low ceiling veteran at the 5.

Tyler Ulis can be targeted to replace Isaiah Whitehead. Phoenix waiving him was somewhat puzzling on the surface.

Mario Hezonja and David Bertans could receive a look; this is still a rebuild and you can never look at enough developmental pieces along the way.

Bruno Caboclo is another intriguing name.  He had no chance with a loaded Raptors team to play, and then wound up in a wasteland in Sacramento. The Nets could determine whether Kenny is the guy to maximize him.

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AND AWAY WE GO!